Best Laid Plans….. don’t always work out


Early on a Winters Morning…  our first real winters morning with our first snow.  It started with a flurry of snow on Sunday afternoon, by evening it was depositing a respectable layer. By night fall proper it had stopped and there was to be no further snow overnight… next morning there was a crisp blue sky and crisp snow to match…

No time to waste. So off to the Lake and our Local Park.  The snow just had to be crisp and even as I would, with luck, be there before anyone else.  What I hadn’t bargain for was the resolve of people to head out late evening and last night…..must have been all the pent-up lockdown frustrations being let loose.

At the Venerable Furlong Oak there was evidence of much frolicking in the snow….so gone was my dream of that ‘crisp and even’ snow….


But, Hay Ho..the sun shone, it was, dare I say it, quite warm.  So lets just enjoy our first snow of the year.  The Lake was frozen, but as the morning woke up there was a thaw in parts.  The stark white and black skeletons of trees contrasting with the near crystal cleat blue sky.  A great change from the dark drab days that have been the signature of this winter.


The thaw looked as if it had the upper hand and was beating the ice and cold in submission.  The receding ice on the lake, making new ever changing shapes and creating clear waters for the Geese and Ducks…


Late afternoon and cloud rolled in, grey and threatening.  More snow perhaps?  No, just a cold night that froze what was left of the snow.  Tuesday brought about another change, by lunch time the rains had started and those snows are washing away.

It looked pretty…. but spare a thought for those who were flooded last week.  Bad enough trying to cope with water through their homes and businesses – now add frozen water and it is hard to imagine what life will be like for them.  Nor can the snow melt be positive news, it must add to the river levels.

I am also aware that for many of you snow is no novelty…. sorry,  but what little we do get we do seem to adore.  Well for a short while, the novelty soon wears-off  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

26th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

More Sunshine….. Two consecutive days


Yes, sunshine again.  Nor did it have any problems melting the overnight frost, not that we have had many frosts this year.   I don’t think that I was imagining it but the sun actually felt rather warming. Despite the warming  rays, the Lake still looked forbidding, dark and cold.  But no ice!


Just in case this marvelous sunny start wasn’t going to last, we made an early start.  Maybe that is why there were so few folk sharing this sunny morning in our Park….. I think they missed the best of the day.  After all what could be better than a blue sky, long shadows and a bright sun.


It was though still a surprise to feel some real warmth from the sun, not do I think that I am mistaken in thinking that the buds on the Birch have swollen.  Maybe Spring is not that far away…..   I am feeling optimistic despite the rather dire weather forecast for the coming weekend – it may only be a Blip!


As always, whatever the weather and whatever you are able to enjoy…

Please Remember ….

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

22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Drip, Drip, Drip…….. and a clinging Mist


Church Walk was rather spooky this morning, dark and a constant drip of dew from the branches, ghostly shapes appearing through the mist (well fog really), as we silently crept past the graveyard.  Much as I would have liked to have remained warm at home, Buster insisted we head off for our allotted time span of lockdown exercise….. I suppose he was right to insist.

The only real ghosts were the skeletons of trees and the Water Bailiff appearing through the mists on the Lake….


Just hoping the weather improves…..days like today, do little to lift the spirits during lockdown.  Best not to complain, at least we have somewhere to walk in safety…

Please Remember ….

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

15th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Yesterdays Euphoria… has been rather dampened


All the residual joy attached to yesterdays January sunshine, vanished when we woke this morning.  Woke, not just to a grey day, but a very damp day to say the least.  So it was more than a trifle wet for today’s permitted lockdown exercise……  a constant drip,  damp and the clinging mist enveloped everything, successfully drowning yesterdays euphoria.


Nor is the  forward forecast that encouraging, so try to stay dry and as always…

Please Remember ….

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

13th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

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