Hyacinth Time….


On dull damp days it is nice to have a flavour and aroma of the Spring to come.  A Hyacinth on the coffee table works wonders.

22nd January

(C) David Oakes 2019


Moody ….. Sorry Blue Monday

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Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Today has been dubbed by the media as Blue Monday….. seemingly apart from usually being cold, sometimes frosty and on occasions snowy, it would appear that it is more to do with the human frailties.  It is about now that our resolve to maintain those New Year Resolutions fails…..or may be common sense kicks in and recognise we are only human.

Talking of human’s, the Nine Ladies Stone Circle is now more often than not a deserted spot, yet there was a time when these moors where home to many.  The stones are Bronze Age, around 3000BC, so I guess on a January Monday, those hardy inhabitants must have been rather Blue!

I can also feel rather smug… My Resolution was NOT to make any New Year Resolutions, So I can safely say that   “I haven’t broken any”. 

21st January

(C) David Oakes 2019

Silent Sunday….so Off to Church


Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

High above the North Sea, on what is known as the East Cliffs, are the magnificent ruins of Whitby Abbey.   Its foundation date back to the 7th century and was an important Christian strong hold in Yorkshire and the North of England. It late became a Benedictine Abbey.  Like just about all other monasteries across the UK, Whitby was confiscated and destroyed by order of King Henry VIII under his Dissolution of Monasteries act of 1536.

Today these ruins have lost none of the drama that the original will have created, you are still overwhelmed by size and craftsmanship of the Abbey…..they continue to exude a spiritual feel and are rather magical.

No doubt the size and prominence above the North Sea acts as welcome landmark for sailors today as it must have done over the past 1400 years.

It is possibly no surprise that it is also one of my Favourite Places 🙂

20th January

(C) David Oakes 2019