DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Structure


Shadows on the Wall…..

Built I guess in the 1700’s this is a tribute to the bricklayers craft that it is still very much intact.  Wooden beam over the lower doorway, uneven steps whilst flaking paintwork on the upper door and shutters add to the detail of the structure…even the shadows from a late evening sun add another dimension.

Just my take on this weeks DP Photo Challenge – Structure….I hope you like

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31st August

(C) David Oakes 2017


Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Corner

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

A Grand Entrance is Just around the Corner

Twists and turns create a sweeping corner to reach a grand entrance.

Just an idea for this Weeks Photo Challenge on Corners

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23rd August

(C) David Oakes 2017

Sorry……… a slow responce


Sorry…..Please excuse

We have been away, I am trying to catch up both with posting and reading.  Trouble is you are all so prolific that is seems to be taking an age to play catch up.  I often comment but mostly press the “like” button to show that I have read, viewed and enjoyed your blogs….. so please excuse me if I have missed you in the catch up process. It is possibly slower than the old postal service!

BUT…..I am getting there.

7th August

(C) David Oakes 2017

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge

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A Bridge over the River Wye, Derbyshire

Just like the bridge below it is just wide enough for a horse to cross.  The one above is rather smart, as it should be, being one of the entrances to large Country Hall.

The one below is over the River Bradford, just a few miles away and typical of many “Packhorse or Clapper” bridges.  Constructed of simple slabs of stone on stubby plinths.  These bridges were constructed on purely practical need, this one forms part of a Lead miners track.

Both beautiful in there own right

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

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8th July

(C) David Oakes 2017




Sunny… once again


The Walled Gardens of Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Saturday dawned with clear skies and lots of blistering sunshine, after this weeks rains it was a very welcome change. Saturday was also the 1st of July, a new month and yes, more than half way through the year.

Being a perfect summers day we headed off to enjoy and explore the Walled Gardens of Calke Abbey.  Located in the grounds of this once important family home, the gardens form just one part of what was a very productive estate…..perhaps as near totally self sufficient as one could get.

So join us on a brief tour of the Walled Gardens.  They are split into distinct parts. One formal floral layouts…layouts of bedding plants set out today in exactly the same designs that have been planted for well over 100 years.  The second part of the garden is the ‘working’ garden.  Vegetables and fruit, glass houses, Orangery, Bee Hives and of course the Potting Sheds. So here is a quick view to wet your appetite….


Onto the ‘Working Garden’

(Click any of the above for a larger image)

There is so much more about this Estate, so next Sunday we will take you on a tour of more of the buildings and surrounds…and as it is a Sunday will also take you to the Calke Family Church.

But now its time to relax a while and reflect…

1st July

(C) David Oakes 2017