DP Weekly Photo Challenge – SWEET


The Old Sweet Shop, Southwell

Take your pick of ‘Old Fashioned Sweets’ in this very special little Sweet Shop.  I bet that over many generations children have spent a good deal of their pocket money here….and no doubt a good number of BIG KIDS that we call adults have also enjoyed a sweet treat.

My suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge – Sweet

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15th February

(C) David Oakes 2018


Moody Monday……

Moody Blue

Moody Blue for a Moody Monday

I realise that we Brits have a reputation of moaning about the weather…and if not moaning at least  ‘discussing’ the weather. So continuing that tradition I make no excuse for reporting todays weather, after a mixed and windy weekend, it is wet, very wet. The good news is that we are currently enjoying record high January temperatures, yesterday it was 13c.  and right now 10c.  The better news is that by late afternoon we will have clear skies…..The bad news is that temperatures will drop to 1c maybe lower.

For me it isn’t that fact that we have a wet spell or a snowy spell, gales or heatwaves it is more a case of the change in weather cycles over the seasons.  I miss the time when you could predicted the start of spring, summer and autumn and as for winter is was predictable…you knew to a degree what to expect.

Just looking in our garden and on our woodlands walks you can detect that the plants are just as confused. New growth on many plants and trees waking up far too early brought on by mild temperatures, then struggling to survive either flood or frost.

Forecasts seem much more detailed than ever yet the reality is still hit and miss…as my mum used to say “we just have to wait and see”

The only sure fact is that on sunny days folk go about with a smile…..on grey wet days   look rather glum at the best.

Of course whilst inner feelings may change, that morning greeting will still no doubt centre around a comment on the weather!

29th January

(C) David Oakes 2018

WP Weekly Photo Challenge….Transformation

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Fishermens Huts, Lindisfarne

Ultimate re-cycling…

A favourite image of a favourite location.  When some old wooden Fishing Boats can no longer go to sea…you simply upturn them , make a door and you transform them into Fishermen’s sheds.

These old boats are at Lindisfarne on Holy Island, Northumberland.

The ultimate recycling transformation and my suggestion for this weeks WP Photo Challenge.

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23rd November

(C) David Oakes 2017

One Could Say that Autumn has arrived…. but very slowly


Mixed Autumnal Colours beneath the Beech

I think we have made mention on numerous occasions that the seasonal weather pattern has not followed  the prescribed time table. Add to that months of above average temperatures and others of exceptional rains and I am not sure if the trees and plants know if they are coming or going.


November 9th and the trees are still pretty full of leaf.  The Silver Birch, usually the first to drop is this year providing weeks of its unique golden colours, showing little signs of dropping.  The Beech, whilst loosing some leaves still have canopy thick enough to cast long shadows.  Oak Trees have yet to turn brown, Sycamore are pale yellow, whilst the only trees to play the seasonal ball have been Chestnuts and the Ash.

Overall it is still very green….and I have that feeling that the real autumnal colours may well elude us this year.

As to the weather itself…it would now seem as if we have one brilliant day followed by dull damp and cold just like November is supposed to be. So being a bright sunny day here is a potpourri of today in the woods….


9th November

(C) David Oakes 2017