Once upon a Time….. A Perfect Walk


Manesty Woods, Cumbria

Dappled sunshine through the woodland canopy.  The rich smell of pine.  The call of birds busy gathering a feast of seeds.  A Red Squirrel scampering up a tree (yes, there are Reds here) plus the chance bonus that a Deer may cross your path.  

A simple pleasure, but accompanied by a lavish menu to thrill the senses.  Just perfect for a Saturday walk

I wish it was today….. but still a great memory to enjoy again.

If you are creating great memories today……. please remember….

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

14th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Mountain Memory……… Slioch


Loch Maree and Slioch

Whilst in CV19 mode, of searching through old files and boxes, I came across this old Postcard.

It is a shot I took back in 1964 when I worked for Valentines of Dundee, assigned to capture images in colour for their Postcard range and for travel books and posters.  It was at the time when colour printing technology changed, becoming easier and cheaper and for once able to compete with the Black and White printing on low cost items.  This image was shot on a 5″x4″ MPP Technical Camera, on Ektachrome Sheet Film, with an ISO speed equivalent of 10 ASA, yes 10 ASA/ISO…..  I recall the joy when a little while later we had film that was rated at 25ASA.

Loch Maree and Slioch, located in the Torridon region of the Scottish Highlands, has always remained a favourite location for me.  Many visits have followed and always the Loch and Mountain demand that the camera is pressed to record the view… a view that hardly changes….. here is one taken in 2017..


I had long forgotten just where I had ‘stored’  this and other Postcards….so I guess CV19 had some unexpected benefits

We still though have to live with this virus so…

Please Remember to ….

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

6th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Just Thinking…….

Hello Reykjavik

Just thinking…..  it was early morning, the sun just rising, the air so crisp and fresh, the sea calm, as we arrived in Reykjavik for an Icelandic Adventure.  It was exciting.

Even if one does try to be positive, I am not sure that Travelling will ever be quite the same for many years to come.

But at least that memory, along with many others, still seem as fresh and as stimulating as the days on which they were created….. and for all those memories and adventures, I am very grateful

Please Remember ….

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

5th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Once upon a Time we made Plans…….


Evening as we left Isafjordur in Iceland.  It had been another grand day of discovery for us on our first tour of Iceland.   Like many folk used to travelling, we have over the past few months been wondering if we ever will get to go wandering again.   Despite the best efforts of our favourite cruise line, who assure us that there will be more happy days to come, tales of new ships, changed itineraries ready to drop into place….’sometime’ …. it all seems a little like fantasy to dream.

Hard to be positive, but without that ability to travel, near or far, without meeting new people, new cultures, new adventures, we will miss those opportunities to learn, to be stimulated.  Who knows what and when things will get back to some kind of normal, let alone days like the ‘Old Days’ 

Only glad we were able to make so many memories…

Please Remember ….

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

13th October

(C) David Oakes 2020


Castle in the Town……


Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, North Wales

Caernarfon Castle stands above the River Seiont where it enters the Menai Straights…  its backdrop is the town, beyond the mountains of Snowdonia.

The Eagle Tower above, with its three turrets is, perhaps, the most dominant and dramatic feature of the Castle. Construction of the stone castle you see today was started in 1283 on the instruction of King Edward I.   It was predated by an 11th century motte and bailey. The town also has links to a much earlier Roman Fort at nearby Segontium.   Caernarfon was one of several of Edwards ‘Ring of Castles’ on the Welsh coast which include Harlech, Beaumaris, and Conway.

Strong defences in a strategic location…..   just what we need in today’s perilous world of CV19

Please Remember ….

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

9th October

(C) David Oakes 2020