Wednesday, 15 March 2017

RETAIL

Having been camera-less for a few weeks, and still am, for that matter, I have had to delve into my archives for this weeks thematic Camera theme - RETAIL.

I do have a smart phone, but although I am fairly happy using the camera, I have not found any way of getting the shots off the camera, and onto the computer, except by sending them in an email to myself.   Which then means downloading them etc. etc.

However, archives have come up with some retail therapy!


 At our monthly Sunday market, known as the Treacle Market, you can get some really nice plants at this stall.  And help a good cause!



A lovely selection of bags and baskets outside a shop in Menorca.



This is one of the pedestrianised streets in our town, must have been a very quiet day, or very early!   But I can't for the life of me think what those weird things are hanging outside the shop!



The fish market in Funchal, Madeira.   It was towards the end of the market morning, it would have been packed earlier with both fish and customers.   Those long black fish, centre bottom, had nasty sharp teeth and looked very fierce.   They were called Scorpion fish!



And lastly, not one of my photos, but one taken by my father in about 1933  when the "Stop me and buy one" Ice cream man came around.   Very nice ice creams, but not sure if Health and Safety would allow it now!

Go to to see who else has posted Retail photographs over at Thematic Photographs and post yours too!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

YELLOW

We need something to cheer us up these grey days in the back end of winter!   So for his Thematic Photography this week Carmi has chosen a YELLOW Theme.

Everything yellow round my neck of the woods is connected with Spring!   So here are three nice cheerful yellow shots!


You can't beat a good old English daffodil for good bright yellow!


These are some unidentifiable, but lovely, flowers in Madeira Market



And these are some really beautiful yellow tulips I had in a pot last year.

Go to the link at the top to see more cheerful yellow pictures!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

FAVOURITES

Well, here I am back to Thematic Photography again!    And this time Carmi has asked us to send in our favourites.   Well, that was quite a hard task, my photography goes back quite a long way!   But I've managed to whittle it down to five or six, so here goes!


This was my very first glimpse of the Arctic as we sailed past Longyearbyen very early in the morning.   I have better shots of the mountains, but this was the very first time I had actually been to the arctic, way past the arctic circle!




This is one of the four statues of dogs at the main square in Gran Canaria.   The Canary Islands are named after the dogs which were found there, Canis being Latin for dog.   Nothing to do with the birds!   You can guess I love dogs!


 
I like trying close-up photography, I'm not always very successful, but I do like this lemon!



This are the drops of condensation underneath the saucepan lid of some soup I was simmering.



And these are the coloured pens of my 
Great granddaughter as she puts them back in the box after using each one



We are in the famous market in Barcelona, which almost overwhelmed me with the colours, smells, the fruits and vegetables, and the evil-looking fish!!   These are a gorgeous array of spices.

For other favourite photos, go to Carmi's blog - I can guarantee these will be great, and very varied - shots to look at

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

MESSY

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

LETTERS

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

LANDSCAPE

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

DIRTY

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!