Tuesday, 28 March 2017

WE ARE DISMAL

Red Test on black metal background with rusted clips where another notice used to be on a brick wall

Given that this photo isn't in focus either, it seems a good picture to post today. Fortunately the internet is forgiving and you're only likely to notice because I mention it. Either way it's a cheerful way to indicate a bleak mood.

Monday, 27 March 2017

COUNTRY ROAD (OUT OF FOCUS)

I know this is out of focus but I'm putting it here because I like the shapes and colours - and am a bit short of 'in-focus' photos at present.

Narrow country road / mettled path with spring trees and telegraph pole.

This road runs along beside Chesil Beach after it has re-joined the land.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

MUDDY RED SHOES

Red shoes, pink trousers, black tarmac, white line

This is what happened on my Loose and Leafy Walk.

Friday, 24 March 2017

UNION JACK: REFLECTION IN WEST BAY WATER

Reflection of Union Jack in water running into harbour at West Bay in Dorset

Here's the same flag with a swan.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

ART

'ART' and red rabbits stencilled onto brick wall in shelter with benches

Sitting here you see the Fleet Lagoon and Chesil Beach ahead - but I doubt many people see the bench - or the art!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WHAT TO DO WITH FORTIFIED WALLS

Looking out from Waterstones Bookshop Cafe at the old walls of Southampton across new steps to precinct.

View from a bookshop cafe of the fortified walls of Southampton.

Incidentally . . . this is another picture where, if I were to change it for 'the better' . .  it would be to change it to 'less interesting'.

About Southampton Castle and the City Walls.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

WHAT TO DO WITH A TORPEDO

Ichthyosaurs with throne as driving seat - Andy Kirkby sculpture, Weymouth

What do do with a torpedo? Turn it into a Jurassic monster with a throne on! (Ichthyosaur.)

Sculpture by Andy Kirkby.
Andy Kirkby's site.

Monday, 20 March 2017

REEDS AND CASTLE

Sandsfoot castle in background, remains of torpedo warning mid-view, reeds in foreground.

If you peer through the mist you can see the remains of one of Henry Vlll's castles (Sandsfoot). 
Three posts mid-distance used to hold a notice warning people of torpedo testing. 
And the reeds in the foreground edge what used to be a railway line between Weymouth and Portland.

Torpedoes and the Railway - The Encyclopedia of Portland History
Sandsfoot Castle - Wikipedia
Hills in the distance are part of the South Dorset Ridgeway

Sunday, 19 March 2017

SALAD LEAVES

Red and green salad leaves tightly packed in supermarket tray.

On a windowsill.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

BLOCK OF FLATS WITH CORDYLINE

Concrete block of flats in Southampton with Cordyline on one balcony.

First posted on my other blog, Loose and Leafy

Friday, 17 March 2017

PROOF OF EXISTENCE - SOUTHAMPTON RAILWAY STATION

An update on absence.

Top of carriage, roof with peeling pain, roof with railings, Southampton Station

Total and repeated technology failure has kept me off air for a while. It's been quite a while since my camera broke for a second time - and it may still be another couple of weeks before it comes back from the menders. In the meantime . . . I've borrowed a camera on a short loan - which means I can post a picture here today to show I've not forgotten you!
Depending on the weather and various other variables, more photos may follow . . . but even if they don't, don't give up on me. Hopefully I'll be up and running properly again soon.

To keep us going till things settle. . . here's Southampton Station a few days ago.

And here's a link to the latest post on my other blog, 
Loose and Leafy - Life on a Borrowed Camera.

Hope you are all ok - do say!

Friday, 9 December 2016

BENCH IN BLACK AND WHITE

Bench at Burton Bradstock, Dorset, with view out to sea.

Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Monday, 5 December 2016

SEA AND LAMPSHADE

Looking out to sea in the evening with pink and yellow sky and a thing which looks like a standard lamp but isn't.

It looks like a standard lamp - but what is it really?

Sunday, 4 December 2016

CWU BANNER

Communication Workers Union Banner with Shelley quote.

Here we are, back in the summer and the Tolpuddle Martyrs March.

This time with the banner for the Great Western Branch of the Communication Workers Union - people who transport and deliver our letters and parcels; it includes people like call-centre workers and postal drivers.

Printed on the banner is verse 91 from a poem by Shelley - the Masque of Anarchy - which he wrote in reaction to the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 (in Manchester) - in which ordinary people who had come to hear speeches about reform and the right to vote were attacked by more than a thousand soldiers with guns and with swords, on foot and on horses. Hundreds who had come to the event were wounded and fifteen people died.

Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you:
Ye are many - they are few.

People who belong to the CWU are not necessarily high earners or in conventionally influential jobs - and this is one of the reasons I'm moved and inspired that these are the words for their banner. David sometimes defeats Goliath. Those who are not well off (or are women!) have, by joining together, gained rights which we now take for granted - like being allowed to vote!

Here are some links. 
Wikipedia entry about the same event.
Here's a link to part of the poem
(It's a very long poem. The link I've given offers further link to the whole thing.)