Thoughtful Thursday…… A Feathered Friend, just to Remind you


Just a gentle reminder… is the 25th of November.  Christmas is only one month away. This little fellow is all alone, his friends are off posing for Christmas Cards  🙂

And another reminder that whatever the date …..

Please Remember ….

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

25th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Forgive me for Mentioning it !


Early morning on November 1st  

The Halloween Pumpkins, Ghosts, Bats and Skeletons have been swept away for another year.   

As if by magic the Christmas decorations appear.  

But the the internet this morning was telling me we still have Black Friday to enjoy…. what fun 😦

No matter which way the Retail band wagon wants to sweep you…. Please..

Remember ….

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

1st November

(C) David Oakes 2021


A September Morning…….


September may only just have begun….. but those very early signs of Autumn’s approach are here.

Low early morning light, leaves loosing their green and becoming semi transparent, all say autumn is just around the corner.

No matter what is round your corner in this world….

Please Remember ….

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

7th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Tall Trees……..


” Everything on earth has its own time and its own season “

For the Larch Tree that has to be the end of autumn, when all the Larch Needles drop, and we are left with these tall sentinels.  

Many of you will have guessed over the years, that I do have an affinity with trees…..  and as each season changes and progresses my favourite trees come and go.  Right now it is the Larch.

Everything changes…. but the need for care in these troubled times must still be our priority, so…… 

Please Remember ….

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

26th November

(C) David Oakes 2020


Mix Up – Stir Up Sunday


By tradition, this Sunday, the last before Advent,  is know as Stir Up Sunday.  The day when the Christmas Plum Puddings and Christmas Cakes were mixed, steamed or baked.  Again by tradition the younger members of the family were encouraged to stir the mix and make a wish.  Not sure just how many folk continue with this Christmas custom.

What I can remember, is that my mother was rather dismissive of Stir Up Sunday…..  “Far Too Late  – one needs time, several months for the Puddings and Cakes, rich in Brandy, to mature”.  It was a principle that many of the older generation adhered to and many still do…. and I can vouch for the rich taste that patience provided. 

No matter when you Mix Up or Stir Up, the process and the baking always creates that special Christmas is Coming aroma.  Anticipation.

As always…..

Please Remember ….

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

22nd November

(C) David Oakes 2020