Winter Woodland…

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Even on a cold January morning… if you just add a touch of sunshine, the woodlands can still look majestic.  Maybe a little stark and lonely but maybe that just adds some mystery to the magic.

Please Remember ….

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

23rd January

(C) David Oakes 2021

More Sunshine….. Two consecutive days


Yes, sunshine again.  Nor did it have any problems melting the overnight frost, not that we have had many frosts this year.   I don’t think that I was imagining it but the sun actually felt rather warming. Despite the warming  rays, the Lake still looked forbidding, dark and cold.  But no ice!


Just in case this marvelous sunny start wasn’t going to last, we made an early start.  Maybe that is why there were so few folk sharing this sunny morning in our Park….. I think they missed the best of the day.  After all what could be better than a blue sky, long shadows and a bright sun.


It was though still a surprise to feel some real warmth from the sun, not do I think that I am mistaken in thinking that the buds on the Birch have swollen.  Maybe Spring is not that far away…..   I am feeling optimistic despite the rather dire weather forecast for the coming weekend – it may only be a Blip!


As always, whatever the weather and whatever you are able to enjoy…

Please Remember ….

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

22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2021

It was Inevitable……. Floods


After all the rains it was only to be expected that at some point the River Derwent would overflow.   Overnight, the waters crept over the river bank and started to engulf one of our local parks.

The Children’s Play area is definitely not to be used today.

The Park and the fields on the opposite bank have always been part of the Derwents flood plain…so I guess they are now doing exactly what they should.  Slowly but surely as the morning went along those waters were still rising…. and there are more waters heading our way  from higher in the Peak District.

I wonder just how much further the floods will encroach on the Park by tomorrow


I guess we have been lucky in this corner of the middle England. There are places not that far from here that have suffered far worse than just a flooded park.  I can’t think of many things worse than having your home inundated by muddy flood waters.

Please Remember ….

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

21st  January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Schhhh ……. Its a Sunny Sunday


If you made an early start to this Sunday you would have been greeted with some very welcome sunshine.  For some it was a chance to pause and absorb some extra Vitamin D.

The early risers were out taking advantage of this welcome break in the recent run of bad weather.  Ideal time for the prescribed lockdown exercise.  At a weekend, it is best to get out early, not just to make the most of any good weather that is on offer, but also to avoid larger numbers of people.  Whilst most behave with respect, give space and consideration for others, too many just couldn’t careless.

So a brisk walk, or for some a run,  through the Park and along by the River Derwent, was the location.  No surprise that the river is running high and fast.  It will not take much more rain to see it overflow its banks, reminding us that it did just that,  this time last year.

By the time we had returned via the Darley Mill Complex the sun was doing its best to hide.  The day was again changing and Gulls (the harbinger of bad weather, or so folklore says) were circling ominously above.


We wait to see what tomorrows weather will bring us….its may be wishful thinking but a little bit more sunshine would help….. at least it makes people smile  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

17th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Drip, Drip, Drip…….. and a clinging Mist


Church Walk was rather spooky this morning, dark and a constant drip of dew from the branches, ghostly shapes appearing through the mist (well fog really), as we silently crept past the graveyard.  Much as I would have liked to have remained warm at home, Buster insisted we head off for our allotted time span of lockdown exercise….. I suppose he was right to insist.

The only real ghosts were the skeletons of trees and the Water Bailiff appearing through the mists on the Lake….


Just hoping the weather improves…..days like today, do little to lift the spirits during lockdown.  Best not to complain, at least we have somewhere to walk in safety…

Please Remember ….

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

15th January

(C) David Oakes 2021