Coast 1…….


A Moderate Sea at Saint Abbs, Scottish Borders

The 1st week of August and the holiday season is now well underway….and as tradition has it most folk will head off to the seaside.

Now as we are not able to head to the Coast for awhile….. and to get us all in the spirit, I thought a week of Coastal views would perhaps  would help.

So here is the first.  St. Abbs and Starney Bay.  St Abbs was once a small reasonably profitable Scottish fishing village…whilst the sea above may not look it, St Abbs is now a popular Diving location.

1st August

(C) David Oakes 2016


August and another Floral Season….


August and the Hydrangea season is now getting underway.  Even though we live on the outskirts of a City we are lucky to have many great parks.  Hidden away within one such park is one of the few National Hydrangea Collections in the UK.

It had for many years been virtually lost, some say lack of interest but maybe lack of funds and manpower lead to neglect. The good news was that just a few years ago, thanks to the enthusiasm of a few keen and committed folk, who in turn managed to mobilise groups of volunteers, this Hydrangea Collection is now very much on the way to recovery.

I have visited during the flowering season for the past 3 years, each year the plants are fuller, more colourful with each now blending much more with its neighbour…..a garden well on the way to recovery…


Darley Abbey Park Hydrangea Collection, Derby

1st August

(C) David Oakes 2016