A Tight Fit……

Ship Repairs

Mallaig, West Highland Coast of Scotland

Many a small harbour round our coastline finds room for a local ship repair yard…often it is a tight squeeze between high water level, workshops and fish merchants, all vying for space.  Equally amazing it the skill and initiative used to accomplish the most challenging of tasks….not just a paint job but maybe even a new side piece and whilst that is all going on they tackle an engine refit.

17th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Large

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Jedburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders

Standing high and mighty above the town of Jedburgh are the ruins of dramatically large Abbey.  Over the years a large community was created but now all that remains are these ruins but also a legacy of a thriving Scottish Borders Town.

So here is my suggestion for this weeks Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge of LARGE.  See what others have suggested on this link:-



8th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

Burns Night……


Robert Burns Birthplace…

In this humble Alloway Farmhouse on 25th January 1759 Robert (Rabbie) Burns was born.

In a short life he was a prolific Writer and Poet, work that won him respect and a respect that is still honoured today the 25th January….Burns Night.

Burns Night…the night to respect the National Poet of Scotland, when Haggis, Tatties and Neaps are piped into the room to sound of Bagpipes,  the centrepiece of many a Burns Night Dinner.

25th January

(C) David Oakes 2018

Quick…The Tide is Coming In!


High!….and so far dry.

Quick get that paint job finished…the tide is coming in.  A quick splash of paint for a well used fishing vessel obviously the pride and joy of this Fisherman and his wife.

Just a suggestion for this weeks Six Word Challenge.

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20th January

(C) David Oakes 2018