Wishful thinking….. in the Face of the Storm


Burnham-Norfolk-5_983-ttOn the Norfolk Coast

The weather forecasters have predicted more sever storms, not good news for the many who are still trying to recover from the storm ravages of 2 weeks ago.

Then of course they cheer us up, stating that in the years to come we can expect both and increase in the number of storms as well as there severity.

So with those thoughts in mind I felt it time to reflect on brighter days.

Whatever your weather, take care and….

Please Remember ….

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

7th December

(C) David Oakes 2021

It has not been a bad November…….


November has been rather kind to us…. true we have ‘enjoyed’ a severe Storm over this last weekend but that said the Month has rather excelled.  We have had some autumn colour but for the most part its has been a green extension of the season.

In our small corner of the UK we have also had a rare visit of snow, only a little dusting compared with other areas.


What made the morning magical was an overnight frost plus a minus 5c temperature… sealing the snow to the trees.  The sun did try from the very start to break through the clouds, eventually succeeding for a short spell round lunchtime.


The Lake, surprisingly free from Ice, still looked differently  cheerful with it surrounding coat of snow… 




But the star of the show as always is the venerable Furlong Oak….. a stark skeleton against the morning sky, the few leaves it sports catching and holding tight to the snow for a while longer


Over tonight the snow will vanish……  will it return? who knows.  Our past few winters have been surprisingly snow free.  Maybe this year things will change.


Rain or Shine, Snow or Storms…… we will get, what we get given, and please…

Remember ….

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

30th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

It could be the Calm before the Storm


Shardlow, Trent and Mersey Canal, Derbyshire

Early morning sun on the Trent and Mersey Canal at Shardlow.  But the sun did little to ease the cold….it was the coldest morning so far this winter.  Till now, November has been a benign month. As for autumn, well if you blinked over the past week you would have missed it. 

Now the Met Forecasters tell us we have sever storms heading our way, so this truly could be the “calm before the storm”.

So this was a day to enjoy a winter walk along part of this historic canal..


The sun never did warm up the day but we were not complaining …. just great to be out


Whatever your weather wherever you are….

Please Remember ….

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

27th November

(C) David Oakes 2021


Moody Monday……. Somewhere in Norway


Very early morning heading for Tromso.   An unpromising moody start that actually lead to a fantastic sunny day.

Weather can swing from one extreme to another very quickly on the Norwegian coast.

Wherever you are this Monday and whatever the weather today…..

Please Remember ….

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

8th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Milky Sky over the Derwent……


A Cold October Morning by the River Derwent, Derbyshire

A milky featureless sky over the River Derwent and a cold start to the day. Still lots of green around no real hint of the pending autumn.  But stray into the garden and you can still enjoy some small reminders of summers colours.



Maybe autumn will be short lived once it does arrive..


So despite the cold grey day it turned out to have some colour moments

Have a good weekend… and…

Please Remember ….

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

23rd October

(C) David Oakes 2021