Moody Monday…..

Saksun, Faroe Islands

Saksun on the Faroese Island of Streymoy

Peaceful Saksun in the Faroe’s. The grass roofed Church overlooking mountain and sea loch, surrounded by lush green pasture ideal for sheep.

On our visit the weather was…. lets say, moody.

Damp, but not raining and a constant drift of clouds in various shades of grey…..just like the weather predictions for today here in our small corner of the UK.  Yep…. a Moody Monday

20th August

(C) David Oakes 2018




The Weather….. Never Satisfied



Dawn…..Big Wood Allestree, Derbyshire

It was just great this Friday morning to be up and about, in the woods as dawn came up.  Cool and a fresh but light breeze was invigorating.

There was a time when I though it was only the British who were obsessed with the weather…a constant topic of conversation. Yet reading many of the Blogs that appear on WP from East, West, North or South and whatever the season, the weather is a very frequent topic.

After our long summer ‘heatwave’ we have just had a week of mixed weather fortunes. Beautiful sunny days and blues skies, cloudy but bright and cloudy with rain.  Some have enjoyed (yep, enjoyed) some rather heavy downpours.  So far we have just had occasional showers none that have been that heavy and being showers only brief visits.

For the most part it has been a spell of much more typical British summers weather…in normal years we would be remarking on our good fortunes, today is a pleasant 26c.

Not this year.  On our walkies Buster and I always greet others with a smile and a ‘good morning’.  But the response has been very mixed from a brief ‘is it!’ to more sarcastic often derogatory comments about the climate….. some folk are never satisfied.

The little rain we have had has had a disproportionally beneficial effect on the woodlands and meadows.  Green is back looking as fresh as the proverbial daisy.  Trees are refreshed and flowers regaining there colours, bracken and ferns flourishing

 Whilst we are never sure of what the weather will bring us, we do know that autumn is not that far away.  Indeed there are some autumnal signs already…


Holly seems to be very much ahead of itself.  Full of Red Berries…perhaps someone needs to let it know that Christmas is still 128 day away (some may say only 128 days away).


How fast does time fly

18th August

(C) David Oakes 2018

Looking for shade and a little cool air…


 It might be a heatwave with temperatures today of 33c but Buster and I still need our daily walkies…. so it early morning then later evening to try to avoid the extremes. Starting by the River side was a good idea then over to some woodland for shade.  Butterflies, Bees and insects seem to be loving the current dry spell as are the wild flowers.  Not all is well though, Silver Birch my favourite tree seems to be suffering in the drought, leaves are shrivelled, dry and dropping…not sure the brief spell of rain forecast for the weekend will do very much to help. Still lets make the most of what we have to enjoy…


As for a brief rest…well your choice, a seat in the sun or shade 🙂


27th July

(C) David Oakes 2018

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