Spring again…….



Two consecutive days of Spring like weather (OK its cold!) and if I hadn’t tuned into the long term weather forecast I would be rather content with things.  I think we can safely say that this sunny spell will not be lasting much longer…. in fact from the middle of next week we may well be into a deep cold spell, maybe even deep snow.

We couldn’t venture far today, so a walk through our local woods had to be the main menu for the day.  Nor could we feel in anyway disappointed, the sun cutting through the trees, the dried leaves on the floor, the Pine Trees glistening and dancing in the light breeze next to tall slender Silver Birch it was just great.  To add yet more of a spring feeling to the day a fresh display of Catkins bounced in the breeze.

But I reckon that the biggest bonus of the day was that everyone we met had a BIG smile on their Faces 🙂

10th January

(C) David Oakes 2019


A Welcome Break…..

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Could this be the calm before the storm?

After over 14 days of dark grey damp days we woke on Sunday to some very very welcome sunshine and blue skies.  As the forward forecast is for storms…even our first frosts of the winter are threatened for later in the week ahead…we opted for a walk in some glorious fresh air to blow away the remaining festive memories and over indulgances.

Refreshing it was as we headed out across open Derbyshire countryside, then thru a Country Park and finally back thru my favourite Beech woodlands.

Winter has so far been very mild, today 10c.  I did say the past few weeks have been damp, but no rain. Much as we dislike rain it is now long overdue for our reservoirs.  Storms are predicted to sweep across the UK later today, Monday. Not sure if it has our small corner of England in its unpredictable path so we wait to see. As for frost, now that could be a problem as many new shoots of plants, shrubs and bulbs are already heading out of the warm soil. Strange world.

As we cannot choose the weather we are given it was great to take advantage of Sundays offering…a fantastic fresh day to be out and about blowing all those cobwebs away.

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7th January

(C) David Oakes 2019

December the 1st….and Winter is officially here !


Winter Silhouettes….

Meteorologically the 1st of December is the first day* of winter. The past week has seen a marked change in the weather, dull damp and windy.

So it was rather a surprise to wake to a fresh sunny morning.  The big change of course is in the woods.  The low sun is casting long shadows of the trees, trees that are now dramatic skeletons,  with the autumn leaves carpeting the floor it is all rather different.  Nature dressing up in just another of her ever changing coats.


Even without cloths on…. trees always have that special appeal.

  • *IF today really is the 1st Day of winter…..and the winter solstice is on the 21st of December….does that mean winter only last 42 days in total?

 1st December

(C) David Oakes 2018