The Wonder of Blue…


Oh, Yes we DID !

Yep, it took us by surprise but we did have just a brief interlude with a Blue Sky.

Not that it lasted long….but reassuring all the same.

24th March

(C) David Oakes 2018



Friday and the colours of Spring start to unfold




Lets the Tulips trumpet in the Spring….and lets hope the weather takes note


23rd March

(C) David Oakes 2018


Its Official…Its Spring



20th March…at last the Spring Equinox, so officially it is the start of Spring. 


New life is starting to appear and before long everything will burst out of its winter hibernation in a rush of green and golden yellow soon to be followed by a multitude of rainbow colours.

That’s the good news for the day….. and whilst the sun IS shinning at the moment I don’t think it will be with us for long

20th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

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


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