A Rare Day over the Pentland Firth…


Idyllic weather at Duncansby Head Lighthouse.  The Pentland Firth must always be taken seriously, never as calm as it looked on this day.  Cross currents from the Atlantic and the North Sea collide in these treacherous waters.  The views across to the Orkneys were tantalising….indeed a rare day for the North Coast of Scotland.

Even in a quiet location like this…..

Please Remember ….

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

2nd June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Another Scorcher…….


It is hot again….. June 1st is supposed to be busting out all over.  But at 11am in Darley Park everything seems rather quiet.  A big change to yesterday when crowds swamped this space.  I am both sad and fearful that  far too many folk have decided that lockdown is over and the restrictions that are still in place no longer apply to them.

For these two mums and their little tots they have pretty much the place to themselves…


I did say it is another scorcher, not as hot as yesterday, only 25c!  But we are now being warned of a drought…who would have thought that possible back in March when we did wonder if it would ever stop raining.  The grass is now showing the signs of the heat, but the trees, possible because they have deep roots are just so full of leaf…all still bright green.

But it is now time to say goodbye to the Honeysuckle flowers.  They have been brilliant this year, but the heat has taken its toll.


Midday, I think I will do what these Cricket Sight Screens are doing, head for the shade…


So we start a new month.  Weather wise it continues from where May left off.  Cannot last…can it?  I keep on looking at the advance forecast so as not to get taken by surprise, so far only some occasional showers predicted.

But if you venture outdoors …..  enjoy but….

Please Remember ….

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

1st June

(C) David Oakes 2020

June…… The start of summer proper


A summer view over Derwent Water in the English Lake District, Cumbria.

(June 1st and it the first day of the meteorological summer)

This view is taken from Lodore Woods by Ashness Bridge.  Skiddaw mountain is to your right with the town of Keswick below.

Not always a peaceful spot,  as it is a great place to take in the view.   However, right now The Lake District National Park are still telling folk not to visit.  There will be many locals who are loving the peace of the surroundings to their homes…..  but of course many more who rely upon the Tourist Industry for their income.  It is going to be tough for them.  Nor can I see any real easing of the situation for some time to come..

No matter where you are….

Please Remember ….

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

1st June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Daisies and Buttercups…. and some Garden odds and ends


Still not at there full height, Daisies are starting to force their way above the Buttercups.


It is though the bright yellow Buttercups that still hold sway in the meadows.  I guess a true sign that summer is here.   Meteorologically the start of summer is tomorrow.  Maybe a weather change is due, but we have had an unexpected but welcome series of mini heatwaves….we wait to see.  Meantime we can enjoy the  colourful meadows…

Foxgloves are staring to appear along the lane edges and darker corners of the woods.  This stand of Foxgloves are not truly the wild ones.  Someone has  allowed some seeds from cultivated stock to escape!

 Back home in the garden it was time to relax and enjoy the changing colours, each day something new appears….


Birds are all very active.  Main activity is feeding what seems like a never ending flow of youngsters.  All like this baby Blackbird demanding more food from an over worked mum…

But it is time to relax.   A pot of tea by the potting shed whilst Buster decides that a dose of shut eye is  what is needed..

If you are out and about…..

Please Remember ….

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

31st May

(C) David Oakes 2020