A Small Start….Maybe Spring will arrive ?


The very last day of January……  another January day that didn’t wake up.  It has been a month that will be remembered here for the rains, floods and an occasional flurry of snow.

So, I was delighted to find my first clump of Wild Snowdrops in the woods.  Not many I admit but at least it is a start.  

Yellow Catkins were the other welcome sign that Spring is getting nearer. Again a small sign but none the less very encouraging on such a grey damp day.

Apart from the damp it was cold, cold enough to freeze the Lake once more. I do hate these damp cold days, maybe it is another reminder that I am getting old, as this damp cold does seem to leach into my bones..


The Grey Squirrel has obviously raided his winter larder, so busy chopping away that he ignored Buster and myself. (and where was my Long lens when I needed it – at home keeping warm)


So I will wave January goodbye. If you were describing the month, you would say it had been wet, but not really Winter.  Wicked, I know, to wish time away but this last month has certainly drained the spirits. 

But, whatever February has in store for us….

Please Remember ….

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

31st January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday…….. Off to Church


St. Michaels Chapel, Rame Head, Cornwall

Many years ago, when we were walking a part of the Cornish Coastal Path, we approached Rams Head.  It is a rocky outcrop that protrudes into the English Chanel and because of it high elevation also has a clear view down to Plymouth Sound.

As we approached we could see a Stone building at the highest vantage point.  We were to discover that this building was in fact called St. Michaels Chapel.

But the Chapel was not the first construction on this summit.  As far back as the Bronze and Iron Ages there has been a Hill Fort on this very spot. Not a bad strategic position, commanding expansive views  across both sea and land.  The building of the Chapel is ascribed to St. German and dates back to 981.

The weather and age has taken its toll on the Chapel, but I suspect it has always been very utilitarian building.  Apart from a place for prayer, I guess it was also a place of sanctuary for travellers and pilgrims providing basic shelter from the weather.

St. Michaels may not be the most imposing of buildings, but what cannot be denied is its spectacular location. It has proven to be an important vantage point.  During the 2nd World War it played an important roll, as a Coastal Lookout Point, in the efforts to safeguard  Plymouth Sound and its Navel base.  But it is also said, that it was from here, in 1588, that the first sightings of the Spanish Armada was made.  Warning were sent down to Sir Francis Drake, who legend tells, was playing Bowls on Plymouth Sound and despite the imminent challenge,  insisted on finishing his game. True or not,… its great yarn.

Please Remember ….

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

31st January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday…….. What Came First


Whilst on a walk, on along forgotten summer walk in the Norfolk countryside, I came across this old, but rather grand, Flintstone Stable Block…….  and I did ponder as to what came first, the Stable or the Tree.  Has to be the Stables..hasn’t it.

Whatever it is you are pondering this Friday….Please

 Remember ….

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

29th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday….. A Year on!


Somewhere in the Bay of Biscay….in Happier Days

Two weeks previous, one year ago…we were busy booking a Cruise for later in 2020.   All the planning had been done and destinations chosen…. were were to say the least “Happy Bunnies”

That Cruise was cancelled for the obvious reasons.  But who could have known that events would turn all our lives upside down.  A year and two weeks on we can see no real improvements on the horizon. 

At least we do have some great memories,  they make a big and welcome difference to our everyday lives….  maybe one day we will welcome in a New Norm! and start to make new memories.  But I guess it will be a very different norm.

Till then……

Please Remember ….

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

28th January

(C) David Oakes 2021