Ginnels and Hares (and a Couple of Cats)

G is for Ginnel….. A ginnel  (pronounced with a hard “g”) is a narrow passage between two rows of houses.  It is a regional word  often used in the North of England to denote the alley between two rows of  the Victorian “back-to-back” houses so commonly found in this part of the country.     …..and H is for Hares By the sheerest of coincidences, our two cats, Misty and Bluejohn, were both lying in front of hares at the same time and in the same room the other day.  Anyone who has a cat knows that you certainly can’t get them to pose. (The old adage about herding kittens comes to mind). Remarkably they both maintained their positions long enough (about 3 minutes) for me to grab my camera and get these photographs:         This is my post for Cee’s Black & White Challenge which this week is the Letters G and H. Why not click on the icon below to see what our fellow bloggers from around the world have come up with:

…and F is for Filleting Fish very Fast

E is for Evening Meal…….   …….and F is for Filleting Fish very Fast as these stallholders were doing at LaBoqueria Market:     All Low-Key Street Photography images from my archives for this week’s Black&White Challenge: Letters E and F Perhaps next week’s will be brighter.Or perhaps not.   This is a fun challenge to do and there were as many interpretations are there are bloggers in the universe. So why not click on the icon to see some variations on the theme?

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C is for Churchyard and Church Spire

C is for Churchyards and Church Spires I went out this morning looking for a witch’s grave.  Meg Shelton, known as the “Fylde Hag” or the “Fylde Witch” was  buried in 1705 in the churchyard at St Anne’s Church in the nearby village of Woodplumpton.  And I found it! I found the boulder they put over her grave to stop her escaping (for a third time). But that’s for a future post.   I’ll need to do some research to try to find out how she managed to be buried in consecrated ground; so far I’ve not discovered much.  I did get some photos of the churchyard though.   I saw this notice just as I was about to lean on a headstone and took heed of the solemn warning:   There’s a Right of Way for walkers through the graveyard and into the fields behind the church. You might just spot the  Public Footpath sign:   Many of the graves in the old part of the churchyard date from the 1800’s:   This morning’s church, St Anne’s in Woodplumpton doesn’t have much of  a spire (though it does have a cupola topped with a weather-vane); but St Michael’s in […]

A is for Archimedes Screw and B is for Boat

A is for Archimedes Screw and B is for Boat I’ve waited a long time for an opportunity to post this picture of a detail of a model of an Archimedes Screw. It was part of a display of working models to show ways of moving water uphill. These Ancient Greeks were clever! Eureka!   I came across this old boat on a walk a couple of years ago. I must go back to see if (a) it is in an even worse state , (b) it has been “tidied up”or (c) the rope has worn away and it has drifted out to sea.   Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Letters A and B

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Happiness is….. a camera, a coffee and a donut

The topic for this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge from Cee is “Any Camera or Photographer“   This first picture sums up perfection for me, especially when Mediterranean sunshine is added into the equation: Happiness is  ….. a camera, a smiley coffee and a donut. (although my coffee was an espresso with no facial features whatsoever).   A photoshoot on a local beach is always fun too, even without the Mediterranean sunshine! :   I took this next picture on a photography course I did a few years back. Whilst I enjoyed learning about studio lighting, still life and portraiture, I came to the conclusion that all that faffing about with light-meters, flash-guns, lightboxes etc is not for me. I definitely prefer to be out in the open air. To each his own.  I’ve always maintained that people enjoy doing what they’re good at: I wasn’t much good at studio photography.   I love old cameras. This isn’t mine though:   And so do these enthusiasts at a weekly local market:  

Perspective: Looking up, Down or Sideways

Getting a different perspective on familiar things for me usually involves some kind of physical contortion. I approached this iconic Scallop on Aldeburgh beach with camera already set.  Since I could see people approaching, and wanted a shot without them in it, I flung myself down flat on the pebbled seashore in front of it and clicked the shutter. It was an “all-in-one” sequence of actions. One second I was on my feet, next second I was splayed flat out, clicking. I did this so quickly (I’d been rehearsing it in my mind on the walk towards it) that  the others nearby thought I’d collapsed. I did feel a bit silly but it was good of them to check out that I was OK.  Getting back up afterwards wasn’t quite so easy. It never is these days. This shell is dedicated to composer Benjamin Britten . It is almost 5 metres high and is made of stainless steel. It was designed by Suffolk artist, Maggi Hambling, and bears the words : I hear those voices that will not be drowned  (from Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes”)     Getting the next couple of shots involved me cricking my neck:     […]

Walking on Broken Glass

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Walking on Broken Glass This glass-covered hiking boot attracted my attention at a craft fair a couple of years ago. It is the trademark of a talented glass-engraver called Alexis Valentine. When I got talking to him he told me that he had worked in a lab as a dental technician for 32 years making crowns and bridgework. I’ll bet he could have made some fancy gnashers!     Using his “Skill with a Drill”, all his creations are quite unique. This one has the fox’s head on the far-side of the glass and its face on the near-side.   To see more of Alexis’ work, why not head to his website:  

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