Late Afternoon


Big Wood, Allestree, Derbyshire

No not an autumn afternoon but after a dull morning with rain threatening the late afternoon brought a  complete change….and the low evening sun could fool you into thinking it is not spring but autumn again…..even smelt autumnal.

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2017


Could this be Spring….?


Silver Birch, Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Wednesday March 15th, half way thru the third month of the year and do you know we are beginning to think that Spring is here (well if not here its on its way).  Bright low sunshine which at last was actually giving off some warmth.  So with only a thin fleece it was nice to get off onto the moors for a leg stretch with Buster.


We didn’t get an early start but I was surprised to find that we were very much on our own…..not that we are complaining as it is a great feeling to be above everything, just the call of the Buzzard and nothing else to disturb the tranquillity of the morning.


A haze lingered on the horizon but for once not a breath of a breeze. 

The  Silver Birch around the Nine Ladies Stone Circle are only just starting to show hints of the new seasons growth but it will not be long now till new leaves are casting a deep shadow over the heather…

Not even the famous Cork Stone had and visitors to scramble to the top


Nor were there any young maidens waiting below…the local legend is that Young men would climb to the top and then jump off declaring their undying love for the girl of their dreams….if he didn’t break his leg, or worse, the maiden would accept his hand in marriage….I guess if he broken anything she just walked away !  Well that is the story.

15th March                               David Oakes

(C) David Oakes 2017