Flippant Friday…. It is so easy these days!

Easter-Bonnet Web

Easter Bonnet’s

It is all too easy these days.. Gone are the days when youngsters would come home from school and announce that there was an Easter Bonnet Parade at school or competition at their Youth Group.  Maybe it was yourself being persuaded to enter the fun at your Dance Group or Choir.. whatever the reason there was a scrum around for a suitable hat and all the bits and pieces to decorate said hat.  It all required imagination and some creative ideas. Nor did it matter if some of the resulting Bonnets were let say a bit wonky , it all added to the fun of the event.

It is all too easy today…you just pop along to the local Craft Shop, buy the hat and a selection of decorative features…flash the cash and there you have it, job done.

 Not sure that is progress…. Everything to-day needs to be instant, probably less frustrating for some but not as much fun.  As for the kids does that really help their creative imaginations

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


DP Weekly Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be


I’d Rather be…A Boy Again, flying my Kite on the Beach,  not a care in the world (apart from perhaps…when is the next Ice Cream arriving?)

Just my idea for this weeks DP Photo Challenge.

 You can see what other have suggested on the link below.

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15th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

On the Moors….


Silver Birch on Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

After the vagaries and often harsh weather of the past week or so it was nice to waken to sunshine. It wasn’t an opportunity to be missed so we headed off to our favourite moor to stretch the legs and fill the lungs with real fresh air!

It remained sunny for most of our walk, at times bright blue at others a hazy cloud would dim the colours across the moors….one thing that hasn’t changed is a very icy wind from the east.  Not that we are complaining as we took the day for what it was…a bonus winters day.

There were one or two other folk out and about, all with big smiles on their faces, taking advantage of the very welcome break in the weather…what wasn’t there were the sheep, the pens empty and the moors bare, all taken in closer to home ready for the lambing season to begin.


The Cork Stone, Stanton Moor

Refreshed we head for home and wonder just what else the weather has in-store for us

15th March

(C) David Oakes 2018




Wordless Wednesday…Another Favourite Place



Location:- The Snowdon Horseshow from Llynnau Mymbyr, Capel Curig, North Wales

14th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


Off the Wall……

on the Wall

Street Trading in Bremen

As the air was rather ‘damp’ not the best of locations for high fashion!


(C) David Oakes 2018