Flippant Friday…. It is going to be Busy!


Easter weekend and with two days of additional public holidays it should mean time for some rest and relaxation…… but with the weather forecast predicting sunshine and warmer than usual temperatures, there will be no excuses* not to get out into the garden and make a start on tidying up after the winter….. So I guess its going to be busy!

* That is unless you have already made your holiday escape  🙂

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2019


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Cute Factor

Learning Young….


Hey Grandad,  I have just got 22222222200000 likes!

Just an idea for Cees Black& White Photo Challenge – Cute Factor

Click on the link for both more info and other suggestions:-



6th April

(C) David Oakes 2019

Cee’s Black 7 White Photo Challenge – OLD (2)


OK…I own up.  It is not a photograph that I have taken….but it is an image of me!

In fact it is the only picture that I have with my Grandma Sargen, in fact the only picture of me with any of my Grandparents.   The picture was taken in 1946 and it is also features my late sisters, Margaret (left) Anne (right) in our garden in Manchester.

I still think it qualifies for this weeks B&W Photo Challenge.

See what others have suggested on this link:-

https://ceenphotography.com/2018/04/12/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-objects-or-people-older-than-50-  years/  

and my earlier submission for the week:-



14th April

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Sad Day…..

Carla (2)


Yesterday we had to let Carla go.  After 15 years and 7 months as our Director of Greetings, old age has eventually taken its inevitable toll.

She will be much missed by all her friends from walkies in our park and of course all the visitors who she loudly but joyously welcomed.

God Bless Old Girl

4.1.2002 – 12.7.2017

13th July

(C) David Oakes 2017