A touch of Spring…..


Pink Hyacinth….

I mentioned yesterday that the advance forecast was for unpredictable weather amongst other things.  Well temperatures in our part of the UK reached 15c (elsewhere 18c had been recorded) …..record highs for February.  There was also the odd splash of sunshine but for the most part it was dark and in the afternoon damp turning to rain.

At least to few spring flowers that are blooming add some cheer to the day and perhaps providing a little cheer that Spring is just around the corner.

21st February    David Oakes

(C) 2017

Moody Blues for Moody Monday


Our First Iris….

Well we have Snowdrops and now we have some wonderful Dwarf Iris – Katherine Hodgkin – but so far our Crocus have failed to turn up….just the hint of the odd green tip.  No doubt they will catch up in the seasonal cycle eventually.

Now these Iris may be blue but I trust they will add a little cheer to this Monday, a fresh start to a new week.  A new week where the forecasters seem rather vague…..Unseasonably warm, Unpredictable – but Wet and Windy…at times.

I guess we just have to wait and see…..Have great week.

20th February

(C) 2017

Calm on the Moor……


Stanton Moor, Birchover, Derbyshire

The rain clouds slowly drew away, the sun was low and bright…even the dead remains of last years Heather glowed red and brown despite having being covered with snow for a few days…..quite spring like for the moors.

19th February

(C) 2017        David Oakes


Cees Which Way Photo Challenge


Rush Hour…..Reykjavik, Iceland

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18th February

(C) 2017   David Oakes


A Winters Canal side Walk….


Wood End Bridge and Lock


Fradley Wood Length


The Swan at Fradley Junction

The Trent and Mersey Canal, Staffordshire

A bright sunny day, very much a change from recent days and not one  to be wasted, so it was off to Fradley Junction for a walk along the Trent and Mersey Canal.

Now Fradley Junction (named as the spot where the Coventry Canal joins the T&M) is normally a hive of activity. Boats and people everywhere, boats passing through or just passing time at the canal side Swan Inn. At its busiest as hectic as any motorway junction.

But I had overlooked the fact that this length of canal was closed for a ‘winter stoppage’ –  vital repairs to one of the locks at Fradley. So no traffic on the waterway….the only boats are those on permanent mooring or who had chosen to stay put for awhile.

So it was indeed strange yet enjoyable to have  the mornings walk all to ourselves.

Canals are evocative locations……today was just so quiet and ghostly, yet charming and beautiful….but even on a busy day in the 21st century it is hard to capture the importance of this once busy highway.  Originally horse drawn barges, later steam powered, then diesel  engines on a seemingly endless convoy moving goods across the country.  A major part of our industrial heritage yet still today an important way of life for many, a recreation place for boaters and for me and Buster just a great place to stretch the legs.

17th February

David Oakes

(C) 2017