Spring slowly comes to Dovedale…..

Deep in the limestone valley known as Dovedale, the sun has yet to search out the new growth of spring. The River Dove spills gently over the stones, its crystal clear waters providing a home for a few Brown Trout…. after all this is the River Dove of Izaak Walton’s, book The Compleat Angler (1653) fame.

I could tell you that Dovedale is in Derbyshire….or I could say it was in Staffordshire.  Both would be correct as the River Dove marks the boundary between the two counties.  The picture on the left with the limestone tower of Pickering Tor high above the Dove, is taken from the Staffordshire bank of the river. The other image with the crystal clear waters of the Dove flowing below Ravens Tor is shot from the Derbyshire bank. 

Wherever you are in this world…..

Please Remember ….

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

20th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Not so Moody After All

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Spring is slowly coming to the Derbyshire Moor’s.  Sun cutting through the Silver Birch on this fabulous sunny spring day…..  a joy to be out and about.

As always, any visit to Stanton Moor has to include time to visit the Nine Ladies Stone Circle… despite having the moors virtually to ourselves, we could have predicted, that there would be someone using the ancient (and to many a sacred) monument, as a place to sit and today to text.

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But for us this sunny spring morning, it was also a morning to take ones time… even just to stop and stare.._DOI3298qqqa

Yes, it is a Monday, but this Monday wasn’t moody.

We hope you have also had a good Monday but don’t forget…

Please Remember ….

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

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday….. Feeling a Little Blue ?

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Moody Monday……   I do wonder in these Covid times, if Monday’s can still be associated with the start of yet another  working week.   I do appreciate that there are a significant number of people for whom, Pandemic or not,  have had to keep working… often for our benefit.

I find the only weekly difference these days, is just how fast the days merge into each other….Monday one day, blink and its Sunday again.

I thought this Blue Door, seen on a Faroe Island trip was just right ….. BLUE but much more cheerful than Moody!

No matter what your mood is today……

Please Remember ….

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

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Silent Sunday……. Spring comes to a Church at Ilam

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Church of the Holy Cross, Ilam, Staffordshire

The village Church at Ilam hides behind the village of the same name, in the valley below Bunster Hill and Dove Dale.  Its distinctive ‘Saddleback’ Bell Tower, whilst not unique  in church architecture, still adds a touch of style to this 17th century church.  It is, as with many old religious buildings, believed that is was built on an religious location used as early as the Saxon times.  Restoration and additions where made in the 1800’s. 

My best description would be ‘small but beautiful’ both inside and out.  So pop in and take a look…

Holy Cross, Ilam, is perhaps at it’s best, on a sunny spring morning, just as the early mist and dew rises to reveal it nestling behind a ring of trees with Bunster Hill as its backdrop.

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Wherever you are this Spring Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

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

18th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Tallinn….Away from the Hussle and Bustle

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Tallinn, Estonia

The iconic view over Tallinn, just about every visitor is directed or taken to this viewpoint above the town.  Perhaps its as well as most of the streets and squares are, lets say busy.  For some time now Tallinn has been making a reputation as a holiday venue, in particular a weekend destination.  Cheap air flights have been one of the key movers….  so it will be interesting to see how things workout for Tallinn and similar destinations, once the CV19 restrictions are eased.

Despite the high visitor numbers it is still possible to discover those quieter corners of this fascinating old town of narrow streets and what looks like a church on every corner…

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Explore at will, but there will still be time for the everyday Tourist scene

Wherever you are…. or wherever you dream of travelling to….

Please Remember ….

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

17th April

(C) David Oakes 2021