Cees Fun Foto Challenge – V


The Victorian Pavilion undergoing renovation at Kew

V for Victorian….so I guess the Victorian Glass house, known as the Temperate House, located in the world famous Kew Botanical Gardens fits the bill.  Photographed at the start of an extensive restoration  programmethat will ensure the Pavilion will stand for another century or two. It is due to re-open in all its new glory sometime in 2018

Go and see what others have suggested for the topic of V  at this link :-




17th January

(C) David Oakes 2018



A Splash of Colour…….

PanziesWinter Pansies….

Despite the cold, the frosts, the wild winds and of course what has at time seemed like endless rain….our Winter Flowering Pansies are flourishing…..tempting us with the colours of Spring that are to come.

16th January

(C) David Oakes 2018

Moody Monday… Monday so is it Wash Day

Crail, Fife

Before Tumble Driers….

There was a time, and not that long ago, when Monday by tradition was Washing Day.  Never was quite sure why a Monday had been defined for the ‘weekly’ washing of the family clothes…but it was.  Gardens and streets, courtyards and vacant places had a clothes line with cloths hopefully drying in the fresh air.

Perhaps it is a tradition that some households still maintain. But with washing machines and tumble driers, not to mention launderettes and washing services,  a washing line is not necessarily an essential.  Nor perhaps does it fit with 21st century life styles.

But this Monday morning it is pouring with rain, so little point in following tradition…even if one wanted too.  Little chance of the clothes drying in the wind today.

Funny how life changes…..I suppose that is progress

15th January

(C) David Oakes 2018

Memories……of far off sunny summer days



Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

I do appreciate that many followers of my blog live in a very  different climate to those of us in the UK.  But I still think that you will appreciate the need, after so much dull dark and damp weather, to both reflect back to those warm summer days and to look forward to  many more to come in the summer months ahead.

Not that I am wishing time away, that is unforgivable……we have all the joys of spring to come….but even a ‘mental’ break from the darker times we are passing through is very welcome.

So I will just be content (for now) to imagine the sound of surf breaking along the shoreline, the smell of the salt on the breeze from the sea, the call of Gulls, that water that each footfall squeezes from the sand….and that warmth from the sun that eases away winters aches.

14th January

(C) David Oakes 20-18

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Weathered (2)

Weathered Wall

A Weathered Wall….

Solid, standing the test of time and enduring all that the weather can throw at it.

Just another suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge and the topic of weathered.

This link will take you to see what others have suggested:-


13th January

(C) David Oakes 2018