Edale, Heading for Kinder Scout, Derbyshire

Several days of promising sunny weather this week , very much standing out from the recent run of grey days.  Sunny enough to make us think that it is time to venture further afield once again.  Only problem will be……..  where of the great many places available should we head to ?

I guess that is a nice problem to conjure with.

Near or Far…….

Please Remember ….

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

29th January

(C) David Oakes 2022


Flippant Friday….. The Simple Pleasures


Simple Pleasures……

After a walk at this time of the year (and may be anytime of the year), it is nice to kick off the boots and settle down for a peaceful cup of coffee and of course a biscuit or maybe two…… just a simple pleasure.  🙂

Feet up or working hard at the Office desk…. as always….

Please Remember ….

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

28th January

(C) David Oakes 2022


Thoughtful Thursday……. Time Changes Everything


Holme Farm, Calke Estate, Ticknall, Derbyshire

I have always loved this old farm building, aptly named Holme Farm.  More often that not you will find sheep grazing these fields… at the moment they are enjoying a winter rest period. With Lambing time approaching I guess these fields will once again be full to capacity.

Holme Farm is just one farm on the old Calke Abbey Estate. After it ceased to be of major interest as a fully working farm, it had to adapt to various changes.  One time the Head Reserve Manager lived in the farm with his family. For a while, I believe, like many other farm estate buildings, the idea of conversion to a Holiday Let was considered.  Now it is the Base Camp for all the estate and reserve staff and volunteers.

The plus side is that at least the buildings are well maintained, ready to withstand a few more centuries of country life.

In town or out in the country, at home or at work…..as always

Please Remember ….

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

27th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Now this is a better day…… Wednesday is alright


It has only been days, but seems like months, when we have woken to dull, drab, grey days that never woke up. So to wake this Wednesday to a bright sunny morning, all very welcome but also came as a shock to the system.

Not a morning to be wasted so Buster and I headed off early for our walkies….  just in case that sun decided it would rather be elsewhere 🙂

The bright morning sunshine also did its best to make our local Hall look rather appealing.  Sadly close up it is in need of a great deal of care and attention….


Equally sadly efforts to restore and give the Hall a new life always seem to hit the barriers.

No time to linger and ponder the Halls fate, but time to stride out, stretch the legs and breath in fresh air, air that has had the cold edge taken away with some real warmth from the sun,



Once back home Buster grabbed his favourite Office Chair and waited, not so patiently, for something to eat…….  after all, it  had been an early start and a long morning!


Reality of life hits home when these are the daily essentials on the Office shelf..


Which reminds me to ask you as always to….

Please Remember ….

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

26th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

I always pause for thought……


Magpie Mine, Sheldon, Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a fabulous county for those who love the outdoors.  Walking, climbing or simply enjoying Derbyshire’s wildlife and its varied countryside.  Despite being a tourist destination it can still be a very quiet peaceful destination and a place to explore.

On many of my walks, I regularly have to stop and pause for thought. The deceptively peaceful countryside just cannot  hide some elements of its busy industrial heritage.

High on the White Peak area of Derbyshire you will probably stumble upon the ruins of a Lead Mine.  Magpie Mine is perhaps one of the largest. The chimney stack, winding shed and other buildings are a familiar icons of our mining heritage.  Magpie is very advanced compared with its predecessors, of which there area many.  Most of the mines were simple holes in the ground or a tunnel into a limestone hillside.  Mining was intensively competitive.  Underground disputes and robbery added to the already tough mining life……  protecting many of those simple ‘holes in the ground’ was often solved by building a house over the hole and living on site!  Truth is many miners were actually Farmers, securing a second income.

Many areas of Derbyshire are now sparsely populated, and despite regularly pausing for thought, it is hard to visualize just how well populated the area once was. Ruins of old farms, barns and small cottages, spoil heaps and mineral waste now overgrown, are dotted across the Peak, each a reminder of busy industrial/farming communities….. still very hard to put a number to the population it once supported….. it now just looks so quiet.

Times change, the economy has changed from industry to tourism.

Pausing for thought in a busy day or relax….. Please..

Remember ….

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

25th January

(C) David Oakes 2022