Moody Monday……. The End of an Era

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The Cromarty Firth, Scotland

North Sea Oil was king…….  for decades it has fed an economy, creating much needed employment in a part of the UK  a region where it was much needed.

Here on the Cromarty Firth, Oil Riggs have been constructed, refurbished and maintained.  Seeing so many Riggs at anchor in the Firth was a heartening sign of a strong economy. 

Sadly the number have dwindled, economics make the industry very fragile.  Many of these Riggs, once a testament to engineering skills, are now heading for the scrap yard.  

It is an inevitable sign of the times, some say progress…. but looking across the Firth, I have a nostalgic wave of sadness at the passing of these giants.

Please Remember ….

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

23rd November

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

High Noon……The year moves on……

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High Noon and the sun struggles to rise much above the horizon.  A sure sign that the year moves along at a pace

As always…..

Please Remember ….

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

22nd November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Mix Up – Stir Up Sunday

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By tradition, this Sunday, the last before Advent,  is know as Stir Up Sunday.  The day when the Christmas Plum Puddings and Christmas Cakes were mixed, steamed or baked.  Again by tradition the younger members of the family were encouraged to stir the mix and make a wish.  Not sure just how many folk continue with this Christmas custom.

What I can remember, is that my mother was rather dismissive of Stir Up Sunday…..  “Far Too Late  – one needs time, several months for the Puddings and Cakes, rich in Brandy, to mature”.  It was a principle that many of the older generation adhered to and many still do…. and I can vouch for the rich taste that patience provided. 

No matter when you Mix Up or Stir Up, the process and the baking always creates that special Christmas is Coming aroma.  Anticipation.

As always…..

Please Remember ….

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

22nd November

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Down South……

The Lizard

The most southerly point on the English Coastline……  No, its not Lands End, which sadly is now a Tourist Theme Park.  This is Lizard Point on the very tip of Cornwall’s Lizard  Peninsula. The Peninsula has to be one of my favorite areas of Cornwall.  Surrounded by sea on 3 sides, on occasions lashed by Atlantic storms, but also capturing some of the warmth that drifts across from Europe and of course the Gulf Stream, it has created a very diverse and rich habitat, rich in flora.

It reaches its climax at its most southerly tip of England, Lizard Point.  A rugged section of coast jutting out into the English Channel.  Surrounded by rocky outcrops with such names as Mulvin, The Quadrant, Man of War, Enoch Rock, The Dales and Clidgas Rocks.  Over the centuries a hazard to shipping. Understandably sheltering at the base of the cliffs is a Lifeboat Station.

A reminder that beauty can hide a multitude of dangers

Don’t put yourself in danger….

Please Remember ….

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

21st November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Clear Sky…… on Skye

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Clear skies over the Isle of Skye.  A rare autumn morning on this enchanting Scottish Island……  Early morning mist rising from Loch Greshornish and the prospects of a rather fine day……   and it was.  Memories

Please Remember ….

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

20th November

(C) David Oakes 2020