Windblown…..

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After a weekend of high winds, straight from the Arctic, the last of our Daffodils did take rather a battering.  They are the last for this season.  Gone are the Snowdrops, Crocus and Hyacinth as Spring marches on.

One benefit of having to stay local for our walks to the Park is that it does give me a chance to nosey into neighbours gardens. No need to look over this garden wall as the spring colours are overflowing for all to see….

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This spell of sunny Spring weather we are currently enjoying continues.  Today it has started to warm up, just a little, after the bitter winds  of the past few days.

Change is occurring at a pace….. down by the Lake you can see just how much more leaf cover there is on the trees.  Still away to go for some, but much greener all round…..and just as tranquil as a Spring day should be.

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A tranquillity that is very welcome in these troubled times…

Please Remember ….

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

14th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

The City that never Sleeps…..

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Hamburg, Germany.

Yesterday I shared an image of a very small, but onetime very important Port.  So here as a contrast is another port.  At the same time as little Ravenscar was trading,  in Germany on the River Elbe, Hamburg was been founded.

Whilst the Port of Hamburg is Germany biggest, it is also one of the worlds major trading hubs. But to say Hamburg is a Port  would be to ignore the growth the City has made in commerce, banking and the arts.  The dramatic skyline round the old port give you some indication of the Cities obvious success.

I mentioned the arts.  Culturaly Hamburg has a veritable feast on offer….. its latest major investment in the Arts is the waterfront building on the right.  A spectacular piece of architecture…..  It is the Elbphilharomonie Concert Hall.  Apart from Concerts it is also now a major Tourist attraction with guided tours on offer. I say now…as sadly we were too early to enjoy a tour.  The day the above image was taken the building was being officially opened by  Prince William and Kate.

I said the City doesn’t sleep, well it doesn’t appear to.  Nor more so than at the International Docks…. the rumbling of cranes and the coming and going of barges and ships continued thru the night.

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If you had to choose a word to describe success then that word would probably be Hamburg.

Please Remember ….

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

14th April

(C) David Oakes 2020