Silent Sunday….. A Church and a Verse


Saint Oswald’s Church, Grasmere, Cumbria

Saint Oswald’s is the village Church of Grasmere, in the centre of the English Lake District.  The Church has been at the heart of the village since the 14th century…. it is suggested that it was built on an even earlier religious location dating back to 642ad.

The Village church is often associated with the Lakeland Poet William Wordsworth.  Wordsworth made his home here in Grasmere, at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.  There is a Memorial Headstone in the Graveyard to Wordsworth and various Family members buried here at St. Oswald’s.

Wordsworth as a Poet, is more often than not, associated with that oft quoted Lakeland Poem about Daffodils…..   ” I wandered Lonely as a Cloud“…   A reflection of Spring in the Lakes. 

Wordsworth was a prolific Poet and Writer, but his words are not often associated with Christmas.  As it is Christmas I thought it would be timely to share this Seasonal Poem.



  William Wordsworth

It may well be the Season of Good Cheer, but this year it is also important to 

Please Remember ….

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

20th December

(C) David Oakes 2020


A Robin (or two) for Christmas..


Robins have been associated with Christmas Greeting since the Victorians created Christmas Cards. 

Here are two Victorian Cards from my small collection



Both cards were published by Raphael Tuck & Sons.  Based in London they also had  Bavarian Print Works and a wide European connection . 

The top card is the oldest dated to about 1885,  the second more ornate production dates to about 1910 and now showing signs of its age.

But here in the Spirit of the Season is a Christmas Robin .. Just For You

Robin Let there be Peace - Copy

24th December

(C) David Oakes 2018


A Christmas Wish……

Robin Let there be Peace - Copy

Seasons Greetings to Everyone

And is it too much to hope that Peace throughout the World could be created by our political leaders. Nor is it a new plea as this Victorian Christmas Card graphically illustrates


25th December

(C) David Oakes 2017.   Victorian card from The David Oakes – Images Collection

The Long Christmas Weekend Arrives….


We have a saying “That Where Ever You Hang Your Hat….is Home”

And home is where, if at all possible you should be….your own home or the Family home no matter.

As for a welcome maybe these cushions at the local garden centre could have the key to a warm welcome….


Then of course gather round the Christmas Tree..


Best get on with all those preparations for the Festive Days.

23rd December

(C) David Oakes 2017