And Brock turned up in our Garden….


Brock….The Badger

We have never had a Badger in our garden…but this young one turned up on Sunday!

He is a bit of a poser and  stands quite ‘statuesque’ hiding behind the herbs.   Buster had a sniff, turned his nose up and has ignored Brock eversince.

Ok he ain’t real…… but a quirky Fathers Day gift, and those are perhaps the best gifts to receive.

But an extra Gift from Nature was the blooming of our first Day Lily of the Season..


20th June

(C) David Oakes 2017


Monday….. Back to work (again)

Blacksmiths Bench

The Blacksmiths Bench

Monday…..  so back to work again.  Rather glad it is not at the Blacksmiths bench, it would always have been HOT hard work but in our current mini heatwave it could be unbearable.

Enjoy your Monday….

19th 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

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Out of Focus

via Photo Challenge: Focus

Not everything needs to be pin sharp…so here are two different interpretations  of the challenge set in this weeks brief.

Don't Look up 2

Don’t Look Up…..


The Pilot Boat…

Swaying trees in the breeze and pure power thru the waves.

Just two ideas for this weeks DP Photo Challenge.  You can see what others have submitted on this link:-

17th June

(C) David Oakes 2017