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



On the Moors….


Silver Birch on Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

After the vagaries and often harsh weather of the past week or so it was nice to waken to sunshine. It wasn’t an opportunity to be missed so we headed off to our favourite moor to stretch the legs and fill the lungs with real fresh air!

It remained sunny for most of our walk, at times bright blue at others a hazy cloud would dim the colours across the moors….one thing that hasn’t changed is a very icy wind from the east.  Not that we are complaining as we took the day for what it was…a bonus winters day.

There were one or two other folk out and about, all with big smiles on their faces, taking advantage of the very welcome break in the weather…what wasn’t there were the sheep, the pens empty and the moors bare, all taken in closer to home ready for the lambing season to begin.


The Cork Stone, Stanton Moor

Refreshed we head for home and wonder just what else the weather has in-store for us

15th March

(C) David Oakes 2018



Moody Monday….and a Moody Mallard


Spring….and he doesn’t seem to have a friend in the World Lake. At least the Lake isn’t frozen this week

Last Monday we had snow and -5c, today Rain and +9c with 11c predicted….Oh! the joy of the British weather

12th March

(C) David Oakes 2018



March or November…… ?


There are times over the past few years when I am sure the seasonal time clock has shifted backwards.

Take this February and March as an example….when we haven’t been experiencing December and January winter weather we have had Autumnal Fogs and mist.

Yep, November and the season of mellow fruitfulness has kept its joys to share with us in March

You just have to love the vagaries of British weather.

10th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


After the snows….Snowdrops


 Snowdrops strong and well

We have had a real mix of weather this last two weeks.  On the  22nd February I posted some images of the Snowdrops in Shipley Woods.  Glorious as they were I felt that I had timed my visit whilst they were still displaying well….though some blooms were just turning brown at the edges.   Since then we have gales, rains, thick frosts and of course snow. Snow that covered these snowdrops in a thick blanket.  The thaw is now well set in and the snow all but gone, so I was surprised to find that instead of suffering, the snow seems to have had a refreshing effect….the carpet of white standing fresh, proud and white once more as you can witness above.

But Snowdrops have caught the artistic imagination for centuries. This Victorian Greetings Card published by Raphael Tuck and Sons is one such example. The company always looked at ways of maximising sales….so this card was printed with various  messages on the reverse.  Christmas Greetings, Everyday Best Wishes and also in this case Easter Greetings… 3 sales from one design.


Card from David Oakes Card Collection


9th March

(C) David Oakes 2018