And Sunday didn’t disappoint ….


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What a great relief after a week of heavy rains….Sunday did turn out to be sunny. Just great to be free to enjoy a leisurely walk even if there was still a cold wind.

The low sun brought out lots of winters colours thru the bare woodland and scrub…will not be long before the buds that are slowly swelling will burst from their winter quarters and herald the start of another spring…though I suspect there will still be some real winter days yet to come.


8th January

(C) David Oakes 2018



Back on the See-Saw of Winter Weather…


A frosty start to today, Thursday, but unlike yesterday the sun also brought with is a nearly cloud free blue sky.  OK its cold but as yet not cold enough to freeze the Lake…


A welcome sign that spring is on the way are our first delicate yellow Catkins…



Remember this  from yesterday, dull, damp and misty….

Well Today it looks very different


All in all a beautiful winters day….we just have to wait and wonder were the weather see-saw will choose to land this Friday

29th December

(C) David Oakes 2017


Very Dull after the Festivities….


Damp, Cold and Misty… 

Yesterday started damp, dull and much colder than of late.  I suggested it was misty but more likely low flying cloud.  Nor did the day get any better….just got colder.

But as I have just been listening to both the national and local news reports I guess we had it better than most folk in the UK. As for the forecast ahead, well its going to be getting colder but sunshine forecast for today Thursday but winter weather by the New Year weekend.

28th December

(C) David Oakes 2017

OK….I got it wrong!


It just got a lot Brighter….

My early morning post told a rather grey story with little hope of anything better (see link:-

But I was not alone.  The Met Office Forecast was even gloomier. The fact is, that despite our collective ‘wisdom’,  that misty and grey start faded and the sun started to break thru, clouds started to thin, dew evaporated

By the time I reached the Lake the sky had turned to a clear blue…as for the temperature our garden thermometer reads 13c…..


not bad for   ‘grey’ December day.

22nd December

(C) David Oakes 2017

A Grey Day….just for a change!



Big Wood, Allestree

No sunshine to wake up the day….well not as yet.  Low cloud still lingers thru the trees. Nor is the forecast for the next few days very encouraging….it certainly doesn’t look as if we will get a white Christmas.

22nd December

(C) David Oakes 2017