Memories……of far off sunny summer days



Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

I do appreciate that many followers of my blog live in a very  different climate to those of us in the UK.  But I still think that you will appreciate the need, after so much dull dark and damp weather, to both reflect back to those warm summer days and to look forward to  many more to come in the summer months ahead.

Not that I am wishing time away, that is unforgivable……we have all the joys of spring to come….but even a ‘mental’ break from the darker times we are passing through is very welcome.

So I will just be content (for now) to imagine the sound of surf breaking along the shoreline, the smell of the salt on the breeze from the sea, the call of Gulls, that water that each footfall squeezes from the sand….and that warmth from the sun that eases away winters aches.

14th January

(C) David Oakes 20-18


The Weather is to change….


 The Harbour, Mevagissey, Cornwall

Our mini heatwave is coming to an end or so we are told.  So for a few days we are in for a wet spell, likely to be very heavy rains.

It is hoped that by the beginning of next week summer will return and with it lots of sunshine….. just like that over Mevagissey above. Memories 🙂

26th June

(C) David Oakes 2017

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage

via Photo Challenge: Heritage


Levant ‘Tin’ Mine, Pendeen, North Cornwall

Here in the UK we are blessed with a rich Heritage.  The country side and towns are littered with buildings from long before Stonehenge to modern times…every generation creating its own piece of history and leaving behind a footprint for those that follow.

I have to admit to having a preference for the architecture that has been left by the early industrialist.

Today Cornwall is perhaps best known as a holiday destination (and a great one at that) but in days gone by it was the centre of a mining industry.  Below the surface the land was rich in minerals, Lead, Arsenic, Coal, Fluorspar and China Clay… perhaps those familiar with the Poldark Saga will immediately think of Tin.

Levant Mine above was just one of many Tin Mines.  Dangerous places to work, rock falls, explosions, gasses and working in the dark with just a candle fixed to a felt ‘Hard Hat’.  The search for the elusive veins of mineral even so some mines extended their workings in long tunnels under the sea.

Levant Mine is now a Heritage Museum with a Beam Engine…well worth a visit but maybe like me you may just like to sit and take in the Heritage that is in the air, even today long after these mines were abandoned.

My suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge.  It is fun to see what other have suggested, click on this link :-

19th May

(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


Wordless Wednesday…..and Another Favourite Place


Location:- The rugged and once Industrial North Cornish Coastline… here at Levant Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall 

7th September

(C) David Oakes 2016