Only 11 more weeks… maybe!


The start of week 2 of our lockdown and very much a change in the weather.  Cold, dull and also rain.  So it was great to find just a little piece of Spring colour whilst taking our allowed exercise…..Magnolia are rather beautiful and do vary in their exotic shapes. Sadly the blooms do not last for long with heavy rain turning the whites brown.  But fresh and nice today, something to lift the spirits.

As for Buster he is practicing Social Distancing’ ….. Where is everybody?


Only 11 more weeks to go if it all goes to plan…. When we had our mini heatwave last week and the garden was so welcoming life’s restrictions didn’t seem to bad. However dull wet grey days are going to make it a long 11 weeks

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

30th March

(C) David Oakes 2020

Spring has been blown in on a North Wind….


Wind Blown Daffodils, Darley, Derbyshire

A cold north wind greets the first day of Spring.  The sun may well be shining and also warm when you are in the shelter, out in the open it is another matter. It is also a shock for these Daffodils that have struggled to bloom and are now being buffeted from one side to the other and back again.

On the positive side this wind is what one might call a drying wind, drying the land that has for so long now been saturated to overflowing.

20th March

(C) David Oakes 2020

The Forecast is for Rain…. but where is it?




The forecasters predict very heavy rain for today and Saturday, fully expected to wake up to a very damp start. So far nothing – why complain?  Well I am not really complaining, but we have had so little rain since last year, that we do reluctantly need a period of wet weather.


It is though surprising that the vegetation is so lush.  Woodland or meadow all are flush with rich new growth and woodland aromas that are to good to bottle into a perfume ….maybe the rain (if we get any) will stimulate even more growth.

7th July

(C) David Oakes 2019