Thoughtful Thursday……. Just wondering ?


Mother Cap on Hathersage Moor, Derbyshire

Spindle like Siver Birch cling onto a fragile life high on the edge of Hathersage Moor. The weathered out crop of rock, known as Mother Cap is one of several that break the  bleak skyline of the moor.

The above image was taken 3 years ago in January, a brief sunny spell in a cold winter….. indeed there were some small remnants remaining, of a brief light fall of snow. much of it hidden in the tough heather that covers these moors.

This year we are again enjoying a brief spell of sunny days,  not sure it will last.  The forecast is for snow to sweep in from the North West.  How deep will it be ? Will it arrive today, tomorrow or give our corner of the country a miss?  Only time will tell.

No matter where you are or whatever your weather…….

Please Remember ….

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

6th January

(C) David Oakes 2022



Thoughtful Thursday……. A Winters Day


Early morning sunshine, a little mist…. and a cold winters day becomes magical.

Not every morning is so wonderful, but if you can, when the situation arises I hope you can take advantage of natures offerings.

At home, in your garden or out in the countryside…as always….

Please Remember ….

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

30th December

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday….. Just a Winters Day


The River Derwent, Darley Abbey, Derby

It may not be snowing…..  The Derwent is flowing fast and it is definitely a Winters Day.

As always and especially over the winter……

Please Remember ….

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

23rd December

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday……. Freedoms


A Right…  that was Hard Faught For. 

In 1932 there was an illegal event that started a major change in Public Access to our Countryside. It was a Mass Trespass, organised by three groups of walkers from the industrial areas surrounding the Derbyshire Peak District and its Moorlands.  At that time large areas of land were the strictly protected by Large Landowners and their Gamekeepers – No Access allowed, even though those lands were crossed by trails and packhorse routes that had been used for centuries

The Mass Trespass occurred on Kinder Scout, located in the heart of Moorland in Derbyshire Peak District.  The Trespass started peacefully but didn’t end well…..tempers flared and ended in violence.  Several Trespasser end up in Jail. 

But the cause to allow walkers to walk and enjoy open Countryside gained momentum and gradually the argument was won. Soon a network of Public Footpaths and Rights of Way were acknowledge and mapped. Freedom to enjoy our now open countryside was available for all

Progress continued to be made.  We now have areas defined as ‘Open County’  and a Parliamentary  ‘Countryside and Right of Way’ Law.  The CROW act as it is now referred to, still had to be fought for, but now well established.

The sign post above was erected in 1964.  

I have always passed this simple sign with great respect….  It reminds me of the hard won freedom that I have greatly benefited from over the years… to enjoy that very simple pleasure of walking in OUR Countryside.  A very pleasant thought for this Thursday.

Enjoy your Thursday….. and

Please Remember ….

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

16th December

(C) David Oakes 2021




Thoughtful Thursday…… Caution – Man a Work


” En plein air” ….. On Curbar Edge, Derbyshire

It is not a bad life being an Artist…….  on a nice summers day, you pick your spot, set up your chair and take in the view.  Of course they do need the sketch book and pencil to make it look authentic…..  then set up that invisible screen that says please keep your distance.

Joking apart, on a good day, a great location and a quiet vantage point, it has to be rather idyllic.

The Covid situation seems to be picking up once again……  so…

Please Remember ….

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

9th December

(C) David Oakes 2021