The Lamp Room……. A sign of the Times

The Lamp Room

The Lamp Room….

There was a time when the Lamp Room was one of the most important rooms in our large Town and Country Houses.  The heart of those houses was debatably the Kitchens, but like all the other rooms, from Bedroom the Ballroom, Lounge to Library, Nursery to Games Room…. all needed light when the days became darker.  A light switch and electricity were not an option.

So, you can understand why the Lamp Room was so important.  In this room a member of staff was responsible for cleaning the lamps, trimming the wicks, filling with oil….and the distributing them as needed in the house.

Tonight, we have a change in TIME…….  24th October the last day under British Summer Time.  Tomorrow we are back to Greenwich Meantime.

As we gain on hour overnight, as we ‘put our clocks back’ by one hour….  you could say that time, for a short while, stands still.

So, remember to change your watch and also….

Please Remember ….

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

24th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday….. The Peace will soon be Shattered

Red-Stag-Grazing

A Red Stag looking in prime condition, and for the moment, peacefully grazing the vegetation.  He will also be rubbing his antlers on the branches to scent mark his territory.

I say peacefully,  this time next month, if not sooner, he will be tilting his head back (like above) and sending a dramatic roar across his territory.  The roar is known as Bolving, once heard never forgotten.  It is the seasonal sign that the rutting season is upon us.

 

Please Remember ….

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

14th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Before the Change…..

DERBYSHIRE

A Dry Stone Derbyshire Gritstone Wall, frames the view from above the Goyt Valley looking down the Errwood Reservoir.  Another week or so and the colour of the landscape will change becoming more autumnal in appearance.

As for that Dry Stone Wall, well it is in need of some care and attention.  But I guess we can forgive it for showing signs of wear and tear as it will have been there for several hundred years….. as for being ‘Dry’ that refers to its construction, no concrete or mortar, just the skilful placing of the local stones. As the weather here can be rather wet and harsh in this locality it certainly would have been far from dry on occasions 🙂 

Please Remember ….

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

10th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Noticeable Change….

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A day of mixed weather fortunes.   A very wet morning that appeared to offer little hope for the rest of the day.  But by afternoon the sun came out to play.  It also illuminated some of the early autumn colours….. the autumnal change may well be subtle at the moment but it is happening.

There as also a noticeably different feel to the Park.  As the school term has started, there were no children of any age around…. in fact the Park, by comparison to the recent weeks,  since lockdown was eased, seemed rather strange.  Just the occasional Dog Walker enjoying the free space to roam…

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Mid afternoon and the River Derwent looked quite inviting, all it needed was a rowing boat or two to complete what would be a perfect summer afternoon picture…

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I guess we can call this a bonus afternoon.

But as always…..

Please Remember ….

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

3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Relax……. nearly Time for Action

Herdwick-Ram

The Herdwick Ram …. A Handsome Fellow

Looking all relaxed and ready to go.   It will soon be time for the Ram to be let loose with the flock of Herdwick Sheep.  Herdwicks are a hardy mountain sheep, still the popular breed of choice in the Lake District.  Their thick fleeces give protection from all but the severest weathers.  Tough as they are, their faces for me show a softness of  character.

Please Remember ….

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

3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2020