It is Slow…but there is a change afoot


OK…I know it is too soon to be talking about Autumn….but it is on the way.  Just small signs but slowly it is creeping towards us.

Berries are full and ripe, the Rosebay Willow Herb so powerful a week ago is now setting seed, its foliage now living up to its other name of Fireweed. The woods are dark  with long shadows, in those shadows the first of the autumnal Fungi are appearing.  The much dreaded Japanese Knot Weed, much hated by conservationists, is doing a grand job providing nectar and pollen for bees and many other insects… flower heads are dropping and the vital; seeds are setting..


It has been a strange year so far with record high temperatures, lots of sunshine but also lots of rain.  As a result all flora seems to have been plentiful…be it a weed or a hybrid, they have all loved it.  I wonder if Autumn will be more plentiful than normal too

20th August

(C) David Oakes 2019





A Year Ago….. Time to make another visit


Heather Time on the Moors

Looking back in the diary, I am reminded that it is now that the Heather starts to turn, turn into many shades of mauve and purple, giving our moors an entirely different feel.  Time to make another trip to enjoy the fragrance and colour… and to say hello again to the woolly residents.

13th August

(C) David Oakes 2019

T’was a Stormy Night….. for many


Our weather systems are all topsy turvy these days.  Rapid swings from record extreme heat to Torrential Rains then gale force winds. Gone are the days when the seasons were predictable.

10th August

(C) David Oakes 2019