Half Way through May…… Is it Spring/ Winter or Summer?


Blue skies once more….  and a clear blue that we are becoming to get used too.  No vapour trails, no taste of pollution in the air.  We had a frost again last night but woke to a glorious morning.  The forecaster for our area say that we may get to 22c this afternoon and expect 25c tomorrow…… Well it is the middle of May.

The tree above is I believe a Rufus Oak.  It is always one of the last to come into leaf and one of the first to turn  in the autumn….. mind you when it turns it is a beautiful distinctive red,  gradually fading to brown.

We did rather think we had lost this warm sunny day.  Lunch time it turned chilly (no damn cold actually) the cloud cover came over and it looked threatening…


But within the hour all changed again and we were left with a wonderful afternoon.  So an afternoon gardening was the chore.

An indicator that spring is turning into summer, one of our Honey Suckles  has flower heads swelling and nearly ready to burst …….


Roses are the true flower of summer.  Our first Rose bloom appeared last week , but others have not rushed to follow, just the occasional brave bloom…


It cannot be that long before we have many more Roses.  Buds are all swelling, in the afternoon heat and sun.  I am sure you could actually see them growing….


The Flower heads when open on this particular Rose (don’t ask the name) are only tiny, not much bigger than a quails egg, but just as beautiful as the bigger blooms.

As for 22c….  well the best we got to was 19c but with a cool breeze it felt much lower.

I was reminder earlier, that the summer solstice is looming ever closer.  It has been a strange year.  Strange from a weather perspective.   Strange for all of us, as we come to terms with isolation, self distancing and ever changing health advice.  Despite lockdown measures, time does seem to have flown bye.

Summer is on the way, but nothing much else looks like changing, so…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

15th May

(C) David Oakes 2020

Sunny in the Trossachs!

Disc One

Loch Katrine, The Trossachs, Perthshire

The mountain region of the Trossachs just to the north of Glasgow and to the west of Perth and Stirling is a very worthy tourist destination. Undoubtedly the scenery is dramatic, dotted with many Lochs, winding steep roads and deep Glens.

One Loch above all others in the Trossachs attracts the most visitors.  It is Loch Katrine. It once was a natural Loch running through Strath Gartney.  It became a Reservoir for Glasgow in the 1850’s when the water level was artificially raised.

But the Trossachs and Loch Katrine had already come to visitors attention on the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Lady of the Lake‘ which was loosely based upon Loch Katrine as well as legendary connection with Rob Roy.  It was great PR in the days when tourism was taking its first steps of popular appeal.  Today its location so near to Glasgow, Stirling and Perth has ensured its retained its popularity.

I have always loved exploring the Trossachs, whilst I rather like Katrine, I have always found that the nicest views are best towards the mountains from on the Loch, rather than of the Loch from the shore…somehow you don’t loose the man made boundary at shore level.

To make sure visitors can do exactly that and view this part of the Trossachs from the water, you can take a trip on the Steam Boat ‘Sir Walter Scott’. So I have dug deep into my archive and found an old transparency, rather faded but here is a quick scan.


So when all these lockdown restrictions are lifted you too could ‘sailaway’

Where ever you are….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

15th May

(C) David Oakes 2020