Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge -Cities and Skylines


Once a Warehouse…Now a Boutique Hotel

A suggestion for Cee’s Weeks Fun Foto Challenge.

See other submissions on :- https://ceenphotography.com/2016/05/31/cees-fun-foto-challenge-all-about-cities-skylines-to-street-photography/

31st May

(C) David Oakes 2016

Slowly Back to Nature……



The Old Pump House

Everything runs its course and this long abandoned Pump House once so vital to supplying local  fresh water is now slowly crumbling and being allowed to be taken back by nature.

And just in case you needed any reminder:- It  is the end of May today…yes! another month gone…. soon we will be at the half way point of 2016….I will let you all pause for thought 🙂

31st May

(C) David Oakes 2016

Blooming Beautiful…..and A Grand Day Out


Lea Rhododendron Gardens, Derbyshire



The weathers just great and as a bonus it is a Bank Holiday here in the England, so there was no better place to go for a ‘day out’ than Lea Rhododendron Gardens. You go to see these late spring early summer blooms at their very best. Lea Gardens are a network of paths through woodland in a steep rocky quarry.  Natural as it may look today, it is all manmade a Victorians dream garden.


Nor is it a place to rush…plenty of places just to sit and enjoy the surroundings which despite its justifiable popularity is surprisingly quiet and peaceful


Lea Rhododendron Gardens are located near to Matlock in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, so there is plenty to see and visit in the area…that is if you can drag yourself away from the gardens…


Evening light catches the final message from Lea…



We hope you have enjoyed the tour…thanks for joining us.

30th May

(C) David Oakes 2016


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge – Week 22


A Road with a Watery End

Just a suggestion for Week 22 of Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge…see what others have suggested here:- https://ceenphotography.com/2016/05/29/cees-odd-ball-photo-challenge-2016-week-22/

29th May

(C) David Oakes 2016

Sunday…So its Off to Church

Saint Melangell’s Church



We discovered this historic Welsh Church some years ago and completely by accident. We were exploring the Berwyn Hills and Valleys in North Wales tracing some of its industrial heritage.  We headed down this narrow  and very beautiful valley on a little used road to Pennant Melangell and there nestling below the mellow green hills is this little Church.  Before I tell you how it came to be there let me tell you a little of its history.  Built before the 7th century, substantially rebuilt in the 12th century and subject to major refurbishment in the late 20th century.  The shrine of Saint Melangell is a spectacular feature of the interior and draws worshipers from far and wide.

Now for the Story:-

There once was a Prince by the name of Brochwel hunting in the valley of Pennant. His hounds put up a Hare that after a chase went to cover in a thicket. When the Prince investigated he found a young virgin by the name of Melangell at prayer and the Hare hiding beneath her long robes. The hounds would not approach and in fact took off despite the huntsman’s best efforts to seek out the Hare. Prince Brochwel ask the young girl her name and her intentions. She told the Prince that she had come to this tranquil and serene valley to seek refuge and peaceful sanctuary. The Prince was so impressed with her godliness that he granted the valley to her…..so it is here that Melangell founded her religious community.

And what a perfect location for such and intriguing church than a tranquil valley deep in the heart of the Berwyn Mountains.


Cwm Pennant, the Berwyn’s

Thank god for Hares and Virgins….. and of course an Honourable Prince


29th May

(C) David Oakes 2016