Has Summer Returned ?

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We were promised some sunshine and weather much more like summer.  It did arrive, but took till late morning to be called anything like summer.  It was though great to wander round the Lake and across the fields, without a waterproof, fleece or sweater.

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It was also great to dine out on the patio, the first time for over 5 weeks.  So nice to just relax in the warmth….20c. neither to hot, nor to cold and just a little breeze.

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Travel is not that inspiring right now because of all the difficulties.  So nice to be able to explore locally and  then just relax at home.

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Not sure how long this summer is going to last, but it is nice whilst its here…

Please Remember ….

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

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Top Peak Indeed…….

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Tryfan and Ogwen Valley, North Wales

A challenging climb,  a revered mountain venue for Rock Climbers, the striking outline of Tryfan, with a height of 3010ft. it is the most dominant of the Glyder range, part of the Snowdonia massif.

It is suggested that the name Tryfan is a derivation of ‘Top Peak’.  Only memories now for me of some spectacular days climbing, but still one of my ‘Top Peaks’ …. and of another memory….. it was often  rather wet, which made climbing interesting!

Please Remember ….

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

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Paler shade of White……..

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White Roses are never quite white….always a hint of green, yellow or pink.  They also tend to show the weathering much more easily.   So not perfectly white but maybe that’s no bad thing…..  nothing is ever perfect.

As to the weather, well the garden has taken a bit of a battering over the past couple of  weeks.  Just surprised that it hasn’t caused that much damage…. just a few very weary border plants still doing their best to stand to attention….

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But here we are  again, Friday afternoon and that elusive sun has just started to put in an appearance.  Sunlight catching the Dream Catcher for the first time in weeks.

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As for dreaming… I may well have been dreaming ,as I seem to recall that the forecast for the weekend is sunshine with just a few showers…..  now that cannot be right 🙂

But whatever the weather….

Please Remember ….

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

10th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

 

Golden Splendour…….. Russian Style

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Nothing quite prepares you for the golden spectacular Fountains of Peterhof Palace.  Whilst the Place itself is certainly magnificent, it is the gardens and this fantastic water frontage  that is the star of this Russian  Palace.

Peterhof  Palace (Petrodvorets) is a short drive from St. Petersburg

Another memory from when travel was just so easy…

Please Remember ….

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

10th July

(C) David Oakes 2020