Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge – 2016.. Week 9

Its on the Wall

I’ll have the Dressed Crab….

Another of those images I refer to as filler pics….extra images to add extra character to travel features….on there own they fall under the ODD Ball umbrella, in a collection they become important.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 9

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29th February

(C) David Oakes 2016


Seasonal Change Over

Yesterday would normally have been the last day of February….but as we know this year it is a leap year so today is a Bonus Day. But as the sun shone so brightly and there was no hint of any bad weather Sunday was also to be a Bonus Day…..and we headed for the Moors….


Stanton Moor, Birchover, Derbyshire

As to be expected it was a cold day for the moors and even with plenty of bright sunshine a brisk pace was needed to keep warm.  It seems strange to say this but winter officially finishes today and the new metrological Spring starts tomorrow.  They also report that winter 2015/16 has been both the wettest but warmest on record.

Certainly on the moors there is still some colour remaining and even new shoots of heather and bracken starting to show…..I guess the lack of frost and more importantly snow has ensured that the moors have escaped so lightly. The Birch are starting to throw out there red shoots of new growth that will soon be leaf but for now the moors remain rather bare….

In the centre of the Moor there is a ritual megalithic site of some importance….


The Nine Ladies Stone Circle…

Standing adjacent to the Nine Ladies is a Clootie Tree.  Not sure where the idea came from not am I sure I like what has become a tradition.  Here the Clootie Tree is usually adorned with strips of material and other decorations mostly hand made from natural materials….the decoration being added as part of the Winter and Summer Solstice celebrations at the circle.   I know of other Clootie Trees all attached to ‘special’ places but they tend to be decorated throughout the year.  DOI_7417-bb

As with most ritual stone circles there is also a so called processional route leading into the Nine Ladies.  Here there is a single stone marking the start of the route and one single stone with the rather grand name of The King Stone


So all in all an invigorating bonus day and not a bad end to February.  I am not sure I will say hello to Spring just yet as I fear that Winter may well have a sting to her tail.

29th February

(C) David Oakes 2016

Sunday Reflections….


Reflections of the Narrowboat Rocket early on a calm February morning as it passes through Sydney Gardens that straddle the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath, Somerset.

I also was in a reflective mood and took a look back to images from 8 years ago and this was the first to surface.

It was also a ‘reflection’ of a cold day, there had been frost but no ice and only Nb Rocket was moving.  We were on the canal to review this refurbished tug for one of the Canal Boat Magazines. Whilst the exterior is a compliment to the owner for all his hard restoration work the interior was also a tribute to his joinery skills in crafting a superb cosy and comfortable boat on which to live.

A great day to be out and about and a day to Reflect on times gone by.

28th February

(C) David Oakes 2016