Moody Monday…… Weather Change


A Stormy Day at Moonen Bay, Isle of Skye

The weather is very unpredictable today, its certainly moody…indeed rather threatening, so I thought this image from last year rather fitted the bill.

It was taken on a very stormy day on the Isle of Skye, like all highland weather it rather took us by surprise. We had been enjoying a week of warm dry sunny autumn weather, just perfect.  Then within hours the storm blew in from across the Atlantic….gales, dark clouds and rain…..though it is the force of those winds that remains strongest in the memory.

The view is from Neist Point and looking towards Waterstein Head across Moonen Bay, to the North West of Skye. It is hard to describe the force of the wind, so lets just say that I was crouched low behind the car that was rocking in the wind, trying hard to hold the camera steady.

There was a big plus point…the gale shifted the midges that had been enjoying the autumn sunshine.  The next day the calm and sunny autumn returned but not those midges.

28th May

(C) David Oakes 2018


Perfect Weather For……

Perfect Weather

Perfect Weather For……Ducks, Geese, Fish and I guess anything that loves the water.  Enough said 🙂


3rd April

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Bad start but a Good finish


A Very muddy and Damp Stable Block

The forecast was for more rain but a promise of sunshine this afternoon. Well they didn’t tell no lies….. we did get some sunshine, a very brief spell of late evening light. At least it made the Lake glow….

The temperature at 5pm was 11c, not bad for March….but the prediction is for 0c maybe less overnight with the possibility of some snow.  If not snow, well more rain will have to do!


Allestree Lake

Best be grateful for a brief reminder that the sun is still up there !

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


Rain Again…


The Five Sisters of Kintail….

Rain again today and with it low cloud and a grey sky that seems to get darker by the minute. Sometimes rain doesn’t quite seems so bad….It was indeed wet when we were by Loch Duich in the Scottish Highlands last year.  Looking towards Morvich and the mountains know as the Five Sisters of Kintail…it was pouring down but somehow, possibly because we were in such fantastic scenery, it didn’t seem so bad.

12th January

(C) david Oakes 2018

After Doris – A Very Different Day….


A Early Morning Transatlantic Jet….

Bright blue sky, sunshine and fluffy white clouds scurrying across the horizon.  Very different for the terrible dark day that Doris gave us yesterday. In theory we were in the eye of the storms path….so heading off to the woods there was some trepidation as to what damage we might find.   But a minor miracle occurred as we only had one tree (by the lake) snapped.  Perhaps it was not the strongest of specimens but none the less one less….


We have to hold our hands up and say we were lucky, many places did not do as well.  The worst we had was two short power outs.

So this morning both in the woods and by the lake all seems well…

24th February                                                     David Oakes

(C) David Oakes 2017