January Sunshine……..


Furlong Meadow Oak, Allestree, Derbyshire

It did take a while for the sun to wake up this January morning.  The grey clouds cleared and we were donated a clear blue sky and a sun that did actually warm the soul.

It was still very wet underfoot, overnight rain falling on recently hard ground ensured that you watched your footing. Lockdown restricts us to our local area…. but that is no hardship.  The Parkland and Woods are always worth strolling through, watching the seasons gradual changes…..  mind you some scenes today, do look rather autumnal, rather than a winters January day.


The Lake has been frozen for several days now, but the air temperature has suddenly risen and with the sun, the thaw has been swift.  As always after ice the Lake does look rather dark…


Mid afternoon and that sun still shines…… the thermometer reads 9c.   So we will say thank you for a rather grand January day and wait to see, if the sun remembers to wake up again tomorrow.  🙂

(P.S. Did you spot the shoes “decorating” the Furlong Oak)

As always, no matter the weather….

Please Remember ….

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

12th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Unpredictable January….. Not my Favourite Month

Millstone Hathersage Moor

Millstone, Hathersage Moors, Derbyshire

January’s weather can be unpredictable. Up on the moors the weather is also unpredictable.  It can change in the blink of an eye….one minute sunshine the next a flurry of snow, then back to sunshine….of course the constant was that it was cold.   The picture above was not this January, covid has other ideas for 2021, but still a reminder of better times.

Bright as that January day was, I have to admit that January is not my favourite month by a longway.   

It isn’t the vagaries of the weather, though at times that can be a challenge, but it has more to do with the light.  It not just that daylight hours are shorter, though each one that passes is just a tad longer than the previous day.  Once New Years Day is just another memory, the colour of the light changes. Its colder, harsher even when the sun does put in an appearance.  Then when the weather isn’t as favourable, it just adds to the bleak aspect for the winter month on January. 

Come February,  we so often get those first signs of spring appearing, but the light also becomes just a little richer…. even though the days remain cold the sun adds just a little glow.     Then we can say that we are on the way to Spring


Till then ……

Please Remember ….

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

12th January

(C) David Oakes 2021