Silent Sunday….so Off to Church


Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

High above the North Sea, on what is known as the East Cliffs, are the magnificent ruins of Whitby Abbey.   Its foundation date back to the 7th century and was an important Christian strong hold in Yorkshire and the North of England. It late became a Benedictine Abbey.  Like just about all other monasteries across the UK, Whitby was confiscated and destroyed by order of King Henry VIII under his Dissolution of Monasteries act of 1536.

Today these ruins have lost none of the drama that the original will have created, you are still overwhelmed by size and craftsmanship of the Abbey…..they continue to exude a spiritual feel and are rather magical.

No doubt the size and prominence above the North Sea acts as welcome landmark for sailors today as it must have done over the past 1400 years.

It is possibly no surprise that it is also one of my Favourite Places 🙂

20th January

(C) David Oakes 2019



A Strange Week… for Weather that is!


The First Frost of the Winter

Mid January and another week of very mixed weather that swung and changed every day.  We did get our first Frost of the winter on Thursday.  With temperatures on Thursday hovering around freezing, the Lake did seem to be preparing to Ice over, then a breeze got up and it was never calm or cold enough to do a proper job.

We also had one day when we did have some ‘proper’ rain, it also seems strange to say sadly, but sadly we didn’t get enough to help replenish the water table which is very depleted…..and yes, we did have the occasional grey damp day.

On the positive side we also enjoyed some real warm (10/11c) Spring like days when it was great to be out walking.  The woods at this time of year are at there winters best, skeletons dancing across a leaf strewn floor…the ancient Oaks looking very Tolkien like.

 We came across some Deer in the Deer Park.  Strangely the Red Deer Stags were locking horns and acting very territorial….now that is something we expect round the autumnal Rut, so may be they are just ‘practicing their battle skills’.  Sorry the image isn’t larger but I was traveling light with no long lens.


This rather handsome Fallow Deer rather fancied himself, not in the least bothered about strangers.  A quick pose for the camera then back to the task of grazing..


The Forecasters tell us we will get some snow next week, sometime…might come from the Atlantic or down from Scandinavia…though it is noticeably colder now.

But for now ..if this is winter we will settle for this.


19th January

(C) David Oakes 2019

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge – Perspective


Big Gates….

Not an unusual perspective created by the camera, so not my skill in creating this large gate.  But an unusual Sculpture installation in front of Chatsworth House.  Certainly an unusual ‘perspective’ of a familiar item in an unexpected location.

Just an idea for Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge – Unusual perspective.  The link to her blog is here:-


18th January

(C) David Oakes 2019