The Winter Solstice…….


Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Cumbria

I posted this page at 5.02am GMT.  Officially that is the time of the Winter Solstice.  Hard to believe, but from this point onwards, the days will start to get longer and the nights shorter  Well that’s the truth of the matter.  I guess many folk like me, still think that we have a good deal of winter to come….after all winter has only just begun.

Castlerigg Megalithic Stone Circle, long suggested as being a ‘time clock‘ for the seasons…..   in normal times, like many other of our ancient stone circles, they would be locations for celebrations of the Solstice. 

Please Remember ….

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

21st December

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday….. A Church and a Verse


Saint Oswald’s Church, Grasmere, Cumbria

Saint Oswald’s is the village Church of Grasmere, in the centre of the English Lake District.  The Church has been at the heart of the village since the 14th century…. it is suggested that it was built on an even earlier religious location dating back to 642ad.

The Village church is often associated with the Lakeland Poet William Wordsworth.  Wordsworth made his home here in Grasmere, at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.  There is a Memorial Headstone in the Graveyard to Wordsworth and various Family members buried here at St. Oswald’s.

Wordsworth as a Poet, is more often than not, associated with that oft quoted Lakeland Poem about Daffodils…..   ” I wandered Lonely as a Cloud“…   A reflection of Spring in the Lakes. 

Wordsworth was a prolific Poet and Writer, but his words are not often associated with Christmas.  As it is Christmas I thought it would be timely to share this Seasonal Poem.



  William Wordsworth

It may well be the Season of Good Cheer, but this year it is also important to 

Please Remember ….

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

20th December

(C) David Oakes 2020


Heading Home……


Herdwicks heading down from the high ground.  Maybe they knew who was waiting for them.


Is that a glint in the Rams eye…or a sigh, here we go again! Tough job, but some old Ram has got to do it.

Hardy Herdwicks on the Lakeland Fells, Cumbria

Please Remember ….

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

8th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

Another Month is Nearly Over


Tarn Hows, The Lake District, Cumbria

November is nearly over.  As it fades into the history of 2020, autumns decline into winter also reaches its conclusion.  Tarn Hows in late autumn always boost’s my spirits, either in reality or virtually by way of memories.

It has been a strange year for everyone, for some with traumatic repercussions. And we still have a month to go.

They tell us hope is on the horizon…… maybe so.

Till then…..

Please Remember ….

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

28th November

(C) David Oakes 2020