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

27…going on 29. C that is, Rather hot


It was hot yesterday and even hotter today….so it was up and out to the try and make the most of the cool of the day.   Down by the lake and through the wood was just the ticket.

I don’t think I can recall a summer that has been so lush and green..


Boris….. Our man of  inaction, who some call Prime Minister, made one of his memorable  speeches….  “we are out of hibernation” …..   as he kept thumping the Parliamentary Despatch Box.   Maybe he should be a little more in touch with what is actually going on.  There is a very significant minority who have believed lockdown ended weeks ago* and as for Social Distancing, they haven’t a clue.   Trouble is everybody is not only at risk but also having to clear up the constant mess from their social gathering in the park…

Rather ironic as this beer was called Corona.

As Boris stated last night …  the solution is to exercise common sense!….. problem solved

  • you can pinpoint the day Lockdown ended to when he made one of his other off the cuff statements…. get in your cars, drive to the Beaches, drive to the Countryside,  and what a chaotic weekend that was

Please Remember ….

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

24th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

24th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Another Scorcher…….


It is hot again….. June 1st is supposed to be busting out all over.  But at 11am in Darley Park everything seems rather quiet.  A big change to yesterday when crowds swamped this space.  I am both sad and fearful that  far too many folk have decided that lockdown is over and the restrictions that are still in place no longer apply to them.

For these two mums and their little tots they have pretty much the place to themselves…


I did say it is another scorcher, not as hot as yesterday, only 25c!  But we are now being warned of a drought…who would have thought that possible back in March when we did wonder if it would ever stop raining.  The grass is now showing the signs of the heat, but the trees, possible because they have deep roots are just so full of leaf…all still bright green.

But it is now time to say goodbye to the Honeysuckle flowers.  They have been brilliant this year, but the heat has taken its toll.


Midday, I think I will do what these Cricket Sight Screens are doing, head for the shade…


So we start a new month.  Weather wise it continues from where May left off.  Cannot last…can it?  I keep on looking at the advance forecast so as not to get taken by surprise, so far only some occasional showers predicted.

But if you venture outdoors …..  enjoy but….

Please Remember ….

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

1st June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge ….. Summer Scenes


Mevagissey, Cornwall

This Weeks Fun Foto Challenge- Summer Scenes,  gives me an excuse to look forward to summer days and take a visually escape from these damp dark winter

Join in the fun and use this link:-


22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2020