High on the Moors….



Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

After a period of dark, damp days, some high winds and some much needed rain, we woke to sunshine and blue skies.  The wind still scurried the clouds across the blue sky a blue that at times was watery at others much richer…and the light across the bracken was also ever changing but with an overall warming light.

We had wasted no time in reaching this one of our favourite walking areas, Stanton Moor. You are welcome to join us on our walk…


Stanton Moor is also the home of the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, an early Bronze age construction. It may be nowhere as big as Stonehenge but of no lesser importance to those early inhabitants and even todays following of Druids.


Standing in a clearing of Silver Birch the Nine Ladies is today rather quiet, it was indeed nice to have the place to ourselves, not a regular occurance.  That will not be the case on the 21st December, the Winter Solstice, when there is always a reasonable size crowd celebrating the celestial change in the suns movements from south back to the north.


The sun may have cast a warming glow but the wind was biting so it was with mixed feelings we headed back for home….and something warming.


11th December

(C) David Oakes 2018



24 Hours On…and the Rescue succeeded


A Postscript to this morning posting….

24 hours later and the rescued Rose is now in bloom….there is even a delicate scent.

OK it will not last for long but I guess better than being bashed about….and it is providing us with some pleasure that otherwise would have been lost.

10th December

(C) David Oakes 2018

Moody Monday….A Rescue Mission



A day of storms…high winds nearing Gale force….the only casualty in our garden is the last remaining Rose Bud.  The stem got broken so a rescue was called for.  Battered and weather beaten but hopefully, now that it is in from the cold, there will still be a bloom.


10th December

(C) David Oakes 2018