Flippant Friday….. In the Hands of a Giant


Buster is none too sure about these giant hands…..

What is that saying    “A Bird in the Hand  ~ is worth Two in the Bush”   – does that also apply to Jack Russel’s ?

The hands, located on the shore of Derwent Water were sculpted from two large Oak Tree trunks.

This Friday and over the weekend….

Please Remember ….

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

22nd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday…. Monkey & The Organ Grinder


Once upon a time…long before ‘piped music’ shattered the silence of our shops.  Long before phones and ear pieces providing endless music (if that is your style)…… there was the Organ Grinder.

A regular attraction on Victorian streets, a mini hand driven organ playing, what to us was,  a rather tinny tune.

Invariably we are told The Organ Grinder also had a Monkey sat on the Organ as an added draw. A novelty for adults as well as children

Apart from the so called entertainment value, it also spawned a phrase.  A Phrase that is still used at times today, when frustration kicks in, and one needs to speak to someone in authority….

” I want to speak to the Organ Grinder NOT the Monkey”

I think we have all experienced such moments….  though I have often thought it is rather disrespectful to many monkeys.

Just a thought for a Flippant Friday.

Whatever challenges you face today…..

Please Remember ….

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

17th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday….. Maybe a Holiday Let ?


A Barn in Dovedale, Derbyshire

As Airbnb’s are spreading everywhere.  So one might wonder just when this old barn will be converted.  B&B accommodation has sprung up in a mammoth post CV19 explosion, some in the most unlikely and inventive locations and settings.

No such fate awaits this Barn.  A Barn which I suspect was once more than just a Barn, but also simple farm accommodation, livestock below, living accommodation above.  It is currently a National Trust Property.  Simple restoration and now a visitor information post and a place in inclement weather to take shelter.

Not a bad spot for a picnic 🙂

Home or away, Please Remember to

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

10th September

(C) David Oakes 2021




Flippant Friday…. Fantasy taken to an Extreme

I am beginning to think that our Parks Department have been reading too many J.R.R Tolkien Novels.  They must be haunted with images of trees taking to flight on dark nights and wandering on the loose… ala Hobbit and Lord of the Ring.

As a precaution they have imprisoned one or two of the major Oak Trees with metal fencing….. obviously these are the ring leaders.  But if you hear a heavy tread in the night… beware

Whatever you are and whatever your fantasy…

Please Remember ….

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

3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday… I’ve Got a Headache


There are days when we all wake with a “splitting” Headache…….  I hope its not this morning 🙂

This Sculptural installation is the work of Jaume Plensa.

Today and everyday…..

Please Remember ….

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

27th August

(C) David Oakes 2021