Red Sky in the Morning Shepherds Warning…..


I guess many of us can recite the old rhyme about Red Sky. A warning of bad weather or maybe good weather and depending upon what you had been taught it was either a Sailor or Shepherd to whom the advice was addressed.

The morning broke with a sky on fire so best watch out…and even the weather forecaster are predicting some inclement weather ahead.  Thankfully by the time I wrote this late afternoon that forecast and prediction hadn’t come about…just another glorious December day…one that perhaps did indicate that winters is here.

The sky eventually turned to blue with a frost on the ground (only a touch of frost) and a misty horizon…


The now bare fronds of the Silver Birch wafted in the northerly breeze


A breeze that did little to move the mighty Oak

But we headed for our favourite stand of ‘bent’ Beech trees.

Once planted many, many years ago to form a boundary hedge, a hedge that estate workers started to ‘lay’ by bending and cropping the young trees and for some reason abandon.  Being left to there own devices the Beech has reverted to norm and reached up to the sky….the only clue to there past being the bent trunks at the base.



Not a bad day for mid December a day that still feels more autumnal than winter

15th December

(C) David Oakes 2018


Damp and Dark……

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At last some rain…very much needed to refill the reservoirs and water table. That doesn’t make it any more pleasant when one is out and about.

Sadly all those golden leaves that rustled and crunched under your footfall are now just a soggy dark mass… the good news is that will soon be a mush returning lots of goodness to the earth.

28th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

Monday started so well……


After a week of dull, damp (though no rain) and cold days we woke on Monday to a glorious sunny morning.  The sun of course remained low casting long shadows but it also found its way into the Willow Coppices.  They need thinning now but have been providing great cover for the ferns thriving in the damp grass…


It was also surprisingly warm, only a light fleece for a walk round the lake.  Despite the leaf drop of last week there are still some clinging on… and this bright sun continued to bring out the last of the autumnal colours….



Bright as the sun was it lacked that richness of a few weeks ago.  Nor was it to last.  By Lunch time the dull grey sky was back and a thicker fleece called for.  Nor is the forward forecast encouraging.  The much needed rain is due and with it will be some gales.

As for Monday morning it was far from moody and I guess a bonus to enjoy… 🙂


27th November

(C) David Oakes 2018