Flippant Friday….. Black and White Weather


High Neb, Stanage Edge, Derbyshire

It may well be May, spring is supposed to be here…. But the weather and the forward forecasts are far from being Black or White.  Like life on the edge, this years springs weather is always on the the edge…. Do we jump into spring OR back into winter.  Well, we all know that spring, ultimately, has got to win the argument, but at times it does feel as if winter has other ideas.

Please Remember ….

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

7th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Oak or Ash ?


The Ash in the Meadow

Spring is well underway.  Trees are starting to show their green leaf growth.  Of course it would be too easy for all trees to leaf at once.  The Chestnut leads the way, Willows are Weeping and Silver Birch buds have burst.

But both the Ash and the Oak have yet to join the party…… so that leaves us, with a leafy conundrum, well at least as far as the old country rhyme goes..

Oak before the Ash

We are in for a Splash

Ash before the Oak

And we are in for a Soak

At this moment I cannot predict the winner.

But I guess it doesn’t really matter which wins the race… we will get some rain.  Its just a question of a little or a lot!

Whatever the weather

Please Remember ….

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

21st April

(C) David Oakes 2021



A Passing Cloud……


What a great sunny spring day, today has been……  from zero to 12c. 

Beware of those passing clouds.  Temperatures instantly plummet by at least 5 or 6 degrees c.  Just a reminder that winter still has a long and stinging tail and spring is slow to take control.

But whatever you have control of……

Please Remember to ….

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

12th April

(C) David Oakes 2021


APRIL…… Welcome the Month of Showers!

Welcome to April

The First Day of April.  The month of Showers, or so say’s the old Country Rhyme….

the bonus being it will they add – bring forth May Flowers.

Back to reality.  April 1st is also known as April Fools Day.  Maybe we here in the UK are having a ‘trick’ played upon us……  The Forecaster tell us we have another flow of Icy Winds heading our way.  

It may well put the breaks on Spring,  nothing we can do about that… apart from

Remembering to ….

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

1st April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Don’t Blink……. You might just miss iT !


Tuesday…..  an early morning mist soon lifted leaving another sunny Spring day.  Lockdown restrictions have been eased (just a little) and with it has come a welcome dose of blue sky and sunshine…. just like Spring should be.

Since March 2020 our two local Parks have been a welcome lifeline.  Open spaces, a varied habitat that changes with the seasons, somewhere Buster and I could walk in relative Covid safety.  Increasingly over the past few months more and more folk are getting out and enjoying these spaces, and they do need to.  Sadly there is a minority, a minority that keeps getting larger, that flaunt the rules with not a care for others.

So with that in mind and also aware that by the end of the week our Spring will have returned to winter, we headed off early.  It was a selfish desire to get the Park, mainly for ourselves, as it does seem that both the good weather and the easing of the rules, brings out ‘lots’ or people – too many for my comfort.

It also gives me a excuse to take you on a two day tour of both Parks as Spring arrives.  Each Park has its own personality.  Allestree is more wild and woodland, though it does have a large Lake.  Darley Park is more open in its style, it also has the River Derwent flowing through.  It also has an Old Arboretum from the days when this Park was a part of a large private estate.

So we will start in Allestree.  Beech, Oak and Silver Birch are the stars…


The open spaces of Darley lend themselves to Daffodils.  A temporary show admittedly, but just as welcome after a dark winter.  Wild Garlic and its pungent aroma covers much of the river bank.  Today the Bird song is strident, a chorus of spring calls.  The wide open space does encourage the old Oaks to be able to spread as Oaks should do.

A rather perfect morning…even Buster was a little reluctant to head for home… even though breakfast was waiting


With luck tomorrow will be as nice…….   Now, don’t blink or you might just miss Spring!  Weather can and so often is very fickle

No matter what….

Please Remember to ….

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

30th March

(C) David Oakes 2021