A Memory….. of Snow.


10pm on the 24th January 2021. This was the first snow of the year. 24 hours later it was all but gone.

This memory came up on my Facebook reminder. It brought to mind just how ‘rare’ snow falls are now in our part of the UK have become. We moved into this house on the 21st January 1979, the snow that day was very much deeper. It had started to snow the previous 1st December, froze and was regularly topped up just about daily till mid March. The Team from the Removal Company had previously struggled up a snow covered Motorway for over 125 miles, then manfully cleared parts of the Drive and carried everything into our new house very carefully….. they deserved and got a big Tip.

43 years on and we have not seen snow like it since. Each year the snow events have been for fewer days and not as deep, then soon melts away. Even frosts are fewer.

I guess in its own little way it is another marker that the climate has and is changing.

I also find it a strange British phenonium that we have a love affair with snow. We anticipate it with love, a thing of beauty….. fun for the first day (maybe two)…. then we cannot wait for it to go.

Whatever the weather, wherever you are……

Please Remember ….

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

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Warm Memories…… on a Winters Day


Plaza de Espana, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Forgive me for taking a little trip of fantasy this Saturday…….  but it is winter, the days are short, the nights long and the weather like most winters is unpredictable, apart from the fact that it is cold!

So my fantasy trip is to a very very hot Saturday and a colourful morning in Seville.

Maybe one day again….  who knows….


Please Remember ….

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

22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2022


Thoughtful Thursday……. Some things don’t Change


Sunset over Morecambe Bay from Cleveleys, Lancashire

Morecambe Bay changes with every turn of the tide.  The above image was taken back in March 1965.

Jean will have changed, and as she will admit to getting older, that will be no surprise.  Prince, the much loved German Shepherd now looks down from his Kennel in the Sky. Despite the passing of time it still brings back some great memories.

Apart from those changes, it is a scene that can be captured on the wide open sands of Morecambe Bay again today…. sunsets not always guaranteed.

The image above is a scan of a 35mm transparency on Ansco Film*

  • If you haven’t heard of Ansco, I suggest you Google it…. a company with an interesting and checkered history.

As everyday…….

Please Remember ….

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

13th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Moody Monday….. A Rather Wet Memory


A Trip down Memory Lane….

Trying to bring some order to one of my desk drawers I came across this old 35mm transparency.  It was a little worse for ware, but cleaned up reasonably well.  It also re-awakened memories from way back when I was, as they say a “lad”.

I can tell you it was Easter.  The year was either 1961 or 1962. I and two friends had just endured 4 very wet days rock climbing in the Torridon Mountains of North West Scotland.  The exact location was the rock cliff faces below Liathach.  Lets just say the weather made it all very challenging  on some extreme climbs.  We never reached the summit ridge, not that it would have mattered as visibility along the tops was nil. It was though frightening and also fun…  but after 4 days of being permanently wet trying to sleep in a tent that eventually decided it was not going to be waterproof any longer, we decided a change of location was needed…. we knew when to give in.

Listening to the weather forecast that evening in the local pub, the Isle of Skye, very surprisingly, seemed to be getting much better weather. As none of us had climbed in the Cuillin Mountains on Skye, indeed I had never even been to Skye, the decision was made – Skye it was to be.

So early the next morning, still soaking wet we headed off in the trusty weather beaten Morris Minor Pick-up.

To get to the Isle of Skye in those days involved crossing by ferry at the Kyle of Lochalsh. (The Skye Bridge hadn’t even been thought of back then). No booking in advance, you just turn up on the slipway and waited your turn. When we arrived we did find ourselves at the front of a queue – sadly several more queue’s were before us.  The ferry was slow, backwards and forwards across the Kyle, so the wait was going to be a long one.

The weather was now dry and the sun was threatening to make an appearance…. so with a warm van bonnet, a drying wind and the chance of some sun, we took the opportunity to at least start to dry our clothes.  3 hours later our turn came to board the ferry, our clothes dry enough for the next challenges.

We had 10 more days climbing in Scotland before heading home to Manchester. Thankfully most of those days were mainly dry and sunny.

Skye proved magical, dramatic and challenging on the Cuillin’s.  For me, it also sowed the seeds of a love affair with Skye…. Skye is still magical all these years and numerous visits later.

Memories are rekindled with such reclaimed images…..

Lets make more memories this New Year…..  and

Please Remember ….

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

* Just as a footnote.  The saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing may well be true in todays era of Gortex and the like.  In 1961 we were still reliant upon the Army Surplus Stores for our gear.   

3rd January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Flippant Friday…..Keep it Simple


The Bistro Courtyard may have been rustic…….  the menu short and simple…

But the food was deliciously good and fresh from the sea.

Just a memory of a relaxing summer’s day on the East Coast of Scotland,

Travel again restricted and we are urged to be cautious…. so. as always….

Please Remember ….

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

3rd December

(C) David Oakes 2021