And It Rained…and then Rained some more


Iris in the Rain

Well it had to rain sometime…and as gardeners and farmers have been saying ‘we need some rain’….. well today they certainly got some and maybe a bit extra.  After our mini heatwave and a fabulous weekend it came as a bit of a shock to the system.  Nor was Buster pleased about a wet walkies….still needs must.

5th June

(C) David Oakes 2017


An Old Man…This and That and some Odds and Ends


The Old Man of Calke

For over a 1000 years this venerable old Oak tree has stood the test of time.  In winters sun it looks its age with spindle branches on the hollow but still stout trunk.  Fast forward a few months, it is always a joy to see that it has survived another winter….indeed sporting another fine thick headdress of leaves lush green leaves…


For our small part of the UK it has been a grand weekend.  Warm and sunny with blue skies…you can actually hear the garden grow as everything is now rushing headlong into summer.

The woodlands offered  some welcome shade that gets darker beneath the canopy as each day goes by, the shade loving ferns are now starting to cover everywhere that feet don’t fall….


The Lake added some extra and very welcome cool. The water lilies have yet to burst but even so their rich green plate like leaves add to the waters beauty….


But is one weekend to enjoy just sitting in the shade be it woods or the  garden and enjoying the bits and bobs it has to share with us…

But we also stumbled across some ‘Odds and Ends’ ….  Out Door Art I suppose it is described as.  The first piece is two circular barrel shaped pieces of stainless steel bolted to the side of a rather distinguished old tree…


No indicator to what it is ….But this is just outside of Derby, the home of Rolls Royce Aero Engines and also under the flight path of East Midlands Airport used for much of the day for Pilot training on large jets…so may be that is what it is, an aero engine…just a thought.

The other piece we found was much more in keeping with the surrounds.  Made of woven willow and cane….

Still a guess as to what it is.  From one direction it looks like a flower whilst from the other it the spread of wings of a large bird of prey. But look more closely…at the based is what I think is an Acorn and those leaves…are they Oak leaves?

5th May

(C) David Oakes 2017