Among the tangle of branches which seem to have become even more knotted together in the recent gales, these stately sentinels, stand watch over South side of the hill, looking out towards Ilkeston.
Close by, a stand of fairly young, silver Birch trees shone in the sunshine, their papery, thin, white bark gleaming against the blue sky.
On the shores of Osborne's Pond, two more fine Pine trees keep a watchful eye on the waterfowl below.
After all the recent rain, everywhere is so muddy and wet that it's tricky walking along some of the footpaths. The reservoirs and lakes are all overflowing into canals and run-offs and puddles block the paths and force you paddle if you want to get by. With more rain to come this week - and more gales too - things are only going to get wetter. Not perhaps, the best start to the year, but at least the continuing mild weather is helping with the heating bills!