Wordless Wednesday….. A Favourite Place


Location:-  Reine, The Lofotens, Norway

( Reine.  Only  ever seen from the sea as we sailed by.  But the drama of the location, the shear mystical appearance left a deep impression in my memory a memory easy to recall.  It is of course on that bucket list for a return for closer exploration – but do wonder if in these current global changes if that, and other dreams will ever be fulfilled )

Please Remember ….

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

25th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday……… in the Shadows of the Mountains


It was indeed a moody Monday morning when we arrived at Henningsvaer.   The harbour nestling below, and in the shadows of the circling mountains, gained added drama as the early sun did its best to break through the cloud layer.  The rugged Norwegian Lofoten Island coast, whilst providing the  scenic backdrops, also offer protection for the many  harbours.  Each harbour emphasising the Norwegian mix of Fishing, Island Travel and Leisure.

Please Remember ….

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

17th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

No Fish Today……


Drying racks, for the harvest of Cod, that will come later in the year.  Dried Cod has been a big export for Norway for many centuries.  It is a delicacy that the Norwegians enjoy. and very proud of .  Often used in special creations for celebratory meals.   I have to admit that it isn’t to my taste, but maybe I haven’t enjoyed it at its culinary best.

The above drying racks are at Henningsvaer, nr. Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands.  Northern Norway.

Even in summer the high mountains and deep fjords seem to hold a cold look


Please Remember ….

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

17th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Its a BIG One…… for a Moody Monday


Claimed to be the BIGGEST Wall Mural in the World……. A big claim for the small fishing port of Ballstad, near Leknes in the Lofoten Islands. I guess its is also very appropriate as this is busy ship building workshop, building and caring for the Fishing vessels on which this community depends.


On thing is for sure …its a step up from graffiti, in fact it is rather stylish and certainly larger than life.

I hope it brings a smile to you Monday Morning  🙂

30th December

(C) David Oakes 2019