Schhhh ……. Its a Sunny Sunday


If you made an early start to this Sunday you would have been greeted with some very welcome sunshine.  For some it was a chance to pause and absorb some extra Vitamin D.

The early risers were out taking advantage of this welcome break in the recent run of bad weather.  Ideal time for the prescribed lockdown exercise.  At a weekend, it is best to get out early, not just to make the most of any good weather that is on offer, but also to avoid larger numbers of people.  Whilst most behave with respect, give space and consideration for others, too many just couldn’t careless.

So a brisk walk, or for some a run,  through the Park and along by the River Derwent, was the location.  No surprise that the river is running high and fast.  It will not take much more rain to see it overflow its banks, reminding us that it did just that,  this time last year.

By the time we had returned via the Darley Mill Complex the sun was doing its best to hide.  The day was again changing and Gulls (the harbinger of bad weather, or so folklore says) were circling ominously above.


We wait to see what tomorrows weather will bring us….its may be wishful thinking but a little bit more sunshine would help….. at least it makes people smile  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

17th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Drip, Drip, Drip…….. and a clinging Mist


Church Walk was rather spooky this morning, dark and a constant drip of dew from the branches, ghostly shapes appearing through the mist (well fog really), as we silently crept past the graveyard.  Much as I would have liked to have remained warm at home, Buster insisted we head off for our allotted time span of lockdown exercise….. I suppose he was right to insist.

The only real ghosts were the skeletons of trees and the Water Bailiff appearing through the mists on the Lake….


Just hoping the weather improves…..days like today, do little to lift the spirits during lockdown.  Best not to complain, at least we have somewhere to walk in safety…

Please Remember ….

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

15th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Yesterdays Euphoria… has been rather dampened


All the residual joy attached to yesterdays January sunshine, vanished when we woke this morning.  Woke, not just to a grey day, but a very damp day to say the least.  So it was more than a trifle wet for today’s permitted lockdown exercise……  a constant drip,  damp and the clinging mist enveloped everything, successfully drowning yesterdays euphoria.


Nor is the  forward forecast that encouraging, so try to stay dry and as always…

Please Remember ….

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

13th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Unpredictable January….. Not my Favourite Month

Millstone Hathersage Moor

Millstone, Hathersage Moors, Derbyshire

January’s weather can be unpredictable. Up on the moors the weather is also unpredictable.  It can change in the blink of an eye….one minute sunshine the next a flurry of snow, then back to sunshine….of course the constant was that it was cold.   The picture above was not this January, covid has other ideas for 2021, but still a reminder of better times.

Bright as that January day was, I have to admit that January is not my favourite month by a longway.   

It isn’t the vagaries of the weather, though at times that can be a challenge, but it has more to do with the light.  It not just that daylight hours are shorter, though each one that passes is just a tad longer than the previous day.  Once New Years Day is just another memory, the colour of the light changes. Its colder, harsher even when the sun does put in an appearance.  Then when the weather isn’t as favourable, it just adds to the bleak aspect for the winter month on January. 

Come February,  we so often get those first signs of spring appearing, but the light also becomes just a little richer…. even though the days remain cold the sun adds just a little glow.     Then we can say that we are on the way to Spring


Till then ……

Please Remember ….

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

12th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

It was a rather good day…..


January Morning, Allestree, Derbyshire

This morning post was rather wishful thinking in respect of the weather.   But some times one’s wishes do come true…….  for January, this has to have been a rather perfect day.

After a period of rains, mist and fog with the odd flurry of snow, we woke to bright sunshine.  The skies are blue and despite the ground still being frozen, that sun did seem, for once this winter, to be giving off some warmth.  With so much damp arround the mist still lingered and no doubt by tonight will thicken, maybe even turn to fog.

Lockdown Restrictions have been made much tougher, indeed they needed to be. Exercise is still important, so we are more than grateful to have some open spaces, so near to enjoy…. and on a day like today a real bonus….


The Lake, of course remains frozen….but in our part of the world, frozen lakes are not for skating, but to be treated with respect…


Now if I was a greedy person, I would be saying ‘Same again tomorrow’ ..Please!

 Even the Met Office hasn’t firmed up on tomorrows predictions.  So we wait to see 🙂

Whatever the weather……

Please Remember ….

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

9th January

(C) David Oakes 2021