Moody Monday….. Ominous signs


Storm clouds head to Bedruthan Beach, Cornwall

Late September….. usually the time for a significant weather change and this year looks no different.  More dire weather warnings from our Met Office….  maybe this time they will have predicted correctly.

As always, we will get what we get given.

Seasons and weather change….. but we still need to…

Please Remember ….

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

27th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Spring?!…… Its Back to Winter


Dreaming of Summer…

Spring arrived and for a few days it has been bliss.  All changed this Easter, and today its cold, very cold, all courtesy of  some strong Arctic winds.

I guess dreaming of warm summer days on the coast is one way to cheer oneself up……

A warm sunny day at Polperro, Cornwall could be one dream, but there are others.

I am doing a good deal of dreaming in these trouble times, at least dreaming is FREE!

Whatever your dream….

Please Remember to ….

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

5th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday…….. Off to Church


St. Michaels Chapel, Rame Head, Cornwall

Many years ago, when we were walking a part of the Cornish Coastal Path, we approached Rams Head.  It is a rocky outcrop that protrudes into the English Chanel and because of it high elevation also has a clear view down to Plymouth Sound.

As we approached we could see a Stone building at the highest vantage point.  We were to discover that this building was in fact called St. Michaels Chapel.

But the Chapel was not the first construction on this summit.  As far back as the Bronze and Iron Ages there has been a Hill Fort on this very spot. Not a bad strategic position, commanding expansive views  across both sea and land.  The building of the Chapel is ascribed to St. German and dates back to 981.

The weather and age has taken its toll on the Chapel, but I suspect it has always been very utilitarian building.  Apart from a place for prayer, I guess it was also a place of sanctuary for travellers and pilgrims providing basic shelter from the weather.

St. Michaels may not be the most imposing of buildings, but what cannot be denied is its spectacular location. It has proven to be an important vantage point.  During the 2nd World War it played an important roll, as a Coastal Lookout Point, in the efforts to safeguard  Plymouth Sound and its Navel base.  But it is also said, that it was from here, in 1588, that the first sightings of the Spanish Armada was made.  Warning were sent down to Sir Francis Drake, who legend tells, was playing Bowls on Plymouth Sound and despite the imminent challenge,  insisted on finishing his game. True or not,… its great yarn.

Please Remember ….

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

31st January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Down South……

The Lizard

The most southerly point on the English Coastline……  No, its not Lands End, which sadly is now a Tourist Theme Park.  This is Lizard Point on the very tip of Cornwall’s Lizard  Peninsula. The Peninsula has to be one of my favorite areas of Cornwall.  Surrounded by sea on 3 sides, on occasions lashed by Atlantic storms, but also capturing some of the warmth that drifts across from Europe and of course the Gulf Stream, it has created a very diverse and rich habitat, rich in flora.

It reaches its climax at its most southerly tip of England, Lizard Point.  A rugged section of coast jutting out into the English Channel.  Surrounded by rocky outcrops with such names as Mulvin, The Quadrant, Man of War, Enoch Rock, The Dales and Clidgas Rocks.  Over the centuries a hazard to shipping. Understandably sheltering at the base of the cliffs is a Lifeboat Station.

A reminder that beauty can hide a multitude of dangers

Don’t put yourself in danger….

Please Remember ….

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

21st November

(C) David Oakes 2020