Wednesday, 18 January 2017


This weeks theme for Thematic Photography, is MESSY!    Well, what messier than my so-called office, so here are two un-photoshopped pics of a very messy office!

Go to This link to see if anyone else has owned up to being messy - or has found evidence of others' messiness!

Friday, 6 January 2017


I'm late again with my Thematic Photograph which is for LETTERS.!   Where does the time go to?

Typography has always fascinated me, and I especially love decorated initial letters that you find in old manuscripts.    I love to imagine the old scribes enjoying themselves making tiny little inserts of animals, usually doing something extraordinary!

This is from Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 229, detail of f. 133v. Arthurian Romances [1) Le livre de Lancelot du Lac, part III.  Don't you just hate it when someone chews your ear when you are reading!

This one and the following are from a very old family Bible from my husband's family.   Every single capital letter at the beginning of each chapter is decorated.    There are illustrations on nearly every page, and it is a fascinating picture of how the Victorians viewed Biblical events.

In case you are wondering, this is a capital 'W'.   The pages are old and discoloured, and these shots are really the best I could do!

Sunday, 1 January 2017


The Thematic Photograph sub ject for this week (and I am more than a bit late, is LANDSCAPE.

So here is a canalscape, its an old mill, called Clarence Mill, on the banks of the Macclesfield Canal at Bollington.    The wharf where coal and cotton were taken on is just under the big tower.

It has now been turned into apartments, of a superior nature, and underneath is an excellent cafe, and a shop that does interior design and also reupholsters chairs.  And very well they do it too!

Go to the link above to find other landscapes, though you will have to scroll the blog down a bit to find them!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016


There's what my mother called "happy dirt" - the mud covering a toddler's lovely messy time in the garden, and "natural dirt", leaves, dust, etc. that just appears, there's litter, which shouldn't be there but often is,  and there's filthy dirt.    

I've been a bit overwhelmed this week with medical matters, but took this photo of the railings in the park in June.   Definitely comes under the heading of "needs a coat of paint, but there is no money in the Council money box for things like that dirt"

For more "Dirty Pictures" go over to Thematic Photography and see what dirt others have raked up!

Friday, 9 December 2016


Midwinter, its a bit difficult to find colours outside.   So for Carmi's Thematic Photography I've picked a shot I took a couple of years ago. when my Great Granddaughter was busy with her felt tip pens.

Its a busy period now, with Christmas shopping on our minds, but why not sneak a shot of all the decorations in the shops, and post it on the link above!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


I love patterns, especially those made by repetitive things that maybe we wouldn't look at normally.

So I've found four shots that I like, hopefully you will, to go with Carmi's Thematic Photography theme this week.

Stacked sunbeds

A pineapple

Christmas baubles

and the balconies of flats in Barcelona

Go to the link above to see Carmis really splendid shot (I can't compete this that!) and see what others have posted.

Thursday, 24 November 2016


Sometimes I go for a walk, just to get some fresh air and clear my mind.   Other times, like on holiday, or visiting another town, then I look for interesting places, and drive my husband mad by photographing odd bits and pieces!

So here are some "Things I have seen and thought interesting"

In the far north of Norway, walking round one of the small villages up there, we saw these cod (or maybe haddock!) drying in the air.

Manhole covers in Stavanger, Norway, are far from boring!

In Cadiz, Spain, we passed a nursery school, and when I smiled at the children, they rushed to see these strange people!!

In Sete, in France, I spotted this pretty net curtain almost hidden behind the blue shutters

And then, of course, there are photos taken of the walk, mostly local.

Non-local, this is my daughter who insisted on having a paddle when she and I went to Nerja, Spain in Spain a couple of years ago!

One of our local walks.   There's always one who goes the wet way!

 in our local park is always beautiful

Tittesworth Reservoir and  beauty spot, with lots of birds and walks.

Macclesfield Forest in winter.   This is about the only flat path there!

And lastly, in La Palma, Canary Islands, this is what you enjoy at the end of a long walk!!

Hope you've enjoyed these.   Go to Carmi's website to see what others have found on their walks, and post your own!