Awaken Again September !


After 4 days of unsaturated grey skies, with no horizon and little contrast, our spirits were sinking.  Today the sun shines, the skies are for the most part blue and the air is still….in fact you could be fooled into thinking summer has returned.  So, despite a nip in the air,  it was a joy to stroll through our woods this morning.  The woods are somewhere we walk just about every day that we are at home.  Friends ask if we ever get bored thinking that it must be a fixed routine. Well the answer is no, far from it. The woods are big enough to allow you to walk different routes.  Not only do the changing season  add variety but  each and everyday is different.  We have grown up with many of the trees so even they are now like old friends, just like many of our two and four legged friends we meet, they too have their ills and woes. So I make no excuse for sharing some images from this mornings sunny September walk in the woods….and yes, you may well recognise a few of our friendly trees making a return visit to the blog….

Sunny and still very green, the woods are starting to show autumnal signs and one sure sign that autumn is on the way is the appearance of Fungi on the woodland floor, here growing on a fallen trunk…there will be many more to come…..


7th September

© David Oakes 2014

When is a Lighthouse….Not a Lighthouse ?


The Watch Tower, Arbroath, on the Angus Coast, North East Scotland

I think the original name, and perhaps the more appropriate name, is Bell Rock Signal Tower.  Built in 1813 it was constructed to provide a vital link to Bell Rock Lighthouse some 11 miles away out in the often rough North Sea.  Radio and phone were not communication options available in those times, so a series of signals were agreed between Lighthouse way out in the ocean and the Signal (Watch) Tower at Arbroath’s harbour.  Messages were relayed by raising and lowering (and various positions in-between) the Red Ball on the mast atop of the Tower.  The Lighthouse had a matching system so by means of a code communications were established.  Today the Watch Tower is a Museum,  well worth a visit, where you can hear about the special messages sent out to the Lighthouse Keepers….should one of their wives give birth a message was sent up the pole.  A pair of trousers if it was a boy and a dress if it was a girl ….simple but effective.  Despite not being a lighthouse it was still a vital link in keeping shipping safe arround the coast.

(P.S. I should perhaps dedicate this post to fellow blogger Scott Marshall  who is currently active on a project to photograph all of Scotland’s Lighthouse’s.  As this is not a true Lighthouse I guess it is one he may not include in his project.  Visit his blog and you will occasionally see the spectacular results of his progress)

7th September

© David Oakes 2014