A Bright Start…. but the River is still running High and Fast

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A sweeping bend in the River Derwent.  The sun from yesterday afternoon returned this morning.  It also brought a wind that was rising.  The Derwent is still running high and fast after all the rains of January and February.

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Debris washed down river building up when ever it gets a chance to snag itself to the bank.

Even though the River is rather wild, further down stream a bankside Angler manages to find himself a calm eddy in which to fish….  though I suspect its just an excuse to sit and watch and enjoy the mornings sun.

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Not sure this sunny spell of weather will last…. winds from the South West usually bring rains, and  this wind is gaining strength, so I reckon we will soon be topping up the Derwent once again.

No matter what the weather delivers…. Remember

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

23rd February

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Welcome Change….in the Weather

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It was definitely a day of two halves.  The morning was damp and dark.  Then in the afternoon the sun broke through.  The grey clouds parted to reveal the blue sky that has been hiding from us for days now….. Yep, it is still up there!

It was also warm enough to take a moment or two and bask in the suns warmth, the Furlong Oak as always a favourite place to pause…

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The woodlands still retain a hint of the autumn as a reminder that spring has yet to make its mark.

As the sun went to bed, the Lake became calm and mirror like, perhaps thats a good weather sign…. who knows

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Just a hint of a warm glow in the sky as the sun vanished below the horizon

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Not a bad end to the day….. a day where the daylight hours have certainly started to extend.  Won’t be long before we have the clock change to summer time.  We do though still need to enjoy some signs of Spring..

 

Please Remember to ….

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

22nd February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Schhhh….. Don’t tell anyone, but Spring is on the way

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The weather has been pretty atrocious the past few days.  Grey and wet, yet every so often we get a flash of sunshine. Sunshine that warms the soul but also finds dark corners of the garden….  and there we have some signs that Spring is on the way.

Maybe one day everything will get back to some kind of normal, maybe not normal as we knew it…..   but better than lockdown and the other difficulties we all have to experience. 

So with Spring on the horizon please remember to

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

19th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

It Will Soon Be Spring…. Promise

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Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

The weather has turned much more seasonally cold…. well it beats the rains of recent weeks.

But the good news must be that Spring can not be that far away.

Whatever weather you are enjoying…..

Please Remember ….

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

28th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Day that started well…. but the weather had other plans

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Christmas Eve Walk on Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

It started off so well.  Clear blue skies and sunshine.  The forecast was favourable for the whole day.  Cold, in comparison to recent days, 2c.  A strong wind did add an extra chill to the day, but that sun was actually easing the feel of the morning. 

But before mid morning the skies had darkened and that wind started to cut through.  Not complaining, still invigorating to be out and about, enjoying moorland views and broader views across Derbyshire.  

There are several well weathered Gritstone outcrops on the edge of the moors. One in particular, well weathered and hiding away among some gnarled old tree,   now much inscribed with initial,  hearts and dates, is known as  the Cat Stone.  There must be a legend as to why it so named.  Whilst it is an interesting shape, I  see no resemblance to a feline animal….. maybe you can?

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Those darkening skies that appeared from nowhere, driven along by the high wind, brought us our first Snow of the winter.  Yep…SNOW!  For about 40 minutes we had thick flurries of snow, visibility  reduce, but it was not for sticking.  The ground was too wet, not surprising  after all the recent rains and no doubt still retaining some warmth. 

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The first snow (or attempt at snow) is always rather exciting, exciting that is before after a while the novelty wears off.

The mini snowstorm past, but we could still see various squalls passing by over the surrounding valleys.

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The clear blue skies never did return but for the rest of the day it did make some spirited attempts  to return….

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Not the weather we were expecting…… but still a great day to be out, real fresh air and a Christmas Eve treat.

Christmas Day tomorrow, a day to relax and reflect….Enjoy but also….

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

24th December

(C) David Oakes 2020