Cee’s Black 7 White Photo Challenge – OLD (2)


OK…I own up.  It is not a photograph that I have taken….but it is an image of me!

In fact it is the only picture that I have with my Grandma Sargen, in fact the only picture of me with any of my Grandparents.   The picture was taken in 1946 and it is also features my late sisters, Margaret (left) Anne (right) in our garden in Manchester.

I still think it qualifies for this weeks B&W Photo Challenge.

See what others have suggested on this link:-

https://ceenphotography.com/2018/04/12/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-objects-or-people-older-than-50-  years/  

and my earlier submission for the week:-



14th April

(C) David Oakes 2018


DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Smile (2)



Couldn’t resist adding this to this weeks DP Photo Challenge.  A proud but cautious smile from Grandson Ewan as he meets his new cousin for the first time, our Great Granddaughter Esmee.  Though I guess Esmee is just a touch unsure!

Just another suggestion for this weeks Smile

See other folks suggestions on this link

via Photo Challenge: Smile

5th April

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Week on…. The Spirit of Mothers Day Blooms a little longer


From the Florist at this time of the year… but equally as welcome in our home, bring a fragrance and a big splash of colour. Of all the blooms in the Mothers Day Bouquet the Lilly is the biggest and blousiest of them all.  A week on and still at there best.

18th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

Flippant Friday…. It is so easy these days!

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Easter Bonnet’s

It is all too easy these days.. Gone are the days when youngsters would come home from school and announce that there was an Easter Bonnet Parade at school or competition at their Youth Group.  Maybe it was yourself being persuaded to enter the fun at your Dance Group or Choir.. whatever the reason there was a scrum around for a suitable hat and all the bits and pieces to decorate said hat.  It all required imagination and some creative ideas. Nor did it matter if some of the resulting Bonnets were let say a bit wonky , it all added to the fun of the event.

It is all too easy today…you just pop along to the local Craft Shop, buy the hat and a selection of decorative features…flash the cash and there you have it, job done.

 Not sure that is progress…. Everything to-day needs to be instant, probably less frustrating for some but not as much fun.  As for the kids does that really help their creative imaginations

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Story

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Early Morning and time for a Family Outing

A success story for this pair of Swans.  Last year they added to their family and despite the dangers and threats of bringing up a family out in the wilds they have even succeeded in seeing them safely through winter months of harsh weather.

Despite everything they remain a tight family group and will do so for a little while longer….just until the young are old enough to find their own way in a wild world.

For me it is definitely a Success Story.

It is also my submission for this weeks DP Photo Challenge – Story

See what others have suggested on this link:- https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/story/

8th March

(C) David Oakes 2018