Thursday, 2 July 2015

Kirkfest Scarecrows 2015 - IV

This is the last group I have to show. My the end you need to have chosen your favourites from the four posts (I - IV)

Orange Grove
June 25th was designated Orange Day by the UN in its campaign against violence to women.

Thunderbirds are GO!
Is that Little Weed in the planter?
Snoopy in a pose we all know
One I don't recognise
The Magic Roundabout
And finally

Mr Bean's Turkey Head
Now you seen all that the judges had to pick from. Look out for the next and final post when the winners will be revealed.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Photographic Model

It's not every day that a photographic model offers their services for free. Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet one.

Here's the result.

Where would you like to take me?

No, I don't do full frontals.
I'm quite happy to use the natural surroundings.

Is this high enough or
do you prefer a profile figurehead?
I charge £100 per shot if you want to take any more.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Aged - Thematic Photography

I could have just stayed in my office for this 'Aged' theme. After all everything will be modern when compared with what normally sits in a saucer on my desk.

Ammonites (Cf to a Biro top)
When it comes to buildings these two are fairly 'aged.'

Church House at the right, Sundial Cottage in the middle
The date on the sundial says 1786. At the left is a modern extension to the cottage.

This looks like a modern cottage

Until you read the plaque on the wall dating it to

Carved stones from the Church of St Martin and St Hilary date back to 810. As St Martin was once a Roman soldier then  parts are truly ancient. Anglo Saxon and Viking stones from the Church from the 200 years before the Norman invasion are on display in a local museum.

St Martin and St Hilary
Next to the entrance porch to the Church stands a gravestone that has seen better days.

I wonder whether worshippers used to bring their horses to church in the days before motor cars.

Horse trough (Or ancient coffin?)

But when it comes to the oldest things I have a small collection to go with the first three fossils you saw.

Large ammonite
That's a 10p coin at the right next to the ammonite from my first picture. The fossil which looks like a hook is a gryphea.

I wonder how many million years it took for the calcite to be deposited in the animal's body cavity.

I've aged enough to be considered an old fossil by some but modesty forbids me from including a picture of myself.

So for more aged items you need to follow the links at Carmi's thematic-photographic-339

Monday, 29 June 2015

Kirkfest Scarecrows 2015 - III

A few more scarecrows for you to look at. Have you chosen your favourite(s) yet?

Bear Grills Survival
If you are fond of gardening perhaps this is for you. Mind you Monty Don always has his dog Nigel to accompany him in Gardeners World.

"I love my garden so much I wet my plants."
I don't know what to call the next one with a bunch of flowers.

With a heat wave forecast for this week the next scarecrow got it right - if only I had got the whole of the notice in.

Summer this way ==>
Meanwhile Dorothy 

Follows the yellow brick road
Watched over by

Princess Ozma and the Wicked Witch of the East
While Homer has things to say to Bart, Marge and Lisa

The Simpsons
Rather a contrast to 

All Creatures Great and Small
There is another batch still to come before you make your final selection of the best scarecrow of all. 

All will be revealed in Scarecrows V later in the week.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Ports or Harbours - Sunday Stamps II

The ports and harbours on the stamps I have this week are all associated with islands - one from the Isle of Man and four from New Zealand.

Port St Mary
Once a major fishing a trading port in the south of the Isle of Man the inner harbour and pier were created in 1912.

Auckland & Wellington Harbours
Wellington and Auckland are located on New Zealand's North Island. Wellington is the country's capital.

Waitemata Harbour provides the main access by sea to Auckland and is often referred to as Auckland Harbour; it is crossed by the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Lyttleton Harbour & Port Chalmers
Both are in the South Island. Port Chalmers is the main port of  the city of Dunedin and lies 10km inside Otago Harbour.

For other ports of call and harbours in which to take shelter follow the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-28.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Kirkfest Scarecrows 2015 - Part II

A number of entries in the Kirklevington scarecrow competition had the same idea.

There were two -

Peppa Pigs
And several Spongebobs.

Spongebob Squarepants
Perhaps someone can tell me who the other character is.

Straw bales are ideal for Bob's body as can be seen in these other scarecrows.

When it comes to Star Wars it should be no surprise that:

Darth Vader
appeared more than once. 

Star Wars
However a character to appear just the once was

Cob the Builder
You need to follow this series of posts before you decide which scarecrow you like best. [There's more to come.]

The judges verdict will be revealed in the last post some time next week.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Kirkfest Scarecrows - 2015

In my home village of Kirklevington in North Yorkshire 20-28 June is Kirkfest Week.

One of the first events is the annual scarecrow competition. The theme this year was TV shows.

I have to confess I did not recognise the show in all of them and I suspect that a number are from children's television.

However at the Village Hall there was no mistaking:

Britain's Got Talent
Others are more difficult to place.

Most of us would recognise Del Boy though in:

Only Fools and Horse Feed
I'm sure that this would have gone down well with the runners at;

Kirkfest Races

Perhaps this few shots will act as a carrot to bring you back for more scarecrows in later posts.

Don't forget I shall ask you which you thought the best when we get to the end.