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
Invited to follow Ailsa’s travel theme photoblog at “Where’s my backpack?” I thought I’d offer up my humble pic. Taken on a trip to photograph the Malvern Hills in England for a photo-music project coming soon. Oak tree leaves… a quintessential symbol of England. Continue reading Travel Theme:Foliage
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
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.
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
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
A couple of years ago we spent some time in Kerala, and those who know me, or have read this blog from time to time, know that I love India. For me it is like peering into a child’s kaleidoscope. There is so much colour and variety and change and magic and ….on…. I know the country has some huge problems, but I gave up … Continue reading Kerala fishermen