Silent Sunday….. Off to Church

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Good Morning Lisbon, Capital City of Portugal

Towering above  the Lisbon skyline, dwarfing all below, is the National Pantheon.  Originally, I understand, it was a 16th century Baroque style Church…..  but converted to become the resting place of Tombs for the Portuguese Greats.

A peaceful place to visit is such a busy City, a place to pause and ponder.

Wherever you are this Sunday…

Please Remember ….

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

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Winter Woodland…

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Even on a cold January morning… if you just add a touch of sunshine, the woodlands can still look majestic.  Maybe a little stark and lonely but maybe that just adds some mystery to the magic.

Please Remember ….

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

23rd January

(C) David Oakes 2021

More Sunshine….. Two consecutive days

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Yes, sunshine again.  Nor did it have any problems melting the overnight frost, not that we have had many frosts this year.   I don’t think that I was imagining it but the sun actually felt rather warming. Despite the warming  rays, the Lake still looked forbidding, dark and cold.  But no ice!

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Just in case this marvelous sunny start wasn’t going to last, we made an early start.  Maybe that is why there were so few folk sharing this sunny morning in our Park….. I think they missed the best of the day.  After all what could be better than a blue sky, long shadows and a bright sun.

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It was though still a surprise to feel some real warmth from the sun, not do I think that I am mistaken in thinking that the buds on the Birch have swollen.  Maybe Spring is not that far away…..   I am feeling optimistic despite the rather dire weather forecast for the coming weekend – it may only be a Blip!

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As always, whatever the weather and whatever you are able to enjoy…

Please Remember ….

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

22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday…… Sunny Bergen

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A very Early Dawn arrival in Bergen, Norway

Rain has dominated our thoughts, and to a degree our lives this winter.  Wetter than Bergen I guess.  I say that because Bergen has the reputation for rain.  Well that is what I am told every time we say we are heading for Bergen .

I reckon, I should get free transport to Bergen, and the freedom of the City.  As on numerous occasions we have had the most beautiful sunny weather…..never ever rain.

On the last visit we shared a sunny harbour side table for lunch, with a mother and her teenage daughter.  The mother explained, that she had a weak moment, and allowed her daughter to take the day off school…. as this day was summer! and this may well be the summer ration for the year.

Maybe I need to get back to Bergen

Please Remember ….

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

22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2021

It was Inevitable……. Floods

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After all the rains it was only to be expected that at some point the River Derwent would overflow.   Overnight, the waters crept over the river bank and started to engulf one of our local parks.

The Children’s Play area is definitely not to be used today.

The Park and the fields on the opposite bank have always been part of the Derwents flood plain…so I guess they are now doing exactly what they should.  Slowly but surely as the morning went along those waters were still rising…. and there are more waters heading our way  from higher in the Peak District.

I wonder just how much further the floods will encroach on the Park by tomorrow

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I guess we have been lucky in this corner of the middle England. There are places not that far from here that have suffered far worse than just a flooded park.  I can’t think of many things worse than having your home inundated by muddy flood waters.

Please Remember ….

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

21st  January

(C) David Oakes 2021