Tuesday, 21 December 2010

SEASONS GREETINGS.

RINGING THE BELL FOR CHRISTMAS
Seasons greetings to all my friends out there in the blogosphere.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



 I will not be making any more postings until  the New Year as I want to spend as much time as possible with my family. I will be back again in 2011. Your comments will still be uploaded.




Friday, 17 December 2010

VIEWING THE WORLD THROUGH A WINDOW.

WINDOW AT OLD WARDOUR CASTLE

                       Rosiness is not a worse windowpane than
                       gloomy grey when viewing the world.

                                                                                            words - Grace Paley.                                                    

Monday, 13 December 2010

TRAIN SERVICE - DRIVING YOU UP THE WALL?


TRAIN SYSTEM DRIVING YOU UP THE WALL?
People often say that the British train service drives them up the wall. Late trains and cancelled services all seem to conspire to make the journey as difficult as possible. Well these two shots taken at Bournemouth Train Station prove that point.

Most passengers at the station never notice this pair of shoes half way up a wall on platform two. None of the staff at the station know when or why they were put there but I do know that they have been there for at least the past ten years.

Perhaps it was a passenger who just got fed up with waiting for her train - drives you up the wall doesn't it?

Thursday, 9 December 2010

WORLD PEACE STATUE.

WORLD PEACE STATUE - NORMANDY
This is the World Peace Statue which is situated at Grandchamp Maisy in Normandy, France.
It is made from stainless steel - weighs 16 tons and is 10 metres tall.  It was designed by Yao Yuan and was shipped from Guangzhou the capital of South China's Guangdong Province.
It left China on April 15th 2010 and arrived in Normandy and was erected in time for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6th.
According to Yao Yuan "it represents the Chinese people's desire to safeguard and promote world peace".

Sunday, 5 December 2010

NIGHT'S SWIFT DRAGONS..............


Night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,
   And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger;
At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and there,
   Troop home to churchyards.

William Shakespeare - 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'

Thursday, 2 December 2010

THE WELCOMING SEAT.

THE WELCOMING SEAT
About six years ago I walked the Cleveland way over five days during the Spring. The Cleveland Way extends for 108 miles skirting the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
About a mile from Saltburn-by-the-Sea I came across this seat. I sat down intending to have a 5 minute break  and the next thing I knew I checked my watch and I must have fallen asleep for just over an hour.

The entry in the official guide book for the walk refers to this seat :-
'Towards the top of the lane there is a welcoming seat below a curved stone wall.'

The seat was very welcoming for me as I was obviously tired.