Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Animals


Go On…..make my Day  !

Actually quite a placid boy….just in need of a visit to the hairdressers.

A suggestion for this weeks Cees B&W Photo Challenge.

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15th December

(C) David Oakes 2016



None too Sure…….Change again ?!!


Will WordPress be just another stone wall ?

All in all WORDPRESS provides a great service….and I also know we all jump when the familiar changes. It is also true that things progress, nothing stands still and change is inevitable.

But what I do find most irritating is logging on to find that the familiar has changed ….no advance warning, no explanation, nothing.

Change but please with some consultation…..seeking user views, prior to change, not after the event

Maybe for small changes we just shrug our shoulders and get on with it.

But today logging on to the Reader and the change is dramatic and to my mind a backward step.  The image selection is a random crop, apart from a headline there is no intro script.  Whilst it is true that that in the previous reader you only got a brief scrip extract, it was enough for the shorter editorial blogs…yet enough to either demand you open and read at once the longer blogs or bookmark for reading at your leisure.

PLEASE WordPress…Don’t be a Stone Wall, listen

Marks out of 10 for the new reader on my score is 2 out of 10.

15th December

(C) David Oakes 2016

A Change for the better….


After 5 days of cold rain,  fog and dark days that have never woken up we received a big surprise…….. clear(ish) blue skies and sunshine.  Even so the low sun could not reach into those dark shadow areas nor had it the intensity to add  much colour to the morning.

But after those wet days it was great to walk freely by the Lake and into the Woods unencumbered by soggy waterproofs. Even temperatures of 13c were very welcoming.

The rich and thick carpet of golden leaves shone even brighter with the moist sheen left by the rains….so that and many footfalls will soon turn the leaves to mulch and continue that cycle of woodland life….


15th December

(C) David Oakes 2016