Flippant Friday…… Sunny Bergen

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A very Early Dawn arrival in Bergen, Norway

Rain has dominated our thoughts, and to a degree our lives this winter.  Wetter than Bergen I guess.  I say that because Bergen has the reputation for rain.  Well that is what I am told every time we say we are heading for Bergen .

I reckon, I should get free transport to Bergen, and the freedom of the City.  As on numerous occasions we have had the most beautiful sunny weather…..never ever rain.

On the last visit we shared a sunny harbour side table for lunch, with a mother and her teenage daughter.  The mother explained, that she had a weak moment, and allowed her daughter to take the day off school…. as this day was summer! and this may well be the summer ration for the year.

Maybe I need to get back to Bergen

Please Remember ….

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

22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Just Another Wet Day…

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Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Rain has been the signature for most of our December and January days.  The rains did remind we of a day a couple of years ago.

It was mid June when we arrived for a brief stop in the Faroe Islands…..   and after days of wall to wall sunshine we were greeted by heavy rain.

There were a few spells when the rains eased.  Despite the damp the Torshavn still glowed.

Despite having a full day of exploring ,  our very friendly local tour guide had picked the key highlights of the main Island… and even allowing for the weather, we met very few locals.  Even walking round the City of Torshavn, the Capital of the Faroes, we met very few people.

I guess what illustrates this best is our visit to Tinganes, this old village acts as a tourist experience and is located harbourside in Torshavn.  Wooden houses, warehouses, many grass roofed, possible once the commercial centre…. this day it was like a ghost town, our exclusive domain.

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The rain did rather ‘dampen’ our experience but it didn’t dampen our desire to return.  Our Guide packed a great deal into the day….but we know there was lots more to see and much more time needed.  So with luck, we may, one day get back…. and who knows we may even meet more of the locals.

Please Remember ….

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

21st  January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Not always grey and doure…..

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A December Morning, Allestree, Derbyshire

Not the most obvious of subjects…..  after days of grey skies, near constant rain, I was rather taken by surprise by a sudden break in the clouds and a burst of sunshine.  Even the Churchyard lightened its usual doure mood.

The sunshine was short lived…. just long enough to brighten up some other interesting corners of our village.

Please Remember ….

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

5th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Dreek afternoon on Deeside

Deeside in Rain

Dreek is a Scottish word that ideally sums up those days when the rain and dark skies conspire to make the weather, so the day,  rather miserable.  But just occasionally it is worth braving the rain, to  maybe capture one of those fleeting moments, when the sun does try to break through.  I say try,  more often than not it fails.

But occasionally you get a moment as this one at Braemar on the banks of the River Dee.

Our viewpoint is Arderg, we are looking to the west along the upper Dee valley towards the Forest of Mar, in the shadow of the Cairngorms.

Another memory, even though it was wet, was well worth the experience.  Till another time….

Please Remember ….

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

23rd July

(C) David Oakes 2020