Memories … and a Wishful Thought


I miss not having been to the Coast this year.  The sound of the wind and the breaking of waves over beach or rocks, the smell of  seaweeds and salt, with the call of Gulls overhead, it is shear magic.  It is a wish I am not sure that will be fulfilled in the near future.  So I am left with memories.  Memories of visiting St. Abbs on the East Coast of Scotland in the Scottish Borders.

The view above is from St Abbs harbour wall looking across Starney Bay to headland of St. Abbs Head.  The Bay is a magnet for Scuba Divers, a sub aqua hotspot.

A memory true…but something else to look forward to….

Please Remember ….

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

11th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Evening and peace returns to the Beach……


Gwithian Towans Dunes and Beach, looking towards Godrevy Point, St. Ives Bay, North Coast of Cornwall 

All is peace in the evenings, all the crowds have headed for home. A soft rolling incoming tide will wash the sands clean again, fresh for a new start on another day.  Peace with just the calming wind through the dune grasses and the call of the gulls.  Soon the light from Godrevy Lighthouse will cut through the dusk.

Just another memory of times when travel was easy and we enjoyed such freedom

Till that time again….

Please Remember ….

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

30th June

(C) David Oakes 2020



Time for another Grand Day Out


Historic Dartmouth, Devon

The Quay above is known as Bayards Cove.  It is right in the heart of Dartmouth and once a very busy harbour for Clipper Ships.  Some of you may remember the Period TV Series ‘Onedin Line‘ …  well this was the setting for  much of the filming.

For centuries Dartmouth, located at the narrow entrance to the River Dart from Start Bay, has been an important Naval and Civil Harbour for centuries.  Well protected by  twin Castles on either side of the Dart Estuary ….  which apart from Cannons with which to defend the entrance, a chain from one castle to the other could be raised to hinder passage of unwelcome vessels.  The Naval connection continues today being the home of Dartmouth’s  Royal Naval College.

But a visit to Dartmouth is also a visit to Kingswear, the town directly across the Dart and linked by a continuous stream of ferries to Dartmouth….


Over the Dart to Kingswear.

Any trip to Dartmouth will be busy.  It is a popular centre and the population swells significantly during the summer. The marina’s ,of which there are several, popular with local sailors and those from abroad.  Busy as the town will undoubtedly be, it is also fun. Lots to see, from gardens, to narrow streets, marinas and old quayside,  take a trip round the Bay, or take ferry to Kingswear,  our just rest awhile on the promenade with great active views.  Then of course you also have the Castle to add to the list.  So lets take a short visual tour….

It is a great cosmopolitan mix of modern with the historical.

So after all the trauma of todays problems, it may well be a tonic to enjoy,

It will be nice to get back to normal (even the new normal) but

Please Remember ….

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

13th June

(C) David Oakes 2020