The Wonder of Blue…


Oh, Yes we DID !

Yep, it took us by surprise but we did have just a brief interlude with a Blue Sky.

Not that it lasted long….but reassuring all the same.

24th March

(C) David Oakes 2018



Very Spring Like…but cold

Early Spring

The light at this time of the year….particularly in the mornings can be very deceptive.  It is really very cold, about 2c and a wind that makes it feel much colder. Yet the morning looks warm and there is a very spring like feel to the Park and in reality very nice to be out and about .

But the bulbs that are staring to break cover best be warned… the forecast for the weekend and next week is very mixed.  More days like today but also snow and frosts plus of course some heavy rain….a real mishmash of a forecast.

Spring in the Park

2nd February

(C) David Oakes 2018

The Clock is Ticking….


It only seems like yesterday that we were celebrating the start of a New Year, the day before that it was Christmas…. Yet here we are 1st of February.  Is it just me or is time really passing at the speed of a supersonic plane.

For many February is considered as the last month of Winter.  For the civil service based Meteorological Office it is…but being science based they feel the need to break the year up into seasons of an equal number of months. Astrologically, Winter is with us till the Spring Equinox on the 28th March.

So far this winter it has been un-seasonally mild and our gardens and countryside tell us that.  So will we have an early Spring… your guess is as good as anyone’s.

What I do know is that as Winter moves towards its close, it often has a ‘sting in its tail‘ and February is often the month it chooses to Wag that tail.

Indeed snow, in middle of February, is not uncommon in our corner of the UK, here in Derbyshire, as shown here above Hathersage and on Stanage Moor.


What will February bring this year?…..  who knows, maybe scenes like those above.  The only certainty is that we will be just that little closer to Spring

1st February

(C) David Oakes 2018

Brown Heather…….


Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Last day of January, cold but sunny and a hazy blue sky….a bonus day after the winter weather of the week just gone. So a breath of real fresh air was called for and those expansive views from Stanton Moor beckoned.

The snow, frosts, wind and rains have done there job and flattened the Bracken, whilst  the Heather that cloaks most of the moor looks a rather sorry brown…but in amongst the Heather Blueberry shoots are starting to green.

Stanton Moor is very familiar to us.  Its near, its high (compared to surrounds) and it is perhaps unusual for a moor and has some trees.  Small plantations of Silver Birch are dotted about giving this moor its rather special character….. the moor edges are clocked with mysterious gnarled Oak.   Add to that a megalithic Stone Circle “The Nine Ladies”, a striking memorial tower to Earl Grey, numerous earth works and old quarries and of course the Cork Stone ready to be climbed by the foolhardy……all add interest to a walk that changes not just with the seasons but every week – as the weather changes.

 So its goodbye January 2018…..lets see what February has in store for us.

31st January

(C) David Oakes 2018

Calm before the Storm…..

By the Lake.jpg

Bright and Cheerful….

Cold but calm by the Lake this morning….   Tomorrow, Wednesday, we see the approach of storms with heavy rain and gales.  Then it is a return to the real cold winter weather to be expected in December.  An Arctic blast and potential for snow.

5th December

(C) David Oakes 2017