A Memory….. of Snow.


10pm on the 24th January 2021. This was the first snow of the year. 24 hours later it was all but gone.

This memory came up on my Facebook reminder. It brought to mind just how ‘rare’ snow falls are now in our part of the UK have become. We moved into this house on the 21st January 1979, the snow that day was very much deeper. It had started to snow the previous 1st December, froze and was regularly topped up just about daily till mid March. The Team from the Removal Company had previously struggled up a snow covered Motorway for over 125 miles, then manfully cleared parts of the Drive and carried everything into our new house very carefully….. they deserved and got a big Tip.

43 years on and we have not seen snow like it since. Each year the snow events have been for fewer days and not as deep, then soon melts away. Even frosts are fewer.

I guess in its own little way it is another marker that the climate has and is changing.

I also find it a strange British phenonium that we have a love affair with snow. We anticipate it with love, a thing of beauty….. fun for the first day (maybe two)…. then we cannot wait for it to go.

Whatever the weather, wherever you are……

Please Remember ….

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

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Fog today…. makes a change from mist!


Fog today, you could say it makes a change from the past two days of mist.  Even though we have the impression that there is a sun up there, somewhere, the fog persists.  True the fog comes and goes, thick one moment then a short while swirls about with that elusive sun making a brief try.  Add to that a frost on the ground and you might think we have a winters day….  I think you would be right.

Strange to see the sun peeping though the Silver Birch, the veil of mist making it look more like the moon. At times a very colour devoid world.


For a brief while the sun did look as if it was making a real effort…


Sadley it was only a brief appearance and the fog swirled in again.

No matter the weather, no matter where we are….

Please Remember ….

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

14th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

A Icy Misty Start….. but another rather grand winters day


The Lake had a thin layer of ice, the mist lingered and clung to the trees in the early morning light…


Winter sun always hangs low in the sky,  with little to no wind, that mist hung around for most of the morning.  It did eventually rise above tree level giving the blue sky a wispy covering.  Frost remained in the shadows and the Highland cattle sought out those areas of grazing catching the sun.  Despite the thaw on the Lake the waters remained dark with an icy look.


Cold, misty and sunny…..  I can live with that as a January day, after all it is winter.

Whatever your weather…….

Please Remember ….

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

13th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Nearer to Home……. On a Sunny January Day


Cannot believe our good fortune, after all the wet weather and grey days, we have enjoyed two days of blue skies and sunshine (OK the odd light shower thrown in just to keep us on our toes  🙂 ).  Our good fortune is also that we have some wonderful places to walk and explore right on our own doorstep.

So this morning we were drawn to the Beech woods. The winter sun is low and with the trees just skeletons, its seek out all the dark areas…..  it also starts to dry last years fallen leaves that carpet much of the woodland floor.

It is always a magical place.  Maybe the shapes of some of the Beech have something to do with that feeling, it is always special.

Despite the very damp ground there was a distinct and rather pleasant woodland aroma….. you could say it had the smell of the spring to come.

As for those very occasional light showers, they did produce the odd Rainbow..


Rain or shine…. rainbows of hope….

Please Remember ….

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


3rd January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Colour on a Mid November Day……..


It was a watery start that morphed into a rather grand November day…. 

A day that ended rather well…….  what is they say “Red Sky at Night, Shepherds Delight”, I hope its true as our forecasters tell a different story.


Fable or Fact….  whatever tomorrows has in store for us…..

Please Remember ….

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

18th November

(C) David Oakes 2021