Silent World… well mostly. But those tasks still continue !


Whilst we all try to manage this strange world we now live in, simple tasks, that would normally seem like a chore that had to be done, suddenly seem like an exciting job to tackle.  At least with the current sunny warm Spring sunshine it is rather a  joy to be out in the garden enjoying some fresh air.

Mind you one member of our household ( not me nor Buster ) is complaining that she still has her hands full with the usual household chores….. No rest they say for the wicked!


As one of the few journeys we are allowed to take in this phase of the lockdown period, I did venture out to the Supermarket.  A simple queuing system worked smoothly, social distancing full complied with, shelves as this ALDI full stocked, except for guess what ‘Toilet Rolls’.  I was back home before I knew it, fastest weekly shop I have ever managed with no hassle.

Someone folk have said on various Blog pages that it is a silent world.  I only disagree slightly!   True, no passing air traffic, road noise very subdued, train services reduced so not so many rattling carriages…… But we do have lots of spring Bird song , the early morning chorus is waking me up 🙂

The biggest thrill with being out in the garden this week has been to look up and enjoy a clear blue sky…..


Now that is a BONUS!

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

26th March

(C) David Oakes 2020


Golden Splendour…….


Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

We were looking forward to this trip, a trip that we made several years ago.  We read up about all the locations, absorbed all the guide books and their pictures…it all looked fantastic.

But when we arrived at Peterhof Palace it really took our breath away.  The lavish description of golden splendour had sounded to brash…. but the reality quite simply took our breath away.   A spectacular sight (and the sound of tumbling waters)…. we will never ever forget.

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

26th March

(C) David Oakes 2020