Just to Cheer myself up as The Weather has Changed….. and now rather wet

The weather has changed for the worse in our part of the world, well its rather wet.  Being honest we do rather need this rain.  Listening to the long range forecast I think we are going to have this sort of weather for the foreseeable future!

One thing our warm, and mainly dry, spring has produced is an abundance of lush foliage.  Our Hosta’s have been prolific in leaf growth…trouble is the snails and slugs have been having a real feast.  We were beginning to think that the flowers would arrive after all the leaves had been reduced to lace – however the one above has managed to thrust its stem through the leaves as it should.  By the way that little Pink flower above is Herb Robert.  Cherished in the meadows as a lovely wild flower but considered a weed in gardens……. but still very welcome in ours.

So with the weather very much on our minds I thought I would reflect on some colourful floral wonders we stumbled upon on sunny Sunday.

So some sunny memories to recall as we reflect upon what a wonderful but strange seasonal autumn, winter and spring we have enjoyed… now I imagine we pay for it!

I guess I will not be needing these for a week or two…


11th June

(C) David Oakes 2019



A dose of the Wet Stuff….. you call it Rain!


I guess we can say it is raining at last…… we really do need a soaking not just a sprinkle. Though I guess by tomorrow we will be bemoaning its arrival.  For several weeks we have enjoyed a warm flow of air courtesy of Spain…. now they send us, courtesy of Storm Miquel, a little of their rain ( who said that ” The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain “ ).

The season have changed…. this is weather we should have had in February or March – not June.

Now where is my brolly?


8th June

(C) David Oakes 2019

The Forecast is for Rain…. but where is it?




The forecasters predict very heavy rain for today and Saturday, fully expected to wake up to a very damp start. So far nothing – why complain?  Well I am not really complaining, but we have had so little rain since last year, that we do reluctantly need a period of wet weather.


It is though surprising that the vegetation is so lush.  Woodland or meadow all are flush with rich new growth and woodland aromas that are to good to bottle into a perfume ….maybe the rain (if we get any) will stimulate even more growth.

7th July

(C) David Oakes 2019

Temporary blip…either way


Dire weather warnings…snow to arrive overnight.  Well they were right, it did.

At 8am my car was covered with snow but by 9.15am the rain had washed it all away.

There then followed a day of mainly long bright sunny intervals with the occasional heavy rain shower and at times hail stones just to add variety to our Sunday.

It was though a trifle muddy underfoot

North Westerly Gales and more snow on Tuesday are in the forecast…. maybe next time we will  not be so lucky.  But so far that is the worst the winter has thrown our way.

11th March

(C) David Oakes 2019