A Year ago…… A Surprise View and more Memories in the Making

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Early morning on the 27th September, last year, our cruise ship sailed into Tromso Harbour.  The sun was bright, just like every day had been on our Norwegian cruise.  But by the time the boat had docked, a sea mist that turned into something thicker, had descended…gone were the views of Tromso and across the harbour to the Arctic Cathedral. It was a disappointment….but then our Guide said we would be going up to the top of Storsteinen (The Big Rock) by cable car…. not impressed!  But he was enthusiastic in his assurance that it would be different and well worth while.

As you can see from the image above it certainly was.  OK., no grand view down the fjord or panoramic views over Tromso but the rolling layers of clouds below us and a warm sun bouncing off the clouds certainly was different and did make up for that earlier morning of doubts.

And thanks to a gentlemanly Japanese Tourist we have a very rare picture of the two of us

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After that, the mist lingered for awhile, but the sun fought back and by midday we had a great autumn day to explore the City.  One highlight was the Stave Cathedral…sheer delight in craftsmanship.

The day didn’t finish as the sun went down.  We headed off in a minibus to the Lyngen Alps and with miraculously clear skies, (who would have thought it possible that morning), we had a fantastic display of the Aurora Borealis – yep, the Northern Lights gave us a two hour display.  Nor did we mind getting back to our ship at 2am, cold but still buzzing with excitement

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A memory of a September day…   still as fresh as a year ago

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

27th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

From Sea to Peak

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From sea level on Upper Loch Torridon, and its village of the same name, to the 4000ft summits of the Torridon Range and the slopes of Liathach.

It is wild and magical location.  Often a wonderful place to see Golden Eagles soaring above the peaks. Sadly, not showing on the day we last visited.  Also, a memorable place for me. It was my first introduction, at 17, to climbing in “real” Mountains…rather overwhelming.  Thankfully, I had two experienced friends to provide support and advice.  4 days later the three of us were on the Cuillin Ridge on Skye, another extremely dramatic first.

Please Remember ….

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

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place

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Location:-  Evening on the Dorset Coast, looking towards Kimmeridge Bay.

Wherever you are…

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

23rd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wave like… just like the Ocean

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The Saltmarsh at Stanah, on the Wyre Estuary, Lancashire

I have been accused of wasting time on many an occasion…usually when I am lost in thought, just gazing at something or even nothing.  Sometimes, it is because that something, is rather mesmerising (and some including me say soothing). As autumn colours the reeds and grasses over the Saltmarsh, they move and sway just like the ever-changing waves on the sea.  Rise and fall and a flow just like an incoming tide. Just like the oceans the wind dictates the speed and drama.

So why not let nature sooth away some of today’s wows…

Please Remember ….

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

22nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020