Silent Sunday…. Off to Church


The impressive arched entrance to Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire Coast

( Founded Circa 657ad.  The ruins of the later, 13th century Benedictine Abbey, remain to dominate the Yorkshire coastline )

Please Remember ….

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

4th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

A rather mellow Moorland……


Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

For many, the word Moor, conjures up a picture of a wild wind blown environment always open to the elements. Stanton Moor is all that.  A plateau above the surrounding countryside, heather and bracken clad.  But it is also a little different from many Moors.  Silver Birch grace areas towards the edges , bare in the winter but rich and green from spring through summer.

Then around the surrounding stone boulder covered slopes, are covered by the wizened shapes of the upland Oak, short in stature and bent to the shape of its surrounds, offering tantalising views over the valley below.


Tranquil in June… but on a winters day it is a very different world.  You could say a Moor for all seasons 🙂

High or Low, wherever you are….

Please Remember ….

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

29th June

(C) David Oakes 2021


After the rain…….


Over Owler Tor, above Hathersage Moor, Derbyshire

After the rain, mist rises in the warming sun from the expanse of Hathersage Moor.  Soon the horizon will clear to give apparent endless views over Derbyshire Dark Peak moorlands

Whatever your horizon…..

Please Remember ….

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

22nd June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday….. Maybe Not !


Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

Bedruthan Steps are barely a handful of miles, as the Sea Gull flies, from where the Premier Leaders of our Global World have been meeting for the G7.  It strikes me that much is choreographed ahead.  Maybe that is as well, or maybe not.  Many of us have experienced those meetings where individual ego and rivalry mix with intractable opinion.  Often we questioned… ‘Did we achieve anything’  

Not sure if the political decision making, over the World, has been clear and decisive over this past year or so. This at the very time when we did need positive leadership for these tough times.  I rather fear that delay has lead to many poor decisions being made.

Any critical comment is derided as that of hindsight.  Of course we should always reflect back on our achievements and the failures, then learn the lessons for the future.

Never the less,  good management also requires clear forward thinking, anticipating the problems, positive decision making and acting quickly to tackle the issue and other that may arise.  Expect the unexpected.

Being cynical…..  Maybe, those at the G7, would achieve more by a walk along this beach.  More perhaps than sat around a Conference Table, each Delegate trying to ensure that the right personal sound bite is reported by the hovering Media hawks.  At least on the Beach….  there would be the bonus of some real fresh air for clear thinking heads, with only the Sea Gulls to hear their elite thoughts.

Please Remember ….

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

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2021