Tie a Yellow Ribbon….. etc,etc


Tie a Yellow Ribbon round the Old Oak Tree……

Tie a Yellow Ribbon round the Old Oak Tree….. well we all know the significance of that. BUT….not sure what the significance of a Red Ribbon, tied round a young Oak Tree is all about ?

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2019


Moody Monday…… Cold and Blue!

Blue Door

It is colder outside than we ‘enjoyed’ all winter…… and this Monday Morning it also very grey….. so don’t blame me for feeling moody and blue.

It is rather ridiculous being so unseasonably cold, when the forecast for the Easter weekend to come is 21c…. very hard to believe.

15th April

(C) David Oakes 2019

Aptly Named…..



Thimble Hall, Youlgreave, Derbyshire

Aptly named ‘Thimble Hall’ a minute cottage in the Derbyshire village of Youlgreave.  This style of housing was once common from the mid 1700 thru 1800’s and was know as a ‘Two Up and Two Down’.

With the pressure on the scarcity of affordable housing here in the UK, I do wonder when we will go back to these old ideas….?!

Mind you Vagabonds are not that welcome as the sign from 1824 indicates


12th February

(C) David Oakes 2019