Moody Monday… Monday so is it Wash Day

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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

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New Year Greetings….2018

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Have a wee Dram with me…Happy New Year

Below are the words I posted on this day, New Years Day 2017 

I guess they are just as relevant this New Year 2018

( I have simply changed the year)

With a Toast for your good Health and Happiness in 2018
But above all else in this world of uncertainty and unrest, please let there be Peace. Our children and grandchildren deserve much better from our Politicians. So it is my hope that perhaps in 2018 and from what ever side of the so called Political divides, that they do start listening to concerns and worries.

We for our part can strive for Peace in our lives, for our friends and families.

Finally thank you for following my Blog. For those of you who comment on such a regular basis, a special thank you for adding much pleasure to my life….I would miss your thoughts very much.

My very Best Wishes to you all

1st January

(C) David Oakes 2018

 

 

 

A Christmas Wish……

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Seasons Greetings to Everyone

And is it too much to hope that Peace throughout the World could be created by our political leaders. Nor is it a new plea as this Victorian Christmas Card graphically illustrates

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25th December

(C) David Oakes 2017.   Victorian card from The David Oakes – Images Collection

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