Just a touch of Winter

We have had dire weather warnings for days now.  Certainly it has been bitterly cold…. so cold that one person on my morning walk remarked that “it was too cold to snow”

Well late afternoon we received the long predicted fall of snow.   It will not last, the ground is far too warm now….. in fact its melting as I type.

Will we get some more…  who knows!

Please Remember to ….

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

6th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Change in the Weather…..

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Bull Rushes from last autumn have survived the winter……  and despite the fact that we have passed the Spring Equinox, it does feel like winter again today.

This week we have enjoyed a taste of Spring.  Sadly today a retrograde change has occurred. We are back to a very wintery feel, particularly down by the Lake. The short term forward forecast holds little hope of improvement.

The weather will change again…..one day, and maybe for the better.

Please Remember to ….

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

26th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday…… Changeable

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The shore line of  the West Voe of Sumburgh, looking towards Sumburgh Head.  Shetland Isles

This last Saturday, we  crossed the equinox from winter to spring…  a time of change.   The above image was taken on the Autumn Equinox back in 2019, again a time of change. It was also a time when one could travel so freely, no clues as to what what would be in store for all of us…. we only had the weather to worry about.

On this particular day we certainly were enjoying weather, that was as they say, changeable.

Looking out on the above scene, across the West Voe, to Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, there had just been a heavy downpour of rain. It wasn’t long before the sun came out again, the temperature climbed again…..  but 10 minutes later we enjoyed a snow storm.  Then it was a case of repeat, until the day made up its mind, and then we enjoyed a fabulous sunny day that only the Shetlands can deliver.

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Bressay Lighthouse, Lerwick, Shetlands

But as we left the Shetlands that evening, the signs of the inevitable weather change could be seen.

Just a reminder that Change is always with us.

Wherever you are and whatever the weather…..

Please Remember to ….

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

22nd March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Murphy’s Law……

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An Early Start, as the Sun came up, Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

We had our first frost last night.  Only a light frost which soon vanished as the sun broke the horizon.  The outlook was for a day of blue skies and bright autumnal sunshine.  But Murphy’s Law dictated that after so many dark days, that the first perfect autumn day came with an agenda that prevented us taking advantage of this fantastic weather break.

So maybe a very quick  walk round the Lake could be squeezed in.   The Lake,  still much in shadow as the sun broke the treeline was looking dark and mysterious.

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It didn’t come as a complete surprise as yesterday evening the skies started to clear banishing the clouds and welcoming the stars.

_DSC9293_00001qqq  So on with the fleece and off for a short, brisk and invigorating walk to set one up for tackling the days diary..

There were also two sides to the Lake this morning.   One for the Mallards who were still just enjoying a quiet lazy start….

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On the opposite bank, the Black Headed Gulls were in a feeding frenzy for the first morsels of the morning…

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So with a last look and a deep breath of fresh air it was off to do battle with the rest of the day.

_DSC9310_00018qqq No matter what your day has instore for you….

Please Remember ….

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

4th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Rather Wet Finish…….

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A Bright Start, but only short lived…

Blue sky and sunshine, so todays destination for a leg stretch was Stanton Moor.  Indeed, a bright start as we headed up through the wooded slopes.  Sadly, it wasn’t to last.  As we broke out onto the Moor the skies closed in and we said goodbye to the sun.  

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For a short while it was just overcast, a muted glow under the Oak woodland.  

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Not long after, the rains swept in. Rain that looked as if it was settled for the rest of the day. 

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You have to feel a little sorry for the Sheep that graze these moors….. out all weathers with only a woolly coat for protection.

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3 weeks ago, we were here at the Cork Stone.  Shorts and Tea shirts was the order of dress.  Not today, the waterproofs essential…..   Buster was far from impressed.

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It may well have turned out more than a little wet, but it was still an invigorating walk, refreshing. Upon reflection…..  if it hadn’t been sunny first thing. we more than likely wouldn’t have headed up to the Moor….. and despite getting rather wet we would have missed a great moorland walk.

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Still it was a nice feeling once we were heading