Moody Monday….. It might Rain

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Borrowdale, Cumbria

The River Derwent flows through Borrowdale.  The backdrop is of the Borrowdale Fells and Castle Crag.

Significantly, nestling at the base of the Crags is the village of Grange…. reputedly the wettest place in England. I can certainly testify to a great many wet days tramping through the valley and across those fells.

It also brings back memories of regularly arriving back in Grange, soaking wet and with boots definitely muddy. Along with others equally as wet, we would arrive at the little Café in the middle of the village.  In those days it was run by an elderly lady called Miss Davis. Always a welcome for everyone… it also brings back memories of a very special aroma (no, not the wet soggy clothing) but of Toast and Baked Beans being cooked via Calor Gaz, a heady aromatic aroma.  Together with a mug of tea, it was a banquet fit for any King.

Some of those days where indeed moody, but always ended with a welcome, a laugh with strangers, and a warm feast.

We will make happy memories again, until then…

Please Remember ….

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

7th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday…. After the Storms

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Stoer Head Lighthouse, Assynt, West Coast of Scotland

We have certainly ‘enjoyed’ some very bad weather…..  Gales, Rains and in places Snow.  It is hoped that Monday, the storms will have passed, the weather will be calm over the UK.  Indeed it has become calm here in the Midlands, not sure it will have passed completely on the  West Coast of Scotland.

Stoer Head above is exposed to the worst of the elements…..  but after a summer storm, as on the above occasion,  calm can return quickly.

I love this remote location.  Steep cliffs, a sea view to the Outer Islands and the wild Atlantic,  behind you the mountain peaks that make up the Assynt Range…  wild even when all else is quiet.   A very favourite wild location.

Whatever the weather and wherever you are this Moody Monday….

Please Remember to ….

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

15th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

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