Dawn rises over the flood

It has been raining heavily, intermittently, for a few weeks now. When it does, the “Infant Thames”, as the trickling is known around here as it begins it’s journey east to the Big City and worldwide fame, becomes a stroppy bloated teenager for a while. Three of the four roads out of our village will be flooded to some extent, but more consistently will be … Continue reading Dawn rises over the flood

Weekly Photo Challenge:Solitary

I was wandering the streets early one Havana morning when I saw this old man shuffling forward with his bag. I watched him until he found a doorstep to settle. He was selling newspapers. No-one paid him any attention – not even to buy a paper. He was clearly alone. I took his picture and wandered over to pay him ” a tip” . The … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge:Solitary

Istanbul and the building that took my breath away.

One of the better aspects of living in Europe is that some of the worlds most charismatic cities are within easy distance. If you live on mainland Europe they are only a drive away. Berlin. Amsterdam. Florence. Rome. Milan. Barcelona. If you live in the UK there’s a stretch of water to navigate but we can still be in Paris in a couple of hours … Continue reading Istanbul and the building that took my breath away.

The land of spaghetti westerns

So, as promised, some pictures of the holiday in “Spaghetti western” land. These are not particularly artistic but give you a flavour of the countryside around Almeria. In 1964 this area was used as the setting for “A Fistful of Dollars” and for several more spaghetti westerns after that. There is even a cine-tour of the locations involved. So, while you read on, play this. … Continue reading The land of spaghetti westerns

The Alcazaba in Almeria ……and the HOGs

Most of us have been through airport security at least once since 9/11, and if you haven’t you’ve probably heard tales of tight restrictions and attention to detail. When it’s me in line, jacket is off, pockets emptied, belt and shoes in tray, ready to roll – no problem. So I do get a bit tetchy when, despite all the posters, all the previous experiences, … Continue reading The Alcazaba in Almeria ……and the HOGs