It has rained….at last

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After the hottest summer on record, with only the very occasional light shower this autumn, at long last we have had some heavy and continuous rain.

Normally we complain about too much of the ‘wet stuff’ but our reservoirs are very very low. So with luck they are starting to refill. 

But they have a long way to go to reach the fill mark, as you can see from the image of Carsington Water, just a week ago today.  Look at the height of the dam wall on the horizon…and those stones in the foreground, they would be well underwater under normal conditions

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9th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

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Moody Monday…… Damp

Woodland-Gloom

It has been a stormy and wet weekend and Monday seems due to be equally as damp. It is true that in our part of the UK we could do with some rain, the reservoirs are low.

Despite all the dry weather we do seem reluctant embrace this very necessary weather phenomenon…… many long faces are testament to that.

15th October

(C) David Oakes 2018

Changeable ……

Anstruther,--Firth-of-Forth

The Harbour Light, Anstruther, Fife, Scotland

With the weather being so changeable over the past two days and indications are that it will be like that for the rest of the week, I thought this might be a suitable image.

Taken about 4 years ago in very similar weather conditions.  You could see the different waves of weather approaching across the Firth of Forth…. and the speed of change was quite something to see. Sunny, then cloudy, sunny, then rain and once again back to sun.

Oh! the joys of a normal British summer!

14th August

(C) David Oakes 2018

 

So Debby Passed us Bye…..

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Not a bad weekend after all…Forecaster were full of a mixture of doom and excitement that rain was on the way.  So much bad weather that they named it Storm Debby.  Not sure that Debby reaped havoc anywhere but we did get some rain.

Saturday was just great, sunny, blue skies and a little cooler, but just as nice both in the garden and the woods…

 Fungi are starting to make there autumnal appearance.  Bracket Fungi is perhaps to be expected on this ancient Oak, still standing upright and strong despite insects and fungi attacking its trunk…for a tree over 1000 years old that aint bad!

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Sunday arrived and so did the rain, but to be frank it was more an irritant than a nuisance.  Still no doubt the plants would be grateful for the splash they were able to capture…

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The heatwave may be over but the patio and drive are still holding some of that heat, the rain just evaporated as soon as it fell.

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Being realistic we do need some meaningful rain….forecasters say we have a wet week ahead…we will see

13th August

(C) David Oakes 2018

Saturday Quandary……

Deeside-Braemar

The River Dee at Braemar, Scotland.

We have had some rain…not a lot!  But the weather forecast for the weekend is rather dire with Storm Debby on the way.  What isn’t certain is the course she will take which means that for some of us across the UK a shower or two, others torrential downpours and a few will escape with nothing at all.

So I thought that this image, taken a couple of years ago,  of an approaching storm over Royal Deeside was perhaps appropriate for this weekend.

11th August

(C) David Oakes 2018