Mid November….and what a great month so far!


15th November, the mid point of the month. One day of rain but the rest has been sunny, blue skies and temperatures well above the average for this penultimate month of the year. We had to wait along time for the traditional autumn colours but they came.

Tuesday was again crisp and bright, so it was best to take advantage of conditions before the winter…and with that in mind we headed off to our favourite peace of Derbyshire moorland at Stanton Moor. The heather has turned dark brown and the bracken a rich russet, the bark of the Silver Birch glistening white and still looking magnificent without there leaves. So join us on a stroll….


It was a day of low sun casting long shadows that emphasised its penetrating glow whilst catching the tops of the Birch. Stanton Moor is a popular location for walkers but today we had the moor to ourselves… that alone adds to the magic of the open and wild nature of the moor. Most walkers make a beeline for the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, its Druid connections adding to its mystery.  Though quiet today it will be a very busy location on the 21st December and the Winter Solstice. Today all is peaceful with the stones appearing to shrink into there surrounds of the woodland glade….


There was time to just sit and enjoy the scene, the tall leafless Birch, those distinctive smells of old heather and bracken and enjoy the warmth  from the November sun…though you did need to find a sheltered spot out of the breeze…


As we left for home the sun dropped lower giving the Cork Stone an added glow to is isolated location


Judging by the changing skyscape one wonders if a change in the weather is on the way…it has to come sometime.

15th November

(C) David Oakes 2018


…..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