The Past

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

L. P. Hartley   1895-1972 

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

ABC Wednesday - K for Kotor

Kotor is a small town far away in Montenegro ......

To enter the town you need to pass through the gates set into the town wall -

Inside you will find churches, merchant houses and the palaces of the rich nobles -

Narrow streets -

And of course the main square -

Our holiday to Montenegro was a very interesting experience ..

Monday, 29 September 2008

Monochrome Monday - 29th September

My great-great-grandfather - Charles Thomas Bullivant 1825-1893. He lived in Alwalton in Huntingdonshire and worked on the land.

I would guess that this picture was taken around the 1870' 1880's 

He's with his wife and sister - but which is which ( I've no idea )  Any guesses ? 

Thursday, 25 September 2008

The Palm

We've been trying to grow this palm for some years now.

The rate of growth is a little bit slow - always new leaves but they take such a long time to grow and the height of the palm does not seem to increase much at all.

In Spring our local flock of magpies make great use of the fibres of the stem - pulling off great chunks for their nests ..

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Woolly Overcoats

The sheep are soft in Yorkshire - come winter they need an overcoat!

Nothing posh - just a plastic bin bag.

River Ure

Another attempt at scanning an old print - this time the River Ure in Wensleydale Yorkshire - not far from Aysgarth Falls.

Not sure if this is Spring or Autumn ... plenty of water there whatever!

River Wharfe

The Yorkshire Dales ( a National Park ) are a wonderful area for walking with such beautiful scenery.

Here is the River Wharfe at Grassington.

It's late winter and you can see the snow still on the ground and the river is in full flow .

My first attempt at scanning a colour photo from my collection of prints ....

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

ABC Wednesday - J for Jet

Had to think this week what picture I could use for J - anyway with the help of a dictionary came up with Jet.

We all seem to use them and it's now quite a common form of transport ..

Orlando - Universal Studios

For all those that enjoy cinema or scary fairground rides then the place to go is Orlando, Florida.

You'll find amusements galore ..

A very hot and humid place is Florida .... so take your sun hat !

Monday, 22 September 2008

Monochrome Monday - 22nd September

Day out at the seaside resort of Southport early 1950's - just look at the cars parked up on the sands !

This was before the  days of motorways and journey took hours - the cars seemed to always stink of petrol.

And me - wearing the  cap ( just in case it was cold )

The lads were neighbours from what I can remember - they left our area some time later and moved to Sale I think.

Saturday, 20 September 2008


Busy little market town on the England - Wales border - the black and white wooden Tudor buildings contrast starkly against the modern concrete and glass of the bank.

Shrewsbury has played an important place in the history of England and Wales for many hundreds of years.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

ABC Wednesday - I for Ireland

I is for Ireland.

Here on the west coast not too far from Galway City.

This picture was taken from Dunguaire Castle and shows the nearby village and small bay. 

Not far from here is the famous Burren with its barren limestone scenery.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Monochrome Monday - 15th September


First try .....  at Monochrome Monday .....

I've shown this photo before - somewhere in North Africa - sometime between 1939 - 1945 ??

Photo found in my late father's collection of photograghs

See about Monochrome Monday at

I'll now be spending time scanning lots of old black and white photographs - the tasks we set ourselves ......

Monday, 8 September 2008

Halifax ... Bridge that gap !

Halifax - not Yorkshire but Canada ..

Looking over the river - photo taken not long after their hurricane had caused quite a bit of damage in the area ..

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Busy little street .. Prague

Quaint old streets here in Prague ..

Just waiting for a superstore to move in !!!

Penguins - move your cursor and take them for a walk !!

Say it as it is ......

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land amongst the stars.

Look around !!!

What is this life, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?

W. H. Davies  1870-1940