Fog……OK it lifted just a Tad

the-fog-liftedMidday at Allestree Lake

We still have swirling fog to dampen our January days.  It did lift just a little at midday but soon descended again.

What does give me some concern is that the fogs we have been ‘enjoying’ this year, seem darker and dirties….much more reminiscent of the days of industrial pollution and prior to smokeless zones. There is a yellowish ting and a taste that leaves a metallic taste in the mouth.

doi_1630_00001bbThe forecast is for more of the same tomorrow……no comment!

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2017

Of “Little” Interest…….. !


Please…Read that One Again….

From time to time I have shared some of my Victorian Greetings Cards, I don’t have that big a collection, nor do I avidly go out to collect them….they just happen to ‘turn up’. One item that turned up and until this weekend I had forgotten about is this tiny Story Book.

Measuring 3.5 inches x 2.5 inches and all of 32 flimsy pages it is small by any standard.


Nor is it Victorian, though it was published by the same company as my Victorian Cards. The company is Raphael Tuck and Sons one of the original Postcard and Greeting Card pioneers.

“More Bedtime Stories” was published during the 2nd World War (this edition circa 1939/40).  Inspired by the Government to make a contribution to keeping up the Nations Spirits at a time of great hardship, rationing and shortages of all raw materials including paper, this was one of a series of UTILIY books.


The paper is not discoloured through age but reflects the poor quality of pulp available for paper making. As the quantity of paper available was rationed, size obviously saved paper. It may be small but with its colourful cover it would have added some cheer to some children’s bedtimes….not that all the titles published were for juveniles.

Despite major difficulties and hardships it is amazing how creative and resourceful we have and can be….

Tuck’s Better Little Books were small….but readable and probably treasured in those dark days.

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2017