You might think it was summer….

A brief 2 day gap in the weather produces some welcome sunshine…..  to say that this summer has ben mixed would be an understatement. 

The Rudbeckia and the humble Nasturtium add their very own warm colours to this sunny summers day.

Out and about or pottering round the home…. maybe stuck in the office…..

Please Remember ….

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

12th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

June 1st lived up to its promise….


A real summers morning.  Blue skies and sunshine….. 5 days now and each day gets hotter.

May, was the month of Blue…. the Bluebells dominated but now faded away.  June is the month of White and Green that are the dominant colour in our countryside right now.

Hawthorn with its sweet scent aroma graced the hedgerows and Cow Parsley surrounding the Lake.  Oak have full heads of new bright green leaf, even the Ash has at long last come back to life, whilst the humble Sycamore looks sprightly.  Red Campion and Yellow Buttercups are now starting to fill the meadows.

But the best part of the day was the early morning walk, with Buster, round the Lake…. both relaxing and refreshing…. a great start to any day.

If this is Summer…..  enjoy and…..

Please Remember ….

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

1st June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Saturday…… and another Grand Day Out


Brixham, Devon

Brixham Devon it the destination for this weeks Virtual Grand Day Out….best we can do with the current restrictions, even though they are easing.

Brixham is a  traditional Fishing Harbour and once a Port for sailing ships of old.  Nestling under the protection of the high cliffs of Berry Head, on the wester edge of Torbay, with easy access to the English Channel.

Original Fisherman’s cottages cling to the hillside above the harbour . Fishing was the main stay industry for Brixham and still plays an important role today.  It is though Tourism that has overtaken it in importance for the town.  So be prepared for a busy harbour side and  crowded narrow streets, but that all adds to the atmosphere.


A replica of  Drakes Golden Hind  is a prominent permanent feature of the harbour.  Elsewhere modern Marinas are home for todays Maritime play folk.  Then if you want to get away to a more peaceful space to take in the views over the town and bay, then head for Berry Head.


So here is a quick tour of Brixham and Berry Head.  Boats cram the harbour, which seems crowded in by houses and dominated by the high tower of  All Saints Church. Don’t miss the lighthouse on the Head, no need for a tower on this high point above the channel. The Cliff Top Fortifications are vanishing into the surrounds, built between 1794 & 1804 as defences against a possible French Invasion.

Lots to see but also take the time to just sit and take in the view…


We will be able to plan again….one day.

Please Remember ….

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

4th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Strange Day ….but also very Hot


8.15pm.  At long last, on what has been a very strange day (are you sure its not a Monday?), on a day when the temperatures reached 33c….and even now it is 32c….it is nice to sit in the shade, relax, and enjoy a tasty meal with a glass of something nice and a touch fizzy.  One thing is for sure, nothing else is allowed to happen today.

Please Remember ….

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

25th June

(C) David Oakes 2020