Just a thought or two…..


It has been 17 months now living with Covid 19, Lockdowns and subsequent restrictions.   I recognise it has been tough for many and easy for none of us.  It has though provided for me and many of my friends an opportunity to re-familiarise ourselves with our “Local World”.  Yep, places so close to hand became our entire world…..  and you know, I think I for one have learnt to appreciate this small part of our world even more.

Our restrictions have been greatly eased.  Caution must still be the watchword.  Like many, I do want to spread my wings once again, but reality tells me that perhaps staying close to home is the safer option….. and yes, we have much to enjoy right here, literally on our own doorstep.


Please Remember ….

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

17th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…… Suspicion or Studious

The School Trip

Schools in England have gone back this week after Covid Closures.   But there will not be any School “Educational” Trips this year.  I have always loved the reaction of the students…..  when out of the comfort space of school, faced with the an unfamiliar guide for their tour,  the expressions on their faces is often more of suspicion. 

You can never fool kids.

One day life will get back to some sort of normal, till then

Please Remember to ….

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

11th March

(C) David Oakes 2021


Itchy Feet…… but also very Hesitant – On a Thoughtful Thursday


The Government’s of the various UK Countries have now published their “Road Maps” out of the CV19 Lockdown and easing of Travel Restrictions.  If the Media is to be believed, that despite the date still being vague and subject to change, there has been a mad rush to book holidays both here in the UK and Overseas.  Travel Companies overwhelmed.

May be its an age related state of mind….but, I am very hesitant to even contemplate travel and a holiday.  I think back to last year when restrictions were ‘eased’, not lifted.   The crowds that flooded our Beaches, car parks overflowing in the Countryside, Airports busy, shipping folk to favourite destinations, on so called safe routes.  We all know how that ended.

I would love to head off… to travel and explore again. I do have many memories that tease and create anticipation…..itchy feet indeed


Morecambe Bay

It would be nice to hop on a boat and head over a new horizon…it would also be nice, just to jump in the car and head off to somewhere in our Islands.  Not sure I dare.  Even with our Vaccinations safely in our arms, I am not sure I want to battle with crowds just yet.

Still nice to remember and dream….

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For the time being I am going to do just that…

Please Remember to ….

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

25th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

In Town Today…… So Quiet


This mornings Lockdown exercise took Buster and I into Town for a change (walking on muddy fields and paths had become a bit of a chore)…..  and it did make a pleasant change. It was quiet, and that alone is a novelty for Derby, and we could walk without having to take avoiding action when meeting the occasional fellow walker.  Add sunshine and even the modern, stark Hotel Tower looked rather grand.

A much smaller hostelry (obviously closed at the moment) is the Old Silk Mill


The real Silk Mill is situated adjacent to the Inn.  One of the original mechanised industrial revolution Mills, one of several in this World Heritage Location.


In recent years, it has had a chequered and uncertain museum history.  Right now it is undergoing major renovation and the creation of a new museum (thanks to lottery money).  Exterior restoration is near completion and by the noises from within work continues at a pace.

It was here, in 1833 that a Lockout of the Mill Workers occurred.  It lasted till 1834.  As a result of this action the foundations of the Labour Movement were set in motion. A mural on the side of the Inn is a reminder of those trouble times…


Troubled times continue today.  Today it is the challenges of  CV19 and Lockdown restrictions.  As we are now finding out there are folk that are not coping.  I found it very sad, that along this bridge leading to Sant Mary’s Church, notices have been a fixed,  messages of hope, for those who are perhaps contemplating taking drastic action.


Please Remember ….

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

4th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…….. Hope

Some sunshine

Daffodils for Hope….

There is a suggestion gathering pace, that after such a dreadful Winter, a winter in which we have all had to adapt our lives because of Covid 19, that we need some ideas, something we can share, to give us all hope. 

One of those suggestions, and hopefully with Spring knocking at the door, that Daffodils could be that symbol of Hope!

Perhaps, we can all collectively,  display an image of Daffodils, it would show we care and that we are optimistic that Spring, will soon lead us all, onto those hoped for better days.

Well I have made a start, I have an image of Daffodils in my office window for all to see..

…..  and of course it also has that important message  …..

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

4th February

(C) David Oakes 2021