If you wear a Poppy…wear it with pride

Pride

Nuff said….

10th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

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CFFC….Tools

Blacksmiths-workbench

The Old Blacksmiths Bench

Long since abandoned but still a fascinating glimpse into the working life of past generations.

A simple array of tools that hides perhaps the skill of the Blacksmiths craft.

My suggestion for Cees Fun Foto Challenge topic of Tools.

Follow the link here:- https://ceenphotography.com/2018/11/06/cees-fun-foto-challenge-tools/

cffc

7th November

(C) David Oakes 2018

Silent Sunday…… So off the Church

Disc One

Fortrose Cathedral on the Black Isle, Scotland

Not the biggest of Scotland Cathedrals or Abbeys but none the less still a ruin of some charm. Many folk pass on the main road through Fortrose not realising that within a few yards there is this 13th century Cathedral.  Situated on a compact enclosed green area and surrounded by houses, mostly built of Red Sandstone to match the ruins, it becomes a little gem.

Although it was constructed in the 13th century, like most Religious buildings, it perhaps has its religious origins from an earlier location close by.  It is suggested that this was Rosemarkie and Chanory,  just a  stones throw from Fortrose.  Sadly like so many of our ancient Religious buildings they suffered under some misguided leader, in this instance it was Oliver Cromwell in the mid 17th century who ordered to its demolition.

Standing roofless, all that remains is the needle like Bell Tower, Chapter House  and Nave’s.  But there is still enough of the building to admire its architectural style and craftsmanship, the arched windows and pillared doorway and Porch hint at the buildings original style.

As I suggested, Fortrose Cathedral is not as dramatic as many of its contemporary structures, but what it lacks in drama is made up by its charm, its rich colour and its rather fine, quiet location.  Well worth a detour if in the Moray Firth Area and anywhere near the Black Isle, the Black Isle itself a charming and often overlooked area by tourists.

As for the clock on the Bell Tower….obviously not 13th century, nor would it have been there when Cromwell plundered the Cathedral… as to when it was installed I haven’t a clue

21st October

(C) David Oakes 2018

Silent Sunday….so off to Church

Goyt

St. Josephs Shrine, Foxlow Edge, Errwood in the Goyt Valley on the Derbyshire/Cheshire border

A simple shrine set in some stunning moorland countryside on the Derbyshire and Cheshire county border. It was built on the once prestigious Errwood Estate by the owners of Errwood Hall in memory of a Miss (Sister) Delores who was once a treasured governess to the families children.  Errwood Hall is long gone and indeed much of the surrounds are now underwater having been drowned to create a Reservoir.

It all adds to a certain sadness when one explores the valleys and moorland edges in this unique part of the Peak District. But it also a place for ramblers to pause relax and ponder.

What I also find very sad is that today is what is called the “Glorious Twelve” the day when the guns come out to shoot Grouse on the Moors.  I see nothing glorious in organising parties (for not inconsiderable amounts of money) to shoot small birds that have been specially bred, released on the moors and then blasted out of the skies as they are ‘encouraged’ to fly by teams of drivers.  Moors that are no longer habitat rich due to sporting land management. They call it sport…. one has to wonder. Not such a Glorious Twelve.

12th August

(C) David Oakes 2018