Silent Sunday……. A Sacred Place for Many


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Castlerigg Stone Circle above Keswick, Cumbria

Although some today cast doubt on its reason for being constructed in this location and its purpose, it is accepted as being an early Megalithic construction.

Most widely help believes are that it was an important Druid place of worship. Maybe its alignment to catch both the summer and winter solstice’s is the best clue.

The other indisputable fact is that it is superbly located….. nestling on a high(ish) plateau amongst the even higher Cumbrian Fells.

A  very popular well visited spot by Tourists throughout the year, solstice or not, and who can blame them it just a magical place.


16th December

(C) David Oakes 2018


Red Sky in the Morning Shepherds Warning…..


I guess many of us can recite the old rhyme about Red Sky. A warning of bad weather or maybe good weather and depending upon what you had been taught it was either a Sailor or Shepherd to whom the advice was addressed.

The morning broke with a sky on fire so best watch out…and even the weather forecaster are predicting some inclement weather ahead.  Thankfully by the time I wrote this late afternoon that forecast and prediction hadn’t come about…just another glorious December day…one that perhaps did indicate that winters is here.

The sky eventually turned to blue with a frost on the ground (only a touch of frost) and a misty horizon…


The now bare fronds of the Silver Birch wafted in the northerly breeze


A breeze that did little to move the mighty Oak

But we headed for our favourite stand of ‘bent’ Beech trees.

Once planted many, many years ago to form a boundary hedge, a hedge that estate workers started to ‘lay’ by bending and cropping the young trees and for some reason abandon.  Being left to there own devices the Beech has reverted to norm and reached up to the sky….the only clue to there past being the bent trunks at the base.



Not a bad day for mid December a day that still feels more autumnal than winter

15th December

(C) David Oakes 2018

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Rocks, Boulders, Stones

Disc One

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye 

 Stones,  Boulders and Rocks

Stones, Boulders and Rocks…… underneath the grass, sands and woodlands there will be the foundations of our earth.

So in my selection for this weeks Cee’s Black and White Challenge I take you to Rocks and Boulders from the Coast, to high Moorland and the Valley in-between


The Cascades, Padley Gorge, Derbyshire


Mother Cap, Hathersage Moor, Derbyshire

I hope you like my choice…but go to Cees Blog to see and learn more about the challenge

 The Link is here:-


14th December

(C) David Oakes 2018