Moody Monday…. The Old Man


The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Not every Monday is Moody.…. put this particular Monday afternoon was rather more than just moody.  It was also a great example of how quickly the weather, over the West Coast of Scotland and most definitely over the Islands, can change so quickly.  The morning had been so full of promise.  But then again, if it hadn’t changed we wouldn’t have witnessed the drama over the Old Man.

At the start of another week….please

Remember ….

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

14th June

(C) David Oakes 2021


Silent Sunday….. Maybe Not !


Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

Bedruthan Steps are barely a handful of miles, as the Sea Gull flies, from where the Premier Leaders of our Global World have been meeting for the G7.  It strikes me that much is choreographed ahead.  Maybe that is as well, or maybe not.  Many of us have experienced those meetings where individual ego and rivalry mix with intractable opinion.  Often we questioned… ‘Did we achieve anything’  

Not sure if the political decision making, over the World, has been clear and decisive over this past year or so. This at the very time when we did need positive leadership for these tough times.  I rather fear that delay has lead to many poor decisions being made.

Any critical comment is derided as that of hindsight.  Of course we should always reflect back on our achievements and the failures, then learn the lessons for the future.

Never the less,  good management also requires clear forward thinking, anticipating the problems, positive decision making and acting quickly to tackle the issue and other that may arise.  Expect the unexpected.

Being cynical…..  Maybe, those at the G7, would achieve more by a walk along this beach.  More perhaps than sat around a Conference Table, each Delegate trying to ensure that the right personal sound bite is reported by the hovering Media hawks.  At least on the Beach….  there would be the bonus of some real fresh air for clear thinking heads, with only the Sea Gulls to hear their elite thoughts.

Please Remember ….

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

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Dark in the Woods…. but cool!


Lea Woods, Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

Sun fighting its way through the leafy canopy of Lea Woods.  Long shadows providing some cool on a hot day.

New season Ferns and the aroma of last season decaying leaves create a unique spring early summer atmosphere….. maybe we should bottle that scent, its rather special.

Please Remember ….

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

12th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Day in the Garden…..


Dorothy Clive Gardens, Staffordshire

Not our own garden, but one that we have visited regularly over the years.   Our Covid restrictions have eased a little (not sure for how long) so we took advantage of the sunny weather and headed across to Staffordshire, close to the Cheshire and Shropshire borders.  We knew that it would be a safe environment.  It is just a little remote and there is plenty of space, so little chance of any overcrowding.

Dorothy Clive Gardens are a rather special mix.  We think they are at their best in the spring / early summer.  Rhododendron and Azalea blend with Herbaceous borders and spectacular Laburnums….. all surround by some magnificent woodlands.  Lots of dark dells, spacious lawns and borders, and Alpine bank.  In past years the variety seems to merge seamlessly into each other.  I have made mention before that this Spring and now early Summer, have not been following the usual cyclical time scale. This season time spread is evident here.  The Alpines, normally full of colour are yet to show in any meaningful way.  Rhododendron are dropping petals like confetti and the herbaceous borders, at this moment are dominated by Alliums. The good news is that everything is a lush green with a promise of much to come….. and still lots to enjoy today

So join us for a walk round the gardens..   

The bonus is a rather nice Tea Room.. So we enjoyed our first Cream Tea for over 18 months.  Rather nice, but being honest, the disposable Covid cutlery, plates and cups rather take the edge, indeed the magic, off the English Tradition of Afternoon Tea in sunny garden. Still yummy, but miss the china – but paper will have to do!

Still a great sunny summers day out…

Please Remember ….

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

10th June

(C) David Oakes 2021