A Change in the Weather….

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The Spring heatwave is over, for how long we don’t really know.  But whilst the sun did shine this morning there was also a layer of high level haze that took the edge of the heat…. it was though very humid, there was also a certain feel to the air that indicated that a change is on the way…….

A little earlier the mist that woke the day was still lingering in the woods bring with it a heavy dew damping the new woodland growth…

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I am finding it very hard getting used to the lack of people. All this empty open space, ever changing and space to share.  It is of course the rule to exercise just once in the day then head back home.  We are lucky as we have a garden that expands the rooms of the house.  So I do feel for the great many who do not have that luxury.   I am sure a few more folk could, with safe distancing, share the enjoyment of this outdoors space.

So of course there was no one taking advantage of the lakeside’s favourite bench..

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We have rain forecast and a marked drop in temperature from this evening, so tomorrow may well be very different.

Please Remember ….

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

12th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

Easter Sunday Greetings……

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An Easter Bunny to bring you some Easter Greetings this Spring… a very different Spring to what we thought could happen.

The image is a Victorian Greetings Card published by Raphael Tuck & Sons sometime between 1890 and 1901.

It is a simple flat card, small only 4 inches x 3 inches.  It is a little worse for ware but still able to present a traditional Easter message.

Spring is here and with it new hope for the future, a future that may well be very different for all of us

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

12th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Silent Sunday….. So Off to Church

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Melrose Abbey, The Scottish Borders

In one of the most beautiful of settings, close to the River Tweed and in the shadow of the Eildon Hills, Melrose Abbey is  right in the centre of the Scottish town of Melrose.

Saint Mary’s Abbey, is the full name of this Cistercian Monastery, built on the instruction of King David I of Scotland around 1136.

It may well be a ruin, but exploring these skeletons of ecclesiastic buildings, it is apparent that there is much more of the Abbey in outline than remaining.  None the less you soon recognise just how big and complex the construction once was.

Being located so prominently in the Scottish Borders, Melrose Abbey was subject to much abuse.  The 1500’s were difficult and violent times.  Battles between the English and the Scots were just the start.  Then bombardments by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in the English Civil Wars was perhaps the final straw.

The Abbey on its own is worth a visit, but the surrounds of this part of the Border region of Scotland is a joy on its own.

Please remember….

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

12th April

(C) David Oakes 2020