June is ‘Busting Out’ and that’s a Fact…..


When we left the Derwent valley reservoir’s on Monday evening it was apparent that some stormy weather was heading our way and indeed it did. June burst out with torrential rains and thunderstorms. Whilst we appear to have escaped the worst there are folk not that far away who have been flooded out.

That was Monday evening and after going to bed with thunder ringing out we expected to wake to a very wet Tuesday.

Not so…. the sun shone. We thought we would take in the River Derwent for our walk keen to see how the rains had effected it. Much to our surprise water levels were just about normal with the river running smooth but a little turgid. In fact the banks side flowers were set off wonderfully by the back drop of the water.  All in all a pleasant riverside walk a stones throw from the City Centre of Derby.

 By 7pm it was back to heavy rain and thunder once again.

Wednesday turned out to be dry, a chance for everything to dry out again after last night rains. The sun never really broke thru but for all that a pleasant day.

The Lake was smooth and tranquil in the early morning light with the bankside foliage holding onto to raindrops.


But not all in Nature is idyllic.  This pair of Canada Geese had 5 goslings, now they are just 2.  What happened to the other 3 I know not.  The parents have been attentive, all 5 looked identically healthy and were of a good size…. so who or what was the culprit we are left to ponder….


Good Luck little ones its a tough old world…. and a topsy turfy one.

20th June

(C) David Oakes 2019


Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place


Location:- Llyn Padarn looking towards Llanberis and Snowdon Massif (Yr Wyddfa), Gwynedd, North Wales

19th June

(C) David Oakes 2019

Still not enough…… Rain that is


The Upper Derwent Valley is the home of a group of important Reservoirs, Howden, Derwent and Ladybower. They are fed by water from the surrounding moors of Derbyshire a location known to be ‘rather wet’.

Over the past few weeks we have had a considerable amount of rain, flooding in some places, but after the dry summer which extended through to spring it is obviously not enough.

The image above is of Howden Reservoir, the highest of the three, as you can see it is still very low. It has now been so low for so long that the dormant vegetation has taken temporarily over. There is a long way to go before it reached its normal waterline and with summer on the way it has to be worrying.

Back in November we visited the Reservoirs and were concerned about the low water levels… as a reminder here is Derwent Reservoir back in the autumn.  Back then we expected the water levels to quickly rise over the winter…they didn’t


We may not enjoy the rain….  but it is patently obvious we need a good deal more

18th June

(C) David Oakes 2019


Moody Monday…… Rather Changeable !


To say the weather is changeable is rather an understatement.

Heavy rain gave way to damp mist…then the clouds clear and out came the sun, even though only briefly….then the cycle started all over again



The only constant is the rich lush green round the banks of the lake.

Well that was Sunday and by the sound of the advanced weather forecast I think we are in for more of the same and maybe even worse. Don’t worry its mid summer at the end of the week.

Happy Days!

17th June

(C) David Oakes 2019