Its been rather hot….. but Cool by the River


The sound of flowing water over a stony river bed is always both cooling and soothing. Such an ideal spot to site and ponder is here on the River Brathay, just below Nanny Brow at Clappersgate.   Not far away is the famous Lake District town of Ambleside, sure to be busy, which makes this  quiet river bank so appealing.

Where ever you are today…

Please Remember ….

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

24th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place


Location:-  Fleetwith Pike, Buttermere, Cumbria

I wish I was there, one day soon I hope…. Till then

Please Remember ….

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

14th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Saturday in the Lakes…..


Derwent Water, Cumbria. 

The English Lake District, in the heart of Cumbria, has so many places where you can just stand and stare.  Here on the cliff slopes on the edge of Lodore Woods, is one of my favourites.  Looking down on Derwent Water and its tiny islands, the mountain of Skiddaw beyond and the town of Keswick nestling below.

On a clear day you can even see, down the valley to the left, to the Solway Firth and the Mountains of Scotland beyond, just visible on the horizon on this lucky day.

Wherever you are, whatever your viewpoint….

Please Remember ….

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

3rd July

(C) David Oakes 2021



Moody Monday….. It might Rain


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

A Day Out in the Lakes….. would be Just Grand

Derwent Water

Victoria Bay, Derwent Water, The English Lake District, Cumbria

Saturday and a Bank Holiday Weekend, School Half Term Holidays in the week following.  In ‘normal times’ the Lake District would be overflowing with visitors, Day Trippers, Hikers, Climbers, Mountain Bikers, Campers and Caravanners, B&B in Farm Houses and Hotels with signs saying No Vacancies!.  

Covid restrictions have been eased and despite many folk acting with caution, I reckon this beach beside Derwent Water will not be as quiet as the tranquil view above.

We are also being cautious.  I think we wait to see just how the virus and variants subside, or not, over the next few weeks before we plan to be off to locations further afield.

Not that it stops us dreaming…. Oh, how I long to be walking along the shore, below the Pines, water lapping beside our steps, all with views of Skiddaw on the horizon.   

One day…but not just yet.


Please Remember ….

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

29th May

(C) David Oakes 2021