Silent Sunday….So Off to Church


Derby Cathedral

Whilst the exterior of Derby Cathedral is rather traditional and un-demanding in style, once you step inside you are greeted by a very light, stylish interior with a contemporary feel….quite a contrast.

The original foundations are Saxon, probably about 950ad.  Rebuilt in the 14th century. The interior was then remodelled in Georgian style by James Gibbs and completed in 1725.

But for me what is the outstanding feature is the Wrought Iron Rood Screen that stretches across the body of the church, separating the nave from the choir stalls and alter.  In black and gold it was designed and built by the famous local Blacksmith Robert Bakewell.  The screen is also known as Bakewell’s screen and just one of many pieces of art that he crafted that can be found across Derbyshire.

The Cathedral was once know as the Church of All Saints.  It was in 1927 that it became ‘The Cathedral of All Saints’ when it was uplifted to the status of Cathedral as a mark of Derby becoming a City.

27th January

(C) David Oakes 2019



New Year Greetings to All


We are on the cusp….from the old 2018 to a brand new 2019

31st December

(C) David Oakes 2018





Seasonally Challenged in the Heat



The National Hydrangea Collection, Derby 

It has been a scorcher so far this summer and many flowers are ahead of their season.  Here at the National Hydrangea Collection in the walled garden of Darley Abbey Park they opened the gates to the public several weeks earlier than usual.

As always the collection presents a wide menu of colours and varieties, big blousy heads rubbing shoulders with more delicate petals of others. The Collection has for the past 10 years been cared for by a team of dedicated volunteers.  They have restored what was a ‘lost’ collection to a wonderful display.

I think this year they have had there work has perhaps been particularly difficult. The record wet winter cannot have helped and whilst it was not the coldest the few cold snaps were rather deep.  As we know since the start of spring we have had rapidly increasing temperatures and virtually continuous sunshine.

It has had an impact. Whilst we benefit from an earlier display there have been some downsides.  There are more than a few spaces where plants have been lost. Overall the display is healthy but some do seem to be suffering from lack of water….. the grass between  the displays is testament to the drought.  Likewise some species have nearly finished there flowering cycle and other yet to start with many at that in-between stage.  Still a great display so here is a short virtual tour which I hope you will enjoy…


24th July

(C) David Oakes 2018