At last a Lull in the Weather…….


A Calm by the Lake

It was with some relief that we managed a dry(ish) walk yesterday…there was a rather quite lull between the heavy rains and yesterdays wind, welcome and for a couple of hours.  It was an opportunity not to be missed, a refreshing spell in the outdoors.

The meadows and wildflowers have had rather a beating but the wild Foxgloves do seem robust enough to withstand the worst…. I guess they are also one of my favourite flowers to encounter in the countryside. With the vegetation being so lush it is not so surprising that the rains have made there mark…as for this field gate I guess it is going to be some time before it can swing closed…. it is a good job that right now it is only meadows flowers that it would be protecting


Now it just remains to dry off the boots 🙂

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2019


Spring again…….



Two consecutive days of Spring like weather (OK its cold!) and if I hadn’t tuned into the long term weather forecast I would be rather content with things.  I think we can safely say that this sunny spell will not be lasting much longer…. in fact from the middle of next week we may well be into a deep cold spell, maybe even deep snow.

We couldn’t venture far today, so a walk through our local woods had to be the main menu for the day.  Nor could we feel in anyway disappointed, the sun cutting through the trees, the dried leaves on the floor, the Pine Trees glistening and dancing in the light breeze next to tall slender Silver Birch it was just great.  To add yet more of a spring feeling to the day a fresh display of Catkins bounced in the breeze.

But I reckon that the biggest bonus of the day was that everyone we met had a BIG smile on their Faces 🙂

10th January

(C) David Oakes 2019

No Excuses…..


A Beech basking in Early Morning Light, Allestree

Not just another Autumn image ….but maybe the last this season.  So no excuses for indulging myself.

For some time I have rather suspected that the autumn leaves would not reach there full potential this year. They are late to turn, in fact overall the woodland is still green, and after the dry summer, with just a little damp spell before autumn began, the leaves are dry and fragile.

Storms are predicted for this weekend. If that forecast comes true I guess the leaves will just be stripped, leaving skeletons to admire until the Spring.


The Silver Birch is without doubt one of my favourite trees.  This one is a specimen that I guess self seeded many years ago on the edge of the Ha-ha.  One of the first to drop its leaves,  like just about all the Birch in our woodland, whilst displaying yellowing leaves, they are hanging on.

Storm or no storm there is a wind of change in the air…it does feel very different.

Down by the Lake the wind is now rippling the water and the overall colour is more subdued. But the sun still shines.


For the start of November…that isn’t half bad.  A bonus maybe.

2nd November

(C) David Oakes 2018