Tuesday, 23 May 2017

JAWS

Jaws of metal torpedo sea-creature, Weymouth, Dorset, against cloudy sky

Torpedo Creature.

Monday, 22 May 2017

RED TOWEL

Red (ish) towel close to.

Loops

Sunday, 21 May 2017

POTS

Plastic pots and a plastic frame and a pottery jug in a terracotta pot

With a bay-leaf.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON GMB BANNER

General and Municipal Workers Union Banner - Swindon - Showing one of the chalk horses of Wiltshire - I think Westbury

If I'm not careful, we'll be round to the next Tolpuddle festival before I've posted all the photos I took of the banners in 2016. (Not that I photographed them all; it's a massive event!)

General and Municipal Workers Union (Wiltshire and Swindon).The 'B' is for 'Boiler Makers' but this is for historical reasons - it's really for a much wider group than that.


Here's a link to Wikipedia information about the White Horse carved into the hillside at Westbury in Wiltshire.
About the Tolpuddle Festival on Message in a Milk Bottle

Friday, 19 May 2017

BUILDING FROM SOUTHAMPTON STATION

Tall modern building with many windows glimpsed between platform roofs.

Windows and peeling paint.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

WAVE


Burton Bradstock, Dorset, March 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

ROOF - HALIFAX INDOOR MARKET

Looking up into the roof of Halifax indoor market while the scaffolding is up for repairs

With scaffolding.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

GRASS FLOWERS AND TERRACOTTA POT

Grass flowers in front of a terracotta, garden pot.

One of the beauties to be found in a lightly tended garden.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

PARKING MARKINGS

Blue parking spaces outlined with yellow with grey route for moving cars.

At the top of a multi-storey car park.

For some reason this photo self-published early and out of sequence so apologies if you are seeing this for a second time.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

DANDELION AND BRAMBLE

Dandelion glimpsed beyond new bramble (blackberry) leaves.


I think it's a dandelion.I used to think all yellow flowers of this shape are dandelions - but they aren't.

Monday, 8 May 2017

SNOWDROP SEED POD

Seed pod of snowdrop flower hanging over the edge of a terracotta pot.

In a pod in a pot on a pot

Sunday, 7 May 2017

CINEMA

Looking up at the Vue Cinema in Halifax - lots of glass - with a blue sky and plane entrail

In Halifax

Saturday, 6 May 2017

CAR SHADOW

Shadow of car on blue road surface of multi-storey car park with tyre tracks

With tyre tracks.

Friday, 5 May 2017

REFLECTED PUB UMBRELLAS

Huge yellow pub umbrellas reflected in the water at West Bay, Dorset

You can see these same, huge, pub-garden umbrellas 'the right way up' (i.e. non-reflected) at UMBRELLAS.


Thursday, 4 May 2017

GOOSE GRASS AND BINDWEED

Goosegrass, bindweed, bluebess, brambles and the remains of a celandine.

The Goosegrass in the title goes up the middle It isn't grass and is also called 'Cleavers' - the leaves are slightly sticky and when the little seed balls develop they will cling easily to your clothes. Bindweed (convolvulus) has large heart shaped leaves and will have huge, white, trumpet-like flowers. Bottom right - three leaves on the top of a stalk - new bramble leaves (blackberries!). To the left of the bramble, right at the bottom of the page, is a lesser celandine leaf. The blueish flowers are - Bluebells! Above the lowest bluebell flower is a tiny, yellow, star-like shape. This is the remains of a Celandine flower. The grass is easy to identify as grass but I don't know what kind it is. (Pretty tough though.) I think the leaves to the right of the top bluebell are baby Nettles. I wouldn't be surprised if there aren't more plants in there too!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

OLD MILL - NEW HOMES

Derelict mill to let, new houses beside it and empty street.

To let!
Halifax.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

SHAPE OF ALEXANDERS

An Alexanders plant in flower against a sea and sky background.

About five foot high.
The alexanders here seem to have 'short-height' years and 'tall' ones. This is a 'tall' year.

Monday, 1 May 2017

MAY FOR MAY

Hawthorn blossom. (May)

May blossom. (Hawthorn.)

Sunday, 30 April 2017

RESTORATION OF THE PIECE HALL - HALIFAX

Worker in blue hard hat stands at Piece Hall entrance (Halifax) during restoration.

Here is a link to the Piece Hall in Halifax.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

DRY WEATHER IN SPRING

Green leaf and brown leaf on the same plant in April

It hasn't rained for a while.

Friday, 28 April 2017

HANDRAIL IN BLACK AND WHITE

Black and white version of a metal hand-rail at West Bay in Dorset. The sea is at the top of the page, the beach at the bottom.

West Bay, Dorset.
Earlier today this picture was here with the wrong title. The sea is, indeed at the top of the page but the line across the middle is a metal hand rail. The lower part of the picture is the beach - lots of little pebbles. You can see the original, colour version at Metal Hand Rail.



Thursday, 27 April 2017

TOWARDS THE WHITE CLIFFS OF PURBECK

Looking across Portland Harbour towards the White Cliffs of Purbeck with sailing boats

Boat with white sail in the foreground setting out from sailing club.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

DANDELION CLOCK AND PATH

Dandelion clock beside path with goose grass, bind week, grass, bramble and bluebells

Convolvulus lurking.

The latest post on my other blog, Loose and Leafy

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

METAL HAND RAIL

Handrail with pebbles below, sand above and sea beyond

Handrail with pebbles below, sand above and sea beyond. Can't think what the red is!

Monday, 3 April 2017

GORSE

Gorse Flowers

Flowers are all but banned on Message in a Milk Bottle. Initially, I thought I'd put gorse here because it's seasonal. But it isn't really. Gorse flowers all year. However, it's more noticeable when skies are blue - and there were blue skies on April 1st.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

TEACHING MUSCLE

Back of man in NUT South West T-shirt at Tolpuddle Martyr's Festival 2016

Continuing a series of photos taken at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Dorset, in 2016.
For the introductory post see 'Save Our Steel Man'
The NUT is The National Union of Teachers

Friday, 31 March 2017

SEA AT BURTON BRADSTOCK

Waves breaking against Chesil Beach. Looking east from Burton Bradstock. Dorset

Looking east towards Portland (land below the sky at the left of the picture) from Burton Bradstock in Dorset.

You may also like yesterday's post on my other blog - Loose and Leafy.


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!