The Ultimate in Recycling…..


I can never resist these old Fisherman’s shacks….no doubt they have seen many centuries come and go, beaten by winters weathers and snow, bleached by summers sun.  They may have crumbled at times but always someone comes and patches them up.  Onetime they would have had a heather thatch roof, then corrugated iron, now miraculously held together by rust. Doors have been replaced but the stone walls remain solid.

I stated these were fisherman’s shacks but  at some point in there history no doubt crofters have pressed them into use.

Location:- Corran at Arnisdale, Loch Hourn, Knoydart, North West Scotland

30th March

(C) David Oakes 2017

Silent Sunday…..Roofless but once a Cathedral

Disc One

Fortrose Cathedral, The Black Isle, Scotland

A once very  grand Scottish Cathedral stand roofless.  Its heyday’s were in the 13th Century and no doubt none of those who worked and worship there could foresee that Oliver Cromwell would arrive on the scene in the 17th century and begin to rob the cathedral of stone and roofing materials.

Located on the Black Isle above the Moray Firth, and although an empty shell, Fortrose Cathedral stands proud in the centre of this ancient town of the same name. Still a majestic building and well worth a visit.

26th March

(C) David Oakes 2017

Moody Monday….After the storms



Barns Ness Lighthouse, East Lothian, Scotland

After a weekend that started with a bleak outlook, had the occasional bright spell but otherwise stormy, Monday has arrived and no doubt with it a mixed week ahead.

Reminded me of an early Monday morning a few years ago on the East Coast of Scotland just south of Dunbar.  We had been hunkered down over a very wet and windy weekend, so waking early to low morning sunshine and a breathless wind I headed down to the shoreline below Barns Ness Lighthouse.  The clear blue sky above was only fringed by the receding storm clouds, the naturally red sandstone bathed even deeper red in the morning light.

The area is well worth a visit, Barns Ness is itself central to a Coastal Nature Reserve whilst nearby Dunbar (birthplace of John Muir, naturalist, explorer and writer) is a great Scottish Borders Fishing Village also worth exploring.

20th March

(C) David Oakes 2017