Silent Sunday…… In Hiding

The House in Hidding.jpg

Hiding in Plain Sight

19th May

(C) David Oakes 2019


An Ancient Treasure Trove….. and its Free !


Another treat for all of us here in Derbyshire.  Following the da Vinci Exhibition in Derby, the tiny Museum and Art Gallery at Buxton, in the heart of the Peak District, has been honoured with a Visit of ‘The Hoards of Ancient Britain”. It is thanks to the British Museum and Salisbury Museum who have lent some of there Treasures to create this very special temporary Exhibition.

All the artefacts of Coins, Jewellery, and Torcs, many a rich glistening Gold are all so close at hand. The Exhibition is described as ‘the hidden treasures’ of Britain and indeed they once where. All the items have been discovered on professional Archaeological Digs, by Amateur Detectorists, but many by pure accident.  Many items have remained undiscovered since many centuries before the Roman invasion of Britain covered in mud carefully cleaned to reveal such splendour.   Many items were everyday objects such as coins, many rough and ready, but others like the Golden Torcs are works of craftsmanship that would be please even todays best jewellers.

For too many years it has been necessary if you wished to see such Treasures and Works of Art, that we would have had to travel to London.  Occasionally collections would be lent to other major Cities such as Birmingham, Manchester or Edinburgh…. but Derby and little old Buxton  – not a chance.  So we do hope that this is an enlightened trend that will spread to all other parts of the UK… and hopefully back here on home ground again. It has been a real treat and it has also been FREE… don’t get much better than that.

But before signing off for today…. please read the first paragraph of this display board.

I think you may find the message rather familiar today…  Yep, the wealthy few!


18th May

(C) David Oakes 2019


Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge – Hands, Feet and Paws


OK…I have blogged this image before……. But with this weeks nominated topic of “Hands, Feet and Paws”  I just had to post it again!

The link to Cees Blog is here:-


17th May

(C) David Oakes 2019

Spring Greens…..


Early Morning and all is Calm on Allestree Lake

If we ever did an indicator that Spring is well underway then it is the colour of green. Green is now just about everywhere and will stay with us now through summer until autumn colours start to appear.  But right now it is that special green…. a green that is aptly named “Spring Green”…. it is a green that also puts a spring into my steps as I enjoy the mornings woodland walk.

It is not very surprising that over the past few weeks it is Bluebells that have taken centre stage….2019 has been a fantastic season.  Now they are all but gone though a few stragglers still fight on, but it is a game they cannot win….


The woodlands are getting darker as the leaf cover creates a canopy that gets thicker day by day.  Meantime out in the more open countryside Hawthorne is in full blossom, the air full of its distinctive sweet scented aroma.  Vegetation is getting lusher and wild flowers are now adding colour.  Ferns are now sprouting and bracken and brambles are starting to cover the woodland floor where once the Bluebells held centre stage.

I did say green is just about everywhere, it is but not as yet on the Ash Trees.  The Ash is the only tree where the buds are still asleep…they are getting plumper so no doubt will burst very soon.  The Oak have been in full leaf for many weeks so we will see if that old country folk law is true –Oak before the Ash we are is for a Splash – Ash before the Oak we are in for a Soak” .

I guess that is the big puzzle of the year so far.  Everything is just so lush and green, green that is usually associated with a damp environment.  Well we have so little rain that it must now be a concern. The forward forecast indicates some rain in the next few days, then its back to above average temperatures and sunshine levels.


17th May

(C) David Oakes 2019