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


Black and White Photo Challenge – Gates, Fences ,etc


My suggestion for this Weeks Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge of Fences and Gates and the like.  Well I guess as a gate you don’t get much more impressive than the Gatehouse of Warkworth Castle, Northumberland.  Like all good castles apart from a Gate the gatehouse also contained a portcullis and other traps the keep out the unwanted…that is those that managed to cross the drawbridge or swim the moat.

Go and see what other have suggested at :-  

Ban W Cee

1st December

(C) David Oakes 2017

Things Found in the Kitchen….. Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge

Kitchen-2 BW

A Country House Kitchen….

Cheating a little here….my suggestion for this weeks Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge is the ‘whole’ kitchen not just one item.

Go and see what others have suggested at this link :-

17th November

(C) David Oakes 2017

Silent Sunday…… Remembering those that never came Home


The Weeping Window at the Silk Mill, Derby

Always Remember…Never Forget 

A cascade of Poppies a tribute to those who have lost their lives, not just in the Great War but all conflicts across our World.

Will Peace ever be a reality or just a futile hope?

( I should mention the Tribute at the Silk Mill was much earlier in the year, it has travelled to many other locations and no doubt will travel further in the months ahead)

Remembrance Sunday 12th November 2017

(C) David Oakes 2017