Moody Weather…. sudden swings


Comb Beck falling from Comb Crags above Buttermere, Cumbria

Not a recent image, but one I thought reflected the mood swings of this bad weather period, which we seem to have been passing thru for many months now.  Every so often the insistent rain pauses and small breaks appear,  the sun we thought we had lost for good, peaks through a thinner layer of cloud.

If the current rains persist in staying with us I think I will soon have webbed feet  🙂

28th January

(C) David Oakes 2020


Silent Sunday…..Off to Church


Martindale, Cumbria

I have always loved this rustic Church tucked away in Martindale, above Ullswater in the Lake District.  Known as the ‘Old Chapel’ it is a very simple, but still an interesting  stone construction.  Comprising of a Porch, Bell Cote and one stone flagged room.

There is mention in local records dating back to 1220 but it is suspect that the Church, or religious building was located here before then. It was modified in the 1660’s and then re-roofed in the 1800’s.  I think it was the modifications in the 1660’s when the stone floor was installed…..prior to that it was a simple earth floor. The simple exterior is matched by and equally simple interior.

Being located part way down a narrow valley, surrounded by high hills, it is today a place of tranquillity and peace.

8th December

(C) David Oakes 2019