The Snow has all but Gone….


Tuesday was the last day of snow, even though it was still cold the bright sun started to melt what was by now a thin covering.  Grass was soon peaking through and apart from the odd sheltered bush, none remained upon the trees…giving a different view  through the woods…

 Whilst it was still cold enough for our lake to remain frozen there was that ominous cracking across the surface, so even here the thaw had started…


The blue skies became hazier but the sun still tried to add some extra charm to what had been another rather nice day for December..


As the day progressed we began to get weather warnings that rain was on  the way. So it was no surprise to wake this morning to a very wet grey day.  Not that we are in any doubt that we will get more snow sometime this winter but  for the moment the forecasters are being rather vague.

13th December

(C) David Oakes 2017


Silver Birch shows its Winter Colours…


Snow lingers thanks to an extremely cold night, but no new showers.  The Silver Birch, now free of its last leaves, is now proudly able to show its true winter colours.

 Not a bad winters day….. though hazy clouds are staring to encroach on the blue.

12th December

(C) David Oakes 2017


Dusk…on a Winters Day

After yesterdays snows the story today was of ice, treacherous roads and temperatures climbing to 2c. For the greater part of the day it continued to be overcast but late afternoon we enjoyed a clearing sky and a winter sunset.

The big downside of course is that the clear skies will see temperatures drop like a stone.. in fact -12c is predicted.


12th December

(C) David Oakes 2017

Not Quite a Black and White World…


Allestree Lake

Yesterday, Sunday we woke to the long threatened covering of snow.  Sadly no blue sky just a dark grey cloud that hung just above the tree level. Surprisingly it was not as cold as it has been, so I guess this snow covering will soon be long gone…gone probably before you get to read this page.

But it made a change for our mornings walkies and Buster, despite his short legs, just loves to run in the snow….for him the thicker the better.



Off Sledging…

Then and Now…..

It is hard to think back just two weeks when this low slung bow of Beech draped itself gracefully over the lake….now just the skeleton is left to catch a little of the snow….

and so the month moves on….it will soon be the Winter Solstice, then Christmas followed by the New Year and before you know it Spring will be back


11th December

(C) David Oakes 2017