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


A Bad start but a Good finish


A Very muddy and Damp Stable Block

The forecast was for more rain but a promise of sunshine this afternoon. Well they didn’t tell no lies….. we did get some sunshine, a very brief spell of late evening light. At least it made the Lake glow….

The temperature at 5pm was 11c, not bad for March….but the prediction is for 0c maybe less overnight with the possibility of some snow.  If not snow, well more rain will have to do!


Allestree Lake

Best be grateful for a brief reminder that the sun is still up there !

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Bikes


Waiting ….. I wish she would hurry up!

Just an idea for this weeks Cees B&W Photo Challenge – Bikes.

You can see what others have suggested on this link:-


Ban W Cee

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


Flippant Friday…. It is so easy these days!

Easter-Bonnet Web

Easter Bonnet’s

It is all too easy these days.. Gone are the days when youngsters would come home from school and announce that there was an Easter Bonnet Parade at school or competition at their Youth Group.  Maybe it was yourself being persuaded to enter the fun at your Dance Group or Choir.. whatever the reason there was a scrum around for a suitable hat and all the bits and pieces to decorate said hat.  It all required imagination and some creative ideas. Nor did it matter if some of the resulting Bonnets were let say a bit wonky , it all added to the fun of the event.

It is all too easy today…you just pop along to the local Craft Shop, buy the hat and a selection of decorative features…flash the cash and there you have it, job done.

 Not sure that is progress…. Everything to-day needs to be instant, probably less frustrating for some but not as much fun.  As for the kids does that really help their creative imaginations

16th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be


I’d Rather be…A Boy Again, flying my Kite on the Beach,  not a care in the world (apart from perhaps…when is the next Ice Cream arriving?)

Just my idea for this weeks DP Photo Challenge.

 You can see what other have suggested on the link below.

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15th March

(C) David Oakes 2018