Moody Monday…. A Weather Change


The rain clouds rolled in.

We had just enjoyed a hot sunny visit to Helsinki… the weather couldn’t have been better.

Come the evening, as we left Helsinki and started to cross the Gulf of Finland, the clouds and rain rolled in. Not the best end to an otherwise great summer visit.  On the other hand you could say “great timing”.

An indeed it was a Monday!

Weather or mood, please….

Remember ….

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

17th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

The Season of Quick Change……


Late evening and a walk in the woods is a great way to finish another spring day… a day where the  weather swung from sunshine to rain and back again and again and again.

Bluebells still carpet large areas, but sadly time is not on their side and the foliage is once again falling back…soon they will vanish till next Spring.  But on the Pines there is new growth that will continue throughout the summer.

It is though a spring milestone as the Bluebells decline.  They are though a tenacious wild flower.  Given the chance they multiply in numbers each year.  Woodland floors become blue carpets…..but Bluebells do fight for every bit of space and can be found on the roughest of ground and hiding in the roots of trees…

Not that all Bluebells are Blue……  they may not be traditional, but I do love the occasional clump of “White” Bluebells

Makes a change….but just like their Blue cousins,  they are now starting to disappear….


Enjoy your weekend… and …

Please Remember ….

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

14th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

We Needed it… and we Got it!


Rain…  by the bucket load

Well we needed it, and indeed we got it.  Torrential rain all morning.  The novelty soon wears-off, and you want it to stop.  By mid afternoon it had eased and one little dog insisted it was dry enough for walkies.   So, with a positive thought that it would do me good, off we went.


In truth, once you get out… it isn’t as bad as it looks


Stay dry and as always…….

Please Remember ….

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

8th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Spring in the Trossachs……

Disc One

Loch Earn, Perthshire, Scotland.

Loch Earn is just one of many Lochs in the area of Scotland known as the Trossachs. As I understand it the name Trossachs is derived from the description of a wooded glen. But the name is now used to describe this region of mountain, river, lochs and wooded glens, that lies above the Glasgow industrial belt and below the northern Highlands.

Often described as Scotland in miniature.  An area much loved by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) the Scottish Author of Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake and Ivanhoe fame. Scott’s writing was, I guess, one of the main catalysts in creating the Trossachs as a Tourist Destination, much loved by Victorian travellers and still as much loved today.

(A quick PS.  The above was taken 4 years ago, a typical May day.  Today I am told our very strange May weather in 2021 has covered much of this area in Snow – winter seems to be back)

Where ever you are today ….

Please Remember ….

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

6th May

(C) David Oakes 2021