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

January Sunshine……..


Furlong Meadow Oak, Allestree, Derbyshire

It did take a while for the sun to wake up this January morning.  The grey clouds cleared and we were donated a clear blue sky and a sun that did actually warm the soul.

It was still very wet underfoot, overnight rain falling on recently hard ground ensured that you watched your footing. Lockdown restricts us to our local area…. but that is no hardship.  The Parkland and Woods are always worth strolling through, watching the seasons gradual changes…..  mind you some scenes today, do look rather autumnal, rather than a winters January day.


The Lake has been frozen for several days now, but the air temperature has suddenly risen and with the sun, the thaw has been swift.  As always after ice the Lake does look rather dark…


Mid afternoon and that sun still shines…… the thermometer reads 9c.   So we will say thank you for a rather grand January day and wait to see, if the sun remembers to wake up again tomorrow.  🙂

(P.S. Did you spot the shoes “decorating” the Furlong Oak)

As always, no matter the weather….

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


A Walk With Skeletons…..


Heavy frost overnight and a misty morning.   Events again conspired against me getting out in the morning.  I was though rather surprised that by early afternoon, when we did manage to head out, that the the ground was still white and frozen… and the mist still lingered, swirling in a very light breeze.

Lets just say it was cold but invigorating.  It was also interesting to witness the constantly changing mist and the subtle colour changes, as the sun began to fall below the invisible horizon.


The Ice on the Lake is of course thicker than yesterday.  The Gulls have flown but the Ducks huddle together in the shelter of lakeside bushes…


As the day drew to a close the sun did make a last bright spirited attempt at a sunset, nearly but not quite….


As always Buster enjoyed his walk, even if his paws were getting cold….  but like me he was glad to get back to the warmth of the conservatory and enjoy the last rays of the late afternoon sun 🙂


Now I wonder what tomorrows weather will bring us…that is apart from the realisation that its FRIDAY again (just where did that week vanish to?).

No matter the Weather…no matter the day of the week….

Please Remember ….

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

7th January

(C) David Oakes 2021