Once upon a Time we made Plans…….

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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……

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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

Reality and Fiction…. on The Shetlands

Lerwick... Jimmy Perez House

Followers of the TV Series, Shetland will instantly recognise this harbour side house as the ” Fictional Home of Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez “.  

Like all TV Detective and Murder series, you would have to wonder if, any one was left alive one on the Islands.

This little fantasy corner can be found just along from the harbour in Lerwick.  The Shetlands, and the capital Lerwick, have always made the most of their remote destination to attract visitors, its Natural Beauty, History and Wildlife make it a draw….  But who can blame them for making a great deal out of the series…..  even a Jimmy Perez Antique and Gift Shop, Tea Room, Bar and so on !

With or without this influence of television, the Shetlands are well worth a visit.

Please Remember ….

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

8th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place

Location: –   Early Morning overlooking Bergen, Norway.

Great memories….. and

Please Remember ….

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

7th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Memories of …… A Very Hot Day.

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The Mill Avon, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

I remember well…it was a very, very hot day, a scorching sun, the sort of sun that even with sunglasses on, you still screwed up your eyes.  So, this location was a great attraction.  Here at the Mill complex, which stands above the Weir, on the river named the Mill Avon, the sound of that falling water had a psychological cooling effect.

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Even on the relatively still waters above the weir, in the shadow of the Mill, the Mill pond  created a feeling of tranquillity and cool.

I have often been asked, “Is the Mill Avon the River Avon”.    Well it is and it isn’t.  Just north of Tewkesbury the River Avon flows south towards its merger with the River Severn. But just above the Town, this diversion was created to take waters to power several Mills on the edge of the Town…..  so the name Mill Avon was created.

Whatever you are creating or doing…

Please Remember ….

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

6th October

(C) David Oakes 2020