…..and Autumn just goes on and on


Lots of autumnal colours in and around the woods.  This Redwood always has a spectacular trunk but the foliage is a cause of some concern.  Possible the exceptionally dry hot summer has taken its toll as the foliage is all dry and brittle….I hope it recovers as we would miss this giant


Yesterday, Sunday did start damp and dark.. but there were signs that sun would soon grace us with its presence.  It did and despite a breeze the temperature rose to 15c….now for November that is just not right. But the colours of autumn that we have waited for are now all about….

Cannot be long before we say goodbye to those colourful leaves of autumn


12th November

(C) David Oakes 2018


It has rained….at last


After the hottest summer on record, with only the very occasional light shower this autumn, at long last we have had some heavy and continuous rain.

Normally we complain about too much of the ‘wet stuff’ but our reservoirs are very very low. So with luck they are starting to refill. 

But they have a long way to go to reach the fill mark, as you can see from the image of Carsington Water, just a week ago today.  Look at the height of the dam wall on the horizon…and those stones in the foreground, they would be well underwater under normal conditions


9th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Weekend to Relax and enjoy….



Time to Just Sit and Stare…

After the previous weekends storms this week has produced a succession of what I call Bonus Days….a big bonus now that we are past the midway point of October. It has also seen the colours of autumn to become more pronounced though the greens have not yet given up the fight for life.

Those bonus days also continued into the weekend…temperatures starting at 4c but soon rising to 18c with blue skies and not a whiff of a breeze encouraged lots of folk out for a countryside walk…or maybe just to sit and stare.  So with no excuses for taking you on yet another woodland walk.. here we go… enjoy, we did.


A great weekend but I guess (and hope) that the best of autumn is still to come.

22nd October

(C) David Oakes 2018

Below the Beech…..


Low winds and light frosts have made a big and quick change to the Beech woods. The leaves have dropped and the late autumnal sun is spotlighting the beauty of the Beech’s stout tall trunks…

The carpet of leaves crunch and send up a sweet and distinctive autumnal smell as nice as any perfume from the long gone summer flowers.

Another great day to be out and about.

Hard to think that meteorologically it is the start of winter tomorrow

30th November

(C) David Oakes 2017


Cold but still a great day….


Early morning and it is very cold by the Lake.  The ground was hard as if there had been a frost but what had been around soon disappeared.

It was equally as cold in the woods but that early sunshine added a warm glow, but not warm enough to kill the northerly wind coming straight from the Arctic.

 But this is November so I guess a cold spell is to be expected.

29th November

(C) David Oakes 2017