Moody Monday…. The Old Man


The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Not every Monday is Moody.…. put this particular Monday afternoon was rather more than just moody.  It was also a great example of how quickly the weather, over the West Coast of Scotland and most definitely over the Islands, can change so quickly.  The morning had been so full of promise.  But then again, if it hadn’t changed we wouldn’t have witnessed the drama over the Old Man.

At the start of another week….please

Remember ….

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

14th June

(C) David Oakes 2021


Moody Monday….. It might Rain


Borrowdale, Cumbria

The River Derwent flows through Borrowdale.  The backdrop is of the Borrowdale Fells and Castle Crag.

Significantly, nestling at the base of the Crags is the village of Grange…. reputedly the wettest place in England. I can certainly testify to a great many wet days tramping through the valley and across those fells.

It also brings back memories of regularly arriving back in Grange, soaking wet and with boots definitely muddy. Along with others equally as wet, we would arrive at the little Café in the middle of the village.  In those days it was run by an elderly lady called Miss Davis. Always a welcome for everyone… it also brings back memories of a very special aroma (no, not the wet soggy clothing) but of Toast and Baked Beans being cooked via Calor Gaz, a heady aromatic aroma.  Together with a mug of tea, it was a banquet fit for any King.

Some of those days where indeed moody, but always ended with a welcome, a laugh with strangers, and a warm feast.

We will make happy memories again, until then…

Please Remember ….

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

7th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday……. After The Rains


Castle Stalker, Argyll, Scotland

Today is the last day of May.  I know we should not wish time away, but thank goodness this month is at an end.  May has been the wettest May on record.

Bad weather can leave one a little down, if not depressed.  But wet days like the one we enjoyed in the shadow of Castle Stalker, can still manage to lift the spirits.  The tide at Loch Laich had fallen. As can often be the way, as the tide departs, it signals a change in the weather.  Storm clouds start to clear and just a little sunshine breaks through the mist.

We have high hopes for the new month of June….. not that we can do anything positive to change the weather we are given…. but we can still hope for better.

Whatever your hopes and aspirations for June…..

Please Remember ….

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

31st May

(C) David Oakes 2021



Moody Monday….. Could be a Wet Washing Day


Moody Monday, rain clouds threatening……  best get the washing in before that rain arrives.  If not, then you will have a dose of “Wash Day Blues” .

Rain does seem inevitable this spring. Nearly the end of May,  lets hope that summer will soon arrive,  bringing with it some more settled sunny weather.

Till then….

Please Remember ….

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

24th May

(C) David Oakes 2021




Moody Monday…. A Weather Change


The rain clouds rolled in.

We had just enjoyed a hot sunny visit to Helsinki… the weather couldn’t have been better.

Come the evening, as we left Helsinki and started to cross the Gulf of Finland, the clouds and rain rolled in. Not the best end to an otherwise great summer visit.  On the other hand you could say “great timing”.

An indeed it was a Monday!

Weather or mood, please….

Remember ….

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

17th May

(C) David Oakes 2021