Naked…but still as shapely


Just another sunny December morning……. and the trees may be bare, just skeletons awaiting the new clothes of spring, but just as lovelly.

Our good fortune with the weather continues for another day.

10th December

(C) David Oakes 2019

So Far….. So Good



Sunny Sunday Morning, Darley, Derbyshire

Storm Atiyah was due to ravage the UK this weekend….and indeed it has brought gales, high seas and heavy rain.  Sunday out TV Weather Forecasters and the maps presented showed, that whilst we here in our little part of the country were not in the eye of the storm, we best batten down the hatches and be cautious if we had to head out.  For those not far away from us who have suffered badly in the resents floods it must have been the news they did not want to hear.

Luckily good fortune seems to be on our side and we could all breath a little more easily.

Even today, Monday morning, the warnings are in place.  But again we appear to have been very lucky…just another rather nice sunny December day.

Fingers crossed for the rest of the week which we are told is going to be full of wet and windy ups and downs…we will see.

9th December

(C) David Oakes 2019


Silent Sunday…..Off to Church


Martindale, Cumbria

I have always loved this rustic Church tucked away in Martindale, above Ullswater in the Lake District.  Known as the ‘Old Chapel’ it is a very simple, but still an interesting  stone construction.  Comprising of a Porch, Bell Cote and one stone flagged room.

There is mention in local records dating back to 1220 but it is suspect that the Church, or religious building was located here before then. It was modified in the 1660’s and then re-roofed in the 1800’s.  I think it was the modifications in the 1660’s when the stone floor was installed…..prior to that it was a simple earth floor. The simple exterior is matched by and equally simple interior.

Being located part way down a narrow valley, surrounded by high hills, it is today a place of tranquillity and peace.

8th December

(C) David Oakes 2019