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


Temporary blip…either way


Dire weather warnings…snow to arrive overnight.  Well they were right, it did.

At 8am my car was covered with snow but by 9.15am the rain had washed it all away.

There then followed a day of mainly long bright sunny intervals with the occasional heavy rain shower and at times hail stones just to add variety to our Sunday.

It was though a trifle muddy underfoot

North Westerly Gales and more snow on Tuesday are in the forecast…. maybe next time we will  not be so lucky.  But so far that is the worst the winter has thrown our way.

11th March

(C) David Oakes 2019

Red Sky in the Morning……


Dawn and a red sky…. and you must know the saying ” Red Sky in the morning – Shepherd’s Warning! ”  …. and I guess it does look rather threatening.

Whilst the sky did clear and turn a rich blue, within the hour it had started to rain. Like yesterday the rain became heavy, then a deluge.  Not that we should complain as through the autumn and the winter to date, it has been abnormally dry so I guess we should be grateful.

It has also turned cold. In the woods the wild daffodils are now breaking ground under the woodland shade (garden daffs have been with us for a few weeks – wild ones are later flowerers)… just a few showing off at the moment soon there will be a host of Daffodils


The one sure thing about today was that I would not be hanging about for long.  A dry indoors with a coffee and a good book was calling.


 By the way Buster was so wet and bedraggled he wasn’t having his picture taken.

8th March

(C) David Oakes 2019

So much for Weather Folk Law…..

_Wet Day

Overnight and during the morning we had some much needed rain…. heavy at times which must help our low water table situation. But it did rather blow a hole in the old weather folk law …. Red sky at night – Shepherds delight.  Sundays sunset only lead to rain.

Best not to complain as rain is something that has been in short supply in our corner of the UK.   The Lake stubbornly remained frozen, so the locals Ducks have forgotten how to swim and have now learned the art of walking on water….


Later in the day normal service has resumed and the sun broke through.

It didn’t exactly bring a smile to the faces of the Highland cattle… but body language suggested a slightly happier mood….

_DSC1283qqqNow where did I put my Hairdryer?….

My hair is all wet and I cannot do a thing with it!


 4th February

(C) David Oakes 2019