A Robin (or two) for Christmas..


Robins have been associated with Christmas Greeting since the Victorians created Christmas Cards. 

Here are two Victorian Cards from my small collection



Both cards were published by Raphael Tuck & Sons.  Based in London they also had  Bavarian Print Works and a wide European connection . 

The top card is the oldest dated to about 1885,  the second more ornate production dates to about 1910 and now showing signs of its age.

But here in the Spirit of the Season is a Christmas Robin .. Just For You

Robin Let there be Peace - Copy

24th December

(C) David Oakes 2018



Almeria….Spanish with a Moroccan Flavour


Ancient and modern in both architecture and culture.  North Africa mixes well here in a truly Spanish style.


The City is dominated by the ruins of the Cathedral Fortress, Alcazaba built as a defence against Barbary Pirate Raids (sadly it was barricaded off for our visit to allow Filming of Wonder Woman!) but still an impressive statement about Almeria.

Almeria is truly a city that has embraced modern culture yet has retained its historical past. A Spanish Beach resort blends into a vibrant Commercial City that has retained all the essential elements of its culture, a culture that has been influenced by all religions and peoples from across Europe, North Africa and further afield. Busy, yet relaxed in approach… a welcoming City. So lets take a tour….

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A spotless City where even the graffiti  is smart…

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1st October

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Winters Scene…..or two


I guess this could be a typical country scene across many parts of the UK today and over the coming week. This image is on one of the Victorian Greetings Cards in my collection.

In a recent (long put-off) sort out of files and the image archives, I also came across the image below….also a February shot.  Taken about 28 years ago on 35mm Fujichrome which I digitally scanned a few years later when we switched from film to digital imaging.  If I can dig out the traini I will try another scan on todays scanners which I am sure will produce better results….but meantime here we are

Skiddaw & Derwentwater, Cumbria

Skiddaw and Derwent Water, Cumbria 

27th February

(C) David Oakes 2018