Down by the River…….


Tuesday and you would be forgiven in thinking summer has arrived….Temperatures over 21c and no breeze. it was just the day for a quiet walk along the River. With Wild Garlic the predominant wild flower and all the new leaf cover giving some welcome shade it really did feel both idyllic and just as  summer should be…

But there has to be a ‘BUT’ and as always with British Weather change is inevitable and tomorrow heavy rain and thunder is forecast and the outlook unsettled…..Are well enjoy whilst on can


The River Derwent, Derby

17th May

(C) David Oakes 2016


Very Soon Now….


Azalea and Rhododendron are starting to show their blousy blooms….so it will not be long, and with the hope of some good weather, that we can start the rounds of visiting some of the best Rhododendron Gardens in our part of the world.

The image above is from Lea Rhododendron Gardens near Matlock Derbyshire…an image from 2 years ago….just to wet your appetite.

It is also an indication on just how fast this year is going, spring is in full swing and mid -summer not that far away.

17th May

(C) David Oakes 2016