Flippant Friday……. Lockdown Fatigue


Just another Lockdown Day

One day we will all be able to get out in the Great Outdoors again…..  at least we have each others company, not everyone is so lucky.

Until then…..

Please Remember ….

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

15th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…….. The Little Things


Thimble Hall, Youlgreave, Derbyshire

In these trouble times it is often the little things that mean the most.

I have always loved this aptly named, one up, one down village cottage.

Please Remember ….

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

14th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

The Second Day of Christmastide…


Christmas Roses

A Christmas Posey of Hellebore’s*

Today, the 26th December is also know as Boxing Day and also Saint Stephens Day.  Saint Stephen is remembered as the Saint that was stoned to death in 36ad.  But Boxing Day is a tradition that by comparison is much more recent.

So what is Boxing Day.  Well its is a Christian tradition.  This is the day that Gifts were given to the poor.  Boxes of gifts were distributed to those less well off.  It is also said that it referred to a box that was passed round in Church and elsewhere for dotation’s of Money that was later distributed to others.

I find it rather sad, that now a days, Boxing Day has been hijacked into a Shopping Holiday, Retail Therapy.

As for me, well Boxing Day is a day to relax, a good walk if the weather is favourable.

But Boxing Day 2020 is very different for all of us.  The family “Get Togethers” are via zoom, but only if we are connected via the ether.  A wave to the neighbours as they pass by.  Certainly no Parties.  No doubt those relaxing thoughts will drift to concerns about the future and our families welfare.

It has been inspiring to see and hear of the many good deed’s that ordinary people, often strangers have done for others during these troubles times.

I also hope and trust that our concerns for those that are less fortunate can continue well into the future.

Tough times but more important than ever to…..

Please Remember ….

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

  • The Hellebore’s were collected, from our garden, last January.  They are commonly known as Christmas Roses, though we have never had them in flower at Christmas…..  in fact January was rather early for us.  This years the buds are already swollen, so again looks like a January flowering

26th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday….. A Church and a Verse


Saint Oswald’s Church, Grasmere, Cumbria

Saint Oswald’s is the village Church of Grasmere, in the centre of the English Lake District.  The Church has been at the heart of the village since the 14th century…. it is suggested that it was built on an even earlier religious location dating back to 642ad.

The Village church is often associated with the Lakeland Poet William Wordsworth.  Wordsworth made his home here in Grasmere, at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.  There is a Memorial Headstone in the Graveyard to Wordsworth and various Family members buried here at St. Oswald’s.

Wordsworth as a Poet, is more often than not, associated with that oft quoted Lakeland Poem about Daffodils…..   ” I wandered Lonely as a Cloud“…   A reflection of Spring in the Lakes. 

Wordsworth was a prolific Poet and Writer, but his words are not often associated with Christmas.  As it is Christmas I thought it would be timely to share this Seasonal Poem.



  William Wordsworth

It may well be the Season of Good Cheer, but this year it is also important to 

Please Remember ….

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

20th December

(C) David Oakes 2020


Behind the Stable Doors……


Calke Abbey Stable Block, Derbyshire

Hiding behind this Stable Block is a once grand Stately Home.  Grand it may well have been, but for me it is this Stable Block that always attracts me.  It is of course much more than just a Stables.  As part of what was a working estate, there was a Blacksmith, Tack Rooms, Butchery and much more….  it must have been a hive of industry.

Enter through the arched central doorway…  Turn right and you have the Stables for the Squires Horses.


Turn Left and you have the Carriages and Traps from yesteryear.


It is a building full of character. Far from utilitarian in its construction, full of stylish detail, including false doorways to give architectural balance to the frontages

 Exploring old estate building like these, you do gain just a little flavour of what life and work once was like . No doubt tough and hard….. but much better I think, than many of the contemporary workplaces and even some of todays factories.

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

18th December

(C) David Oakes 2020