Relax……. nearly Time for Action

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The Herdwick Ram …. A Handsome Fellow

Looking all relaxed and ready to go.   It will soon be time for the Ram to be let loose with the flock of Herdwick Sheep.  Herdwicks are a hardy mountain sheep, still the popular breed of choice in the Lake District.  Their thick fleeces give protection from all but the severest weathers.  Tough as they are, their faces for me show a softness of  character.

Please Remember ….

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

3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Summer is coming to a close….

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Summer over the Cotswolds

The last day of August…so summer will now move into autumn.  Gently we hope, or maybe we could be fortunate and  enjoy an Indian summer. 

Soon, familiar country-scape’s of  lush fields of ripened crops, golden and  ready for harvest will vanish till next year.  As for the weather, well farmers will still be praying for dry weather whilst they complete the years harvest.

 

Please Remember ….

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

31st August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Friday Again……. I think?

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It is Friday again……  there are occasions in these troubled times, when normal is far from normal, that the days of the week blend seamlessly together and even merge with the weekend.

I am though, pretty sure that the Blacksmith and his assistant ( probably have been some young lad who should have been at school),   would know when the working week was coming to its close (probably Saturday lunchtime if they were lucky).  The Blacksmiths Shop above has long since stood idle…gone is the noise, heat and smells from hot coals and the metal  being shaped with the thud of a hammer.

Just for the record…it is Friday…I think

Please Remember ….

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

28th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Silent Sunday…….. Too Many Memories

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Freddie Gilroy – Retired Miner and Soldier.

Deep in thought, or painful memories, this sculpture capture, a gentleman  recalling events that  would have scarred anyone’s life,  creating images permanently etched  within the mind.  Freddie Gilroy joined the army at the start of WW2,  but it was just before his 24th Birthday, when he was one of the first groups of soldiers to relieve Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp.   It is said, that he cried and every year on his birthday he shed more tears.

This sculpture, created from steel, is the work of Ray Lonsdale from County Durham.  Freddie was also from a mining community in County Durham.  I understand they became friends and that Ray heard  Freddie recount events from his life and the terrible memories he retained.  This inspired  Ray to create what has become a fitting memorial.  It has been said by others that Freddie was ‘a normal person, leading a normal life but had to experience extraordinary events and dangers of WW2’…..   the horrors of Belsen can never be forgotten.  Harsh lasting memories and a hard mining life, Freddie Gilroy died in 2008.

This larger than life sculpture can be found on a bench, with Freddie gazing out to sea, on the Promenade at North Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire.  It was originally only an installation for a season.  However it was taken to the hearts of locals.  One person so moved donated the funds to secure its permanent location.

As we make new memories in difficult times we must not forget the trauma experienced by others over the years……   Today it is  also important that we….

 Remember to….

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

23rd August

(C) David Oakes 2020

…….. Up the Creek

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Dawn…. the high spring tide creeps soundlessly, over the marshes and up each narrow creek here at Skippool Creek on the River Wyre Estuary, Lancashire.

Peaceful…and if I recall correctly, only the call of the Curlew echoing across the water.

Please Remember ….

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

22nd August

(C) David Oakes 2020