Wordless Wednesday…..Another Favourite Place

Allestree Lake

Location:  Very near to home, Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

13th September

(C) David Oakes 2017


Mixed Messages in the Woods


Muddy underfoot, regular showers, a sun trying its best to break thru the cloud cover, spring green leaves blend with the first of the autumn windfalls….and don’t sit on the bench as its soaking wet.


6th September

(C) David Oakes 2017

A Heather feast……


A Carpet of Purple Heather….on Stanton Moor

It could be because August (and much of the two previous months) have been a mix of rain then periods of warm bright sunshine that have proved to be a productive mix.

Certainly our Heather Clad moorlands have not only been swathed with a carpet of fragrant Heather….but after many weeks of flowering it still looks vibrant, healthy and here for a while longer.

5th September

(C) David Oakes 2017


False Dawn……


It was just kidding us….

We woke on Sunday to a rather nice warm looking dawn, just a few clouds scudding along in a mild breeze.  The forecast was for rather dire weather….could the forecasters be wrong ?   Well not this time.  By late morning and for the rest of the day it has just be dull grey and very damp…with heavy rain at times.

But best not to complain as we did have a great start and were able to take advantage before heading for home.

4th September

(C) David Oakes 2017


The Blasted Oak….and a great start!


The Blasted Oak…a Skeleton

I have known this old Oak tree for over 35 years….it is of course very, very much older.  When we first became acquainted it still had a head of leaves.  Then a series of natural events occurred….first high winds stripped some major branches, then the following year lightening struck the trunk. It was in a sorry state and soon a black fungi took hold of the weakend trunk eating away at its core. Despite all that until about 4 years ago it continued to leaf each spring but then the leaves slowly gave up the fight.

It may only be a shadow of its former self but still a landmark on the skyline.

But what a Great start to September

Early morning at the lakeside was warm, tranquil and only just starting to show some signs of the progressing seasons…


The low early morning sunshine has a warm glow that adds to the freshness that seems all about us….


The Hay has now been cut and bailed and the fields bare once more


and after the hay has now been cut the hedgerows are now growing in importance for the birds and insects…somewhere to shelter but also somewhere to feed and prepare for the harsher times that will come…


September is sure to bring us a few surprises but one thing is for sure and that change is on the way.

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2017