August slides to an end…

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August comes to an end…..  and what a mixed bag of weather we have enjoyed.  Not quite the anticipated summer month of sunshine, but a month where the umbrella and waterproofs were always handy.

For many farmers it has also be a race against time and weather.  With crops ripening under a hot sun, on the occasions it shone, and the threat of heavy rains to come, it was always a gamble. Harvest or wait, harvest and beat the rain, wait and maybe loose a good deal of the harvest and hope the weather will improve… yes a gamble.

A gamble this farmer took.  At the end of this August day, I guess it paid off.  this harvest was secured… but only just in time 🙂

Whatever your plans for September….

Please Remember ….

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

31st August

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

 

Hello August….. the last of the real summer months

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Rosebay Willowherb

A new month…. August the 1st.  Summer is of course still with us and I hope that it will remain for some time to come.  But we cannot escape the time scale and that we are now well past the midpoint of the year.

The summer has been hot and dry.  So like it or not we are starting to see the first signs that summer is heading, all be it slowly, towards autumn.  The Willowherb has, in the sheltered hottest spots, already started to turn to seed….. just saying 🙂

Despite the passing of the months we must still be cautious, so please

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

1st August

(C) David Oakes 2021

August….. and a Fresh Start

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Slapton Ley, Start Bay, The South Hams, Devon

A rather idyllic place on a sunny summers day.  Slapton Ley Nature Reserve.  The reserve was formed when water was trapped behind the shingle bank of Start Bay.  It is the largest freshwater lake in south west England…..being located so close to the sea, only a matter of yards, with just a fragile shingle beach as protection, it form a rather unique habitat.  Great place for Bird watchers.

Please Remember ….

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

1st August

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

 

 

Signs of the Times…….

Folk have always put up signs telling us what to do, or not to do, some helpful other just obstructive, many  are  to establish ownership….THIS IS MINE – KEEP OFF.  Some shops even have signs explaining why they are rude to customers! 

May be it is a habit that has become more prevalent as we post messages on the blog, Facebook, twitter and the rest. So I guess it is no surprise that any self respecting household that wants to be ‘in tune’ with fashion, displays a sign or two about their home.  Every Garden Centre, Gift Shop and Décor Boutique have masses to make your choice from….

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It would seem that most of these signs are produced in China then shipped halfway round the world for us to grace the kitchen, bathroom or wherever. China the historical land of proverbs…..I wonder what they make (apart from a load of dosh) of our modern day sayings and proverbs?

31st August

© David Oakes 2013

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE….The Sea

My offering for this weeks Photo Challenge is one of my favourite shots, of one of my favourite locations.  The location is Northumberland on England’s North East Coast (just below the Scottish border), Bamburgh Castle overlooks the long beach with extended views to the Farne Islands.   Looks relatively calm and on some days it is even tranquil…but on others it can be wild, windswept with raging seas. No matter what the weather it is always a magical place to be…..

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31st August

© David Oakes 2013