Its been rather hot….. but Cool by the River


The sound of flowing water over a stony river bed is always both cooling and soothing. Such an ideal spot to site and ponder is here on the River Brathay, just below Nanny Brow at Clappersgate.   Not far away is the famous Lake District town of Ambleside, sure to be busy, which makes this  quiet river bank so appealing.

Where ever you are today…

Please Remember ….

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

24th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place


Location:-  Fleetwith Pike, Buttermere, Cumbria

I wish I was there, one day soon I hope…. Till then

Please Remember ….

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

14th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Saturday in the Lakes…..


Derwent Water, Cumbria. 

The English Lake District, in the heart of Cumbria, has so many places where you can just stand and stare.  Here on the cliff slopes on the edge of Lodore Woods, is one of my favourites.  Looking down on Derwent Water and its tiny islands, the mountain of Skiddaw beyond and the town of Keswick nestling below.

On a clear day you can even see, down the valley to the left, to the Solway Firth and the Mountains of Scotland beyond, just visible on the horizon on this lucky day.

Wherever you are, whatever your viewpoint….

Please Remember ….

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

3rd July

(C) David Oakes 2021



A Day Out in the Lakes….. would be Just Grand

Derwent Water

Victoria Bay, Derwent Water, The English Lake District, Cumbria

Saturday and a Bank Holiday Weekend, School Half Term Holidays in the week following.  In ‘normal times’ the Lake District would be overflowing with visitors, Day Trippers, Hikers, Climbers, Mountain Bikers, Campers and Caravanners, B&B in Farm Houses and Hotels with signs saying No Vacancies!.  

Covid restrictions have been eased and despite many folk acting with caution, I reckon this beach beside Derwent Water will not be as quiet as the tranquil view above.

We are also being cautious.  I think we wait to see just how the virus and variants subside, or not, over the next few weeks before we plan to be off to locations further afield.

Not that it stops us dreaming…. Oh, how I long to be walking along the shore, below the Pines, water lapping beside our steps, all with views of Skiddaw on the horizon.   

One day…but not just yet.


Please Remember ….

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

29th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place


Location:-   Dawn at Manesty Point, Derwent Water, Cumbria

(No excuse for revisiting yet again my very favourite place)

Wherever you are (or maybe like to be)….

Please Remember to ….

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

10th March

(C) David Oakes 2021