Moody Monday….. Feeling a Little Blue ?


Moody Monday……   I do wonder in these Covid times, if Monday’s can still be associated with the start of yet another  working week.   I do appreciate that there are a significant number of people for whom, Pandemic or not,  have had to keep working… often for our benefit.

I find the only weekly difference these days, is just how fast the days merge into each other….Monday one day, blink and its Sunday again.

I thought this Blue Door, seen on a Faroe Island trip was just right ….. BLUE but much more cheerful than Moody!

No matter what your mood is today……

Please Remember ….

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

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2021


Just Another Wet Day…

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Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Rain has been the signature for most of our December and January days.  The rains did remind we of a day a couple of years ago.

It was mid June when we arrived for a brief stop in the Faroe Islands…..   and after days of wall to wall sunshine we were greeted by heavy rain.

There were a few spells when the rains eased.  Despite the damp the Torshavn still glowed.

Despite having a full day of exploring ,  our very friendly local tour guide had picked the key highlights of the main Island… and even allowing for the weather, we met very few locals.  Even walking round the City of Torshavn, the Capital of the Faroes, we met very few people.

I guess what illustrates this best is our visit to Tinganes, this old village acts as a tourist experience and is located harbourside in Torshavn.  Wooden houses, warehouses, many grass roofed, possible once the commercial centre…. this day it was like a ghost town, our exclusive domain.

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The rain did rather ‘dampen’ our experience but it didn’t dampen our desire to return.  Our Guide packed a great deal into the day….but we know there was lots more to see and much more time needed.  So with luck, we may, one day get back…. and who knows we may even meet more of the locals.

Please Remember ….

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

21st  January

(C) David Oakes 2021

It was rather wet in the Faroe’s

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Torshavn, Faroe Islands

It started to rain as we arrived  at Torshavn, got heavier and didn’t stop  all day.  Not that it spoilt the day as the  people we met and the places we did manage to visit were all very welcoming…… a very welcoming spirit to make up for the weather.

Needless to say we will have to head back on another trip….not sure in these times when that will be, but lets just say ‘sometime’…

Please Remember ….

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

5th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday…So Off to Church


Saksunar Kirkja, Faroe

This has to be one of my favourite churches, so no excuses for showing it again. The grass roofed church of Saksun  located on the shores of a sea loch at the end of Saksunardalur.  The evocative dark mountains, the waters running down every crevasse, vegetation that is still a vibrant lush green even on the darkest of Faroe days all add to the drama of the location of this little church.

What make it even more interesting is that this church is in its second home. Originally it was located on the opposite side of the mountains at Tjornuvik.  But the congregation at that time had to make a very long trek to worship.  So in 1858 the church was disassemble, carried over the mountains and reconstructed where it is today. The task cannot have been easy, but being entirely constructed of wood made the task possible.  Stone walls have since been added at this new location.

When we were there the church was locked which was a shame….but that did nothing to detract from the spiritual feeling of solitude and peace, yet at the same time, a personal feeling of insignificant below the surrounding mountain. It possibly goes without saying that it was raining on our visit….on looking at other images of Saksun it would appear that this is the usual.  Maybe that was part of the beauty.

28th January

(C) David Oakes 2018