Moody Monday….. well after a Snowy Sunday I guess its an improvement


Sunday we ‘enjoyed’ the biggest dump  of snow this winter in our little corner of England, it delivered more snow than the now infamous Beast from the East…..but being honest we have seen much worse over the years. Yep, I guess we have come off rather lightly.

So Sunday was snowy but also damp and very grey, not a hint of sunshine…

Temperatures were below zero at -4C but that felt even colder with a wind chill of – 5c…..   so -9c is damn cold for us  That wind did prevent the Lake from freezing so I suppose that is some consolation.


Today Monday much of the snow has gone but has left a legacy of thick ice on the roads.  Sunshine is promised for times today and temperatures are due to rise over the week. With Spring due to start tomorrow it would be nice to say goodbye to winter weather.

19th March

(C) David Oakes 2018



A Week on…. The Spirit of Mothers Day Blooms a little longer


From the Florist at this time of the year… but equally as welcome in our home, bring a fragrance and a big splash of colour. Of all the blooms in the Mothers Day Bouquet the Lilly is the biggest and blousiest of them all.  A week on and still at there best.

18th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Tight Fit……

Ship Repairs

Mallaig, West Highland Coast of Scotland

Many a small harbour round our coastline finds room for a local ship repair yard…often it is a tight squeeze between high water level, workshops and fish merchants, all vying for space.  Equally amazing it the skill and initiative used to accomplish the most challenging of tasks….not just a paint job but maybe even a new side piece and whilst that is all going on they tackle an engine refit.

17th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


A Bad start but a Good finish


A Very muddy and Damp Stable Block

The forecast was for more rain but a promise of sunshine this afternoon. Well they didn’t tell no lies….. we did get some sunshine, a very brief spell of late evening light. At least it made the Lake glow….

The temperature at 5pm was 11c, not bad for March….but the prediction is for 0c maybe less overnight with the possibility of some snow.  If not snow, well more rain will have to do!


Allestree Lake

Best be grateful for a brief reminder that the sun is still up there !

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2018



Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Bikes


Waiting ….. I wish she would hurry up!

Just an idea for this weeks Cees B&W Photo Challenge – Bikes.

You can see what others have suggested on this link:-

Ban W Cee

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2018