Thoughtful Thursday…. How Many ?

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Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Cumbria

The megalithic Stone Circle at Castlerigg, high on the Cumbrian Fells, are always a draw for tourists to the Lake District.  They can then play the Castlerigg game of “count the stones”.

There is the suggestion that every time you count them you get another number.  Some say 38, others 42 whilst those who are supposed to know say 40. So if you are in travelling in the area…. go on give it ago. (I have always got to 39)

Whilst the number of stones may be a challenge, it is also true that there is still many differing theories as to exactly why, and for what reason, the Stone Circle was built. One thing for sure is that we cannot ask the people who built it.

Counting stones or playing games today, as always

Please Remember ….

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

26th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday…… Ageless Humour

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Over 50 years ago, one creative photographer produced an iconic image that would grace a LP Record Cover….  you know the one.

That Iconic image has been borrowed, in style, countless times.  Whatever the adaption you just have to smile.

And smile we must keep doing and also…

Please Remember ….

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

16th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Not Stone Henge……

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Wiltshire is famous as the location of the iconic ‘Stone Henge’.  Also, in Wiltshire, on the Longleat Estate on Prospect Hill at Heaven’s Gate, can this really be tomorrows Stone Henge……   well not quite.   But who knows, may be sometime in the millennia to come, some archaeologist will stumble across a stone, then another…then a whole new story will be created. 

Like lots of other additions to the Longleat Estate it is just a little bit of creative fun.

Please Remember ….

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

15th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Friday Again……. I think?

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It is Friday again……  there are occasions in these troubled times, when normal is far from normal, that the days of the week blend seamlessly together and even merge with the weekend.

I am though, pretty sure that the Blacksmith and his assistant ( probably have been some young lad who should have been at school),   would know when the working week was coming to its close (probably Saturday lunchtime if they were lucky).  The Blacksmiths Shop above has long since stood idle…gone is the noise, heat and smells from hot coals and the metal  being shaped with the thud of a hammer.

Just for the record…it is Friday…I think

Please Remember ….

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

28th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

………….. Tantalising Tantallon

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Tantallon Castle and Bass Rock

To the east of North Berwick on the East Lothian Coast of Scotland, on a high sea cliff,  stands the ruins of Tantallon Castle.  Built in the 14th century from local Red Sandstone, it was for Scotland a rather unique build.  It comprises of  a strong outer curtain wall, basically in a semi circle, enclosing the Castle buildings, with the sea cliffs providing  an extra defensive wall.  During its history,  it has had to withstand several sieges, not totally unscathed, but for the most part it stood firm.   It may well now be a ruin (though well protected and preserved) but definitely worth exploring, from battlements to dungeons.

If you climb to the very top of the battlements you will also be rewarded with a view across the outer Firth of Forth to the famous Bass Rock.  Bass Rock was once a Hermits Sanctuary, then a Castle guarding the Firth., and even for a time a Prison.

Today it is the home of one of the largest island Gannet Colonies in the World…..hence its white appearance.  The Rock itself is a 320 million year old volcanic plug and at high tide stands at 107 meters  tall.

You can visit Bass Rock, many thousands of Bird Watchers and others do.  Boats from North Berwick provide the service.  However be warned, it is very much tide and weather dependant.  Over many years, at what should be good weather and conditions, the sea’s have conspired against us.  It is here that the outer Firth of Forth meets the North Sea, tides, turbulence and wind are the masters of the waterways.  It is still on my to do list.  

Please Remember ….

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

27th August

(C) David Oakes 2020