The perfect mix…. Warmth, Rain and Sunshine


Perfect growing conditions.  Our mild winter and warm spring gave the vegetation in woods and the wider countryside a great start to the year.

Add the rains of recent days, plus yesterdays warm sunshine and there has been a green explosion…. yep, the growth has been given a blast of the ‘supercharger’.

The truth is that whilst we did have some rain we do need a good deal more. Areas are tinder dry, the ground hard and water levels in reservoirs exceptionally low.

So much as we love warm dry sunny days, the reality is, that it may just be a luxury we need to forego.

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2019



Hello! ….to British Summer (Time)


Sunday 31st March…the clocks ‘spring’ forward one hour and it is officially British Summer Time.

But it certainly isn’t summer just yet, Spring is still just getting underway. It is true much has changed over the past few weeks in both garden, countryside and woods.  Early signs of bud burst and those early flashes of springs colours can be found.  In the woods a race is on…. the Bluebells that really do say that Spring is here are now rapidly putting out there rich green leaves trying to carpet the woodland floor, but it is a race that has to be won each year.


To flower they need the bright sunlight.  So it is a case of blossoming before the leaf cover casts its dark shadow over the woodland floor.

It is though a rather splendid time of year. This year in particular as (so far) here in our part of the UK we have not had any real winter weather. So everything seem that little bit earlier and certainly this start of Spring has been a genuine bonus.  Today it is again sunny and temperature may be down from yesterdays 17c to 15c but still fine for the end of March…

There is a Country saying:-

March Winds do Blow.

“They come in like a Lion and go out like a Lamb”

A calm Spring day that started with the rays of the sun ended with a warm glow….. not a bad end to March.

3 months of the year gone, vanished in a flash…Summer is still a little way off but the best of Spring is yet to come.   Enjoy 🙂

31st March

(C) David Oakes 2019


Mixed Messages in the Woods


Muddy underfoot, regular showers, a sun trying its best to break thru the cloud cover, spring green leaves blend with the first of the autumn windfalls….and don’t sit on the bench as its soaking wet.


6th September

(C) David Oakes 2017