Wordless Wednesday….A Very Favourite Place


Location:- My very favourite view of the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Wherever you would like to be or wherever you are…..

Please Remember ….

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

25th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday….. Over the Sea To Skye

Disc One

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Neist Point on the rugged north west coast of Skye. A vulnerable and exposed location, open to all the vagaries of the weather.  There is a saying in Scotland that, if you are not happy with the weather – wait 10 minutes and you will be in another season.

Standing on this headland I have experienced that saying first hand.  Often you can stand and watch the weather roll in from across the Atlantic enveloping us, sometimes it just seems to divert and head towards the north or south. On other occasions a complete change occurs as if in a blink of an eye…..  one thing for sure, it is a place that is always one of change.

Unpredictable the weather may be….  but please always remember to..

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

23rd August

(C) David Oakes 2021

When is a Castle not a Castle…. when its a Broch


A Broch is very much a historic feature of Scottish architecture.  Iron age in origin, with suggestions that the name broch is of ancient Scottish and/or early northern Scandinavian adaption.  The historical background is still a cause of investigation and study with some conflicting opinion as to the original purpose of the building.

I am no expert, just love these structures and the varied surrounds in Scotland on which you discover them.  I am also of the opinion that they were an integrated family/community home.  OK, it is a solid stone structure.  The walls are invariable hollow, providing both insulation from the climate and also access to other levels.  It seems that cattle were kept with in these walls on the lower floor.  People then lived and worked on the upper floors where no doubt the heat from the animals added to the warmth in the winter months. But is it a castle? Well sort of.  It could also be described as a Manor House.  However you describe it a Broch provide a secure building for people and livestock, a place to work, a place to store food stocks and a place to relax but also a place that could be defended.  The fact that the entrance is restricted in size and no windows makes for a very secure building. The height also gave views over a wide range enabling possible hostile visitors to be seen early and precautions in a lawless world taken.

This Broch is known as Taobh A-Staigh An Duin.  It is located on the slopes of the Lochaber mountains near to Loch Hourn.  To help interpret these ruins a helpful illustrated plaque has been erected….


Stand within these walls and you have to be impressed by the skills of these early builders.  A Broch is a very practical structure, for the time in history when they were erected, they were also a very challenging and labour intensive project, a project only undertaken only with primitive hand tools.  You also have to be impressed with the concept of the Broch, a complete household, or maybe a farmstead or indeed a castle.


If you on your travels come across a Broch, allow your self some time to stand and wonder…. it also makes one consider if we relay have progressed.

No matter what you choose to ponder upon or where you travel this weekend…

Please Remember ….

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

8th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

#TreeSquare (6) The Lonesome Pine


High on a wild mountain slope in the North West Highlands of Scotland, a lonesome Pine tree survives.  There are some exciting initiatives underway to re- forest large areas of the Highlands…..  may be soon it will not be so lonesome.

Another post for the :- –The shadow of a tree – The life of B (beckybofwinchester.com) #TreeSquare

Where ever you are…

Please Remember ….

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

20th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…. Not going to Sea


Fishing Days are Over

Fishing Days are Over…

I always feel rather sad to see the rotting hulks of old Fishing Vessels,  left to the weather and looters to strip it to its skeleton.

Many years of venturing on the turbulent seas, bringing home a catch to earn a valuable income for its owner.  I am old enough to remember the days when the Scottish Fishing Harbours were crammed, wall to wall with such craft.  Now all but gone.

It was a dangerous and extremely hard way to earn a living…. it needed a tough boat and a tough crew.

They too had to….

Remember ….

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

1st July

(C) David Oakes 2021