Thoughtful Thursday……. Lest we Forget


The 11th Hour… of the 11th Day… of the 11th Month

Armistice Day marking the end of hostilities of the First World War.

The plea then was that we should remember… lest we forget... the tragedy of war.


Sadly here in 2021 I fear we still haven’t learnt any lessons.

Today more than ever…

Please Remember ….

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

11th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday….. 11th Hour, 11th Day of the 11th Month


Armistice Day.

The eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month

Pause for thought… this Wordless Wednesday


Please Remember ….

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

11th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Again a mix of weather… Very Bad to Dazzling


Floods have dominated the weather across our part of the UK over the past few days. Thankfully here in Derby the new flood defences appeared to have done the job they were designed for. The flood plains are exactly that flood plains.


The River Derwent here at Darley Abbey Mill has now fallen back a little but still flowing at quite some pace.  The weir above normally has a drop of up to 10ft, today the Derwent just rushes violently over.

Then add some sunshine and step back a little and it looks reasonably tranquil


Sunday of course was Remembrance Sunday and thankfully for all those Parades and Ceremonies the sun shone.  Even if you didn’t attend an organised event it seemed so much better that one could recall your own memories and dwell on ones thoughts in the warm autumnal sunshine.


By Monday, Armistice Day, the weather had reverted back to rain…not constant and heavy but enough to set alarm bells ringing for those struggling with the aftermath of last weeks floods. Hard to comprehend the emotional destruction floods bring. For those of us who have escaped the worst we have something else to be thankful for on this important day.


Autumn colour over the Lake adding just a little cheer

12th November

(C) David Oakes 2019

“eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”


“eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”

Remembrance Sunday is when the nation pauses at the many large events across the country, to remember those who have fallen in conflict.

Today, the 11th of November, is Armistice Day, which marks the official ceasefire in the hostilities of the First World War assumes a lower key, but for many a more personal moment for those who have lost friends and family in conflicts, a time for more private moments of reflection.

11th November
(C) David Oakes 2014