Goodbye July……

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Time to say goodbye to July.  Another month gone and another step nearer Autumn.  July weather has been both hot, for most of the time, but also in places very stormy with bursts of heavy rain.

Most of our local fields are now looking as if they are nearly ready for Harvest.  So as we enter August lets hope the weather provides the right conditions to enable a bumper crop.

Even though the months pass us by at a relentless speed, we still have to live with Covid as best we can.

Which means that we must still…. 

Remember ….

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

31st July

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Sunny Day in the Dale…..

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A warm sunny summers day by the River Bradford.   The river flows, below a stone clappers bridge, through the Dale of the same name which lies deep below the Derbyshire village of Youlgreave.

Sunny, shade and bubbling water a great venue for a leisurely walk.

Wherever you choose to walk this weekend…

Please Remember ….

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

30th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

#TreeSquare (10) Over the Wall

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A winter scene in Wharfedale, Yorkshire.  Despite the often inclement weather the wall is, like many others, known as a “Dry Stone Wall”.  Traditional field boundaries made from local stones, skilfully interlinked in there construction without the use of mortar or cement.  Dry Stone Walls are common in many regions across the UK.  The construction does differ from region to region, each has a distinctive style of its own. Variations there maybe but they all seem to have stood the test of time. Probably, these walls will out live the trees, trees that have most likely self-seeded,  finding sanctuary for their roots in the shelter of the wall.

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

Where ever you are and what ever your plans…

Please Remember ….

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

29th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…. A Touching Tribute

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Ilam Cross, Derbyshire

At the crossroads in the middle of the tiny Derbyshire village of Ilam, is this rather fantastic memorial cross.  It is  intricate in design, built in the Gothic Renaissance style….  I am also told that when first constructed it also had a spring of fresh water for the benefit of travellers.

The connection of the cross, with the village is simple. The village lies within the shadow of Ilam Hall.  Owned by the Russell family and later, by marriage and name change, to the Watts-Russell family.

Mary Watts Russell was the wife of Jesse Watt-Russell and this is his tribute to his wife who died, at the age of 48, in 1840

The wording on a nearby plaque says it all

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Understandably it is often called an “Eleanor Cross”.  It is not, but the styling is so similar.

“Eleanor Crosses” of which there are 12, were built on the instruction of King Edward I.  Again it was a tribute to his wife, Queen Eleanor.  in 1290, the King and Queen were on their travels in the North East of England.  It was whilst on this ‘Procession’ that the Queen died. The body of Queen Eleanor had to be returned to London for burial in Westminster Abbey, a long journey.  Each night on the journey they paused.  King Edward decided to mark these special night halts where the coffin rested, by the erection of a series of memorial Crosses.  So between 1291 and 1295 this line of crosses were constructed, all intricately sculpture..  

Ilam Cross is very much in tune both with the style but also the poignant and lasting Memorial to a lost wife.

I am sure that there have been, and will continue to be, many personal tragedies in this strange times we live in.  

So Please Remember ….

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

29th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place

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Location:-   The Clock Warehouse on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Shardlow, Derbyshire

Where ever you are today, at your favourite spot or just busy at work…

Please Remember ….

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

28th July

(C) David Oakes 2021