A Change…but not for the Better!


Big Wood, Allestree

All good things must come to an end (or maybe for a short pause!)… after several weeks of fabulous sunny spring weather that magically changed into summer, there has been a distinct change.  Heavy dark clouds and a temperature drop.

So this mornings walk thru the woods was very dark only the bright fresh green on new ferns broke the sombre pallet of the Pines.   On the positive side….it didn’t rain.


It has now been confirmed that May was both the warmest and driest since (I think they said) 1912

4th May

(C) David Oakes 2018


Moody Monday……

Moody Blue

Moody Blue for a Moody Monday

I realise that we Brits have a reputation of moaning about the weather…and if not moaning at least  ‘discussing’ the weather. So continuing that tradition I make no excuse for reporting todays weather, after a mixed and windy weekend, it is wet, very wet. The good news is that we are currently enjoying record high January temperatures, yesterday it was 13c.  and right now 10c.  The better news is that by late afternoon we will have clear skies…..The bad news is that temperatures will drop to 1c maybe lower.

For me it isn’t that fact that we have a wet spell or a snowy spell, gales or heatwaves it is more a case of the change in weather cycles over the seasons.  I miss the time when you could predicted the start of spring, summer and autumn and as for winter is was predictable…you knew to a degree what to expect.

Just looking in our garden and on our woodlands walks you can detect that the plants are just as confused. New growth on many plants and trees waking up far too early brought on by mild temperatures, then struggling to survive either flood or frost.

Forecasts seem much more detailed than ever yet the reality is still hit and miss…as my mum used to say “we just have to wait and see”

The only sure fact is that on sunny days folk go about with a smile…..on grey wet days   look rather glum at the best.

Of course whilst inner feelings may change, that morning greeting will still no doubt centre around a comment on the weather!

29th January

(C) David Oakes 2018

And It Rained…and then Rained some more


Iris in the Rain

Well it had to rain sometime…and as gardeners and farmers have been saying ‘we need some rain’….. well today they certainly got some and maybe a bit extra.  After our mini heatwave and a fabulous weekend it came as a bit of a shock to the system.  Nor was Buster pleased about a wet walkies….still needs must.

5th June

(C) David Oakes 2017

Too Wet …even for the Geese


It Rained….and then rained some more !

Buster and I were feeling rather sorry for ourselves, appearing to be the only folk out for ‘walkies’ in this wet weather…..but at least we could head back home to get dry and warm….not so these poor Geese.

As we headed homeward you could hear that plaintive call of the Geese,  as if saying  ‘take us with you….please’

16th May

(C) David Oakes 2017

Made a Pleasant Change……


Morning and sun over Allestree Lake…

At last……What a great start to Saturday, sunshine and wispy clouds in a blue sky. Not what was forecast and probably not here to last for long.

Yesterday everything just dripped with rain and walking in the woods whilst sheltering you from the worst of the rain was just a plod.  This morning it was a different world…




Enjoyable weather whilst it lasted…..you could be fooled into thinking that spring was on the way….. but by mid afternoon it had reverted to type.

But as my mother used to say….Be very grateful for what you have. 

4th March                   David Oakes

(C) David Oakes 2017