Many Never Came Home….



A Soldiers Room

So many never came home to their homes…….tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday when at the 11th Hour, on the 11th Day of the 11th Month, 1918, hostilities ceased.

Sadly we stumble on without learning the lessons of History

10th November

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Black & White Challenge – Drinks


Sherry Bodega, Jerez, Spain

Liquid Gold…in black barrels, covered in dust and kept cool in the shade of the Bodega. All this disguises the skill of the Master Winemaker a skill passed down over the centuries and as in this case by the same Byass family.

An idea for CEE’s B&W Challenge this week – Drink.  Here is the link to Cee’s Page:-


9th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

It has rained….at last


After the hottest summer on record, with only the very occasional light shower this autumn, at long last we have had some heavy and continuous rain.

Normally we complain about too much of the ‘wet stuff’ but our reservoirs are very very low. So with luck they are starting to refill. 

But they have a long way to go to reach the fill mark, as you can see from the image of Carsington Water, just a week ago today.  Look at the height of the dam wall on the horizon…and those stones in the foreground, they would be well underwater under normal conditions


9th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

And the sun shone thru….

Sycamore - Copy

Skeletons of Autumn..

Well the sun did break thru the clouds….only for brief moment or two, but enough to provide an X-ray view of this Sycamore Leaf.

Even in moments of decay Nature is rather wonderful 🙂


8th November

(C) David Oakes 2018




The Old Blacksmiths Bench

Long since abandoned but still a fascinating glimpse into the working life of past generations.

A simple array of tools that hides perhaps the skill of the Blacksmiths craft.

My suggestion for Cees Fun Foto Challenge topic of Tools.

Follow the link here:-


7th November

(C) David Oakes 2018