Goodbye April……


Goodbye April …. it has been nice to know you.    But as you go…..  please leave some sunshine behind.

Looking forward to seeing what May has in store for us.


Please Remember ….

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

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Spring (proper) will soon be here….. promise


Yew Tree Farm, Yewdale, Coniston, Cumbria

Yew Tree Farm nestles below the surrounding hills of Holme Fell and Wetherlam, sheltered for the most part from the extremes of the weather.  March, and life be starting anew this spring. Daffodils will bloom alongside the walls, Herdwick Lambs will appear in numbers… and of course an increase in visitors.  In a few weeks time those tables in the garden in front of the farm will be earning their keep for the farm with teas and cakes for passing ramblers.  Winter wows will soon be forgotten…….. Till then

Please Remember ….

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

5th March

(C) David Oakes 2022




Iconic Snowdrop’s……. Short lived but Timeless.


With February comes the first signs of Spring.  The iconic Snowdrop is usually the first of the Spring Bulbs to bring us hope that Spring is really on the way….  sadly their life is short.


I say iconic as Snowdrops have been a symbol of Spring for a great many generations….

An early Victorian Greeting Cards – though this one was used to send Easter Greetings, which begs the question “Have the Seasons changed ?”

Please Remember ….

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

17th February

(C) David Oakes 2022

February, a new month………Living in Hope


February, a new month.  Traditionally February is the Snowdrop month.

Today all we have in the garden and local woods are a few very tiny green shoots, in fact they looked rather the same on January 1st.  Last year, on February 1st., I was out with the camera capturing these harbingers’ of Spring.

The seasons are always a bit of a lottery…  there was a time when seasonal change and the flora seemed to work to a well defines timetable….. not anymore.

So we live in hope that we will be blessed with a ‘White Carpet’ before too long.  Snowdrops really are the true indicator that Spring is on its way., they may be small but they pack a big message.

No matter the vagaries of the seasons…..Lets start the month as we mean to go on…. so..

Please Remember ….

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

1st February

(C) David Oakes 2022

New Year Greetings Everyone….


Goodbye 2021 ……. AND WELCOME TO 2022

At Midnight tonight the 31st December I will lift a glass and toast all friends far and wide….. friends that are local and friends known only over the ether.  All are valuable and add to our daily life.

So if you should sing “Auld Lang Syne”….  listen carefully as you may well hear a not so melodious voice here in Derby. singing along with you.

Good wishes to all and with hope for 2022.


and as always….

Please Remember ….

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

31st December

(C) David Oakes 2021