An Early start……. a Morning too good to miss.


Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

6.20am Mid Summers Eve.  The early morning sun shone with a vigour we haven’t seen for days.  The Sky was blue, no vapour trails and just the occasional clouds. So we headed off for a quick pre breakfast walk round the Lake.  Apart from the bird song all was quiet.  One other dog walker and three fishermen lakeside.  Just great to  be out and about…


We have been getting used to the lockdown restrictions and the easing measures, but this morning it was just shear bliss.  There was no need to keep that wary eye open for other people, take avoiding action to maintain social distancing, just able to walk freely  without any concern.  I mentioned the bird song…  by their tone and volume, I think they were agreeing with me and enjoying the bright start to their day.


As we headed home for Coffee and Breakfast the clouds began to bubble up.  Maybe I have had the best of the day..


Not sure what the weather plans to do for the rest of the day, as always we can only wait and see.  🙂

Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

20th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Damp, but not raining….makes a change


Sadly not a Rose from our garden. Just one from a rather nice bouquet which now graces our dining table.  It is about the only bright part of what has been another rather damp day.  Not much rain just a lingering damp.

So hardly surprising that we met few folk on our daily walk.


At least it did keep away those groups of folk who seem to think that the current restrictions didn’t apply to them.   It seemed to be the thing to bring along bags of can and bottles of beer and wine, take away food and other  items, all abandoned as rubbish.

Not everyone of course, but a significant number who made life uncomfortable for the rest.

So today the dog walkers had the Park just about to themselves.  Dogs of course having no concern for the weather, just doing their duty and ensuring their owners were getting some daily exercise.  These dogs do have our best interest at heart…


With plenty of  free space, it also allowed these mums to organise an impromptu ‘Sports Day’ for the kids. After all this is the time in the normal school year for the annual sports day.  I just wish I had the energy of these youngsters……  if their mums were  trying to tire the kids out…they failed


I was rather surprised that the River was not running higher or faster.  We have had over a week of rains. Torrential rains at times.  But whilst the river is higher than it has been of late, it was nowhere near being  over full.  Still the flow over the fish wear was intense and certainly noisy..

It may well have been rather wet… but it hasn’t stopped the Bees from being busy..


It is a short sprint to Mid Summer now, so I do hope we get back to some proper summer weather,  it will be nice to feel that sun again.

But what ever  the weekend weather brings …

Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

19th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Very Dull start, some sunshine and lots of bird song


The forecast was for a misty start (again).  That mist seemed to morph into low grey cloud, never threatening rain but not promising  much if any sunshine.

By the time we arrived at lakeside the sun was trying to show itself.  So the occasional bright burst and a misty horizon was to be the way of it for the morning…



So, OK not the brightest of days.  Not though disappointing.

The woodland was dark, but the bird sound was fantastic.   We have all ,I am pretty sure,  have heard of the dawn chorus.   Well at 11.30am that chorus was still adding its charms to the woods.

So here is a short clip, I hope the sound is acceptable and please excuse my rather grabbed attempt to record the woods this morning.

 I hope that give you a taste of the woodland sounds.  I really must start to take video shooting seriously and may be invest in an external microphone for the camera.


Well I made an attempt to capture the bird song…. now I need to capture the woodland scent.  Even the ferns have a magical aroma.

All alone with just the birds and Buster for company.  Dull it maybe, but at least it isn’t raining,  all in all not bad to be out and about.    At this moment in our history I take it as a privilege.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

17th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Little Weather Beaten…….


This weekends winds and rains have left there mark on the plants in the gardens…..   This Peony has seen better days…..  I just hope the new buds that are yet to open are not browned off with rain damage at their core.

The rains have been heavy enough to reach below the trees, that canopy of leaves not quite dense enough to form a green umbrella…


The weather has of course reduced the number of folk out and about.

In Darley Park the Old Drive looked rather  lost and sorry for itself and Town Walk was deserted.. 

One plus point for there being so few folk about, is that todays trail of rubbish is less.  Littering has appeared to  be one of the many anti-social downsides of CV19 restrictions.   Sadly, even in the wet, not everyone has disposed of their litter responsibly…

At least the end of the weekend can have on a brighter finish.  The cloud has started to thin, the rain temporarily gone and the garden looking refreshingly green


Looking forward to the coming week, the outlook is mixed.  We will get a short reprieve, then some stormy weather again, followed by a short return to warmer more summer like conditions.    Now all we have to do is wait and see.  Mean time….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

7th June

(C) David Oakes 2020