Winter Slowly Slides Away…..


I am enjoying the last of the Snowdrops.  Snowdrops have always bridged that gap where Winter slides very slowly, and at times hesitantly into Spring.  In gardens, and in the woodlands, Snowdrops are the indicator that spring is just around the corner, it maybe slow coming… but it will arrive.  Though I guess winter weather will still have the occasional harsh sting in its tail.


As individual flowers they show a resilience to resist the frosts, snows and rains, yet they show such grace with their sweeping, drooping white bell like flower on such a tender stem.  They hardly look tough enough, to fragile to survive, yet they do.

It is the mass woodland displays that so dramatically make the statement that Spring is on the way.  Those white carpets, giving light to woodland areas, areas that will soon be cast into darkness as the tree canopy comes into leaf.


Those woodland settings are for me the place to enjoy the splendour of such simple flowers.

They are soon to leave us again, reminding us that Spring really is on the way.

Till then, be resilient and……

Please Remember to ….

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

5th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Schhhh….. Don’t tell anyone, but Spring is on the way


The weather has been pretty atrocious the past few days.  Grey and wet, yet every so often we get a flash of sunshine. Sunshine that warms the soul but also finds dark corners of the garden….  and there we have some signs that Spring is on the way.

Maybe one day everything will get back to some kind of normal, maybe not normal as we knew it…..   but better than lockdown and the other difficulties we all have to experience. 

So with Spring on the horizon please remember to

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

19th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday….. Antiques?


I do know that ‘First Editions’ and signed copies of JK Rowling’s, Harry Potter books are worth a fortune……..  but not sure that these are Antiques !

Well, what ever take your fancy…. and who knows what will be ‘valued’ in the decades ahead 

The only thing I am sure of, is that we should all…

Remember ….

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

5th February

(C) David Oakes 2021


Flippant Friday…….. What Came First


Whilst on a walk, on along forgotten summer walk in the Norfolk countryside, I came across this old, but rather grand, Flintstone Stable Block…….  and I did ponder as to what came first, the Stable or the Tree.  Has to be the Stables..hasn’t it.

Whatever it is you are pondering this Friday….Please

 Remember ….

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

29th January

(C) David Oakes 2021