Evening and peace returns to the Beach……


Gwithian Towans Dunes and Beach, looking towards Godrevy Point, St. Ives Bay, North Coast of Cornwall 

All is peace in the evenings, all the crowds have headed for home. A soft rolling incoming tide will wash the sands clean again, fresh for a new start on another day.  Peace with just the calming wind through the dune grasses and the call of the gulls.  Soon the light from Godrevy Lighthouse will cut through the dusk.

Just another memory of times when travel was easy and we enjoyed such freedom

Till that time again….

Please Remember ….

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

30th June

(C) David Oakes 2020





Not the perfect day for Day Lilies.  High winds have swept through the garden in short but very powerful gust….  no real damage apart the broken stem on  one of the lily heads.

No real rescue possible but a record for the files.  Despite the strength of the wind it hadn’t dislodged any of the pollen that the Bees so love….


Early this morning it was a different day.  The sun looked promising and the lake, with a rippled surface still basked in the dawns sunshine…..



Then the wind woke up and started to exercise its powers.  Only consolation is that it would move the clouds along, so whilst showers are forecast. they shouldn’t last for too long.

What ever the weather, where ever you are….

Please Remember ….

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

28th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday…… So Off to Church


The ruins of Kilchattan Chapel, Isle of Luing, Argyll, Scotland

Little remains of this tiny chapel at the heart of Luing.  What does remain contains a history of this once busy and prosperous (for some) Island on Scotland’s west coast.  The story is told in the graveyard that surrounds what is left of the chapel.  It tells of the Fisher folk, the Crofters and a large number of Slate Quarrymen.  Of the later, many were incomers to the island, who lost their lives in this dangerous quarry environment….  they came but never left…..just an inscription on a simple slate stone remains.

Travelers to Luing should pause and read these well weathered stones.  They reveal the true identity of this now tranquil island


The Island of Luing is one of many, in a chain of islands along the  Atlantic coast of Argyll.  All had one thing in common.  They were all once important producers of Slate, a valuable building resource, that was exported from Luing and its neighbouring islands by ship across the world.

I once described Luing as   ‘The Island with a Hole in It‘.   The hole, is of course, one of the many quarries that dot the islands.  As the slate lies beneath the island these quarries go down deep, well below sea level.   These soon fill with water well disguising the island industrial past….now an attractive tourist view.


In todays world Luing  still survives on a fragile Crofting way of farming.  This is supplemented by Tourism, but this is also limited and fragile.  But for visitors to Luing they can enjoy  an island that in many ways is still in the past.   Village names such as Tobernochy, Killchattan and Cullipool, names which are larger than villages themselves.  Houses that once were Quarrymen’s homes, Agricultural workers homes and Fishing communities.  Many of course today are Holiday Homes.  Many with great vistas, though for the quarry workers that was possibly of little importance. Well worth exploring on peaceful roads…

In true island style, visitors arrive by way of the small Cuan Car Ferry…


Then explore this little piece of Scottish Island solitude, relax at Cullipool and reflect that this was one of several Atlantic coast ports from where Luing Slate departed to all points of the compass….


Please Remember ….

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

28th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Expect Rain they said…..


Well we did get some rain….  heavy for short showers. Then the sun would appear….. the process was then repeated for the rest of the day.

But we have, by all accounts, been rather lucky.  Some places not too far away from us have had  bad thunderstorms, torrential downpours and even in place hailstones .

Occasionally the horizon was very threatening, should we head for cover?   Thankfully the worst didn’t trouble us…

Rather pleased…   the Hydrangeas are  starting to fill and get some colour to their petals.   I  do get the feeling that they are later this season,  also those flower heads look much smaller than usual.


May be they will fill out, so we will have to wait and see..    and while we wait….

Please Remember ….

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

27th June

(C) David Oakes 2020