a fishing village story — Licht Years

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small New England village. As he sat, he saw a New England fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish. The businessman was impressed and asked the […]

via a fishing village story — Licht Years

Well worth a read, a chuckle and a reflection on life.  Thanks to Licht Years for posting this blog.    🙂

Picnic in the Park….


The end of February….but who can blame this group of Mums and Toddlers for taking advantage of these un-seasonally high temperatures.  21c (70f).

The warm sunshine and longer daylight  hours have brought out the early Spring Blossom, delicate shades of pink with red buds, guaranteed to brighten any day



Tomorrow will be the 1st of March, a new month and a new advanced weather forecast, a forecast that suggests we will start to see weather more conducive to the calendar.

Its been rather nice whilst it lasted.

28th February

(C) David Oakes 2019

Surprise, Surprise……. Summer Temperatures in February



It is true….temperatures across the UK were generally in the 17/18c level and in some places a 21c.  Lunch on the patio for 3 consecutive days absorbing some very welcome vitamin D. Yet this is still February, it shouldn’t be this way.

Here in our corner of middle England I can confirm that we have had (so far) little rain, two days of what one would call a proper frost and on those days the lake did freeze, lots of sunshine and temperatures above the seasonal average culminating in this mini summer.

In reality it is very spring like, lots of growth in the woods and garden.  The trees are someway off bursting but buds are swelling and bulbs are flourishing and herbaceous plants sprouting well…and as mentioned yesterday Bee’s a plenty.

Friday it is the 1st of March and the Meteorological Office dictates that is the start of Spring…astrologically is still away off. But I have this feeling that we may well see the arrival of hard winter weather during the month.  Global warming?, Jet Stream?, warmer Gulf Stream? all may well be creating this current February Heat Wave.… but what we have noticed is that for a number of years now the cyclical seasonal change from one to another has slipped back each succeeding year by at least two weeks.

We do know this good weather cannot last. It is too good to be true!

So thinking wistfully of  summer days to come, and living  bang in the middle of England, miles from the coast, I thought I would remind myself of sunny, summer days on the beach to come.  If you are lucky enough to live on the coast then enjoy this early bonus and take a stroll along the sands for me.


26th February

(10am and already 13c and rising)

(C) David Oakes 2019

Last Weekend of February…. Busy Bee’s


The Last weekend in February.  Looking back we would still be either covered with snow, enduring heavy frosts, cold or at the best heavy rains.

Not this year.  We have been enjoying a warm spell much more like late spring.  temperatures hovering around 17c, clear blue skies and bright sunshine.

So our conscience got the better of us and a weekend tidying up the garden was called for…nothing dramatic, just a bit of care and attention and getting the garden ready for spring proper.  What you could say was a spot of Spring Cleaning.

I say spring proper but there is so much already sprouting, shooting and emerging from its slumbers that it is hard to believe that this is still February.

Nor were we the only busy bee’s in the garden.  Buzzing around were a good number of Bees, Bees that should be safely tucked up in a warm communal hideaway.  But no they were out gathering what pollen and nectar they could.

Bee’s are very much in the news, as they are like other insects, are in decline. So no surprise that our local garden centre is promoting ‘Bee Friendly’ plants.  They have also thought that the Bee theme could be carried on into their Gift Shop…. Bee Hives to Bee plates and cups and everything in-between to part us from our cash…..!


Full marks for initiative.

25th February

(C) David Oakes 2019