Silent Sunday…. So Off to Church


West Door, Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

These magnificent ruins stand proud on the headland towering above the Fishing Village of Whitby.  Founded in 657AD by Hild of Whitby a Christian Saint and credited with advancing the cause of Christianity across Yorkshire and surrounds.  Why here in such an exposed location, well maybe as this was earlier in time a Roman Site had something to do with it.

Whitby Abbey was originally a Christian Monastery but late became a Benedictine Abbey. Like so many religious establishments Whitby did not escape the destructions caused by King Henry VIII and his Dissolution of the Monasteries policies.

Despite only these dramatic ruins remaining, a visit still overpowers you with its size and detailed architecture.  It is a place to ponder on the skills of the builders, the rich colours of the stone, the resilience of the Brethren who once lived here and the cruel eviction in the Dissolutions.  You can still enjoy peace and tranquillity that exist today despite being one of Yorkshire most visited Tourist attractions.  No tour of Yorkshire is complete without a visit.



11th February

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Patterns

Shop Wall, Chapel Stile, Great Langdale, CumbriaPatterns in the Wall

Slate was used in the Cumbrian Lake District as the building material of choice.  Every wall is different…. each a uniquely different Pattern

My suggestion for this weeks Black& White Photo Challenge.

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9th February

(C) David Oakes 2018

Moody Monday……High and Dry


Good Hope…

The boat was once named ‘Good Hope’,  you can just about make out the faded wording on the wheelhouse.  But I guess all hope is now gone for this once majestic wooden Fleetwood Trawler which at one time plied its trade in the North Atlantic waters.

The rust marks on the wooden sides are rust stains from the nails. It has been retired as far as I know for well over 4o years (possibly very much longer) resting here on the Salt Marshes of the River Wyre.

Surprisingly despite high winds and at times exceptional high tides this empty shell remains in situ, unmoved and now a familiar part of this coastline.

I do know that at various times it has caught they eye of would be restorers, but in all cases that original enthusiasm soon runs out….but I guess as long as it remains as in-tacked, as it miraculously still is, there must be some Hope, Good or not remains to be seen.

5th February

(C) David Oakes 2018

Cees Fun Foto Challenge – V


The Victorian Pavilion undergoing renovation at Kew

V for Victorian….so I guess the Victorian Glass house, known as the Temperate House, located in the world famous Kew Botanical Gardens fits the bill.  Photographed at the start of an extensive restoration  programmethat will ensure the Pavilion will stand for another century or two. It is due to re-open in all its new glory sometime in 2018

Go and see what others have suggested for the topic of V  at this link :-     



17th January

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Corners

Holkham Hall

The Marble Hall, Holkham Hall, Norfolk

There are plenty of corners, curves and angles (and a few hidey holes) in the majestic Marble Hall.  It really is spectacular and a photo does little to show the true scale…..even a Grand Piano tucked away in one corner looks rather small.

Just thought that this would be a good submission for this weeks Black & White Photo Challenge – CORNERS

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Ban W Cee

12th January

(C) David Oakes 2018