The Winter Solstice arrives tomorrow…


December over Stanton Moor

Could be a little confusion today…. and it nearly caught me out. The Winter Solstice this year is on Sunday the 22nd of December, not the 21st.  The switch in days occurs every four years.  So we will have to wait another day before those days become just a little longer and the nights a little shorter…. If the New Year pans out like many in the past, and despite the passing of mid winter, the worst of winter has yet to come.

21st December

(C) David Oakes 2019

After the Monsoon….. Autumn returns


That Autumnal Look

The storms have passed, well for the time being.  I also admit that we escaped the very worst. It was only yesterday that we had torrential rain and high winds.  Today we are back to sunshine and autumnal colours…. though it does look distinctively as if winter is knocking at the door.

The rains were heavy enough to raise the levels of the River Derwent once again, not yet flood level but getting there.  The Weeping Willow is weeping and wetting its branches in the dark fast flowing flood water of the Derwent….


Warming early morning sun found us wandering down the lane and thru the old village a pleasant start before heading down to the meadows and riverside….


 Winter may be approaching at a pace but it still ain’t bad to be out and about

12th December

(C) David Oakes 2019

A Night of Change……


Sunrise – Sunset

Tonight is a significant event in our annual seasonal calendar.  Whilst the daylight hours have, for a few weeks, been getting shorter, that change takes a noticeable change tonight.  It is that time of year when we have to ‘put our clocks back’ by one hour.  Whilst for a short time the mornings will appear to be a little lighter, the evenings will creep in ever so quickly.

For many, those shorter daylight hours can be a problem, others tolerate the change as part of the seasonal cycle….. so I guess the best way of looking at the issue is that December 21st and the Winter Solstice will soon be with us. The daylight hours can again start to get longer.

So don’t forget to adjust your clocks – remember the rhyme

“Fall back – Spring forward”

26th October

(C) David Oakes 2019