Question…. is it Autumn or Winter ?


Morning sun soon welted the overnight frost but its warmth also started to draw the moisture from the ground to form a low level mist.

It could also fool you whilst walking in the woods that it was really autumn and not the 20th of January and winter….


Any early morning ice soon vanished from the Lake now all calm…


All said and done, days like this,  do make you wonder just what has happened to our historical seasonal expectations.

21st January

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday….. a long way till Friday !


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On a Monday, more often than not, you are still buzzing from a relaxing and often activity filled weekend….  then the reality of the week ahead hits home, and Friday seems a long way off.

Not that this weekend has been particularly memorable for the right reasons…. instead outdoor events have been cancelled as the summer weather was put on hold.  Gales followed by a see-saw between sunshine and torrential rain in repetition.  Nor does the forecast for the week ahead look any better…. you have to have sympathy for those folk on annual holiday.

12th August

(C) David Oakes 2019

T’was a Stormy Night….. for many


Our weather systems are all topsy turvy these days.  Rapid swings from record extreme heat to Torrential Rains then gale force winds. Gone are the days when the seasons were predictable.

10th August

(C) David Oakes 2019

Still not enough…… Rain that is


The Upper Derwent Valley is the home of a group of important Reservoirs, Howden, Derwent and Ladybower. They are fed by water from the surrounding moors of Derbyshire a location known to be ‘rather wet’.

Over the past few weeks we have had a considerable amount of rain, flooding in some places, but after the dry summer which extended through to spring it is obviously not enough.

The image above is of Howden Reservoir, the highest of the three, as you can see it is still very low. It has now been so low for so long that the dormant vegetation has taken temporarily over. There is a long way to go before it reached its normal waterline and with summer on the way it has to be worrying.

Back in November we visited the Reservoirs and were concerned about the low water levels… as a reminder here is Derwent Reservoir back in the autumn.  Back then we expected the water levels to quickly rise over the winter…they didn’t


We may not enjoy the rain….  but it is patently obvious we need a good deal more

18th June

(C) David Oakes 2019


Picnic in the Park….


The end of February….but who can blame this group of Mums and Toddlers for taking advantage of these un-seasonally high temperatures.  21c (70f).

The warm sunshine and longer daylight  hours have brought out the early Spring Blossom, delicate shades of pink with red buds, guaranteed to brighten any day



Tomorrow will be the 1st of March, a new month and a new advanced weather forecast, a forecast that suggests we will start to see weather more conducive to the calendar.

Its been rather nice whilst it lasted.

28th February

(C) David Oakes 2019