After a Wild Weekend…. all is calm


Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

What a wild weekend that was.  Storm Freya past over in two waves.  I did expect to find some storm damage in the woods this morning but overall I think we escaped the worst.

This morning the sky is blue and the sun is bright, still a little breeze to ripple the water but for me the most significant change is the colour temperature.  So far this winter the colours have remained vibrant, autumn colours merged in to hue’s of spring.

Today it looks very much colder, the colours have faded and starting to look more like winter colours, the lake is a darker blue/black despite a clear blue bright sky.

Rain is threatened for later today and tomorrow is forecast to mirror today…. then after that the forecast is bleak.  Not that we should complain as we have avoided winter (or at least the winter extremes) so far.


4th March

(C) David Oakes 2019


Moody Monday……. Moody Starts


We are enjoying a run of fantastic February weather, temperatures reaching record seasonal high’s.  But those record highs arrive are after nights and early mornings that are rather cold, sometime misty.  In these early hours of the morning, the sky that will eventually be clear blue, is crisscrossed with vapour trails from the morning commuter planes.  Vapour trails that roll together in the wind to form wispy clouds and patterns of there own.

18th February

(C) David Oakes 2019

The Morning started well….but then went back to sleep


Over the Gate…A February morning

The morning started well, a blue sky that was slightly wispy, not a breath of wind and a touch of haze on the horizon…..OK the sun did appear, albeit rather weak, but the day still had promise.

By lunch time the day had gone back to sleep.  Not sure how to describe it, but the haze did thicken,  never really became thick enough to be called a mist. It also had a strange effect on the colour of the weak sun. Even at midday it had that warm glow you would normally associate with dusk..  dusk without a sunset….well it was midday!


Strange maybe which just added to the February mornings feel for a brisk winter walk…


When evening arrived a change in mood of the weather occurred.  Heavy rain and high winds….and more predicted.

6th February