A Memory….. of Snow.


10pm on the 24th January 2021. This was the first snow of the year. 24 hours later it was all but gone.

This memory came up on my Facebook reminder. It brought to mind just how ‘rare’ snow falls are now in our part of the UK have become. We moved into this house on the 21st January 1979, the snow that day was very much deeper. It had started to snow the previous 1st December, froze and was regularly topped up just about daily till mid March. The Team from the Removal Company had previously struggled up a snow covered Motorway for over 125 miles, then manfully cleared parts of the Drive and carried everything into our new house very carefully….. they deserved and got a big Tip.

43 years on and we have not seen snow like it since. Each year the snow events have been for fewer days and not as deep, then soon melts away. Even frosts are fewer.

I guess in its own little way it is another marker that the climate has and is changing.

I also find it a strange British phenonium that we have a love affair with snow. We anticipate it with love, a thing of beauty….. fun for the first day (maybe two)…. then we cannot wait for it to go.

Whatever the weather, wherever you are……

Please Remember ….

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

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Makes a Change……. Winter Sunshine


After several days of damp mist, followed by two foggy and even damper days, it was both a surprise to wake to sunshine ….OK mist still lingered but directly overhead the sky showed blue.

Too good a morning to waste, so we headed off to the tall Beech Woods at Shipley. With its carpet of leaves glowing in the sun and just a little mist still floating about it was rather magical after all the ghostly grey days.

Sadly that sunshine wasn’t to last the morning out.  We did though enjoy some misty views over the more open Derbyshire countryside.



Sheltering behind the woods can be found the foundations of Shipley Hall.  Once a grand Country House, built on the money from local Coal Mining.  Mining was also the undoing of the Hall as subsidence caused damage, which together with a change of fortunes, resulted in the Hall being demolished.

Shipley Woods and the surrounding Country Park are its legacy for all to enjoy. 

We will need to get back in a couple of weeks time for the woodland display of Snowdrops., which will then be followed in short order by Daffodils.  If the green shoots we observed are anything to go by, it should be a good Snowdrop year.  The Daff shoots are still in hiding. It does all depends upon the vagaries of our weather.

Good weather or bad……. 

Please Remember ….

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

16th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Fog today…. makes a change from mist!


Fog today, you could say it makes a change from the past two days of mist.  Even though we have the impression that there is a sun up there, somewhere, the fog persists.  True the fog comes and goes, thick one moment then a short while swirls about with that elusive sun making a brief try.  Add to that a frost on the ground and you might think we have a winters day….  I think you would be right.

Strange to see the sun peeping though the Silver Birch, the veil of mist making it look more like the moon. At times a very colour devoid world.


For a brief while the sun did look as if it was making a real effort…


Sadley it was only a brief appearance and the fog swirled in again.

No matter the weather, no matter where we are….

Please Remember ….

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

14th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

A Icy Misty Start….. but another rather grand winters day


The Lake had a thin layer of ice, the mist lingered and clung to the trees in the early morning light…


Winter sun always hangs low in the sky,  with little to no wind, that mist hung around for most of the morning.  It did eventually rise above tree level giving the blue sky a wispy covering.  Frost remained in the shadows and the Highland cattle sought out those areas of grazing catching the sun.  Despite the thaw on the Lake the waters remained dark with an icy look.


Cold, misty and sunny…..  I can live with that as a January day, after all it is winter.

Whatever your weather…….

Please Remember ….

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

13th January

(C) David Oakes 2022