Wave like… just like the Ocean


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


A Few signs of Autumns Approach


It is also Spider Time….

We are past the mid-point of September.  It is that time in the seasons when, in some places, it can still look like summer. But increasingly splashes of colour, new berries and fruits indicate that autumn is on the way.

Down by the Lake autumn looks some way off…


But elsewhere those hints of autumnal colour are becoming more prevalent….  seed heads of long-gone blooms contrast with bold Nasturtiums bold making a final statement of intent to stay. Leaves on the Maple are turning and Teasel heads have lost their fluff and now all spikes, Rose Hips bright Red only matched by the Yew Berry …. it is a time of contrast.


Days of high summer sun are rapidly fading, soon they will be just memories.  The upside is that we have all the glory of Autumn to come


Make the most of today…   the official last day of summer.  Tomorrow is the Autumn Equinox.   But as always…..

Please Remember ….

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

21st September

(C) David Oakes 2020

The Leaving of Liverpool…


If I recall, there was once an emotive Folk Song on the theme of  “The Leaving of Liverpool”……  On September 20th. 2019, the sun drenched Liverpool Waterfront,  with its famous skyline, provide an equally dramatic and emotional backdrop, and start to our departure, on what would be a memorable trip to Norway.

Two days later after very calm seas, sunshine and blue skies, we woke to a very different, but equally individual skyline in Kristiansund.

The weather was too continue in the same sunny mood, enabling us to enjoy 14 days, heading north, along the Norwegian Coast, visiting location in Norway we hadn’t explored before. I will try to bring a little more flavour of Northern Norway and this fantastic spell of great weather later in the week 🙂

Yep, it was a year ago, but sometimes seems like yesterday.  In these strange times we count ourselves very lucky to have been able travel so freely and so safely.

Please Remember ….

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

20th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Not quite a Rain Forest Atmosphere … but nearly


Early morning in the The Palm House at Kew Botanical Gardens, London, is perhaps the nearest, here in the UK. we will get to a Tropical Rain Forest.

But there were occasions this last week, when we could be forgiven for thinking that our weather was heading in that direction. 

Still nice to dream and recall memories of a great day out.

Maybe the need to dream is even more important in these strange times…

Please Remember ….

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

19th September

(C) David Oakes 2020