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

Wordless Wednesday…. A Favourite Place

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Spain….  Alhambra of the Moors, Granada

Couldn’t resist revisiting Alhambra of the Moors with its many Palaces.  Today we visit the Generalife Palace and the Patio of the Irrigation Ditch.  We all know the vital need for water, bringer of life.  But here at Alhambra I discovered the ingenious use of  moving water to provide cooling…. not dissimilar to A/C  in buildings today.  Sometimes it is just a simple fountain or spring, in the middle of a courtyard, with the water evaporating on the hot stone floors.

Please Remember ….

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

26th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

…….. Up the Creek

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Dawn…. the high spring tide creeps soundlessly, over the marshes and up each narrow creek here at Skippool Creek on the River Wyre Estuary, Lancashire.

Peaceful…and if I recall correctly, only the call of the Curlew echoing across the water.

Please Remember ….

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

22nd August

(C) David Oakes 2020