Cees Fun Foto Challenge…. Look up


Heage 6 Sail Windmill, Derbyshire

Windmills were common over most of our countryside.  Wind power to grind grains to  make Flour or perhaps to  pump water in wetland areas. Today they are magical features evoking nostalgic memories of days and a way of life long gone….

Marsh Mill, Thornton, Lancashire. L

A 4 Sail Windmill, Marsh Mill, Thornton, Lancashire

Today we cover the same landscape with another form of windmill which we now call Turbines….and I guess the only real difference (apart from that these are used to generate electricity) is that we group them together in what we call ‘Wind Farms’….. maybe that is to add some romance to these modern triffids….


Hopton, Derbyshire

(look carefully and you can see the remains of a stump of ‘proper’ windmill)

My response to this weeks Fun Foto Challenge from Cee.  The link to her Blog is :-


Why not join in and have some fotographic fun


10th March

(C) David Oakes 2020

It is a Knotty Problem…..


Well here we are….. a World trying to deal with Coronavirus  ( Covid -19 ).  Everyone an expert and yet so many varying actions  have been taken try to try and deal with the issue.

Most of us are on the touchline, waiting to see just how things develop.  We watch the Politicians grappling with decision making,  knowing that whatever they do their decisions may well rebound upon them.  Then we have the Health Experts advising the Politicians insisting that they are being guided by the ‘Science’ and facts. Advise that seems to be very different country by country.  Does anyone really know!

And then we have the Medical Staff on the front line battling to keep up with winters illnesses and now these new threats.  Folk who go into work everyday, folk who have been battling financial constraints over a good number of years, voicing concerns that were unheeded.  Those missing resources are now much needed.  Resources that unlike a light bulb cannot be turned on at the flick of a switch.

Whatever the next few months may have instore for us all, we do know that there is no quick-fix,  that there are bound to be some serious loser’s ….but also that there will be no winners.

10th March

(C) David Oakes 2020