Thoughtful Thursday…… Do I Like Chocolate Marshmallows ?


Chocolate Marshmallows… a first for Great Granddaughter Margo’s taste buds.  Just a short pause and little thought, then she made up her mind….

You bet Margo did, as she went off hunting for the biscuit tin 🙂

Simple pleasures are often the best…. and as always…

Please Remember ….

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

19th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

A very Significant date… 19th JULY


A Happy Day at Kristiansund, Norway, a memory from 2019

Now, in 2021 the 19th July is a Very Significant date…. a Real Red Letter Day

It doesn’t seem like it, but 55 years ago, the last time England won the World Cup, another even more important event occurred.

At 12 noon, on a very sunny 19th July 1966, Jean and I were married.   Not sure where all the years in-between have gone. The tally for our Family Tree now numbers at a total of 15…..  and probably more to come!?

The time between then and now does seem to have flown by.  But as you can see from the picture below we haven’t changed one little bit.  You can also see that no expense was spared for the Wedding celebrations.

When we got married we knew life would be tough…. it was a very different world.  But we had our dreams, thankfully many, have been achieved. But also there have been many more events, events we would never have dreamt of, all have added, lets say, spice to our lives. But I repeat my earlier comment – 55 years where have they gone to?

We will have a small Celebration, but because of Covid, it will be a respectful celebration.


By a coincidence, July 19th 2021, has also been selected by our Prime Minister, Boris as “Freedom Day”, just who is he kidding?…. himself I think.  The world we live in is still deeply troubled by Covid, yet Covid Restrictions in England have, all but, been lifted.

Like many others we hope that soon, freedom will be just that free….. but maybe restraint is still needed for the benefit of all, particularly the younger generations.

Please Remember ….

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

19th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Cannot wait……. Its not a Load of Bull

They say that from April 12th, I can go and get my hair cut……..    and about time too!.

But to make sure that happens, and Hairdressers can re-open, everyone has to abide by the Covid restrictions…so…

Please Remember to ….

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

27th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Market Day…


Market Day…….  slowly some of the activities we all took for granted are getting back to normal…..maybe not the normal we knew and took for granted, but what is now referred to as the ‘new norm’.  Trouble is the boundaries of the new norm seem to change quickly and frequently….nor that user friendly.

This was Market Day in Ludlow, Shropshire a couple of years ago, full of bustle and socialising, popping into shops just for the fun of it.  I wonder if and when we will get to a better norm rather than this new norm


Please Remember ….

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

14th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Couldn’t resist…..



Those of you how have followed my Blog will know that we became very proud Great Grandparents earlier this year.  Well, Esmee has grown, she is now all of 7 months old as of yesterday so came for lunch to celebrate… with a rusk to help the new teeth


Why the serious look…. those eyes had caught sight of a packet of crisps and they where much more fun…

Just another reminder of how fast the year is passing

3rd August

(C) David Oakes 2018