Flippant Friday…. Monkey & The Organ Grinder


Once upon a time…long before ‘piped music’ shattered the silence of our shops.  Long before phones and ear pieces providing endless music (if that is your style)…… there was the Organ Grinder.

A regular attraction on Victorian streets, a mini hand driven organ playing, what to us was,  a rather tinny tune.

Invariably we are told The Organ Grinder also had a Monkey sat on the Organ as an added draw. A novelty for adults as well as children

Apart from the so called entertainment value, it also spawned a phrase.  A Phrase that is still used at times today, when frustration kicks in, and one needs to speak to someone in authority….

” I want to speak to the Organ Grinder NOT the Monkey”

I think we have all experienced such moments….  though I have often thought it is rather disrespectful to many monkeys.

Just a thought for a Flippant Friday.

Whatever challenges you face today…..

Please Remember ….

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

17th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Dazzling Bright…….. All that Glitters is Gold


Gold is the colour for the Challenge…… and I have never seen gold so dominant as here in

The Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg

I suspect that it had just been subject to some restoration work, as the week following our visit it was to host an International World Leaders Conference

All I can add is that it was overpowering in its brightness


Just a suggestion for Jude’s Colour Gold Challenge.

Follow the link for details of the Challenge


No matter where your travels take you……

Please Remember ….

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

16th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…. To Infinity and Beyond


Yesterday evening I caught a glimpse of stars in our night sky.  Magical twinkles from afar…. yes, infinity and beyond.  It was a rare event, over the past week heavy cloud cover had removed any opportunity to see Natures Free Show.

It also triggered a memory of September 2 years ago.  Our travels had taken us to Norway, itself a fabulous trip. It was though, the very special treat of experiencing a display of  the Northern Lights that left the biggest impression.

  Dancing, swirling, constantly moving coloured waves of light. The display lasted for over 2 hours, then just vanished. I reckon,  those who live in those parts of this world where the Aurora Borealis regularly occur, have difficulty trying to describe this phenomena of Nature…. I find it next to impossible to describe.

It is though an experience, an experience that I will never ever forget…. and so very very different from our views of the Milk Way.

I mentioned this was September 2 years ago.  A fun packed, exciting and wonderful trip with friends.  Our only thought to the future was ‘where too next’.  Little did we expect what lay ahead.  Covid, hardship for many and a World that seemed to close down.  For many the issues of the past two years are starting to recede and some form of normal is returning.  But not for all and the dangers are still with us.

All this makes for me, this special moment in Norway, those Northern Lights, all the more precious. It was a privilege and something to cherish in my personal memory bank.

It also serves as a reminder that nothing is ever permanent, life like the Northern Lights is for ever changing.  Some change we can control, but I guess the majority of change is out of our hands.

So perhaps it is even more important to….

Remember ….

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

16th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Positive Swing…….


A humble Silver Birch, a blue sky and some cotton wool clouds.  Nothing special then ?

Weather has a big influence on our wellbeing, in old fashioned talk that means our mood, how we feel about the world in our immediate surrounds.

Last week started with a mini heatwave, yep temperatures reaching 30c.  Then the weather changed, since then the days have been dull, grey and often damp and sometimes really wet.  We might well have the right clothing for bad weather, so we are still able to get out and about…  but clothing doesn’t always lift the spirits.

But waking to sunshine this morning was a real treat…..   certainly lifted my spirits. 🙂

That humble Silver Birch looked rather special today.

The weather changes on a whim….. but whatever we do…

Please Remember ….

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

15th September

(C) David Oakes 2021