Cee’s B & W Challenge – Half of Anything. (Just for fun)

Half a Gate and Half a Door.

The Half Gate is, believe it or not, an expensive Sculptural Installation, and is a gate to nowhere.

The other is a Stable door that has seen rather a lot of practical ware over the years.

Just a couple of light hearted contributions to this weeks Cee’s B&W Challenge  – Half of Anything .

Here are two more…..  Half a Sun Hat won’t do you much good!

Half a Hat

A Glass of Wine…..  Well, Just Half a Glass for me please.

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Have some fun and join in Cee’s Challenge. Details here :- https://ceenphotography.com/2021/09/23/cbwc-half-of-anything/


Have a fun weekend but please still Remember to…

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

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday…. Monkey & The Organ Grinder


Once upon a time…long before ‘piped music’ shattered the silence of our shops.  Long before phones and ear pieces providing endless music (if that is your style)…… there was the Organ Grinder.

A regular attraction on Victorian streets, a mini hand driven organ playing, what to us was,  a rather tinny tune.

Invariably we are told The Organ Grinder also had a Monkey sat on the Organ as an added draw. A novelty for adults as well as children

Apart from the so called entertainment value, it also spawned a phrase.  A Phrase that is still used at times today, when frustration kicks in, and one needs to speak to someone in authority….

” I want to speak to the Organ Grinder NOT the Monkey”

I think we have all experienced such moments….  though I have often thought it is rather disrespectful to many monkeys.

Just a thought for a Flippant Friday.

Whatever challenges you face today…..

Please Remember ….

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

17th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday (2) …. A Bit Scary at Church this morning


It is the annual Village Scarecrow Weekend.  At the Church a Scarecrow Wedding is taking place.

The Groom looks rather pleased with himself whilst the Bride does look a little concerned !

As for the Minister and Verge, I think they are relieved that the service is over and certainly one guest is rather dis-interested (or perhaps thinking “rather him than me”


Just 5 of over 45 Scarecrows around the villages today.

Don’t be scared but please remember to

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

5th September

(C) David Oakes 2021


Flippant Friday…. Fantasy taken to an Extreme

I am beginning to think that our Parks Department have been reading too many J.R.R Tolkien Novels.  They must be haunted with images of trees taking to flight on dark nights and wandering on the loose… ala Hobbit and Lord of the Ring.

As a precaution they have imprisoned one or two of the major Oak Trees with metal fencing….. obviously these are the ring leaders.  But if you hear a heavy tread in the night… beware

Whatever you are and whatever your fantasy…

Please Remember ….

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

3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday… I’ve Got a Headache


There are days when we all wake with a “splitting” Headache…….  I hope its not this morning 🙂

This Sculptural installation is the work of Jaume Plensa.

Today and everyday…..

Please Remember ….

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

27th August

(C) David Oakes 2021