Good Morning Bergen…..


Bergen, Norway

There are some places, when you arrive early in the morning, they create a memory you never forget.

Maybe, if it is very early, the sun is just rising, before the City has come to life, there is a unique quietness all about.  That moment doesn’t last for long but while it does its rather magical and….. memorable.

Remembering or making new memories…… as always….

Please Remember ….

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

21st April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Times Change….. or do They


This week our Chancellor published his Mini Budget…. it was they say intended to help everyone and in particular, in his words, “the hardworking people” in these current tough financial times.  The general consensus was that it didn’t help anyone very much,

So may be this little Cook Book could be of more use.  First Published in 1852 and written by Queen Victoria’s Head Chef.  The intention was to help the Working Classes make the best of the food available to them.



There is even a section encouraging the Working Classes to make Soups for the ‘Poor’

This images above are from a facsimile Published in 1977.

It does of course beg the question … with today’s Soup Kitchens and Food Banks, has anything changed.


Times are strange and for an increasing number, getting tougher…… so as always

Please Remember ….

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

29th March

(C) David Oakes 2022

A Memory….. of Snow.


10pm on the 24th January 2021. This was the first snow of the year. 24 hours later it was all but gone.

This memory came up on my Facebook reminder. It brought to mind just how ‘rare’ snow falls are now in our part of the UK have become. We moved into this house on the 21st January 1979, the snow that day was very much deeper. It had started to snow the previous 1st December, froze and was regularly topped up just about daily till mid March. The Team from the Removal Company had previously struggled up a snow covered Motorway for over 125 miles, then manfully cleared parts of the Drive and carried everything into our new house very carefully….. they deserved and got a big Tip.

43 years on and we have not seen snow like it since. Each year the snow events have been for fewer days and not as deep, then soon melts away. Even frosts are fewer.

I guess in its own little way it is another marker that the climate has and is changing.

I also find it a strange British phenonium that we have a love affair with snow. We anticipate it with love, a thing of beauty….. fun for the first day (maybe two)…. then we cannot wait for it to go.

Whatever the weather, wherever you are……

Please Remember ….

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

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Warm Memories…… on a Winters Day


Plaza de Espana, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Forgive me for taking a little trip of fantasy this Saturday…….  but it is winter, the days are short, the nights long and the weather like most winters is unpredictable, apart from the fact that it is cold!

So my fantasy trip is to a very very hot Saturday and a colourful morning in Seville.

Maybe one day again….  who knows….


Please Remember ….

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

22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2022


Thoughtful Thursday……. Some things don’t Change


Sunset over Morecambe Bay from Cleveleys, Lancashire

Morecambe Bay changes with every turn of the tide.  The above image was taken back in March 1965.

Jean will have changed, and as she will admit to getting older, that will be no surprise.  Prince, the much loved German Shepherd now looks down from his Kennel in the Sky. Despite the passing of time it still brings back some great memories.

Apart from those changes, it is a scene that can be captured on the wide open sands of Morecambe Bay again today…. sunsets not always guaranteed.

The image above is a scan of a 35mm transparency on Ansco Film*

  • If you haven’t heard of Ansco, I suggest you Google it…. a company with an interesting and checkered history.

As everyday…….

Please Remember ….

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

13th January

(C) David Oakes 2022