Light and Shade……


Meadow Flowers and….


and Woodland Shade

The mid-summer sun has brought out the meadow flowers, lots of nectar for the Bees and insects….. but that same sunshine has sent me to the woods to enjoy a shady walk, shade much appreciated by Buster.


It is the time of year when the Bracken is perhaps at its best, as yet not to high but its bright green fronds spreading like a carpet…and yep there are some rabbits taking shelter under there. They are safe , Buster is far too hot to give chase.

Water adds another cooling element to the days walk.  Today along the overgrown towpath of the Cromford Canal…

Then its back to the open meadows and that summer smell of rich hay in the making…


25th June

(C) David Oakes 2017

Summer Time …….


At the moment the meadows are full of Clover or Buttercups a sure sign that summer is with us…hard to think that in a few days time it will be Mid-summer


Up in the woods the leaves still retain that bright spring green look, maybe the rains at the end of last month gave them a fresh lease on life….but it cannot be long now till that bright green turns to that much darker summer green…


Back in the garden those colours of summer are glowing be they big brash blooms or more dainty flower heads….

We have, over the past few days, been enjoying some record high temperatures….the skies have for the most part been cloudless blue.

Yet every so often we would get a bank of cloud appearing,  nothing odd in that, apart from each time that bank of cloud came, it had that well known appearance of a ‘mackerel sky’ and the threat of a new weather front….


Then just as quickly it would melt away to nothing….strange.

But then again that is the weather 🙂

18th June

(C) David Oakes 2017

And It Rained…and then Rained some more


Iris in the Rain

Well it had to rain sometime…and as gardeners and farmers have been saying ‘we need some rain’….. well today they certainly got some and maybe a bit extra.  After our mini heatwave and a fabulous weekend it came as a bit of a shock to the system.  Nor was Buster pleased about a wet walkies….still needs must.

5th June

(C) David Oakes 2017

An Old Man…This and That and some Odds and Ends


The Old Man of Calke

For over a 1000 years this venerable old Oak tree has stood the test of time.  In winters sun it looks its age with spindle branches on the hollow but still stout trunk.  Fast forward a few months, it is always a joy to see that it has survived another winter….indeed sporting another fine thick headdress of leaves lush green leaves…


For our small part of the UK it has been a grand weekend.  Warm and sunny with blue skies…you can actually hear the garden grow as everything is now rushing headlong into summer.

The woodlands offered  some welcome shade that gets darker beneath the canopy as each day goes by, the shade loving ferns are now starting to cover everywhere that feet don’t fall….


The Lake added some extra and very welcome cool. The water lilies have yet to burst but even so their rich green plate like leaves add to the waters beauty….


But is one weekend to enjoy just sitting in the shade be it woods or the  garden and enjoying the bits and bobs it has to share with us…

But we also stumbled across some ‘Odds and Ends’ ….  Out Door Art I suppose it is described as.  The first piece is two circular barrel shaped pieces of stainless steel bolted to the side of a rather distinguished old tree…


No indicator to what it is ….But this is just outside of Derby, the home of Rolls Royce Aero Engines and also under the flight path of East Midlands Airport used for much of the day for Pilot training on large jets…so may be that is what it is, an aero engine…just a thought.

The other piece we found was much more in keeping with the surrounds.  Made of woven willow and cane….

Still a guess as to what it is.  From one direction it looks like a flower whilst from the other it the spread of wings of a large bird of prey. But look more closely…at the based is what I think is an Acorn and those leaves…are they Oak leaves?

5th May

(C) David Oakes 2017