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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

It's A Topsy Turvy World

I'm still not very well, so haven't managed to leave the house, but as it was such a lovely day yesterday, I took this photo of the garden through a crystal ball in readiness for this month's theme of 'upside down'.

We haven't got a very big garden, but you can see some trees, a conservatory and of course the lovely blue sky.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Colours Of Summer

As I am off work at the moment with tummy trouble, I thought that I would try and make the best of things, especially as it is lovely and sunny at the moment.

So I was sitting outside in the garden under a sunshade, when I saw the opportunity of taking a photo presented itself. I noticed how clear the sky was with no clouds, and how the pink of the sunshade made for a colourful contrast.

If this was on an exotic beach somewhere, rather than in the back garden of a Beeston house, then the sunshade probably wouldn't have any creases in it. Well I certainly wasn't going to get the iron out in these temperatures!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Who's Best?

Another shot that I took off the TV from the BBC's coverage of Glastonbury.

I don't think this band need any introduction, even though there only two left now. No it's not the Beatles, but the amazing Who; Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey.

There is of course a Beatles connection in that Ringo Starr's son Zak plays drums in the group now, who I think is a better drummer than Ringo himself. But of course he's no Keith Moon.

They played a great set, which mainly consisted of their most well know songs and a lot of the audience, of differing ages were singing along too.

For a couple of pensioners, they still have plenty of energy and enthusiasm. Maybe as much now as they did when they started, some fifty years ago.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hello, Is It Me You're Looking For?

As much as I enjoy music, I have never had the urge or inclination to visit Glastonbury for the festival. The sheer thought of bing in amongst thousands of others fills me with dread, as I'm pretty sure I would end up with having a panic attack, as I would feel so hemmed in. Then of course there is camping in a tent, which is something else that I don't fancy. And I certainly won't mention the infamous Portaloos or the mud.

I think it is much better to be sat at home and watch it on the TV. I don't know who all the main acts are this year, but it was nice to see Lionel Ritchie entertaining the masses with his own special songs. I do know that there are a few local musicians playing there, including Saint Raymond, The Seaford Mods and Ferocious Dog.

It is nice to see all the different flags flying together. I even spotted the special Nottingham one. Music is probably one of the few forms of education that cuts across, race, creed and religion.

Saturday, 27 June 2015


Yippee, the very popular annual church garden party is back after an absence for a couple of years due to the tramworks.

And what a lovely day for it, being so very warm and sunny. A typical English summer's day. Such a shame that we don't get that many these days.

There were plenty of people mingling about looking at the various stalls, including a large one for books, listening to a small orchestra, eating a freshly cooked burger or just sipping tea in the sunshine.

Even though I am still not feeling very well, it was good to sit in the warmth, or chat to some people that I know, including some neighbours, who had a homemade soap stall.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Photographer Down

Sadly I'm not very well at the moment, as I have problems with my stomach. It started some three weeks ago, and I thought it had been cured by the pills that I have been taking, but it came back on Wednesday with a vengeance. So much so, that I was even sent home from work yesterday.

Have been back to the doctor today to see if she can work out what the problem is. They've sent some samples off to the hospital for testing, so should get the results on Monday, when I pop back to the medical centre.

I won't bore you with all my symptoms, but generally I've been getting really bad stomach cramps and have been feeling very tired all the time. I hope it is something that is easily treated, rather than something more serious.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Wilko Over And Out

There was quite a buzz in Beeston this morning as one of the town's most favourite shops retuned to the Square after an absence of three years.

The original Wilkos, or Wilkinson's to give the store its proper name had to be knocked down to make way for the new tram tracks. The people of Beeston mourned its passing. But at 9am this morning, the Mayoress of Broxtowe cut the ribbon and the long line of people that had formed across the Square all filed in and given sweets, balloons and for the lucky ones, some store vouchers.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Before And After

I used to visit this house sometimes when the owners used to host charity sales.

But they moved and the house was up for sale. It has now been sold by a developer and several apartments are to be built on the site.

I have been watching over the past few weeks as the garden has been cleared and the house slowly demolished. I stopped off on the way home tonight and took the photo below. As you can see, there's not much left.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

What A Card

Well here's a card that I never would have expected to get ever, as I am not a parent, or ever likely to be.

It was a little joke on Gail's part, as she put Oscar & Marmalade down as my 'children'. Which I suppose they are in a way, as we are responsible for their safekeeping, welfare, health and love. They give us companionship, a certain amount of love and an empty wallet in return.

We wouldn't be without them and we are so glad that they decided that we are good enough to be their parents.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

On The Town

I saw this picture in the window of a local charity shop and thought that I quite like it. I have no idea who it is by, but like the simplicity of the narrative. A guy having a drink with a woman in a bar. Is he a private detective, or has he just arrived, as he still has his hat and coat on?

I decided not to buy it, as we don't really have any suitable wall space to hang it, so I just took a photo of it instead. A shame that the yellow, no parking line is reflected in the glass.

Thursday, 18 June 2015


We have quite a few poppy plants in the garden that have started to flower. They all seem to be differing shades of pink. Although there are some of the usual red ones in the front.

Each plant is nearly five foot tall and have really big flowers. They don't really have much scent, but are a lovely colour and really brighten up the garden, if only for a short while.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Shepherd's Delight

Lovely sunset tonight. Such moody colours of red and orange. It's the sort of sky that Turner would have painted.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Eighteen Geese A Swimming

Whilst I was walking into town, I saw a few people leaning over the bridge looking at something.  Of course that stirred my interest. Has someone fallen in the water? Is there a yacht waiting to use the lock gates? Or was there some filming going on?

Sadly in a way it was none of those, but something just as interesting to see; a pair of Canada geese with their young were wanting to swim a bit further up the canal, but they were being prevented by the locked gates.

As I had some errands to run, I didn't stay to see how they managed to continue with their journey, or whether they went back the way they came.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Head Up Display

Being a clothes shop/tailors, One B.C had some quirky artefacts around the store.

I took a few photos of them whilst I was waiting for The Madeline Rust to start. I particularly like this stags head which is high up on one of the walls. I think that it looks very effective with the shadow and lights dancing around it.