Moody Monday……. After The Rains

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Castle Stalker, Argyll, Scotland

Today is the last day of May.  I know we should not wish time away, but thank goodness this month is at an end.  May has been the wettest May on record.

Bad weather can leave one a little down, if not depressed.  But wet days like the one we enjoyed in the shadow of Castle Stalker, can still manage to lift the spirits.  The tide at Loch Laich had fallen. As can often be the way, as the tide departs, it signals a change in the weather.  Storm clouds start to clear and just a little sunshine breaks through the mist.

We have high hopes for the new month of June….. not that we can do anything positive to change the weather we are given…. but we can still hope for better.

Whatever your hopes and aspirations for June…..

Please Remember ….

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

31st May

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

 

Silent Sunday…. When is a Church, Not a Church

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St. Cynog Church, Llangynog, Wales

St. Cynog can be found in the Tanat Valley in the Berwyn Mountains, Powys, Wales.  The village of Llangynog is at the point where the rivers Eirth and Tanat meet.

Today Llangynog is a quiet community, a small village surrounded by Hill Farms.  It is also surrounded by the ghosts of once very busy Slate Mines and Quarries.  Remains of this industrial heritage can still be seen on the surround hill sides and along the neighbouring valley’s.

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St. Cynog dates back to 1254, with rebuilds at various times between then, and the last refurbishment in 1894.  Carved stone windows and a porch entrance and its carved stone pillars, add character to what could have been a plain stone building. Carved wood beams support the roof, but also add something special to an otherwise simple interior. Outside the Graveyard with its many slate headstones confirms its links to the local heritage…. and no doubt the Bell Tower will have sounded both solemn events as well as happier times for the village

As with so many Welsh villages, the church was once the centre of the community, Sunday Service a must, in fact considered a duty by many.  Today with the community shrinking in size St. Cynog is no longer the ‘Parish’ Church’.  It is though kept open, kept alive, as what is known as a Pilgrims Church available for travellers.  It still has an important religious role.  A programme of services is held at various intervals through the year, it is still used for weddings and funerals. Perhaps what is equally important , that as a Pilgrim Church, it is still a centre point for the community… far better than closure and standing empty.

Please Remember ….

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

30th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Day Out in the Lakes….. would be Just Grand

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Victoria Bay, Derwent Water, The English Lake District, Cumbria

Saturday and a Bank Holiday Weekend, School Half Term Holidays in the week following.  In ‘normal times’ the Lake District would be overflowing with visitors, Day Trippers, Hikers, Climbers, Mountain Bikers, Campers and Caravanners, B&B in Farm Houses and Hotels with signs saying No Vacancies!.  

Covid restrictions have been eased and despite many folk acting with caution, I reckon this beach beside Derwent Water will not be as quiet as the tranquil view above.

We are also being cautious.  I think we wait to see just how the virus and variants subside, or not, over the next few weeks before we plan to be off to locations further afield.

Not that it stops us dreaming…. Oh, how I long to be walking along the shore, below the Pines, water lapping beside our steps, all with views of Skiddaw on the horizon.   

One day…but not just yet.

 

Please Remember ….

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

29th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Summer must be on the way !

Two days of warm sunshine….  summer must be on the way.

If you wanted proof, then our Calla Lily is now in flower… and just to make its seasonal point, our Pine Tree has now started to add its Christmas decorations 🙂

But the real proof is a late evening walk across the meadows.  A sinking sun, no breeze and a thermometer still reading 20c…. just a perfect end to rather fine day.

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Please Remember ….

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

28th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday……. Being Stalked

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The Eyes Have it!

Those sharp, bright, staring eyes remined me of the the famous Poem by William Blake – “Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright“.

His description still seems as valid to day as when it was written back in 1794.  Now that alone is worth thinking about.  Not that many people would have even seen an image of a Tiger when his Poem was published. 

This little fellow, those eyes, his pose reminded me of his much bigger cousin….  he didn’t move as we passed, no hair on his lush thick coat twitched, not sure he breathed……  but those eye’s followed our every step.

No Tiger, but there is still danger out there so….

Please Remember ….

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

28th May

(C) David Oakes 2021