Moody Monday….. well after a Snowy Sunday I guess its an improvement


Sunday we ‘enjoyed’ the biggest dump  of snow this winter in our little corner of England, it delivered more snow than the now infamous Beast from the East…..but being honest we have seen much worse over the years. Yep, I guess we have come off rather lightly.

So Sunday was snowy but also damp and very grey, not a hint of sunshine…

Temperatures were below zero at -4C but that felt even colder with a wind chill of – 5c…..   so -9c is damn cold for us  That wind did prevent the Lake from freezing so I suppose that is some consolation.


Today Monday much of the snow has gone but has left a legacy of thick ice on the roads.  Sunshine is promised for times today and temperatures are due to rise over the week. With Spring due to start tomorrow it would be nice to say goodbye to winter weather.

19th March

(C) David Oakes 2018



March or November…… ?


There are times over the past few years when I am sure the seasonal time clock has shifted backwards.

Take this February and March as an example….when we haven’t been experiencing December and January winter weather we have had Autumnal Fogs and mist.

Yep, November and the season of mellow fruitfulness has kept its joys to share with us in March

You just have to love the vagaries of British weather.

10th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

Refreshing Change….


Ivy Tree

Perhaps it has been the dull grey days of the past week…….  so when I caught a small shaft of that rare commodity ‘sunshine’ casting its glow on the Ivy climbing up the Oak it refreshed my inner soul.  I even paused to marvel at all the varying shades of colour on each of the leaves then the intricate and intriguing pattern of veins. Each leave held on a single thin red stem. Each leave a jewel in its own right.

Humble though the Ivy maybe it certainly brightened up my morning….

5th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

After the Snow…the Thaw and then what?

Foggy day a

Furlong Oak, Allestree

Yesterday the thaw had started,  so I rather optimistically posted what I hoped was an encouraging image of the spring to come.  But the day was far from encouraging….. obviously still cold, but with no wind and slight increase in temperature melting the snow we ended up with a very foggy day.

Lake in FogThe snow was melting but as always the ice on what was a solidly frozen lake will be the last to vanish.

I wonder if that will be the worst of the winter for this year….. or will it have another surprise up it sleeve?

There is of course the old country saying that says

” If March comes in like a Lion…it will go out like a Lamb”

but some also quote the reverse.

5th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


Just a bit of snow….well it is still winter


Allestree Snows

For a change we have had a bit of snow, just a nice covering.  At first it was sticking to the trees but the wind increased and started to blow what is a powdery snow into the nooks and crannies.

Compared to many previous winters this is still ‘not that bad’ and as it is March cannot last for long.  Still, wrapped up warm, its not too bad for a walk.

2nd March

(C) David Oakes 2018