Sunny and windy….. and the occasional shower.


Find the shelter from the wind and it is hot in the sun.  The wind is still blowing at a pace so the clouds are racing across the blue skies.  Those clouds are also bring a few light showers, but nothing to get the waterproofs out for.

The woodlands are darker and the bluebells all but gone.  Sad in one way to see the  dry fallen leaves and the dying flower heads turning to seed….but the season moves along

Out in the meadows Yellow is the colour of the  moment.   Buttercups are well into their short season.  I think the wet winter and early spring followed by these short burst of mini heatwaves have been just right for a bumper crop….


The Yellow theme continues with the Laburnum now sporting its flower fleurets…


The Yellow theme is picked up along the Lakeside.  Flag Iris are having their very own moment….


As you can see the  Iris were swaying in the wind but not as violently as the Cow Parsley in its more open location…..


Everything should be rather fine in this good weather…… a great opportunity for folk to get their lockdown  exercise and enjoy the spring turning  into summer, right there in front of them.   SADLEY….some folk just don’t seem to care .  The woodlands are great for a picnic but for some it would appear to have been rather more than that.   Wine, Beer and Take Away Food  and the left overs just abandoned..  There is no shortage of empty bins near by, so if they can bring a Take Away ,why cannot they Take it Home, or bin it when finished….  Disappointing.


It just takes one group of  thoughtless folk to spoil a corner of what is a great location.

The day comes to a close, and that wind still blows.   A heatwave again next week they say.


Please Remember ….

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

23rd May

(C) David Oakes 2020

Saturday…. and another Grand Day Out


Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

In hope, and looking forward to being able to travel once again, I am recalling places that have proven to be great days out.   So lets head to  the Ayrshire Coast of Scotland.

Culzean Castle and its surrounding Country Park is one such location.  It is quite a ‘new’ castle.  Built on the ruins of and earlier building, the 10th Earl of Cassilis,  commissioned the Architect Robert Adam to build a Grand Country House.  Culzean Castle is the result.  It was built between 1777 & 1792.

I would describe the Castle as being double fronted.  The landward side above overlooks a beautiful formal garden with many exotics.

The seaward side overlooks the Firth of Clyde, Ailsa Craig , Isle of Arran, and beyond into the Irish Sea.  So the castle was designed to provide rooms with great sea views.


The Earl of Cassilis was Chief of the Clan Kennedy.  It was the Kennedy family that gifted Culzean Castle to the National Trust  of Scotland in 1945.  The Kennedy family attached one condition….. That an Apartment within the Castle be kept for the use of Dwight D Eisenhower in recognition of his service to the Country as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in WWII.  As President of the United States, he took advantage of the honour as a holiday venue.

Once we overcome the current difficulties it will once again become a both a grand holiday location  and the opportunity for a Grand Day Out. 

If the Ayrshire weather is kind and you linger into the evening you may well be graced with a sunset over the Isle of Arran….

 and that’s a bonus in itself

When life becomes more normal it is well worth a visit….  Till then…

Please Remember ….

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

23rd May

(C) David Oakes 2020