Its Official…. Summer is over (I think)


Summer must be over…. The Local Cricket Club has ‘parked’ its Sight Screens for the winter  and its Club House all secured.

But walking round the rest of Darley Park this morning, it looked much more like summer than autumn.  That said, it did feel just a touch cooler despite the bright sunshine.  After the past few days of rather wet and awful weather, this was in modern parlance – a welcome ‘Window’ in the current weather cycle..


Despite the recent days of sever wet weather, the garden seems to have withstood the battering rather well.  The Rudbeckia still stand tall, the Dahlia droop, Geraniums brighten a corner,  greenery is lush and surprise surprise one of our Clematis is having a ‘third coming’ .


It cannot be left for too long before we start to winterise the garden.  We have the Spring Bulbs ready for planting……  but whilst there is still a chance of more ‘windows’ like today, we will wait.

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

3rd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday….. Off to a very modern Church


The Arctic Cathedral, Tromso

It is an intriguing sight across the fjord nestling below a high mountain ridge.  A very dramatic building with a very distinctive architectural style… demands closer inspection.  So we crossed to Troms Island across the Tromso Bridge to take a look.

It is known as the Arctic Cathedral but its real name is Tromsdalen Church.


The Ultra Modern frontage with dominant Cross certainly packs a dramatic punch.  Built in 1965 it construction, I am told, is of Large Aluminium Sheets covered with Concrete and supported by steel girders to form this unique shape.  Glass panels link the main roof panel to make the interior light and combined with its height very spacious and airy.

I was also told that the design concept was for a visualization of the Froze Ice Packs of the Arctic, their sheer power and the strength they have.


The large mosaic Glass Window that dominates the interior makes a dramatic statement.  You could be fooled into thinking that this was part of the original design concept….. you would be wrong.

The Mosiac was added in 1972.  It is the work of Artist Victor Sparre..  Originally the window was plain glass.  Being so large, and most certainly in the mornings as it faces east, the light was overpowering, uncomfortable for the congregation looking towards the alter.  So this great piece of art was the solution.


Tromsdalen Church, or if you prefer, The Arctic Cathedral, makes a bold statement of modern Norwegian Architectural style.  A style very different from the long established Tromso Cathedral. Wood. instead of Aluminium and Concrete….but both buildings of memorable and unique style.


You can see more of Tromso Cathedral if you follow this link to an earlier Blog :-

Wherever you are this Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

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

3rd October

(C) David Oakes 2021