A Saturday in Tallin…..


It was a very sunny Saturday in Tallin.

Apart from the sun and the fabulous architecture of this Estonian City, we also remember the full of fun atmosphere (though we were told that come the evening that fun could become, lets say, rather Boisterous)

It was on the ‘bucket list’ and I guess its worth adding in on the list again.

Wherever you are ….. and whatever your plans….

Please Remember ….

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

16th October

(C) David Oakes 2021


Something I didn’t Miss……..


Late afternoon, Allestree, Derbyshire

During the Covid Pandemic and the imposed Restrictions, we all had to forgo a good deal of what we would recognise as a normal daily life.  Some changes  to life were obvious, others were unexpected, some good others not so good.

One change was immediate.  As soon as Lockdown and Travel bans came into force, our skies cleared as if by magic. Clear crystal blue, a blue I had only ever experienced in remote areas…..  the only interruptions would be natures addition of clouds, clouds that looked so much better for the clear background.

Not only that, the air smelt so clear.

Air traffic has increased by small steps, some essential flights but mainly cargo flights that had to continue. There was one short burst of passenger flights last summer when restrictions were prematurely eased. As infection rates once again rose they were quickly suspended.

Over the past few weeks travel has made a small re-start.  But this Monday, to all intents and purposes, restriction to travel virtually world wide were removed.

Monday was yesterday, and yesterday evening we had a blunt reminder of what we had missed.  A sky littered with vapour trails

Since then our skies have been littered with vapour trails. As the clouds had been slow moving those trails slowly rolled together, merged and formed their own cloud layer.

We cannot stop air travel, but in todays environmental climate maybe we should  reflect on the amount and its impact on the globe

The Sky looks dramatic……. but!


Covid is still with us and in todays climate we still need to….

Please Remember ….

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

12th October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday…. Off to Church (Well actually a Russian Cathedral)


The Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan

No excuses for revisiting this rather lavish Cathedral located on the gulf of Finland at Zelenogorsk.  This rich interior of the Russian Orthodox Church, sits beneath traditional Onion Domes, in a stark white building all surrounded by woodland..

I was surprise to discover it was only built in 1915.  But also surprised that it managed to survive several wars and revolutions and much misuse….. thankfully it has some care lavished upon it since.


Seven Gold Crosses

I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday and not dreading Monday too much…whatever…

Please Remember ….

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

10th October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place


Location:- The Andalusian Coast and the Cabo De Gata National Park.  

If you are at your Favourite Place…. or hard at Work

Please Remember ….

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

6th October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday…….. Somewhere in ?


Somewhere on the Shetlands.

Moody it was…. a mix of sunshine, rain, clear blue skies, more rain, sunshine and even snow….. the wind did whip up the snow into quite a mini blizzard….. but this was the Shetlands in October and it soon vanished.

It all gives credence to that old Scottish Saying –  Just a wait a few minutes and the weather will change.

On this day it certainly did 🙂

Whatever your weather and no matter where you are this Monday….

Please Remember ….

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

4th October

(C) David Oakes 2021