Moody Monday…. Highland Hideaway


Ryvoan Bothy, Cairngorms, Scotland

Located at the head of the Ryvoan Pass, the Bothy is just one of a network of similar structures dotted across the Scottish Highlands.  They serve as welcome shelter in some of the remotest areas, welcome should the weather become problematic. Welcome for those who are on long distant treks and need a shelter for the night.  Accommodation is basic, but chance encounters with other mountaineers and Walkers add to the fun.

Always a welcome find, but when the weather is moody, its better than a 5star hotel.

Ryvoan Bothy is not the remotest on the Bothy network, its location high on the Cairngorms still give you that very wild experience, great views over the mountains and across to the Abernethy Forest.

The Bothies may be remote…but there is still the need to

 Remember to….

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

13th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday….. A Country Church


The Church of Saint John the Baptist, in the Wiltshire village of Horningsham.

Wherever you are this Sunday….

Please Remember ….

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

12th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Last of the Summer Days….. maybe


All Aboard the Skylark for a Trip around the Bay

We can hope for a little more summer.  Like everyone else, just how much summer there is left, is out of our control.  Maybe just the odd day here and there, maybe autumns arrival will hold fire for at least another month… who knows.

So a sunny September day, on the banks of the River Dart at Dartmouth, Devon could be just perfect.  This particular sunny day was a couple of years ago…. but the warmth, the ozone aroma and bright sunshine still lingers in the memory bank.  Time for an Ice Cream Cone  🙂

No matter if the weather gods shine on us or not……  Please remember..

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

11th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…… Favourite Places


Over the Bridge

Location :- Ashness Bridge, Cumbria (Derwent Water and Skiddaw beyond)

I wish I was striding over this packhorse bridge today, anticipating a grand day on the Lakeland Fells

But even here take care…

Please Remember ….

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

8th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Sunshine, Sea Air and a (Saintly) View


I would love to be here enjoying the smell of the sea air, feel some of that spray on the face and admire an ever changing scene.

The location where I was standing was at the rocky mouth to the idyllic Scottish Saint Abbs Harbour.  The view is across the bay to Bell Hill and Wuddy Rocks in the shadow of  the mighty Saint Abbs Head, jutting boldly into the North Sea.

I said idyllic, and on a day such as this it is…….  but on others it can be very very wild – but probably just as beautiful, just more dramatic.  🙂

Wherever you are and whatever your weather……

Please Remember ….

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

4th September

(C) David Oakes 2021