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Lacock in the sun!


photo (5)What a difference a little sun makes to how we feel!  Especially after all the wet and grey weather we have had in this part of the world in recent weeks!

photo (4)One sunny afternoon, earlier this week, my daughter made full use of her Christmas present, National Trust membership, to visit Lacock.  In particular, the Abbey, and to wander around the grounds where many spring flowers are now in bloom.

photo (2)She and her boyfriend had great fun walking around the grounds, even playing on a rope swing they found!  They also explored the cloisters of the Abbey, which have become well know to many a film buff, especially Harry Potter fans!

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They finished their afternoon with a visit to the Fox Talbot museum, but it seems that this little fellow captured their interest more than the history on show.  The cat came out of his basket for some fuss, but quickly returned to his spot in the sun!

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An Afternoon at Shek O


What an Amazing World!

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Hong Kong Island is a small piece of land constantly bustling with round-the-clock activities, keeping its inhabitants living a fast-paced life. It is where new skyscrapers are built, often over the rubble of older ones, to continuously change the face of one of Asia’s economic hubs. Yet, on an island where land reclamation has altered the harbor forever, slivers of unspoiled nature can be easily found at the other side of the hills, unknown to many who visit the territory.

Less than six hours since arriving in Hong Kong after an overnight flight from Jakarta, I am already on my way to Shek O, aboard a double-decker bus with James. Passing through narrow leafy roads, a far cry from the dense concrete jungle to the north of the island, we arrive at the approach road to the town of Shek O. “House numbers here…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

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Janaline's world journey

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Three-picture stories:

In a nutshell, a three-picture story is a way to help you think about storytelling with images. To create a three-picture story, gather:

  1. An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.
  2. A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.
  3. A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.

My 3-picture stories come all the way from Oxford, England

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What Time Is It?


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This bronze sundial stands in Trinity Square Gardens, just outside Tower Hill underground station.

It was commissioned by the London Underground and designed by John Chitty (Architect) and Edwin Russell (Sculptor), in association with Mike Duffie (Chief Architect of London Underground).  It was unveiled in 1992.

To obtain clock time during winter months, the instructions read, you must deduct one hour from the shadow reading.  The time shown should be accurate to within 16 minutes.

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The engravings around the dial tell the history of London – for more on this see History in the Round.

Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday.

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Commemorating World War One


ww1 mapI had a customer call the other day who wished to commemorate the first world war, by cycling the route of the front from Pfetterhouse to Nieuport.  He was looking into purchasing the 1:25 000 scale Bleue Series French IGN maps, until I pointed out that it would take at least 40-50 maps to cover the route, more possibly depending on which line of the front he followed.  However, he might have preferred to view the new IGN map Grande Guerre 1914-1918 which shows in detail the various front lines together with the sites of memorials etc.

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Coffee Break with a Difference


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Early morning safari outings in the Botswana winter are a very chilly affair. Wearing hats, gloves, fleeces, blanket ponchos and clutching bush babies (hot water bottles!) we set out each morning.  The chill was soon forgotten when we sighted wildlife of course, but the mid-morning coffee break was always incredibly welcome!

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Linked to Thursday’s Special.

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