Toys… for the Boys young, old and even older


Grandson Ewan visited yesterday, so we thought we would go and take a look at some big boy toys.  It is a new collection of Classic Cars in a museum that has just opened not to far away from us.

It is called “ The Great British Car Journey ” and is a display of cars produced by the British Car Industry from Austin Sevens to McLaren.  Car enthusiasts will be in heaven, but for us lesser mortals, it takes you on a journey from small and basic, to small with just a little more comfort. Then onto larger family orientated cars and of course the monster limousines of the wealthy.  Tracking the increasing wealth of the population.  All of course with the odd diversion into sporty cars, just for fun.



Of course you can guess that Ewan was drawn to the Sportier cars of today… From DeLorean to the magic of McLaren._DOI5127_00039qqq

Just to prove that motoring was and perhaps still is a male oriented industry, the Advertising Posters make it all very clear_DOI5118_00030qqq

Just to ensure that the family is really at the heart of Motoring the exhibition setting tries to broaden your view


One novelty for the museum is that you can (for a fee) “Drive Dad’s Car” where a selection of cars from across the era are available to take to the road.  Just to prove the point, there were several Cars that I have driven over countless thousands of miles….  brought back to memories 


 I did though ponder on the title ‘Dad’s Car’…..  those visiting yesterday, were more of the Grandad era with grandsons in tow.

It also goes someway to support that old saying….. The only difference between Men and Boys is the Price of Their Toys  🙂


Please Remember ….

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

3rd June

(C) David Oakes 2021



Flippant Friday…. What Mother Said


Washing Day at Loch Carron, North West Scotland

It is funny how past generations, their way of life and traditions, still impact on our everyday lives.  It may not inspire us to actions but does provoke a thought or a memory.

So, what has washing hanging out on a Scottish Loch shore, got to do with what my Mother used to say.

Well, today is the last day of the April, another month comes to an end.  Let me say at this point that my Mum was Scottish, though I am not suggesting that this was/is necessarily a Scottish custom.  But Mum would always insist on ensuring that the household washing was done on the last day of the month… “we must start the new month clean” she would say.

Let me also add two further points for clarification.  One: The same reasoning applied to Christmas , New Year and Easter.  Two:  Yes she did wash, as her generation did… every Monday as well. We must have been a very clean house!

April comes to an end.  We might well be pondering just where April vanished to, indeed where has the past year gone.

Strange times continue, no doubt in the years to come, we may well be recalling strange and quirky habits, learnt through CV lockdowns and restrictions.   Till then…..

Please Remember ….

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

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Ewe down there…..


Lambing time is now well underway for another farming season.  I recall walking through a rather damp marshy field in the Lake District.  As it was a busy Lambing season,  we did our best to avoid walking through fields or creating any anxiety for the Ewes and their new borne lambs.  Hence we found ourselves walking through a rather damp and undesirable field…a field that looked free from Sheep.

Not the case.  The above Herdwick Mum was well camouflaged in the marshy reeds, not moving, pretending that we couldn’t see her and more particularly her tiny Lamb.   We passed her and also pretended she wasn’t there.

Reminded me of that saying…….  “All Sheep are Safely Gathered in” 


Just like the Herdwick Mother….

Please Remember ….

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

24th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday……. Lockdown Fatigue


Just another Lockdown Day

One day we will all be able to get out in the Great Outdoors again…..  at least we have each others company, not everyone is so lucky.

Until then…..

Please Remember ….

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

15th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday (2)…… Boring!


When are we going Walkies

Trying to have a relaxing quiet Sunday…. and that doesn’t meet with Buster approval one little bit.

If I lie here long enough, give the occasional sigh and a soulful whimper, may be the boss will  remember its Walkies Time… ”    

I always remind him to…..

Please Remember ….

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

10th January

(C) David Oakes 2021