Wednesday 29 June 2016

Time - Thematic Photography

It's possible, well almost, to follow a time line through this post from when I saw Carmi's challenge to the time - you will know when it's up!

Time challenge
Bedside clock

Alarm & radio
Second alarm - just in case.

And lounge clocks just in case you are sleepwalking.

Carriage clock
Sideboard clock
Even the microwave reminds you when it's time to eat.

Zero + 15
This midsummer even Shakespeare would be hard put to find 'a bank whereon the wild


Before I outstay my welcome my phone reminds I need to get ready

One last check on my wrist,

The seconds tick by
and times gone by remind me that - 

1786 - Sundial
'Time is more sacred than gold.'

(Time has not stood still as the sundial show the time it is - in GMT, not the British Summer time shown by all those time machines we use.)

Now you need a Tardis to travel over to other time zones shared on the links at Carmi's Thematic-Photographic-375.

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Scarecrows - II

Here are some more of the entries from Kirklevington village's Scarecrow Competition held on 18 June.

Three Witches (from Macbeth)
And a Very Hungry Caterpillar

But as usual, the caterpillar does all the work for the butterfly to get all the attention.

When it comes to scarecrows, they don't get much bigger than this.

Unfortunately I cannot put a name to him, unlike the character shown next.

Astronaut Tim Peake (now back on earth)
Have you picked a favourite yet; remember there will be more to come.

Sunday 26 June 2016

Flags or Ensigns - Sunday Stamps II

The Stars and Stripes have appeared on many USA stamps.

In 1952 the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Betsy Ross was commemorated by the issue of this stamp.

USA - 2 January 1952
The flag depicts Betsy showing the newly designed flag to George Washington. Congress adopted the design on 14 June 1777.

The scene of Marines raising the US flag on Mount Suribachi was depicted in a stamp, issued on 11th July 1945.

USA - Iwo Jima
If you are not flagging yet visit others' choices at Sunday-Stamps-II-80.

Saturday 25 June 2016


The village of Kirklevington is holding the annual Kirkfest this week. It started last Saturday with the scarecrow competition. 
There were 17 entrants this year and one in particular was a challenge to photograph. Children were invited to -

Hunt for the Bear
This involved following a winding path across the grass - 

between the trees and past the 'spectators,'

not stopping to pet the 'dog.'

It doesn't bite
Just read the clues on the cards on each post as you go along. Eventually you find - 

The elusive bear
Of course if you were tall enough to see over the hedge you could see the display.

If you cheated you might even have seen - 

The bear

I'll post more of the scarecrows in days to come. You may also pick a favourite to see whether you agree with the winners selected by the judges.

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Light Bulbs - Thematic Photography

With so many to chose from at my local garage I could take my pick.

There was even a choice of coffee for those who like the stuff.

In the rest room there was a motion sensor that kept its beady eye on you.

Outside Big Brother is watching you with its own light bulb, on in broad daylight.

Perhaps it wants to make sure you pay the correct price when you fill up.

 Some light bulbs are more discrete.

While others save energy whether on or off.

Perhaps you prefer a different shape and shade.

And yet another in a standard lamp if you wish to read.

I hope these light bulbs help you find your way to others inspired by Carmi's challenge at Thematic-Photographic-374.

Sunday 19 June 2016

Cartoon Characters - Sunday Stamps II

Not quite on theme, but cartoons nevertheless. The Greetings (9th series) of Booklet Stamps were available between 26 February 27 and November 11th 1996.

There were 10 stamps in the series of which I can show you eight. Unfortunately they were heavily franked at  Mount Pleasant Post Office and this has obscured both the cartoon and its message as you will see.

Great Britain
The messages say ' MORE! LOVE!' and 'My day starts before I am ready for it.' Both cartoons are by Mel Calman.

The message on the first stamp reads, 'Dear lottery prize winner.' (by Larry); the middle cartoon is by Mel Calman and the dog by Charles Barsotti.

 The message on the middle stamp (cartoonist - Mel Calman) is, 'THE CHEQUE IS IN THE POST.' 'Sincerely.' is by Charles Barsotti. The bottom cartoon is also one of Mel Calman's.

Can you guess which one I like best?

For more cartoons search out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-79.

Wednesday 15 June 2016

In the metal - Thematic Photography

Another shot from Cornwall's Lost Gardens of Heligan this April has a metallic theme.

Metal churn and  tank
Both have seen better days. The green plant covering the ground next to the tank is 'mind-your-own-business'.

What's in the metal tank and the old churn is just conjecture on my part - I guess not the milk for the churn at least.

For other metallic items check out the links at Thematic-Photographic-373.

Sunday 12 June 2016

Free Choice - Sunday Stamps

I thought that I would pick a recent issue for the 'free choice' theme this week.

Great Britain - Animail 17 May 2016
These stamps are meant to be fun - on an envelope, each one is to be positioned so that the stamp you use wraps round the edge, bent along the white line which you can see most clearly on the teddy bear.

It seems to me that used stamps from this series will only be collectible if you retain the envelope or if someone ignores the instructions for use.

To see what others have chosen visit the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-78.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Monochrome - Thematic Photography

On a trip to Cornwall in April I had the opportunity to take a number of shots at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. 

Two of these seem ideal for Carmi's monochrome challenge this week.

This tool shed looks much better when seen like this - 

Heligan gardening tools
A photo of a former ruined building really shows its age in monochrome when the wall on which it hangs is cropped off.

A restoration challenge.
I'm hoping that future thematic photographic challenges will enable me to show other shots from our visit to Heligan.

In the meantime check out other monochromatic links at Thematic-photographic-372.

Sunday 5 June 2016

Canines - Sunday Stamps II

I have one stamp with a wolf and one with a fox but by far the most of my canines are dogs.

Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates has two fine sheets, one for airmail and one for, presumably, ordinary post.

Sharjah - Air Mail, 28 December 1972
Sharjah - 28 December 1972
I have been unable to find any information on the dog breeds but I'm sure that you will recognise some.

For dogs from other countries please follow the links at

Wednesday 1 June 2016

By the water's edge - Thematic Photographic

There's no apology from me for re-showing one of my favourites.

Cody fishing by the water's edge
I'm surprised by the number of photos in my archive that fit Carmi's theme this week.

Industrial Middlesbrough set back from the water's edge at Saltholme Nature Reserve (RSPB)
I wonder who piled up these stones on Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Currently we have a ground water problem in our garden.

I'm not keen on being 'by this water's edge!' - Another job for my waiting list.

For other water edge shots please follow the links at Thematic-photographic-371.