It was a Record Breaker…….


Blossom Time…. and other Spring First’s

It was a Record Breaker….it is true.  Easter Weekend is actually a 4 day of national holiday and this Easter it has been all blue skies and sunshine…. sunshine that has raised temperatures to produce record high temperatures in all regions of the UK.  OK it’s been hot,t what is more surprising is that we have a standing joke…”that is always rains on public holidays” …. well not this year.

2019 has been a year where the seasonal rule book didn’t apply. Overall its been dry, mild and sunny, true we did have the occasional frost, the high winds, and some odd days of rain, but for the most part its just been rather nice and very different. Nature has been mixed up with most plants being early whilst others a little later.

One early bloom is this Rhododendron, our first to burst into glorious colour…


We exercised discretion this holiday.  We knew the roads and hot spots would be overcrowded so we just enjoyed our local area. Walking by the River, through the Parks, into the Woodlands packed with Bluebells, found Wild Garlic about to flower, sat by the Lake, watched Artist out sketching, enjoyed our Garden where a pair of Blackbirds were busy taking turns feeding young on a nest so well hidden it remains a secret.

It was a holiday weekend just right to take your time in doing nothing, pausing to just sit and stare before continuing to potter along doing nothing in particular….made a change just to relax and the warm sunshine reflecting on the wonders of Spring…


23rd April

(C) David Oakes 2019


Sun… Sun and more Sun – its Spring !


The sun woke with the dawn and by 10am it was high, bright and making a statement that it was here to stay for the day.

The day also has a very real Spring feeling to it.  The woods had that distinctive smell that mingled the tang of the dry autumn leaves and the fresh scent of new leaves with the first of the Bluebells. There were also the occasional reminder that whilst we have had a dry mild winter we have had some high winds that caused some damage. But today all was still and the only sound was that of the birds busy singing to mark territories and attract mates.  Yep…its Spring all right.

In the garden the Clematis is starting to flower whilst the last of the Tulips are doing there bit to add more colour to the day…the sun is making them open wide making  a statement to all passing Bees and Insects that they are ‘open for business‘ bursting with pollen and nectar.


But I am afraid the day wasn’t intended for leisurely walks in the woods and listening to the bird calls, more for some serious work…. but not before a welcome cuppa !

The weather outlook is looking good for this Easter break…so lets have some more sunshine

20th April

(C) David Oakes 2019

Flippant Friday…. It is going to be Busy!


Easter weekend and with two days of additional public holidays it should mean time for some rest and relaxation…… but with the weather forecast predicting sunshine and warmer than usual temperatures, there will be no excuses* not to get out into the garden and make a start on tidying up after the winter….. So I guess its going to be busy!

* That is unless you have already made your holiday escape  🙂

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2019