Flippant Friday……. End of the Day


No more pleasure trips today….  come back tomorrow if the weather is favourable 🙂

Planning a trip this weekend or staying at home

Please Remember ….

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

22nd April

(C) David Oakes 2022


Flippant Friday…….. Come In


Come in……  The Doors Open.

With a Moat, a Drawbridge, Portcullis, Murder Hole’s and strong Door’s…..  I guess not everyone was welcome at Warkworth Castle, Northumberland.


Out and about this coming weekend or relaxing at home……

Please Remember ….

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

8th April

(C) David Oakes 2022


Wordless Wednesday…… A Favourite Place


Location:-  Warkworth Castle, Northumberland

A defensive Castle built in a crook in the River Coquet close to the Northumberland coast.  It is suspected that it is much older, but usually dated to the 12th century, built on the instruction of Prince Henry of Scotland the Earl of Northumberland.

Where ever you are today…

Please Remember ….

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

21st July

(C) David Oakes 2021




Silent Sunday…… No Church, will a Priory do?


Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island, Northumberland

Just one of the stone arches that remain as markers to the grand scale of what was once Lindisfarne Priory.

But before I show you more I should explain that these extensive ruins, whilst old, dating back to the 1100’s, they are not the original religious settlement on Holy island.

Holy Island (once I am told known as the Healing Isle) is located on the North East coast of England, just short of the Scottish border, in the county of Northumberland. For several centuries the community at Lindisfarne was credited as a major centre for Celtic Christianity.  Saint Aidan and Saint Cuthbert, Eadfrith and the Venerable Bede all have direct involvement with establishing and leading the Islands Christian Community. An important influence across Northumberland and into many parts of England and no doubt Scotland.  One of the most notable religious contributions was the creation of the Lindisfarne Gospels (circa 710ad), a treasure now in the keeping of the British Library* 

For several centuries there was no large stone built Priory, but a more rustic collection of simple wood and  stone constructions. Its initial downfall was following a bloody Viking invasion followed a little later by a Danish invasion.

It was only following the Norman Conquest that major changes occurred across England.  Lindisfarne Priory was re-established in the 11th century, the building and expansion continued across 3 further centuries.

So what you can see today are just a small, but still significant, part of the Lindisfarne story.


The Priory fell fowl of  King Henry VIII act for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1557, a sad end to this one time religious strong hold of great influence. 

Look closely at the above image.  You can just see Lindisfarne Castle ( Circa 1570- rebuilt 1901) poised on a rocky outcrop.  Just another excuse to visit this wonderful Island that is only accessible at low tide across a narrow causeway….. and adventure in its own right.

  • I understand there were plans to bring back the Lindisfarne Gospels for a visit to the North East, possibly Durham Cathedral as host.  The date was suggested as 2022. Worth keeping and watchful ear for more updates 

Where ever you are today…..

Please Remember ….

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

23rd May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…. A Favourite Place


Location:-  Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, Northumberland

As always….

Please Remember ….

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

28th April

(C) David Oakes 2021