Moody Monday….After the storms



Barns Ness Lighthouse, East Lothian, Scotland

After a weekend that started with a bleak outlook, had the occasional bright spell but otherwise stormy, Monday has arrived and no doubt with it a mixed week ahead.

Reminded me of an early Monday morning a few years ago on the East Coast of Scotland just south of Dunbar.  We had been hunkered down over a very wet and windy weekend, so waking early to low morning sunshine and a breathless wind I headed down to the shoreline below Barns Ness Lighthouse.  The clear blue sky above was only fringed by the receding storm clouds, the naturally red sandstone bathed even deeper red in the morning light.

The area is well worth a visit, Barns Ness is itself central to a Coastal Nature Reserve whilst nearby Dunbar (birthplace of John Muir, naturalist, explorer and writer) is a great Scottish Borders Fishing Village also worth exploring.

20th March

(C) David Oakes 2017


Moody Monday….and the rest!



A wind is getting up……

Moody Monday….and by the look of the forecast is could well turn out to be a Moody Week.

All we can do is let it all take its course and hope that we do get the occasional brighter spell on which to end the month.

27th February                                                         David Oakes

(C)David Oakes 2017

Moody Blues for Moody Monday


Our First Iris….

Well we have Snowdrops and now we have some wonderful Dwarf Iris – Katherine Hodgkin – but so far our Crocus have failed to turn up….just the hint of the odd green tip.  No doubt they will catch up in the seasonal cycle eventually.

Now these Iris may be blue but I trust they will add a little cheer to this Monday, a fresh start to a new week.  A new week where the forecasters seem rather vague…..Unseasonably warm, Unpredictable – but Wet and Windy…at times.

I guess we just have to wait and see…..Have great week.

20th February

(C) 2017

Moody Monday……


Moody Blue for a Moody Monday

A very wet Sunday did produce the odd break in the cloud to reassure us that there still is some blue sky up above us……sadly those breaks did not make Sunday a ‘Sun Day’.

Monday starts of moody and will probably remain so for the rest of the day.

I still think that our seasons are out of kilter. Each year the start of the traditional season seems to head back by a 2 or 3 weeks. Summer was late again,  Autumn didn’t really start till mid November and current weather is more like that of December…wet, cold, miserable with the odd day of frost or snow to warn us winter is on the way.  Maybe it is, winter that is…. so far we have yet to see what passes for winter in our part of the world.

16th January

(C) David Oakes 2017

Moody Monday…….


Wet and Bedraggled….

We came across this rather wet and bedraggled Terrier very patiently waiting its owners. It was late afternoon and they had all been enjoying a winter walk…..but the poor little chappie, sat staring into the warm café,  having to wait outside whilst his owners fortified themselves with a warm drink….I hope they had a reward for his patience.

9th January

(C) David Oakes 2017