Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Sepia Only!

So Cee’s B&W Challenge this week is any subject…BUT SEPIA only

Easdale Lumig

Fisherman’s Huts on the shores of Loch Hourn,  Corran nr. Arnisdale, Lochaber, Scotland

These huts may look abandoned but they are not.  Miss-matched doors secure there contents (of which I know not what!).  Rusted tin roofs do there best to keep out the rain and surprisingly, as the weather is often  wild in this corner of Scotland, they remain in place. Not the most beautiful of buildings but intriguing and a little mysterious being far from anywhere,  rather out of place in what is an otherwise beautiful spot….a location I cannot help returning to if only to check that they are still standing, more or less intact!

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Cees B and W

25th February

(C) David Oakes 2016


Snowdrops and More…..

Snowdrops in an Historic Location….another Grand Day Out…


Hodsock Priory Gate House

Hodsock Priory, a Historic and very English House that has been part of the Nottinghamshire countryside for many centuries.  Kings have been entertained… Henry II, King John, Edward I and even the infamous Henry VIII.

The Gate House dates back to 1480 but most of the other buildings have been rebuilt, in Elizabethan style. Today it is the centre of a large and very busy Agricultural Estate.

But our visit is to the Woodlands that surround the House to view the spectacular display of Snowdrops..


Apart from the Snowdrops that cover the woodland floor they are only a part of this Winter Garden that create the setting for the Priory.  The more formal gardens are full of Hellebore’s, Crocus, Cyclamen, Daffodils, Scilla  and Aconites.

It may well be a cold February day but with the sun shining and the smell of blossom it was an ideal day to stroll through woods and garden, pausing occasionally to absorb this seasonal treat between winter and spring …so join us on a brief tour…

 The name Priory was only included in the name for Hodsock in the 19th century. There are records of a settlement on this site since the Bronze Age and with its links to the Countries ‘Power Makers’ over the centuries, Hodsock has to be regarded as an important House.


25th February

(C) David Oakes 2016