Books and Paper….Cees Fun Foto Challenge



As soon as I read the topic for this week Cees Fun Foto Challenge, Books and Paper,  I recalled walking into the Library and Map Room at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.

It was many years ago (in the pre digital age) yet I can recall the drama, the smell of old books and the wish that I could be left alone to run amok and explore this treasure trove.  I don’t know just how many books there are in the Library, and they are all real,  not false fronts,  it just has to run to thousands. But apart from the books and maps it is also a welcoming space in which to sit and read or just reflect….. as you have probably guessed I could have spent hour upon hour in this magical and historic space

As I  say it was many years ago, pre Hogwarts Days, but just looking at the image takes me straight back.

If you have an idea for this weeks topic, pop along to Cees Blog :-


12th September

(C) David Oakes 2019


Cees Fun Foto Challenge – Trees


I love the skeletons of winters trees…whilst they may be dormant (not dead.. just sleeping) they do give life to the bleak winter woodlands.

But I need to fast forward quite a few months to get to my favourite time for trees,  that of course is autumn.  We know it is near the end of the seasonal cycle but they pass through these autumnal months with one of there most colourful displays.  Full leaf, then a touch of gold, through to bold brash golds and reds, then back to bare branches and a woodland floor carpet with golden brown leaves.  Waving goodbye….. whilst very positively saying wait till next year and we will do it all again.


Well that’s is my contribution to this weeks Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.  I needed little encouragement to join in with the topic of Trees.

This is the link for Cee’s Blog:-

Have some fun and join in

14th August

(C) David Oakes 2019

Cees Fun Foto Challenge – Gardens

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Biddulph Gardens, Staffordshire

For this weeks Fun Foto Challenge Cee has suggested “Gardens’ as the topic.  So I guess I could take you on a mini world garden tour…..but a tour with a difference as it will all take place in one small location in Staffordshire,  middle England.

Behind a large sombre Victoria mansion can be found this rather special garden.  Built for James Bateman a wealthy Victorian Industrialist the garden was designed to mirror his world interests. China, Egypt, India, Switzerland and the many regions of the UK are all represented in an eclectic mix but a mix sure to delight any visitor.

Pop over to Cees Blog to see more from others, the link is here:-


8th August

(C) David Oakes 2019

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge- 5 plus (+)


The topic this week was for 5 items or more…

So will all these barrels full of Sherry be a suitable offering for the challenge


If you want to see the suggestions from other folk then pop along to Cee’s Blog Page

the link is here :-

10th July

(C) David Oakes 2019