Moody Monday….A Tough Life Being a Roman Soldier

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Hardknott Roman Fort, Cumbria

The top of Hardknott Pass in Cumbria is both a remote and for much of the year a very bleak place. So I guess not much fun for those Roman Soldiers billeted to outpost to maintain the Roman Empires hold over the Brits….. and very different from the Mediterranean climate they were so far from.

Remote as it was the Fort was large by Roman standards, so must have had seriously important security  issues for the Regiment to enforce. The Fort stands at some 280feet above sea level  and on a mountainous West to East Roman Road.

Monday or not…I guess there were a more than a few moody soldiers around.

9th April

(C) David Oakes 2018

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March 1st…..but not yet Spring. BUT it is Saint David’s Day

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Llyn Padarn looking towards Yr Wyddfa

Snowdonia, North Wales

March 1st, a new month and for the Meteorological Office its is the first day of Spring. With snow cover much of the UK, I guess many will share my view that Spring doesn’t start till the Equinox on March 20th.

What isn’t disputed is that March the 1st is Saint David’s Day.

Today marks the death of the Patron Saint of Wales on this day in 589AD.

So to mark this special day for all Welsh people where ever they may live, here is a bouquet of Daffodils…. the National Flower of Wales

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A Bowl of Welsh Gold

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1st March

(C) David Oakes 2018

An Early Christmas Present…

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I treated myself…

Yes, I know its naughty to treat ones self at Christmas….but I just couldn’t resist it.

It is the writings of one of our fellow Bloggers, Jo Woolf… maybe better know to you as

https://the-hazel-tree.com  

In her latest Blog Jo mentioned that the book she has devoted so much time to was complete and now published (https://the-hazel-tree.com/2017/12/21/christmas-greetings)

So if like me you like a good read about adventure and discovery then it may be just the book for you.  The postman has just delivered it so I have only had a quick scan and I guess it is a book for those dark wet afternoons when you can just dive in a read one of the great adventures…. but also a book that you may find you just want to continue reading…..or simply a book to take you far away from the here and now.

More details on this link:- http://sandstonepress.com/books/the-great-horizon  

So this afternoon, its a wee dram, feet up and forget the Christmas hurly burly for a short while.

23rd December

(C) David Oakes 2017

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Houses

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Poplar Row, Darley Abbey, Derbyshire

Much sort after property with big price tags…that may be the case today but these terraced houses and there neighbours had a very humble beginning.

They were built for Mill Workers in the nearby Mill Darley Cotton Mill complex.  The mill dates back to the 1700’s and the houses above are just some of about 130 houses of various sizes and style built by the mill owners, the Evans Family. Over about 50 years they built in effect a factory village complete with school and the usual village amenities.

Look at the top floor and the row of windows…shorter than the lower floors.  Invariably in these workers houses that top floor was one long work room, often for weaving and spinning.

Not all the houses were as large and that variety adds some extra charm to the village. But the majority are in the terrace style…

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Darley Mills, like most of the mills of that era required a guaranteed supply source of water. Darley Mills is just one mill complex built alongside Derbyshire’s River Derwent. Darley Mills is part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.

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Darley Mills and the River Derwent, Derby

World Heritage status has attracted many visitors but don’t rush to explore the interior.  Darley Mills has not been a working mill for many years and has had a reincarnation as a business complex for many smaller companies. There is a Restaurant and a Wedding Venue but otherwise todays businesses range from Insurance Companies, Martial Arts Studios, Tool and Pattern Makers and Motor Engineering specialist.

I hope you like my suggestion for this weeks B&W Photo Challenge.

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You can see what others have suggested on this link:-

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/12/07/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-houses-2/

8th December

(C) David Oakes 2017

Sunday……. So Off to Church

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Our Lady of Kazan, Zelenogorsk, Russia

Zelenogorsk is on the Gulf of Finland just north of St. Petersburg.  The church was built in 1915 when this area was part of the Grand Duchy of Finland.  In terms of churches it is not that old. None the less in its short life it has seen much turbulence of wars and revolution …and in that time suffered the consequences of such violent actions.

After the Soviet Army invaded during WW2 the church was used as a warehouse.

Today you would be hard pressed visualise such times as  Our Lady of Kazan, which is an Russian Orthodox Church, was renovated in the 1970’s to much of its former glory.

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To say the interior is lavish is perhaps an understatement.  It is a mix of gold and brass which helps display the enormous collection of historic Icons that are on display.

The church was re-consecrated in 1990  and once again a place of regular worship.

For a church that has endured such violence and turmoil it setting is surprisingly tranquil….surround by tall trees on the edge of a woodland area Our Lady of Kazan is set in the perfect Zelenogorsk setting…

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3rd December

(C) David Oakes 2017