Always Look On The Bright Side of Life!

I originally started this post writing about how the whole Coronavirus situation is globally pretty much out of control.

Then it descended into a rant…, which isn’t really what is needed, or indeed what I want to post!

If we didn’t know before, we now have conclusive proof that he world truly has gone mad!

It all started, or at least was first reported, in China back in December.

Unregulated free movement of people between Continents facilitated the worldwide spread of the disease. Leaders around the World first either dithered or claimed denial; either way they failed to take action and possibly now it may be too late.

It’s certainly too late for the thousands that have already died.

Last night, at 20:30 UK time, our Government effectively put our Country, the United Kingdom into lock-down.

What does this mean?

Well, basically, unless you are going shopping for food or have a medical emergency everyone must stay at home. Initially this situation will last a minimum of three weeks, and then it will be reviewed. Obviously essential services and medical staff are given more latitude.

In essence this is a good idea, to stop people mingling and therefore, hopefully, restrict the spread of the virus.

To me, it does appear to be action well overdue.

Whilst at first glance it may all appear a bit draconian, but there are, as ever in any situation, definite plus points.

At present the UK is largely blessed with glorious early Spring weather and whilst we are in effect starting a period of “house arrest” here at Dookes H.Q. things are not bad at all. Mrs Dookes works from home anyway and I’m retired.

Cherry Blossom at Dookes H.Q.

It’s a time to count one’s blessings; we live in a beautiful part of the world, we have a lovely home and we have sunshine!

Wild Primrose, (Primula Vulgaris) at Dookes H.Q.

Stay safe out there, wherever you are. Look after yourselves and hopefully we’ll all make it through to the other side.

I have a feeling that the world is going to be a very different place in future.

Catch you soon


Natural World & Leading Lines

Photography 101. Todays assignment: Natural World and Leading Lines

Hello everyone.

It’s been a bit of a grey, misty and wet old day here in Cornwall and with an assignment to look at and take photographs of the Natural World. . . well lets just say it’s been tricky!

Like yesterday, I’ve been teaching children about food and farming again. Fortunately for my voice the event is now over, but it has kept me caught up and not able to rove too much. That’s not really been a problem though, as it’s made me open my eyes to what is available.

In the boundary of the Showground I found a small wood of pine trees, fortunately not too wet and misty either!

The nice thing about trees is that they are so fantastically three-dimensional, look up, look down, look all around and there is something to shoot!

Pointing to the sky.

Pointing to the sky.


Texture, lichen and lines in the bark.

Even underfoot there are things to photograph and marvel, including the beautiful Primrose, Primula vulgaris, one of my favourite wild flowers.
Primula vulgaris.

Primula vulgaris.

Keep it all natural and I’ll catch you soon!