Moody Monday….A Tough Life Being a Roman Soldier

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Hardknott Roman Fort, Cumbria

The top of Hardknott Pass in Cumbria is both a remote and for much of the year a very bleak place. So I guess not much fun for those Roman Soldiers billeted to outpost to maintain the Roman Empires hold over the Brits….. and very different from the Mediterranean climate they were so far from.

Remote as it was the Fort was large by Roman standards, so must have had seriously important security  issues for the Regiment to enforce. The Fort stands at some 280feet above sea level  and on a mountainous West to East Roman Road.

Monday or not…I guess there were a more than a few moody soldiers around.

9th April

(C) David Oakes 2018

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March 1st…..but not yet Spring. BUT it is Saint David’s Day

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Llyn Padarn looking towards Yr Wyddfa

Snowdonia, North Wales

March 1st, a new month and for the Meteorological Office its is the first day of Spring. With snow cover much of the UK, I guess many will share my view that Spring doesn’t start till the Equinox on March 20th.

What isn’t disputed is that March the 1st is Saint David’s Day.

Today marks the death of the Patron Saint of Wales on this day in 589AD.

So to mark this special day for all Welsh people where ever they may live, here is a bouquet of Daffodils…. the National Flower of Wales

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A Bowl of Welsh Gold

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1st March

(C) David Oakes 2018

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Houses

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Poplar Row, Darley Abbey, Derbyshire

Much sort after property with big price tags…that may be the case today but these terraced houses and there neighbours had a very humble beginning.

They were built for Mill Workers in the nearby Mill Darley Cotton Mill complex.  The mill dates back to the 1700’s and the houses above are just some of about 130 houses of various sizes and style built by the mill owners, the Evans Family. Over about 50 years they built in effect a factory village complete with school and the usual village amenities.

Look at the top floor and the row of windows…shorter than the lower floors.  Invariably in these workers houses that top floor was one long work room, often for weaving and spinning.

Not all the houses were as large and that variety adds some extra charm to the village. But the majority are in the terrace style…

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Darley Mills, like most of the mills of that era required a guaranteed supply source of water. Darley Mills is just one mill complex built alongside Derbyshire’s River Derwent. Darley Mills is part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.

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Darley Mills and the River Derwent, Derby

World Heritage status has attracted many visitors but don’t rush to explore the interior.  Darley Mills has not been a working mill for many years and has had a reincarnation as a business complex for many smaller companies. There is a Restaurant and a Wedding Venue but otherwise todays businesses range from Insurance Companies, Martial Arts Studios, Tool and Pattern Makers and Motor Engineering specialist.

I hope you like my suggestion for this weeks B&W Photo Challenge.

Ban W Cee

You can see what others have suggested on this link:-

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/12/07/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-houses-2/

8th December

(C) David Oakes 2017

WP Weekly Photo Challenge…… Peek

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 Peep Hole

A very solid Oak door designed to keep out intruders…… an Iron Spy hole allows visitors to be safely vetted by taking a ‘Peek’

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Just a suggestion for this weeks WP Photo Challenge – Peek.

You can see what others have suggested on this link :-  https://angelafurtadophotography.com/2017/11/02/weekly-photo-challenge-peek/

The Doorway above is at Vale Crucis Abbey, Wales

2nd November

(C) David Oakes 2017

Silent Sunday….a Time to Relax

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Sunday for many of us is a time to relax and put our feet up (well maybe not everyone and maybe not every weekend).  As the weather forecast for today is not that promising I guess a pot of coffee, some relaxing music on the CD player and a good book may just be the solution.

Sadly my Library of books is not as old, interesting and lavish as the Family Library at Alnwick Castle….  Oh for the chance to explore these shelves.

3rd September

(C) David Oakes 2017