Thursday, 25 August 2016


There is something about an empty chair that can get us wondering.   Who sits there?   Have they just gone, just coming or what?    Over on thematic photography Carmi muses about a single seat, and invites us to post our seating photographs.

I took the following photographs when we visited Mallorca a couple of years ago.   It was the shadows and the unusual canopy that first intrigued me, and I wondered what on earth was going on.   When we came back along the other side, I could see that rows of chairs were being put out fora concert that evening.   The whole set up was fascinating, especially the shadows made by the canopy, and the rows of empty seats, except for the man doing all the hard work!

From above the shadows and canopy made lovely patterns

But from the other side I could see what was going on!

Go to the link above to see the seating plans of others - and post your own!

Thursday, 18 August 2016


It has been said that the best place to hide something is in plain sight.   Apparently people (and that means us!) don't see much that is staring us in the face, especially if we are not expecting to see it.

So for this week's Thematic Photography we are interpreting the theme HIDDEN.    Camouflage has always followed the line of that people don't see what they are not expecting, so I have tried to take photographs along this line! 

The pond at the bottom of our garden is well hidden anyway........

.........but the frog sitting perfectly still on the stone could easily be mistaken for a leaf.

Four sparrows are fairly easily visible, but they love hiding in the privet hedge.   I can only see them when they move or fly out.   If you look hard you can just see one eye looking at you in the top left hand corner!

There is a bee on these heleniums, its only because his wings are catching the light that he can be seen.

And who knows what treasures might be hidden on this stall at the Flea Market in Leek, Staffordshire?

And lastly, how many tourists would notice the beggar on the left hand side of the old gateway?   (The one on the right in a blue sweater is my husband!)

Do go to the link above to find more hidden items!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


For this week's theme over at writteninc, Carmi has chosen REFLECTIVE.   Reflections, and being reflective, can often give us another view on life.   Or we can just enjoy watching the water, or ourselves in a mirror, or whatever!

I love watching water, and seeing how the light is broken up by disturbances, or the wind across a lake.

He's paddling like mad with his feet - breaking up the water round him into little bits of reflected light.

A lovely calm day by the lake in our park

Another park shot.   The purple bits are actually reflections of a Rhododendron bush above the water.   Somewhere in there is a coot's nest, but it is exceedingly well hidden!

Go over to the link above to see what reflective thoughts others have come up with!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


Trademarks, Logos, whatever!   Some are simple and effective, some have been going for so long we don't really see them.    Not sure about the difference between a registered trademark and a logo, but I am sure if we started using someone else's, we'd soon find out!

Thematic Photography for this week is trademarks.   I couldn't get out with my camera, so went round the house, and found the following.

The charity British Heart Foundation.   Lovely and simple!

The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, in London.   Another really simple logo that says it all.

Sail away with Princess Cruises, presumably the blue wiggly bits are waves!

Says it all, I think.

Not too sure what that shape indicates!

Yes, OK, we get it!   And probably get what you pay for, as the saying goes.

Now this last one dates from 70 years ago!   Bob might recognise it.   Its the Utility sign.   During WWII in Britain, materials and goods were in short supply, and clothing, furniture and household goods were produced to a basic standard of quality, and with restricted patterns.   But it was fairly good quality, even so, we had a sort of fireside chair at home that lasted many years.   To read about it, go here.   And if you are in the UK this year, I can really recommend the "Fashion on the Ration" exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North, in Manchester.   It really is superb.

To see more trademarks and logos, go over to Carmi and see what others have found

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


SOFTNESS is the theme for this week's Thematic Photography.    Carmi has posted a lovely photo of the fur of his dog.   I don't like copying ideas, but I couldn't resist the following photo of our first, and very much-loved dog.   She has been gone many years now, but I never forget her, or wish she was still here!

Wags, part Springer Spaniel, part Border Collie, never quite knew whether to retrieve us or round us up when we went for a walk!!

A feather - what more can I say?

Our garden seat, softly upholstered in snow!

Follow the link above to see what others have softly posted - and post your own!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016


Signs are meant to inform us or instruct us, tell us which way to go, or not go, do or not do, or just to tell us someone is here and would like your custom!   Sometimes, that is hard to believe!    Particularly some of the very large ones at road junctions - and sat nav is not always to be trusted!!

Carmi, over at writteninc. would like us, and you, to look out for signs this week.   Follow the link to see what signs others have come up with, and I bet there will be some wacky ones, meanwhile, this is what I can find in a brief visit to my town.

A mostly moving sign, telling us what they do.   If it hasn't gone past before you have taken it all in!

A nice clear, informative sign.   Except it doesn't say where the pay machines are!

A really friendly sign, outside our local organic food shop.   And very splendid it is too!

The other side tells you some of what is in there!

A sign designed to be read from the other side!

A very tall sign, not terribly helpful, as there are times when vehicles can go down the Market Place.   And can you see the very small sign that
 adds that alcohol is not permitted in that area?   No, neither could I!

And then there are teeny weeny signs means for a limited number of people to see.   Presumably an electrician would know what an earth rod is and why he would want to find it?   This is set in the pavement, very inconspicuously!

That's my set of signs!  Do let me know if you have visited!   And go to the link above to see the signs of others!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016


A theme of TIME, for Carmi, at Writteninc. posed me a bit of a problem at first.   OK, I have pictures of clocks, though not that many.   Then I thought of all the quotes about time, and decided to illustrate them!

Just to prove I do have a photo of a clock!   This is at Dunhamn Massey, a stately home owned by the National Trust, SW of Manchester.

Time, like an everlasting stream.......

Time flies!

As time goes by......

Time is money!


There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now. (Eugene O'Neill)   Both of the above are in Orkney