Thoughtful Thursday…. To Infinity and Beyond


Yesterday evening I caught a glimpse of stars in our night sky.  Magical twinkles from afar…. yes, infinity and beyond.  It was a rare event, over the past week heavy cloud cover had removed any opportunity to see Natures Free Show.

It also triggered a memory of September 2 years ago.  Our travels had taken us to Norway, itself a fabulous trip. It was though, the very special treat of experiencing a display of  the Northern Lights that left the biggest impression.

  Dancing, swirling, constantly moving coloured waves of light. The display lasted for over 2 hours, then just vanished. I reckon,  those who live in those parts of this world where the Aurora Borealis regularly occur, have difficulty trying to describe this phenomena of Nature…. I find it next to impossible to describe.

It is though an experience, an experience that I will never ever forget…. and so very very different from our views of the Milk Way.

I mentioned this was September 2 years ago.  A fun packed, exciting and wonderful trip with friends.  Our only thought to the future was ‘where too next’.  Little did we expect what lay ahead.  Covid, hardship for many and a World that seemed to close down.  For many the issues of the past two years are starting to recede and some form of normal is returning.  But not for all and the dangers are still with us.

All this makes for me, this special moment in Norway, those Northern Lights, all the more precious. It was a privilege and something to cherish in my personal memory bank.

It also serves as a reminder that nothing is ever permanent, life like the Northern Lights is for ever changing.  Some change we can control, but I guess the majority of change is out of our hands.

So perhaps it is even more important to….

Remember ….

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

16th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…… It is nearly Time


 Red Deer Stags are starting to reach prime condition. It is nearly the ‘Rutting Season’.  For the past three years the timing has varied widely.  It would seem that Deer do not live their lives via a Diary or Facebook reminder.

That means I best get out and about and keep a watchful eye open and try my best to catch some action…. when ever that maybe.

If your life is full of action or just lived at a sedate pace, it is still important to….

Please Remember ….

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

9th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…. How Many ?


Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Cumbria

The megalithic Stone Circle at Castlerigg, high on the Cumbrian Fells, are always a draw for tourists to the Lake District.  They can then play the Castlerigg game of “count the stones”.

There is the suggestion that every time you count them you get another number.  Some say 38, others 42 whilst those who are supposed to know say 40. So if you are in travelling in the area…. go on give it ago. (I have always got to 39)

Whilst the number of stones may be a challenge, it is also true that there is still many differing theories as to exactly why, and for what reason, the Stone Circle was built. One thing for sure is that we cannot ask the people who built it.

Counting stones or playing games today, as always

Please Remember ….

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

26th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…… Do I Like Chocolate Marshmallows ?


Chocolate Marshmallows… a first for Great Granddaughter Margo’s taste buds.  Just a short pause and little thought, then she made up her mind….

You bet Margo did, as she went off hunting for the biscuit tin 🙂

Simple pleasures are often the best…. and as always…

Please Remember ….

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

19th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday….. No Hope ?


The Ships name on the Cabin is “Good Hope”…. and no doubt at the beginning of the last century this little fishing vessel carried the “hopes” of the skipper and its small crew on their fishing trips out into the Atlantic.

It’s commercial life over, someone had a dream of restoring this old vessel.  Sadly, over many years, that dream I fear has lost all hope of ever beginning achieved.  Good hope – becoming no hope.

Where ever you are today, I hope your dreams can come true…. but…

Please Remember ….

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

5th August

(C) David Oakes 2021