An English Garden…..


Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire

Well worth exploring.  Village, Gardens, Lake and Arboretum, if you haven’t visited  it is somewhere to add to your to do list. A destination for after all the current restrictions have been lifted and we all feel comfortable about travel and exploring  freely once again.

Till then……

Please Remember ….

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

4th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday…..So Off to Church


The church of Saint John in the village of Horningsham, Wiltshire on the edge of the Longleat Estate and adjacent to the appropriately named Heavens Gate.

Saint John’s is the idyllic English Church, set on a hill overlooking a very peaceful rural scene that has changed little since the church was built in the 12th century. Like most churches of its age it has passed thru phases of renovation, modification, extension and rebuilding, the last rebuild being in 1843.

20th August

(C) David Oakes 2017


It is Not Stonehenge


They do say that imitation is the best form of flattery …….and I guess that there are several similarities between this Sculptural installation and the mighty Neolithic Stonehenge.  Both stone circles can be found in Wiltshire and the one above is not that many miles away from the original, but it is there that the  similarity ends.

Not to say that the above Circle is not either attractive or important.  This installation can be found at the appropriately named Heavens Gate overlooking Longleat House and Park with its expansive views over Wiltshire.  Over the generations the various Marquise of Bath, who’s home is Longleat, have aspired to add something of value to the estate… leave their own mark so to speak…… and this is one of the most recent additions.  It consists of a number of standing stone pillars guarding a centre piece of a Slate circle.

Much as I admire this sculpture in its unique and magnificent setting, I cannot see it standing for as many millennia as Stonehenge….in fact I suspect Stonehenge will still be standing proud when its modern equivalent is long gone.

17th March

(C) David Oakes 2016