Silent Sunday….The Weeping Window


Hardly seems a year since Derby hosted, for a few short weeks, this magnificent tribute to those who sacrificed so much in WW1 and the conflicts that have followed….. But a year it is, and still talked about by many as a very fitting tribute in a unique location.


The Silk Mill, Derby.


A Silent Reminder for Silent Sunday

17th June

(C) David Oakes 2018


I Keep Getting Told its Time to Spring Clean My Study…..


After visiting this House I somehow don’t think I need bother for awhile!

Followers will know that Calke Abbey, one of England’s very old Family Estates features regularly on this blog. It is usually the Parklands, woods, the extended estate and stable blocks that I have shared with you…often promising to take you inside this very unique House.


Once the home for many centuries of the Harpur Crewe Family the house and estate passed to the National Trust to help settle Death Duties when the last owner of the House died.  The Trust describe it both as a very Un-Stately Home and as a Time Capsule.

The House and its contents is a real treasure trove containing just about everything the family collected in travels and local exploration over the centuries. In truth I suspect that the National Trust were so overwhelmed with what they inherited that the decision to leave everything as it was left, was the wise decision.


It was once a very grand family house and much of that Grandeur is still very visible.  But so are all the unique quirks of this, some would say, eccentric family. So join us on a mini tour of some of the many rooms, enjoy the peeling wallpaper, cracked ceilings, falling plaster work, the haphazard collections, the once quiet spaces, the Servants Quarters, Kitchens and Brew House….and if you are ever in Derbyshire,  place Calke Abbey high on your to-do-list…


Reflecting on all that has been collected that famous motto “Waste Not Want Not” displayed here in the kitchen is so appropriate…


Calke Abbey…..A place where time really does stand still…


8th April

(C) David Oakes 2018

Good Morrow….This Sunday Moring


I had forgotten I had this little book in my collection of old greeting cards. It is quite a little wonder.  I say little as it measures a minute 4″ x 4.5″ and has only 8 hand stitched pages.

As it was published around 1890 it is not surprising that it is showing its age.  Printed at their Fine Art works in Saxony by Raphael Tuck & Sons of London, it was sold both as a book but as a small birthday/friendship gift. The contents are simple verse with a matching illustration.




Another spread is perhaps appropriate for Spring as we approach the season of Blossom


I hope you can read the verse….the ink has started to fade and paper discolour. I have tried to enhance the images to make your view better and hope it works

25th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd


There I was framing up a shot of old Stavanger when I caught a glimpse in the corner of my eye of this couple.  They had seemingly just got married and were leading the guest to the Reception venue.  No time to think…just turn and shoot.

The couple were unaware of everyone, happy in their new world.  They certainly turned a few heads amongst all the tourists.

But it is that little girl on the right that has intrigued me… a face in the crowd. I wonder just what her thoughts were ?

My suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge. You can see what others have suggested on this link:-

via Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

22nd February

(C) David Oakes 2018

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