Before the days of Costco & the Supermarket…….


A Medieval Dove Cote at Naunton, The Cotswolds

Long before the days of Supermarkets or even local shops one of the few places you could get fresh meat was the Dove Cote.  Just about every farm, Abbey and Estate House had their own, some villages had a communal Dove Cote.  Doves or Pigeons…what ever made their nest within were on the menu.

31st March

(C) David Oakes 2017


The Ultimate in Recycling…..


I can never resist these old Fisherman’s shacks….no doubt they have seen many centuries come and go, beaten by winters weathers and snow, bleached by summers sun.  They may have crumbled at times but always someone comes and patches them up.  Onetime they would have had a heather thatch roof, then corrugated iron, now miraculously held together by rust. Doors have been replaced but the stone walls remain solid.

I stated these were fisherman’s shacks but  at some point in there history no doubt crofters have pressed them into use.

Location:- Corran at Arnisdale, Loch Hourn, Knoydart, North West Scotland

30th March

(C) David Oakes 2017

Wordless Wednesday – Another Favourite Place


The Final Headland….

LOCATION:- The symbolic headland at the tip of Cornwall known as Lands End

29th March                                                 David Oakes

(C) David Oakes 2017

That Time of Year….


Mists and Willow, Derbyshire

Spring has arrived, OK a slow start……but the warmth of the past few days together with all the moisture in the ground and you get the perfect conditions on a cold early morning for a little mist.  Add to that the new leaves on the weeping willows and you have all the making of a great new day.

28th March

(C) David Oakes 2017

Another Early Spring Morning……Over the Salt Marsh


Skippool Creek and Salt Marshes. Lancashire

When the sun wakes up red it adds another dimension to the early morning light over the lonely Salt Marshes…..but it did little to warm the day, icy wind from Iceland soon wraps itself around you.

Lapwings, Curlew, Dunlin and Sandpipers the only sound.

27th March

(C) David Oakes 2017