Fresh Feel in the Woods….


Big Wood, Allestree, Derbyshire

A few weeks since I was up in the woods so it all felt very fresh.  Despite a couple of early morning ground frosts there is little sign that autumn is on the way….in fact quite the opposite.  I have the feeling that recent rain has given everything a new lease on life.  Forward forecast also sounds good with still some unseasonable high temperatures predicted.

 I do wish I could deliver the fragrant smell of the woods, it is a smell I have missed whilst away.  Birds are still vocal and enjoying the abundance of insects and berries.

Autumn will come in its own time till then best to enjoy the bonus of a late summer.

25th September

(C) David Oakes 2018




Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain

It seems a life time ago since we were strolling around Seville in temperatures of 38.5c and admiring the fabulous architecture of the City.  Even though the temperature was much higher than we are used to it was a dry heat with a gentle breeze and not uncomfortable…though shade was welcome as well the occasional cool drink.

Andalusia is a region of contrasts and I will try to bring you a flavour of this region of Spain over the next week or so.

Meantime its playing catch up with the usual work chores !

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2018


Flippant Friday….Its going to be Tough


After being away for a few weeks it is certainly going to be tough getting back into the swing of the daily routine…. and after high temperatures, blue skies and some wonderfully colourful locations plus some great hospitality, it is going to be tough. Nor is it helped with autumn storms blowing outside – what a change, wish I could say that its good to be back.

Still there are lots of memories and I do hope to bring some of those to you in the weeks to come.

21st September

(C) David Oakes 2018

Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place


Location:- Well this week it is not one location but a whole Scottish Glen

(and as its is not one location I need to break my Wordless Wednesday rule)

Kilmartin Glen, situated south of Oban in Argyll. The whole glen is littered with Neolithic and Bronze Age remains.  Standing Stones, Henge’s, Cists and Burial Mounds. An important location in Scotland’s very ancient history.

The stone above is at Nether Largie,  a group of  three pairs of standing stones with ‘cup and ring’ marks make this for me most definitely a Favourite Place  Glen.

19th September

(C) David Oakes 2018