Armchair Trolleys and Dr Death (more Barca OddBalls)

More Oddballs found in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, for Cee’s OddBall Challenge this week  Some things are indescribable. Words just don’t do them justice and you have to see them for yourself.  I think these supermarket trolleys come into that category:   And how about Dr Death’s welcoming smile at the pharmacy door:        

Designer Shoes in Profile: Fantasy versus Reality

Designer Shoes: the Fantasy  I saw all these shoes in a marvellous independent shop in the  trendy Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge.  Oh, to be a Bright Young Thing and have small, pointy feet!     My Shoes: the Reality: So inspired was I by all these colourful designer shoes on my screen, I thought I’d show you what the well dressed blogger is wearing this morning on her feet. (Well, it is a cold wet, wintery day and my house clogs are so very comfortable)   Thanks to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: View from the Side for giving me the idea for this post. 

Eddie's Dog man's best friend , garden centre

One Man and his Dog: this week’s OddBall Surprise.

Man’s Best Friend (Eddie and his Dog) Spotted this gorgeous dog on the way into a local garden centre last week.   What an unexpected and surprising photographic opportunity. Thank goodness for camera phones.      Click on the icon below to see more OddBall pictures from bloggers around the world:

Where do Victorian Chimney-Pots go when they Retire?

Question: Where do Chimney-Pots go when they Retire?  Answer: They go to a rehoming centre aka a salvage yard.   Anyone who loves rummaging around through mountains of Victoriana would think they’d died and gone to heaven in this salvage yard we visited recently. We were looking for an old, but perfectly formed, chimney pot to use as a planter in the garden. Talk about being spoiled for choice!!!!!   Knife-sharpener anyone? Mangle? I can just about imagine these things being used (though they do pre-date me by a quite a few decades).   This is a small corner of the yard . The whole place must have been the size of a football pitch:   Another corner:   I think this area might be the Bargain Basement:   After great deliberation we selected this chimney-pot.    It’s now in our garden and planted with pansies. It looks very nice indeed.    

misty british shorthair cats

Cats and Paper Bags Go Together Rather Well

Cats and Paper Bags are always a good match:     As are cats and freshly changed bed-linen:   As well as cats and hampers:   And as for cats and boxes……   In fact, Misty and Bluejohn can make themselves comfy anywhere and everywhere in the house, AS LONG AS IT’S NOT IN A CAT BED! (If I had £1 for every bed I’ve bought for these cats over the years, I’d be a lot better off than I am now)   But, as long as they’re happy, then I’m happy: This post is dedicated to cat-lovers everywhere . But I’d like to give a special mention to a cool cat called Mr Bowie, who like these two is a British Shorthair. Mr Bowie (with a little help from his slave, Herman) has a marvellous blog called “Hands on Bowie”.  It’s well worth a visit.  While you’re clicking, why not also go over to see how bloggers from around the world interpret this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: A Good Match   Miaow!

Cleaning the Carousel and other Oddballs on Blackpool Pier

OddBalls on the Pier Just before the schools’ February half-term week’s holiday, there is feverish activity in our local seaside resorts.  The Showzam Street Festival will hit Blackpool again, the Pleasure Beach will open and everyone and everything will come out of hibernation. Cafés will put tables and chairs outside for those souls hardy enough to brave the elements (or who want a quick puff on a ciggy). But before all this can happen, there is some serious cleaning to be done. After the mid-term holiday, some amusements close down and then there’s a massive Spring Clean in time for Easter. Cleaning the carousels on one of the piers involved a man with a ladder, an orange bucket, a sponge and green Marigold gloves:     It’s a tough job testing the SkyDiver, but someone’s got to do it:   Mr HotDog has been dusted down:   With a bit of luck the sky will stay this blue for the rest of the holiday week, even though the temperature isn’t much above freezing when you factor in wind-chill:     To see a great selection of OddBall posts from fellow bloggers, why not head to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge.

A Rather Large Meringue

WordPress Photo Challenge: Anticipation Yes, it did taste as good as it looked.  

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