A Year ago…… A Surprise View and more Memories in the Making


Early morning on the 27th September, last year, our cruise ship sailed into Tromso Harbour.  The sun was bright, just like every day had been on our Norwegian cruise.  But by the time the boat had docked, a sea mist that turned into something thicker, had descended…gone were the views of Tromso and across the harbour to the Arctic Cathedral. It was a disappointment….but then our Guide said we would be going up to the top of Storsteinen (The Big Rock) by cable car…. not impressed!  But he was enthusiastic in his assurance that it would be different and well worth while.

As you can see from the image above it certainly was.  OK., no grand view down the fjord or panoramic views over Tromso but the rolling layers of clouds below us and a warm sun bouncing off the clouds certainly was different and did make up for that earlier morning of doubts.

And thanks to a gentlemanly Japanese Tourist we have a very rare picture of the two of us


After that, the mist lingered for awhile, but the sun fought back and by midday we had a great autumn day to explore the City.  One highlight was the Stave Cathedral…sheer delight in craftsmanship.

The day didn’t finish as the sun went down.  We headed off in a minibus to the Lyngen Alps and with miraculously clear skies, (who would have thought it possible that morning), we had a fantastic display of the Aurora Borealis – yep, the Northern Lights gave us a two hour display.  Nor did we mind getting back to our ship at 2am, cold but still buzzing with excitement


A memory of a September day…   still as fresh as a year ago

Please Remember ….

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

27th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Bright Start…but not long before a change


A bright sunny start but the clouds tell us a change is on the way.

Even so looking up through the branches of this Ash Tree you would think that it was Spring, green, and bright with a blue sky above.

DOI_5166_00002qqq Most trees start to drop leaves gradually as the days get shorter and the nights colder…the Ash is different and will suddenly decide that enough is enough and drop the lot in one go.

Autumn is on the way; the smell of the air and temperature drop is delivering hints that the big change will be with us soon.  Meantime we can enjoy some late summer scenes.  The Oak is still in full leaf and the woods still have that summer glow.

The autumnal give away are the ferns and bracken, golden brown in the early sunshine…




It may well be colder, the sun lower in the sky and each day noticeably shorter than the last…but for late September it isn’t bad

In these strange times in which we all live  this has to be a big bonus…

Please Remember ….

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

26th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Bit Windy on the Moor


The title for this morning’s post was “Morning Calm”….  it was from the archives.  Trouble is, it certainly didn’t fit with the morning’s weather.  More than a little breezy, a wind, not quite gale force, but you get the idea.

Despite that we headed off to Stanton Moor for a leg stretch with great views over Derbyshire.  The moor is surrounded by trees.  Oak and Silver Birch are the key feature which creates a great approach to the more open moor. 



Not many signs of autumn, the trees still look green even though some are a little thinner in the canopy.  Round the moor edge Fungi were making a colourful autumnal statement of their own….


Of course, as we always do, we paid our respects to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.  Not another soul about so we could savour the mood and moment… it may not be as big as the famous Stone Henge but it’s just as special…


As the wind was getting stronger (and colder) we didn’t linger long and headed back to shelter and lower ground.  Just enjoyed the expansive views from high then made haste.



Fresh and invigorating… but nice to get back to the car and a flask of hot coffee….  and the sun shone throughout so that was a indeed a bonus.  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

25th September

(C) David Oakes 2020