Silent Sunday (2)…… Boring!


When are we going Walkies

Trying to have a relaxing quiet Sunday…. and that doesn’t meet with Buster approval one little bit.

If I lie here long enough, give the occasional sigh and a soulful whimper, may be the boss will  remember its Walkies Time… ”    

I always remind him to…..

Please Remember ….

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

10th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Mix Up – Stir Up Sunday


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


A Real Treat……


Whilst we all try to manage the best we can in these strange times in which we live, it is the little things that seem to matter the most.

One of the things we have missed the most, is being able to see our Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren growing up. 

So a surprise visit from Great Granddaughter Esmee was a real treat.  With visits being so far apart it is always a surprise to see just how fast they grow.

It was only a short visit but created more memories to cherish…


In these difficult times, memories are so important.  

For the sake of everyone…..

Please Remember ….

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

19th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Treat….. A Real Treat


For obvious reasons visits to see our Great Granddaughter Esmee, have been very rare over the past 6 months.  Today we had an opportunity to pop in for a short visit.  Boy, how she has grown.

We were also lucky to find her at home, she is normally down at the stables with her mum.  Esmee may only be 2 years and 8 months but she is quite an accomplished horsewoman, a real love for horses.  A love as you can see which she continues once she gets home.  Her Electric Pony gets lots and lots  of love…

Esmee loves life and loves to tease.  One moment she can pose, act shy, be coy, serious… then boisterous all in the blink of an eye.


It was fun, just a shame, that in this strange world, that visits are so far apart.  But at least Esmee is happy and full of life…. and now we are happier too.

Please Remember ….

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

11th September

(C) David Oakes 2020


A ‘Little’ Surprise…..


This is Margo…….  one of our Great Granddaughters.

She gave us a big surprise yesterday and paid us a visit.   It is so long since we last visited (back in January pre lockdown), so she needed re-introducing to us.  That didn’t take long as Margo is full of confidence.  Back in January she was just finding that confidence to stand up on her legs……  now she is off, at a pace, exploring the garden and climbing any obstacle that gets in her way.

 It really was a BIG treat to see Margo, and her Mummy and Daddy,  a real delight after all these months in this strange world we all now live in.  Events and life changed as we all went about in our own little worlds


Things will get better with time…by how much we will have to wait and see.

But till those better times arrive…

Please Remember ….

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

13th July

(C) David Oakes 2020