Strange times and strange weather……


The morning walk was unusually quiet, the occasional dog walker… all of us keeping our distance. As for the day itself it was rather grand.  Lone skeletons of winters trees seemed even more stark.  Elsewhere signs of springs arrival are becoming more obvious. The first early buds of Blossom are starting to burst. Along with the Crocus, Lilly of the Valley are sending up lush green leaves, even the Aspen has some swelling buds atop its tracery of branches.  It is a rather nice seasonal mix that can only get better..

Just to prove that Spring is nearly here  I came across this Camelia bloom, I hope the first of many more to come….


Spring may well be on the way but those colourful signs of autumn are still to be found.


Buster was just content to sit in the sun and count the squares. As for that sun well it was rather warm.  In the shelter the thermometer read a pleasant 14c.


14th March

(C) David Oakes 2020


Moody Monday…… Cabin Fever


For the very first time in my life I am starting to get to know what the early signs of  Cabin Fever could be like.

From Autumn last year, this Winter has been consistently wet and windy, dark grey monochrome days.  Then  just the occasional sunny day to give you hope that one day Spring will arrive.  OK, I am not cabin bound. I am still able to venture out each day (Buster ensures we go for walkies daily) but it’s that routine of fleece, heavy duty waterproofs and boots that seems to make the daily ventures out a task to be endured. I also know that there are many who have to endure much worse…. but I now do appreciate that SAD can be a real problem for many.

Floods have not directly effect us,  for many nearby it has been a disaster, the worst floods recorded… for us it was just an inconvenience in any journey we had to make by seeking alternative route.  It just adds to that  feeling of restrictions.

Nor can we suggest that Winter was what we once considered normal.  No snow and only the occasional morning light frost.  Just wet, windy and grey.

The bad weather has also prevented any brief relief such as venturing into the garden just to potter about and tackle those tidying up jobs prior to the new Spring growing season, so no respite there.

Then just as we think Spring and brighter weather will be on the way we have the possibilities of movement restrictions.  Coronavirus pops up.  So far that is not an issue of direct imminent concern here but situations can change very quickly.

But to finish on a brighter note this morning is sunny so we are heading out to stretch our legs….. and here is a bright bit of early morning sunshine hiding in a corner of our garden…


Best be quick as the Met Office say another storm is due tonight.

9th March

(C) David Oakes 2020


A BONUS Day…. the 29th February


It only happens every 4 years but lets enjoy this ‘bonus’ day.  Not that our weather here in the UK is very encouraging at the moment, heavy rains, gales and snow in places….. certainly not Spring like.  So to make up for that here is a touch of Spring to remind you of what we hope we will soon enjoy…..


29th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

I Would Like to Say…


I would like to say…that the flood waters were receding. But not just yet.

Overnight rain has again added to the river levels and may be by this evening it will overflow again. Meantime the swans are making the most of the football pitches…. no soccer for several weeks now and I suspect not  for a few more weeks yet.

But at least we hade some good spells of welcome sunshine.  All the heavy rains and dull weather has been creating a little bit of cabin fever.

Nature does seem better able to cope than us humans.  These Daffodils have been underwater water for a couple of weeks.  Yesterday the waters on these fields started to drop…and what a surprise.  Daffodils with flower heads nearly ready to burst have grown survived and seem none the worse for being drowned.


Not sure that it is a situation that will last as rains have started again and the river levels are rising more rapidly. At the moment it is remaining within its banks, but only just and the waters are running rather fast…..

Not a shark …. but some poor soul called Craig has lost his canoe…


I would like to say….Spring has arrived.  Not for a while yet I think.

24th February

(C) David Oakes 2020