Autumn comes to a close…..

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The leaves fall, the trees are nearly bare.   Autumn comes to a slow close.  Enjoy every little bit of the autumn that is left otherwise it will be a long winter.

Please Remember ….

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

24th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Not a bad end to a Cold Day

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The River Derwent, Darley Abbey, Derbyshire

The first really cold day of this autumn.  It has been sunny, a sun trying to tempt me out, sadly other duties rather got in the way.

At least the end of the afternoon was rather tranquil as the light rapidly faded. A perfect evening stroll.  The forecast is for mixed weather this week but becoming more wintery at the weekend.

Please Remember ….

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

23rd November

(C) David Oakes 2020

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