The Perpetual Love of Snowdrops….


The love of Snowdrops is not something new as this Victorian Greetings Card illustrates.  Published circa 1875.  

Hiding in a dark corner of our garden is a 2021 clump of Snowdrops… 

Snowdrop Garden

Just love them. Not just because they are sign that Spring is nearly here, but as wonderful little gems of nature that struggle through to bring that good news.

Don’t forget……

Please Remember to ….

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

16th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Getting Warmer… well just a little


Early morning and a frozen Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

Give the weather forecaster credit…..  It did get warmer this morning.  Well, -5c rising to a dizzy -2c is I guess warmer.  A cutting cold wind did make it feel much worse.

The Lake was still frozen with a white topping….magic even on a dull day.. 

 The signs that the temperature was slowly rising, was evident by the time we headed for home,  our mornings walk completed. The lake was still frozen, had lost that white look, now starting to  looking dark and dangerous.

No matter the weather…….

Please Remember to ….

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

14th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

The Blasted Oak……


Catching the first warming rays of the early morning sun.  The Blasted Oak still stands tall, it is many years since it was struck by lightening.  Whilst its top most branches become more skeletal, as each year passes, some of the lower branches still put up a good fight,  producing a few leaves each spring.  It may well not have many more years standing on this hillock. That will be a shame as its a great perch, a lookout point, favoured by many birds throughout the year. 

Warm as this morning sunshine appeared, it was for us bitterly cold -7c.  

Down by the Lake that same early sun did its best to bring some life to an otherwise frozen morning…

The Black-headed Gulls seemed reluctant to take to the air despite a frozen lake..


All in all, despite the cold it, was a great morning to be out…..  what a difference to those weeks of rain,  bringing damp days, that crept into the bones,  I actually felt much colder than todays minus temperatures.

A bleak landscape but looking all the more likely to return to life thanks to the heartening morning sun…


Our snowfall has only been a sprinkling, the cold has been keeping it hanging arround for a few days.  Other parts of the UK have ‘enjoyed‘, if that is the right word, severe snow storms and deep drifts.  The forecast is that things get warmer next week….  but who really knows. 

Please Remember to ….

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

11th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

High and Dry……..


High and Dry…. on the Marsh

Out of the reach of high tides…..  I also guess its been there for some time as the salt marsh reeds are growing tall  around it, the boat slowly sinking lower and starting to hide.  It was also a frosty morning when we made our way across the marshes….. cold enough for the water trapped in the boat to have frozen.  Looks lonely, maybe its been forgotten.

Keep warm and…..

Please Remember to ….

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

11th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Was that it!……


Yesterdays light dusting of snow has all but vanished…. what remains is due to the very low temperatures.  The wind that has been pestering us for the past few days has dropped, the Lake has frozen.

What little snow that remains in the woodland only seems to emphasise the stark, long shadows the low winter sun is casting.

Cold it may be, the sun doing little today to raise the thermometer to anywhere near zero.


Not that I am complaining, it just nice to be able to get out and about for a short while….  breathing in deeply of what you have to say, is some very very fresh air, I’m sure its doing me good!



Despite the cold, I would have liked to have been out longer.  It is though, best to stick to the current exercise restrictions.

Not sure what the weather forecasters have in store for us.  So far, not half as bad as predicted, we will just have to wait and see.

Whatever the weather…..

Please Remember to ….

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

10th February

(C) David Oakes 2021