Silent Sunday….. Two for One


The Parish Church of St. George, Ticknall, Derbyshire

St. George is not an old church, relatively young, being built in 1842.  But it was built on land adjacent to the original Parish Church, of which the remains of a buttress and tower can still be seen.

The 1700’s and early 1800’s were one of prosperity and an increase in the Ticknall’s population.  The congregation outgrowing the old church. The then Lord of the manor, Sir George Crewe, who had prospered from the community’s prosperity, purchased a large amount of ground that surrounded the old church.  It was on this very spacious ground that St. Georges was constructed.


The light and spacious interior, still traditional, has a more modern style than older churches


There is also a “Preaching Post” in one corner of the Church grounds.  I believe it pre-dates the original church. but I have no confirmed date… it was also moved here from a previous location in the village.


From this viewpoint by the Preaching Post, a winding path takes you past one of the old buttresses to the Porch of St. George…… markers of three different religious periods in the history of Ticknall.

Sunday, time to plan the week ahead…. the last week in April.  Yes, another month of what seems a fast-moving year nearly consigned to history.  But as always….

Please Remember ….

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

24th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Too Many Rooms…….


The Morning Room.…..  from the days when large Country Houses had more rooms than they knew what to do with.

Now I wouldn’t mind whiling away some time here with a cup of coffee, the morning paper (more likely surfing the web) and some relaxing music on the radio.  Now where are my slippers!  🙂

Busy at work, or taking a break and just relaxing….

Please Remember ….

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

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

An Early Spring Morning….


Fradley Junction, Staffordshire

The first narrowboat of the morning, breaking the mirror calm waters of the cut, gets an early start on this April morning last year.  Whilst there are many who do ‘live aboard’ all year, it is now that Easter approaches that the busy boating season starts.

This is Fradley Junction. Narrowboat Wigston is joining the Trent Mersey Canal from the Coventry Canal.

A peaceful moment on the start of a journey north through Staffordshire.

I hope your day can be peaceful…..   but it may also have to be a very busy one.   No matter as always….

Please Remember ….

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

12th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Marina Splendours….


Swansea Marin, South Wales

Swansea Marina, now full of rich boys toy’s and expensive apartments….. but once a busy seafaring Harbour, sending and receiving cargo from across the globe.  Today it is a very different type of busy, a tourist hotspot, with all the essential tourist requirements, a very different type of busy….. they say its called progress.

A weekend ahead, so relax and maybe plan for the spring and summer to come….  but also

Please Remember ….

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

9th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Flippant Friday…….. Come In


Come in……  The Doors Open.

With a Moat, a Drawbridge, Portcullis, Murder Hole’s and strong Door’s…..  I guess not everyone was welcome at Warkworth Castle, Northumberland.


Out and about this coming weekend or relaxing at home……

Please Remember ….

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

8th April

(C) David Oakes 2022