I guess that the Folklore about sunrise is true.


Red Sky in the Morning – Shepherds Warning

The sky was rather striking this morning, the air was still and the blue from the night sky lingered on.

But that was the best part of the day…. within a few hours the mist was down, hugging the woodlands trees, hiding a sun that struggled but failed to break thru.


Even without the sun, it was still a good day to be out and about

6th December

(C) David Oakes 2019

There is a Blue Sky up there …. somewhere !


The Old Furlong Oak

As the sun rose this morning down came the fog…well it was a mist at first then became much thicker. If you looked straight up you could see blue sky but look to the horizon and it was lost to view.

What a change from yesterday… a very different feel as you can see…

Despite the foggy conditions it was still a great morning to be out.  Interesting to see familiar locations looking very different as the fog swirled around, the low winter sun casting its shadows…


It was a constantly change scene, the fog first lifting and then thickening again… but that blue sky was still up there…




December…but very much a November weather day

5th December

(C) David Oakes 2019

It cannot Last….. but what a fabulous start to December


Another unexpectedly bright sunny day, clear blue skies and a sun with that warm glow usually associated with autumn.  But here we are at the start of December and enjoying a series of fantastic mornings.

Again an opportunity not to be missed.  The low morning sun, whilst casting long dark shadows also threw a spotlight of warm light over the fallen Oak and Beech leaves. All the way round the Lake the trees and scrub just burst with colour…and despite the cold you could smell a rich warm autumnal decay from the leaves…yet here we are at the start of winter….


So join me on a short Lakeside stroll in the sun and shadows….

and if you wish there is always somewhere to sit and just enjoy the day…


4th December

(C) David Oakes 2019


At last a Lull in the Weather…….


A Calm by the Lake

It was with some relief that we managed a dry(ish) walk yesterday…there was a rather quite lull between the heavy rains and yesterdays wind, welcome and for a couple of hours.  It was an opportunity not to be missed, a refreshing spell in the outdoors.

The meadows and wildflowers have had rather a beating but the wild Foxgloves do seem robust enough to withstand the worst…. I guess they are also one of my favourite flowers to encounter in the countryside. With the vegetation being so lush it is not so surprising that the rains have made there mark…as for this field gate I guess it is going to be some time before it can swing closed…. it is a good job that right now it is only meadows flowers that it would be protecting


Now it just remains to dry off the boots 🙂

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2019