Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Worry! Worry! Worry!

Now that the snow is thawing, I am starting to worry. What about, you might ask? Well, this afternoon, I came across a melting snowman on a lawn and have started to worry what happens to snowmen and women when they disappear.

Do they seep into the ground, end up seeping into a flowing river that joins the sea and get sucked up in the clouds - there to wait until next winter - or what? Am I alone in worrying about the fate of snowpersons? If anyone can ease my worries, please let me know?

Monday, 27 December 2010

Blog in the Spotlight

Do not put this bear in the bin
Originally uploaded by Le Fromagier Extraordinaire

As I prepare to dust off the scanner and start posting again, I thought it worth mentioning a review I saw in a UK newspaper. The Independent has mentioned the Faces in Places blog (click here). The blog is a collection of images of faces found in everyday places. Also, check out its Flickr group (click here). Hours of endless fun. Enjoy!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Greeting

Just a note to say thank you to all my 'blog' friends who visit this site so frequently. Since Blogger introduced its new Statistics system in June, I have had 9,965 visits so just 35 to go to reach the magic 10,000 mark. I live in hope that in 2011 I will at last reach 200 followers, not helped by the last fifteen months of working 200 miles away from home, including the move from Hillside Cottage in Somerset and the move into our new home in Lancashire. Now I am here and, importantly, know where my photographic treasures are - all in one place - look out for lots of posting from the New Year onwards. Talking of New Year, this seems the right time to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year! Here's to you. Cheers! Thank you one and all!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Pet Cemetery at Christmas

Ever since I published some photographs of decorated graves in an American pet cemetery, I have kept my eyes open for another and this one came along. The Christmas tree on this animals grave is quite spectacular. I find it very moving that the family continues to think of its pet at such a time . . .

Monday, 20 December 2010

Longridge Life: Total Lunar Eclipse!

Longridge Life: Total Lunar Eclipse!: "It seems that we are about to experience the first total lunar eclipse that coincides with the Winter Solstice for almost 400 years. BBC Rad..."

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Longridge Life: Don't forget to Feed the Birds!

Longridge Life: Don't forget to Feed the Birds!: "And whatever you do, please don't forget to feed the birds. I'm off now to clear the snow from the bird table - lots of Bramblings are hover..."

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Captain Loxley's Little Dog

Some years ago, when I was researching the loss of a First World War battleship - HMS Formidable - I visited the Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens in Dorset to see if I could find the grave of an airdale terried named Bruce. This poor animal stayed on the bridge with its master, Captain Arthur Noel Loxley RN, as the ship sank in the English Channel. Bruce's body was washed up on the beach and buried in the grounds of the garden. I found his headstone among the graves of a number of pets. For more on his story, click here and here.

The writing on the headstone records:
Airedale Terrier
who stood till the end
Captain Loxley RN
on the bridge of
HMS Formidable
when sunk by a torpedo
30 miles from Portland
January 1st 1915

Bruce's body was washed up
below Abbotsbury Castle

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Spank the Planks!

And to make amends for the previous post - here is what I was originally watching. It features Spank the Planks Appalachian Dance Team and the Broken String Band - enjoy!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Hillbilly Fart Dancing

I was looking at YouTube videos of Appalachian Dancing when I came across this. If you enjoyed the Baked Beans sketch in the film Blazing Saddles, you will enjoy this. If you didn't, you certainly won't! It made me wonder what the world is coming to? Good Grief! Comments appreciated!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Wooden House

Originally uploaded by معضاد

I saw this while uploading a picture to the Best of Flickr group. I think it is remarkable. Click on the image to enlarge it!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Tea for Five

Taking tea was an enjoyable pastime for the Edwardians. Here a family enjoys a cuppa  or is that a coffee pot. This is an imported postcard so I guess it might be German. I wonder why many of them are looking elsewhere?