Moody Monday…… After the storm


Borrowdale, Cumbria. 

Renown to be the wettest place in England… and indeed we can confirm we have had plenty of wet days in the area.  But then the sun breaks through and all is well again.  Perhaps the best time is when those clouds are just lifting and exposing the circling mountain tops that create Borrowdale.  But there is no mistaking that lush green that only the rains can provide.   Moody but magical

Please Remember ….

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

13th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Not Forgotten……


3 years ago today we lost Carla our fantastic Black Labrador.  Despite all that has happen since then, we still miss her. As we move round the house and garden we seem to instinctively walk round her.  In the kitchen, as we work away preparing meals, you still sense that  warm Black shadow, that gentle pant of expectation that something might just drop of the the preparation table.  Always anxious to join us on our explorations and always providing a warm welcome to everyone.

12 July 2020

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday…… Crossing the Invisible Line


For those of us who live a long way from the Artic Circle there is something rather special, indeed magical about crossing that invisible line.  Despite the fact we have crossed several times, that feeling of a degree of reverence still applies.

Here we crossed the line, off the Norwegian Coast, with still along way to go to Tromso

However far your journey is….

Please Remember ….

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

12th July

(C) David Oakes 2020


Has Summer Returned ?


We were promised some sunshine and weather much more like summer.  It did arrive, but took till late morning to be called anything like summer.  It was though great to wander round the Lake and across the fields, without a waterproof, fleece or sweater.


It was also great to dine out on the patio, the first time for over 5 weeks.  So nice to just relax in the warmth….20c. neither to hot, nor to cold and just a little breeze.


Travel is not that inspiring right now because of all the difficulties.  So nice to be able to explore locally and  then just relax at home.


Not sure how long this summer is going to last, but it is nice whilst its here…

Please Remember ….

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

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2020