Thoughtful Thursday…. Post Early for Christmas


December 2nd…. time to get those Christmas Cards written, messages added and those cards in the post.


The weekend is ahead so the ideal time to get writing….. and should you venture out then….

Please Remember ….

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

2nd December

(C) David Oakes 2021

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

Thoughtful Thursday….. Waste not Want Not


Waste not … Want Not

or maybe

Make do and Mend

Old Fishermen’s Bothies on the shore of Loch Hourn, Lochaber, North West Highlands of Scotland.

It is amazing what some old corrugated Iron and a few old doors can do.

Thoughtful Thursday and everyday……Please…

Remember ….

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

18th November

(C) David Oakes 2021



Thoughtful Thursday……. Lest we Forget


The 11th Hour… of the 11th Day… of the 11th Month

Armistice Day marking the end of hostilities of the First World War.

The plea then was that we should remember… lest we forget... the tragedy of war.


Sadly here in 2021 I fear we still haven’t learnt any lessons.

Today more than ever…

Please Remember ….

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

11th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday….. Small, but still beautiful


Some years ago we acquired what was described as a miniature Hosta. As all our other Hosta are the big blousy varieties we were intrigued and waited in surprise to see just how it developed.

Now I can neither tell you its common nor botanical name, but I can tell you that it spreads each year . It does need splitting to keep it surviving for another season.  Apart from that it does produce Purple florets at the top of very tiny stems.  Like all our Hosta’s they have a flowering season then die back to leaf.

This year like several other ‘one timers’ in the garden they have bucked the trend and after a mini dormant stage have flowered again…


November, just when many plants are heading for their winter slumbers, it is still wide awake.

You might expect the flowers to be a little weaker second time around, but not so.  They are a little different, a greater number of flower heads at the top of each stem, on a stem that is so much taller and so slim, fragile looking but very strong in the winds.

The pictures give you no clue as to the Hosta’s diminutive scale. The flower head above, from tip to the base of the lowest petal is 4cm.  the steam is 45cm high and ever so slim.  We have had no frost yet, so it colourfully lives on.

It certainly has been yet another season of strange happenings in the garden….  maybe just a one off or maybe yet another Climate Change indicator.

Just another reason to……

Remember ….

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

4th November

(C) David Oakes 2021