Goodbye April Showers…….


Fire Boat, Bergen, Norway

We wave goodbye to April today…another month vanished in to our memories.  Despite all the lockdown restrictions the month has passed (well for us) just as fast as usual.

April is of course the month known in the seasonal rhyme as the month of Showers.

“April Showers bring forth May Flowers”

Not this year…..well not as far as showers are concerned.  April has proved to be both the driest but the warmest on record.

Though it does end with just a few rather heavy  showers.

Lets look forward to those May flowers…they will bring some extra joy into our lives to brighten these troubled days.

Please Remember ….

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

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2020



Goodbye May….its been good to know you!


May is always the first real month of Spring…always full of promise but it can also be just a little iffy weather wise.  Not this year, it has been a really marvellous sunny and very dry month. The meadows are full of wild flowers and herbs…Red Campion, Clover, Cow Parsley and of course Buttercups all adding a splash of colour to the lush green grasses that one day later in the year will make a great rich hay crop for winter feed.

June is here tomorrow…..and then Mid- Summer, yep, the Summer Solstice is not that far away.  The only sure thing is that as far as the weather is concerned, we will get what we get given, and certainly cannot guarantee a continuance of the un-seasonably warm dry weather we have enjoyed since January.

31st May

(C) David Oakes 2019

More May Flowers…….


Cannot beat a Daisy

As the month of May heads towards closure, a month that has seen new growth in woods, hedgerow and meadows burst into its rich abundance, it finishes with a flourish of even more meadow flowers.

I wonder what June will bring us ?

30th May

(C) David Oakes 2019

A Funny Year so far….Is it Spring or have we arrived at Summer ?


It has been a strange seasonal year so far.  High temperatures, little rain, some high winds and only a flash of frost.  Plants, both garden and in the wild, have flourished but not always in the cycle of seasonal flowering we are used to.

At long last the Ash trees have burst there buds and the new green leaves are appearing.  I reckon the Ash is very late, the Oak has been in leaf for some 5 weeks or more.

Now the meadows are being flooded with wild flowers, Buttercups, Cow Parsley, Daisies, Red Campion and Ragged Robin are vying with all the green herbage that is doing its best to drown everything….  to me this is more like early summer than spring, no matter it is a delight to walk and explore the meadows..

Down by the Lake everything appears calm, again the wild flowers edging the bank are flourishing like never before adding a freshness to any mornings walk…


But not all is peaceful, for many birds and water fowl it can be a tough traumatic time.  This Coot had thought it had found the ideal nest spot, even a bit of shade. But as soon as the chicks hatched the Rooks and Crows started to harass the Coots. I am hopeful all will be well as Coots are rather feisty birds and there claws a challenge for any predator..

At least for some mums and their youngsters this warm spring has ensured that they can get out in the fresh air and have some sociable fun.


It is still Spring…. but if it was Summer I for one would not be complaining

23rd May

(C) David Oakes 2019