Hanging on ……

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Whilst most of our trees have dropped there leaves, that carpet of golden Beech leaves lie in testimony to that. Some Oak trees have changed there unique shaped leaves from green to brown. Then there are some other Oak trees  that are defying the start of winter…..these leaves may look spring like, the reality is that they are thin and fragile, another strong wind or frost and they will be gone. For now they had a fresh feel to an otherwise bare and cold woodland


14th December

(C) David Oakes 2018


Misty Start…but a calm sunny day



Misty start over Darley Abbey Park, Derby

Mist hung over the Derwent River Valley but a winter sun battled on in its efforts to break through the haze.


It was a calm day and unseasonably warm. But the rains from the past week have swollen the river now rather murky in colour and flowing rather fast, thundering over Darley Weir…


Despite a fast flowing river members of the local Rowing Club were out stretching their muscle in the early morning sun…

The Heritage Mills of the Darley Abbey Complex standing bright above the Derwent remind us of the industrial heritage of the area that depended so much upon water power.


Despite its industrial background and its close proximity to the City it still manages to offer a rural surround of tranquil peace and an ideal spot for a winter walk..



13th December

(C) David Oakes 2018