Another day…and Spring moves along at a pace.


April 13th and another sunny Spring day…. there is though a significant change.  There has been a strong wind blowing straight from the Arctic, so from 25c we are now down to 11c. which feels very much colder.  Frost forecast for tonight.

Not to be deterred from making their Spring entrance, the Bluebells are now spreading across the woodlands. Brings a smile to anyone’s face in these trouble times.



Down by the Lake the trees are staring to cast their leafy shadow….

after all that time waiting, Spring is here


Another day when I count myself lucky to be able to discover the charms of Spring.  I do understand that many folk in these difficult times cannot enjoy a taste of the outdoors.   So I do hope this brings a little of the fast moving Spring home to you.

Please Remember…

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

13th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

Times have Changed…….


The Port of Ravenglass, Eskdale, Cumbria

On the coast of Cumbria in the shadows of the Lake District, at the mouth of  Eskdale can be found the Port of Ravenglass.    It is on the River Esk where it merges with the two smaller rivers of the Mite and Irt, where they all flow into the Irish Sea at the northern extremities of Morecambe Bay.

Today it doesn’t look much like a Port but it was once a very busy location for shipping.  That was of course in the days when boats were driven at high tide onto the flat beach.  Then at low tide cargo would be unloaded and loaded from carts drawn alongside each vessel.

The list of commodities that passed through Ravenglass was broad, mineral, agriculture and livestock….. but the main cargo was Slate from those Lakeland Fells.  Slate was much in demand and Lakeland Slate was high quality and much sought after, so business was big and profitable.  As time went by, the demand for Slate was such,  that a narrow gauge steam railway was built to bring the Slate from the hills down to Ravenglass.

A rusty anchor, the odd chain and a few wooden posts are the only clue to this former existence…..that is apart from the Steam Railway.

It is affectionately known as ” The Ratty “….  The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.  It runs a daily service along the length of Eskdale,with various stations on route, between  Dalegarth at the head of Eskdale down to here to the village of Ravenglass.

Ravenglass is a little village where time appears to have stood still…well worth a visit and maybe a trip on the Ratty!

Please Remember…

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

13th April

(C) David Oakes 2020