Silent Sunday…… High and Dry

High and Dry Skippool Creek

High and Dry at Skippool Creek

With high winds and persistent rain outside… its nice to be high and dry inside.

17th March

(C) David Oakes 2019


Hellebore’s….. or Christmas Roses if you prefer


Hellebore Posy

I reckon that Hellebore’s are probably the best value winter plant for our garden, after lying low over the summer, they came into flower at the beginning of December and here we are in Mid- March and they are a mass of healthy flowers.

The backs of the petals are rather plain, but the inside is a mass of stamen carrying pollen.  The inside of the petals are either a bold colour or else a mass of coloured speckles…. all designed to attract passing Bees. Now before you say, but this is winter I can assure you that on any bright day we get active Bees seeking food to take back to their winter hive.


They may look delicate but with their slender but flexible stems they seem to endure the winds and rain quite well.

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2019

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Fences and Gates


A Gate to nowhere!…

Standing at nearly 10 foot tall this gate rally does go nowhere…. it is a Sculpture installation in an exhibition….. as you can imagine it created a great deal of comment and discussion.

In contrast here are three rather more conventional gates.  One a Church Lych Gate then a couple of farm gates, both rather lost in vegetation!

Farm gate.jpg

You can see what others have suggested on Cee’s link :-

Just a few ideas for this weeks challenge, I hope you enjoy.


15th March

(C) David Oakes 2019