April is nearly Over…..


The Weeping Willow weeps.    This April it is the exception as far as weeping goes.  The old rhyme “April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers” was in reality, this Spring, missing the showers.  True, we have had plenty of welcome sunshine,  we have also experienced the coldest April on record for over 40 years.  One Official Weather Presenter said that Aprils weather has been bonkers….. I think that is a technical term.

Despite or perhaps because of all that ‘weather’, April has provide a month of colour and variety.  Bulbs, wild flowers and trees have tried to react as if Spring is here….  yes, a colourful month…

Buster is just hoping that May will bring some equally good ‘walkies’


It has been un-seasonably dry.  Nice whilst it lasted……  but I guess May,  may well make up for that.  We do needs some water. What ever the weather…

Please Remember ….

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

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

It can be confusing……

Beech Woods

Sunshine in the Beech Woods…… and it can be confusing.  It is at this time, when the seasons really do have to make up their minds.

Our Beech woodlands do send out a mixed visual message.

Autumn colours have come through the Winter, and now need to make way for new Spring growth.

Please Remember to ….

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

9th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Not Just any Winters Day…..


A December Sunrise…

Not just any winters morning…….. but December 1st.   In the Meteorological Calendar it is officially the First Day of Winter.   Strange as it seems in 20 days time it will be mid winter – the Winter Solstice.

Which ever way you look at it, Spring is a small step closer 🙂

Please Remember ….

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

1st December

(C) David Oakes 2020

…..and the year moves along


Cyclamen are now flourishing…. so Christmas must be on the way.  A year that has flown into the past, despite the terrible pandemic and the effect on our daily lives.

So a gentle and colourful reminder of what is ahead was welcome.

But not just one reminder today… but two.

As the sun was shining this afternoon, we thought we best tidy up the garden before winter heads our way.  We got a little help from another symbol of Christmas – a Robin came along to supervise.


Please Remember ….

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

5th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

The Lamp Room……. A sign of the Times

The Lamp Room

The Lamp Room….

There was a time when the Lamp Room was one of the most important rooms in our large Town and Country Houses.  The heart of those houses was debatably the Kitchens, but like all the other rooms, from Bedroom the Ballroom, Lounge to Library, Nursery to Games Room…. all needed light when the days became darker.  A light switch and electricity were not an option.

So, you can understand why the Lamp Room was so important.  In this room a member of staff was responsible for cleaning the lamps, trimming the wicks, filling with oil….and the distributing them as needed in the house.

Tonight, we have a change in TIME…….  24th October the last day under British Summer Time.  Tomorrow we are back to Greenwich Meantime.

As we gain on hour overnight, as we ‘put our clocks back’ by one hour….  you could say that time, for a short while, stands still.

So, remember to change your watch and also….

Please Remember ….

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

24th October

(C) David Oakes 2020