Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge…Week 38


Waiting for the Milk Train…

Once upon a time this was a regular sight at country stations….Milk Churns waiting for collection by the early morning Milk Train.  Of course the Milk Train carried much more than just milk and apart from passengers it was the vital supply route for fresh produce across and up and down the country…..for many a year the Railways were the super highway of the times.

Just another idea for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge.

Other submissions can be found here:- 


Odd Ball

25th September

(C) David Oakes 2016

Sunday….So Off to Church


Old Saint Boniface Church, Bonchurch

On the South East Coast of the Isle of Wight is the village of Bonchurch. Now very much an extension of the town of  Ventnor, Bonchurch has a history going back to the beginning of mankind. Traces of prehistoric activity and Stone Age settlements have been found, nor did the Romans overlook the area.

The most lasting historic association is that of Saint Boniface. It is in the 8th century that mention of his arrival from across the seas to the area is made.  He must have built up quite a following for in the 9th century a wooden building was dedicated to his name.

I understand that it was on this same site that the stone church, now known as Old Saint Boniface Church  was built in the 11th century.

 The church, one of the smallest I have visited, consists of a simple Nave and Chancel and it this part of the church that is attributed to the 11th century.

A Bell Cote and Bell were added in the 16th century and finally a South Porch Doorway in the 19th century.

It must have formed an important part of the community of Bonchurch as the church was used until a larger New Saint Boniface Church was opened in 1848. After the New church was opened there was talk of demolishing the Old Saint Boniface…. thankfully common sense prevailed and despite lack of electricity occasional Services are still held in this quintessential Old English Church.


The South Porch and Bell Cote, Old Saint Boniface Church

25th September

(C) David Oakes 2016

Next Sunday we will visit somewhere very different…so don’t forget to click on.

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Quest


Quest  ….. A Unique Opportunity

A few years ago my Grandson Martin and I were invited to attend a rather unique event.  It was a Vintage Steam Boat Rally.  All the boats were replicas of larger craft and mostly built by the very proud owners.

Much to Martin’s surprise, Ian Cross the builder of this luxurious and very special Open Canadian Canoe with steam engine amidships, invited him to be skipper for the day.

So without hesitation and after a quick instructional,  Martin set of in flotilla convoy with about a dozen other Steam craft.



Martin has now progressed to faster forms of transport and is very much at home lashing arround a race track burning up petrol in a high powered car.

But we still enjoy reflecting on an equally exciting day, travelling at a much more graceful pace, stoking up a steam engine with another form of fossil fuel….coal.

A personal Quest and one for this Weeks Daily Post Photo Challenge.

See what others have achieved on:- https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/quest/

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2016

An Indian Equinox ……


Allestree Lake….

I think this is what is called an Indian Summer….the Autumn Equinox has just past yet we are still enjoying what by any standards is a  great spell of summer weather.  True, this morning did start with temperatures of 9c (that felt cold) but soon rose to a warm 19/20c……not bad for late September.

New life is still making the most of this warm spell to gather its strength for the winter ahead…


A young Black Headed Gull appears to stand guard over two young Coot’s and an even younger Moorhen…..there are even some more ducklings on the lake.

The Ash Tree in the Meadow is still in full and healthy leaf..


The Ash is for me an ‘indicator’ Tree.  The old Spring saying of “Ash before Oak and we are in for a Soak – Oak before the Ash we are in for a Splash” does seem to have some credability.  But one thing is much more of a certainty…the Ash will be the first to shed all its leaves and usually overnight!  As yet it still suggests summer is with us.

Talking of trees with a fine head of leaf, our venerable Furlong Oak, although weather beaten having endured many winters and rather skeleton like, is still able to sport a trim haircut. A future replacement is already challenging for honours…


Why Furlong Oak ? Well thats my name for the veteran. On old maps this tree is marked in one of a network of fields, this field was named Oak Furlong Meadow…simple!

Fruits are well formed on Cornus (both the Red and Green Cornus) and Hawthorn, whilst Rosebay Willowherb have turned to seed and the Balsam now wilting, yet still supply insects with nectar..

Warm and settled it appears but casting an eye across the wild meadow to the woodland beyond and you can clearly see that some hints of autumn’s colours are starting to form


The weather and seasons will have their own final say as to when the real change will occur.  Meantime I am fully enjoying this Indian Summer style Equinox

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2016