We didn’t forget….to Spring forward


Allestree Lake …Early on the 1st Day of British Summer Time

We did remember to move our clocks on by an hour (thankfully technology does that automatically now in many aspects of our life) but it is the inner sole that has to adjust.

8am GMT suddenly becomes 9am BST. and thankfully it is another bright Spring morning….whilst the sun is up and about it still has a very cold look to it and in reality a cold feel to the start of what for me is the real start of Spring.

No doubt over the next few weeks I will be impatient with Springs progress, the woodland floor will soon become a carpet of blue anxious to bloom before the leaves cast their shadows over the forest floor, and gradually other wild flowers will start to show. But it will as always be slow…then as if someone throws a magic switch a multitude of flowers  will explode into view along hedges, across meadows and of course our gardens.

There is a rhyme that rather sums the situation up and it goes like this “ April Showers will bring forth May Flowers“.    Then once that happens we will declare that summer is here.

26th March

(C) David Oakes 2017


Silent Sunday…..Roofless but once a Cathedral

Disc One

Fortrose Cathedral, The Black Isle, Scotland

A once very  grand Scottish Cathedral stand roofless.  Its heyday’s were in the 13th Century and no doubt none of those who worked and worship there could foresee that Oliver Cromwell would arrive on the scene in the 17th century and begin to rob the cathedral of stone and roofing materials.

Located on the Black Isle above the Moray Firth, and although an empty shell, Fortrose Cathedral stands proud in the centre of this ancient town of the same name. Still a majestic building and well worth a visit.

26th March

(C) David Oakes 2017