I have counted them again……. There are only 9 Green Bottles

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There were 10 Green Bottles Standing on the Wall…. and if one Green Bottle should accidentally fall

Well I guess you know the rest of the Nursery Rhyme. 

I came across these 9 bottle in the unlikely location of a Gentleman’s  Wash Room.   It also seemed as if Interior Decor, aesthetics and balance , dictated 9 as the number of bottles on display.  OR, maybe they just missed the numeric symbolism of the Rhyme.

Please Remember ….

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

19th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

  

Moody Monday….. Storm Clouds

Storm clouds approach from the South West

Looking down the Lynn of Lorn on Loch Linnhe, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

I thought this a suitably moody image for another Monday in Lockdown.  Moody as it is, as threatening as those clouds looked (and they did bring heavy rains)…I wouldn’t mind standing there, right now, and gazing down the Loch.  Just another memory of a life that does seem such a long time ago.

Better times will return, till then….

Please Remember ….

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

18th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Schhhh ……. Its a Sunny Sunday

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If you made an early start to this Sunday you would have been greeted with some very welcome sunshine.  For some it was a chance to pause and absorb some extra Vitamin D.

The early risers were out taking advantage of this welcome break in the recent run of bad weather.  Ideal time for the prescribed lockdown exercise.  At a weekend, it is best to get out early, not just to make the most of any good weather that is on offer, but also to avoid larger numbers of people.  Whilst most behave with respect, give space and consideration for others, too many just couldn’t careless.

So a brisk walk, or for some a run,  through the Park and along by the River Derwent, was the location.  No surprise that the river is running high and fast.  It will not take much more rain to see it overflow its banks, reminding us that it did just that,  this time last year.

By the time we had returned via the Darley Mill Complex the sun was doing its best to hide.  The day was again changing and Gulls (the harbinger of bad weather, or so folklore says) were circling ominously above.

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We wait to see what tomorrows weather will bring us….its may be wishful thinking but a little bit more sunshine would help….. at least it makes people smile  🙂

Please Remember ….

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

17th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday….. Off to Church

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All Saints Church, Little Stretton, Shropshire

When I first came across this little country church I was intrigued to find out how old it must be…after all  surrounded by gardens in this Shropshire village it must have been there for many centuries.

But not so.   In fact, as I was to discover, this is in fact a mass produced “Flat Packed Church”  …. No, not an Ikea Special, but manufactured in Manchester.  The construction pack was erected  in 1903, so at least it is now over one century since it was built.  The Tudor style and Thatched roof  were a crafty design addition that certainly adds character, matching its rural surroundings, whilst deceived your perception of its real age.

When we visited, All Saints still held Sunday Services.  But as other places of worship in these Covid Restricted times, that will not now be possible.

Little Stretton is best described as a hamlet, of the much larger village of Church Stretton, both lie in the shadow of the Shropshire’s Hills known as the Long Mynd.  The Hills, Valleys and Villages of this corner of Shropshire, make for a great vacation location…… one more for that list for when some normality returns to our lives.  Till then…….

Please Remember ….

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

17th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Just Another Saturday……

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Where has everyone gone ?

Saturday….Yep, the weekend again……  Still haven’t worked out where each week vanishes to, blink and they have gone. 

That said, it all seems a little immaterial in these lockdown days, as each day seems to be the same.  Not so many people out (and that’s a good thing at the moment). But that is hard for Buster to understand, he’s not sure where all his pals have gone too.

At least most folk follow the rules, and 

Remember to….

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

16th January

(C) David Oakes 2021