Welcome to Feb!

Posted by: ren33

Welcome to Feb! - Thu Jan 31 2013 03:53 PM

A new month!
Thanks all. I look forward as usual to your great photos.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Jan 31 2013 05:42 PM

Caroline Bay in Timaru on a warm summer day during the carnival. The controversial piazza and the start of the central business district in the background. Looks like we may get some rain on Monday and Tuesday....it will be very much needed.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Jan 31 2013 06:14 PM

Howie, I'll swop you some rain for some of that sunshine

Miniature daffodils just waiting for a bit more sun to come into flower

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Jan 31 2013 11:19 PM

My apologies for not posting for a while, great photos by all since I have last posted!

Here's a photo of everyone's favourite animal, the spider. There were quite a few spiders on this walk, but this one was a monster. Needless to say I took the photo and walked away as soon as I could, and I'm not even arachnophobic!
Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 01 2013 12:51 AM

Quote:
Howie, I'll swop you some rain for some of that sunshine

... and,Christina I would swap you 50 of my best orchids for just one of your gorgeous daffs!
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 01 2013 03:13 AM

Lol, Daniel! I wouldn't have even stayed to take the photo! Brrr...
Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 01 2013 05:08 AM

Sunrise. (from my phone - don't know how to make it bigger)

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 01 2013 06:29 AM


Oh wow, Mothergoose. Looks lovely just like that. Amazing colours!



I can't take photos of birds like some you can do so well, so I am reduced to taking photos of old plates with bird designs on them! frown
I like this design.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 01 2013 08:05 AM

Oh so do I Chavs. Looks oriental. That may be a crane
Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 01 2013 04:18 PM

Daniel, oh my gosh, that's huuuuuge! I'm not sure I could stand to get a picture of that even if I was so far away and still shaking like a leaf!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 01 2013 05:54 PM

My new patio sized fruit trees, one apple, one pear and one plum. Waiting to be moved to their final places when the weather improves and we can get them on a trolley without dragging it through mud.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 01 2013 09:38 PM

Leaves Green which is near Biggin Hill in Kent.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 02 2013 03:47 AM

You cannot see me, I am camouflaged.... smile

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 02 2013 08:55 AM

Oh, Howie, I love that! Loving all the February photos smile

A day or two ago I posted a pic of the January Thaw. Now it is time for February's Snow - this is what I woke up to this morning.



The good news is that it is Groundhog Day, and he certainly wouldn't have been able to see his shadow!
Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 02 2013 09:26 AM

Quote:
Oh wow, Mothergoose. Looks lovely just like that. Amazing colours


What's even more amazing is that I was up that early to see it! laugh
Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 02 2013 05:36 PM

Great pictures everyone! (even the spider *shudder* wink ) Such cute houses, Liz and beautiful sunrise, MG!

Finally got my camera out again .. I needed to have it and the charger in the same place for it to work apparently! wink

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 02 2013 08:10 PM

Daaanieeel, Scary spider! I almost walked into a web with a spider like that. I stopped within 5 inches of having it on my face. Yeah, I ran away screaming like a little girl!

Ooh, my second favorite subject! Beautiful sunrise, MG!

Christinap, I'm jealous of your fruit trees. I had five citrus trees that I think were killed during the last hard freeze we had. Only time will tell.

Howie, don't you mean "cowmaflaged". grin

Liz, that looks horribly cold. How cold did it get?

Jill, such interesting scenery you have. Are they wild?

This morning my mother and I went to yard sales and I found these three beautiful Stuart Crystal brandy snifters. The bowl is 4 inches and stands 6 inches tall. Can you believe that I got all three for $2.00? Such a deal!

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 02 2013 08:27 PM

Quote:
Liz, that looks horribly cold. How cold did it get?


It actually wasn't all that cold today, just a bit below freezing smile When it is really, really cold like it was last week (-35 or -40 with wind chill) it is too cold to snow. There wasn't much wind today either, so it was fairly pleasant to be outside.
Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 02 2013 09:36 PM

Had breakfast with my friends this morning and saw this little "jaw-dropper" on my way to the restaurant - stopped and took a photo on the way home. Still can't believe it's up there!


Posted by: Chavs

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 03 2013 03:31 AM

I'm speechless.

(Laughing though).
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 03 2013 12:18 PM

One of our heros during World War II, Ira H. Hayes is from Sacaton, AZ not far from where I live. He was one of the men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima captured in the famous photo. Mr. Hayes was a Pima Native American and a U.S. Marine.


Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 03 2013 05:18 PM

ClaraSue, love those brandy glasses - Stuart crystal is really expensive, great bargain.

MG - I'm laughing and looking at that in complete disbelief at one and the same time.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 03 2013 05:22 PM

As I know they're popular here's another old sign I found today in Sunninghill. Streetview had the stripy pole which is the matching style pre-1964, but the sign was illegible as so little paint so had no idea what I'd find when I got there. This is not only rare, but as the advance warning signs all have different yardage each is likely to be unique, certainly by 2013 or even 1983. The best news is the second 'prohibited all vehicles' was 30 yards ahead, another I didn't have before, although like all the others except a couple in Scotland their red circles have been removed from above, meaning I still don't have a complete set of each but a small loss in comparison.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 03 2013 05:23 PM

The sky just after a storm passed over us.

Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 04 2013 12:04 AM

Very dramatic, Christinap! The statue looks like a great tribute, CS .. and as for the sign ... LOL!

and yep, the emus were wild, CS.

This is an old steam engine that was used to power a pumpjack over a well. It was used up until the sixties when a windmill (you can see bits of that in the pic too) was put over the well. The windmill fell down in the eighties in a storm. There is now just a bore there.
When it was being used there was someone living there full time to cut the wood .. there was a hut there for them to live in .. it was a bit of an outstation and about 25kms from the homestead. Now we go out there maybe once a week, or even a fortnight depending if there is many stock out there, and turn a diesel pump on over the bore. Progress!

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 04 2013 04:03 AM

We went to the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts in Wales where we saw Roy Hattersley speak (very entertaining) and the Peter James interview. On the way there and back we went past the Tretower Castle, I managed to photograph it as we sped past in the car.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 04 2013 12:13 PM

It's funny how when we travel abroad we often cover more of a country in a few weeks than the residents have in all their lives, I covered ten US states in three weeks in 1980 and covered the same distance as going from London to Warsaw and back.

I always had a fascination with flyovers as a young child so take a photo whenever I see one now, this is the A3 in New Malden.

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 04 2013 01:31 PM

I'm confused, David. This doesn't look like a flyover. confused

Ahhh,edited to add....I had to look up flyover. I always think of airplanes doing a flyover. To us in the US, I would call that an overpass.

AND, edited again....I FINALLY got it right as to what a flyover is. I never knew that a flyover was a road going over another road, not just a bridge going over a road (what I called an overpass). Geez, some days it just doesn't pay for me to get out of bed. grin


Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 04 2013 05:01 PM

Howie - great grab from the car

Copago, we do it to confuse people LOL

Lovely day today, some real heat in the sun at last, and definite signs of spring in the hedgerows when I took Susie for her walk. Some catkins starting to develop

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 04 2013 06:01 PM

This was taken yesterday, but we did the same "Yowwwrrrr! Hiss! Why are you letting this white stuff make my feet cold?" dance again today. Precious asks to go out, we get bundled up (OK I get bundled up), she lasts for less than five minutes and then starts telling me off. When I say "Do you want to go in?" she runs straight for the door.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 05 2013 02:09 PM

A country lane in Englefield Green

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 05 2013 05:20 PM

Some early miniature daffs (tete-a-tete).

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 05 2013 05:37 PM

Blackthorn buds about to break

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 05 2013 10:33 PM

All those lovely signs of Spring! It's snowing here...

Here's Precious looking happier - indoors in the warm this morning, perched on the back of the couch.

Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 05 2013 11:43 PM

Old old sign that's still on our boundary.
i think I've posted this before .. years ago .. so I think that you've now seen all of the property. LOL

Posted by: sue943

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 06 2013 04:21 AM

I haven't seen that photo before Jill, do you offer fuel etc to people?

Come on, tell us again the size of Copago, I can't remember the figures but it knocked my socks off. I am sure some here won't have read how large it is. Whilst you are at it, how far from your homestead is your nearest neighbour, town etc.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 06 2013 01:00 PM

One I just found in the archives, the hovercraft which took me to Calais in 1997.



I had to ditch my 2000 Canon scanner last week as it says it's not compatible with Windows 8, and although it's managed better before the new Kodak ESP C110 replacement is making some really dire scans like this as well whatever I set the resolution at. If anyone has any clues why it's doing that I'll be able to fiddle around with it.
Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 06 2013 02:02 PM

lol, Sue. smile
okay, we have 85 000 acres (about 34500 ha). We run about 6000 sheep and 1000 goats. The nearest neighbours house is 15kms away .. the farthest one would be about 60km. Nearest town in 40km but it's only a small place so the nearest place for grocery shopping is 240km.
As far as property size goes all our neighbours are bigger than us - we have friends who are the biggest private landholders in teh state with over a million aces. It's classified as semi-arid so while it does sound like a lot you do need a lot to be productive.

Here's a little flower that is defying the dry weather.
Posted by: sue943

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 06 2013 02:26 PM

So about 133 square miles then. Jersey is 45 square miles so three times the size of this island which has a population of about 100,000.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 06 2013 06:02 PM

OOer, its mind boggling. The whole territory of HK is 1092 sq km, the island is 85 the population is about 7 million!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 06 2013 06:06 PM

Copago, do you reckon that you could fit 7,000,000 people on your place? smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 06 2013 06:45 PM

I've never known anyone who owned a small country before.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 06 2013 07:18 PM

A couple of wild daffodils deep in a hedgerow.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 06 2013 08:02 PM

While in Newport, MaggieG and I took the train to Bath. Of course, on the way back when we reached Bristol it was found that there was something worng with a door and we could not continue. After sitting on the quite full 3 carriage train for a while it was decided that we would all get off and join the people on the platform to get onto another train.....a 2 carriage train so you can imagine how squashed we were...

Luckily it was on the way back so I did enjoy a bit of a walk around Bath first, one of the sights being the Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon. One of only a few in the world with shops built into it.

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 07 2013 05:15 AM

Wow that is a big property Copago! And lovely photos by all!
I went down to a National Park recently. I went on a lovely walk, and then had some lunch afterwards. As I was eating, this Pacific black duck came over and sat down under my table. He was soon joined by a few others, and before long there was a small party of ducks under my table! I took many photos, not all of them any good as I struggled a bit with the lighting, there was a lot of contrast between sun and shade. This one turned out alright, I think, and I like the way it looks like the duck is laughing!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 07 2013 05:55 AM

Lovely photo Howie, Bath is a lovely city to explore

Love the duck Dan - he does look like he is laughing

Found this in the garden this morning. I think it might be some sort of fossil but not sure what

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 07 2013 06:01 AM

Oh yes, a curiosity! I love a good mystery. smile

Might it even be a meteorite?

That duck picture is great, and really looks like laughter.

Howie, that's so pretty.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 07 2013 04:19 PM

Very odd, I'm just about to post a photo of the museum I've just visited and I saw the fossil, and guess what, they had one there. This often happens with information people ask me I'd only just found myself, but never with an actual item before. Theirs looked the same and was a fossil sea urchin. Had I know another would turn up straight away (it was only 7pm tonight) I'd have taken a closer look but will search some other images in case there are differences. Check these, the lines around the side are common to all including yours. Notice all have five lines around the sphere. According to the details I read you are showing its anus (sorry but that's the view!). sea urchins

Here's the stage at Harrow Museum where I had a photo on exhibit tonight on one of their publicity posters, it was an ancient barn on a 3rd century estate and fairly recently become a local history museum and concert venue on the stage here.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 07 2013 05:08 PM

Thank you. I've looked at quite a few images, and yes it does look like a sea urchin. Sorry about showing that particular view folks! It was just laying on top of the garden, I think maybe the recent rain etc. washed it to the surface.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 07 2013 06:01 PM

I'm wondering if it's the season as so many seem to be turning up in the south- when the sea levels were higher the lowlands round here were all under water so all the shells were buried and come back as the rain washes them out. But in sea urchins that view is their best side so you are excused, as they would have been there when alive as well...
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 07 2013 06:33 PM

I'm quite chuffed about that. I've found flints, the odd roman coin (very common round here), even the tooth from a horse once, but I've never found a real fossil before.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 07 2013 07:38 PM

I've spent the day going through old photos and have spent hours (I swear it seems like hours) scanning and re-sizing. This is on Curacao a few years back when my sister and I took a trip to get away from winter. I want to take my husband back someday.


Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 07 2013 10:58 PM

ahh idyllic, CS!

Our grader needed to go to town to get some work done on it.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 12:07 AM

OOoh I would love to drive one of those , very slowly through the middle of HK Central district, just for the heck of it!
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 05:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Christinap
I'm quite chuffed about that. I've found flints, the odd roman coin (very common round here), even the tooth from a horse once, but I've never found a real fossil before.


I'd like to find any of those but a sea urchin fossil is a great find, well done! I would be chuffed too.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 08:48 AM

Another photo I scanned yesterday. This one was taken in Vermont in 2001. We were very interested in buying this old car. I wish we had.


Posted by: tellywellies

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 12:22 PM

I thought of Satguru's interest in road signs when I saw this. Not many Clearway signs left now I'll bet. This one is situated on a side road adjoining the A.325 between Aldershot and Farnborough.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 02:42 PM

Love the old car, the duck, the fossil and the daffs - and everything else!

This is the view out the window of my back door, just a few minutes ago.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 04:02 PM

A chic white-out!

Copago and ClaraSue have captured such lovely summery colours. It's nothing but dirty grey here. Today the fishermen had lined up all their handiwork on an upturned boat - new bright ropes on the lobster/crab pots.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 04:46 PM

Love that old car, probably worth a small fortune done up.

We had a lovely sunny day today with some interesting cloud formations

Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 05:30 PM

More trips for me now- that clearway sign is actually an old one despite using lower case- it was the only official one which did and was only issued for a couple of years. I've just found the location. I've got a bag of shell fossils from the beach near Swanage (I did anyway, goodness knows what happened to them) but even with a metal detector I've never found a Roman coin.

I went to an archive exhibition at Harrow Museum last night as they used one of my photos in their poster. It's the view across the hills but the flash managed to reflect off that exact one when I took it.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 05:50 PM

Round here the Romans were so prolific it's quite usual to unearth a coin when gardening, or to find one that's been turned up when they've been cultivating the fields.
Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 08 2013 09:45 PM

I'm a classics graduate, so would be over the moon to unearth a Roman coin! I'll have to get down to your part of the country, Christina smile
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 01:06 AM

The other view of Pulteney Bridge in Bath, where the shops are over the River Avon. I did not walk over the bridge and back...


Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 03:29 AM

Originally Posted By: AlexxSchneider
I'm a classics graduate, so would be over the moon to unearth a Roman coin! I'll have to get down to your part of the country, Christina smile


The Romans were all over Essex. Colchester was sacked by Boudica, and the fields round there are full of Roman bits and pieces. The museum in Colchester has some fabulous Roman mosaics as well as weapons, coins, pottery, every day utensils, even a chariot.
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 01:15 PM

We got some snow overnight...
There's a Jeep Liberty hidden under there.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 02:40 PM

Great pic! Love the JEEPRZ tag!

Today the sun is shining here, and Precious was quite adventurous in the snow.

Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 03:46 PM

All that snow! Brilliant pics!
Yesterday here it was 41* (112*F) and we spent the afternoon on the lake with the water temperature being 30. Just thought I'd share ... wink

A bearded dragon.

Posted by: sue943

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 04:50 PM

Dinner, so how was yours Sara?

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 05:50 PM

Oh yum! Tonight I will cook mine. Hope my crackling turns out well too!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 05:51 PM

Looks good Sue

A present from my neighbour for dog sitting for her a few times lately

Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 07:59 PM

Howie, thanks solely to your pictures, I knew the answer to the location of the Pulteney Bridge in a recent KO round!
SpanishLiz,I can't imagine Twiggy venturing outside into the snow (she hates the rain), but Precious seems to be relatively at ease?
Love the Bearded Dragon - imagine asking kids to draw that based solely on the name! - and the flowers; and Sue, I'm sitting down to lunch straight after this post as my mouth is watering. Nothing as grand as your fare though.

Here's another splash of colour - I THINK this is a variety of Corymbia (a flowering gum) but I'm very happy to be corrected by anyone with more knowledge on this!



Taken in Marlo, East Gippsland, Jan 2013
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 09 2013 11:21 PM

Mike, good to know I am useful for something and just as well it was not against me in the KO.... smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 10 2013 04:57 AM

I've been looking through some old photos as well. This is a beat up old boat we saw beside a fishing lake when out for a walk about three years ago. Don't know as I would trust it, but it appeared to be still in use

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 10 2013 05:53 AM

On CNY Day(today) you are supposed to have flowers that come into bloom on the day , in your home So here are mine:

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 10 2013 07:29 AM

Wow, now that's a lot of snow, CmdrK! I've been watching the news on this storm and have been keeping in touch with a friend in Rhode Island about all the snow he's getting. I hope you weren't one that lost your power during this storm.

Cool bearded dragon pic. I wish it was warm here! It's usually warmer here in Arizona during the winter, but it's been cold this year. I'm so jealous of your heat, Jill.

Love all the flowers pictures! And that is one cool looking boat, Christinap.

Another old photo that I scanned that is one of my very favorites. This is my stepson and my noble ClaraSue about 10 years ago at a lake in northern New Mexico. Just shortly after this photo, both of them dove into the water, one after the other. I have that other photo somewhere that I'll have to find and post because ClaraSue just loved diving into the water. She always loved swimming and playing in the water.

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 10 2013 09:53 AM

Milking the snowstorm a little more, here's what the other Jeep looked like yesterday. Looking at this picture, I was thinking it looks like something Herman Munster would drive.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 10 2013 12:15 PM

After seeing the American and Canadian snow shots I shall try very hard not to moan next time we get about an inch of the stuff!
Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 10 2013 02:27 PM

I love that fishing boat - it looks like a prop out of a movie!

Another view of the bearded dragon in the dappled sunlight.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 10 2013 06:33 PM

Flowers should be in threes
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 10 2013 11:58 PM

Love that boat, Christinap!
and all the flars!
and the bearded dragon ...
But all that snow has me shivering in my nicely centrally heated and cosy home! Not for me thanks, though it looks great!
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 11 2013 01:15 AM

We also came across Bath Abbey whch was not difficult as it is not the smallest building there....


Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 11 2013 12:28 PM

Thanks all, the boat did look a bit like it was waiting for someone out of a movie to jump in it. We were assured though that it was a much used lake fishing boat - don't think it would have withstood sea very well.

Here's another old one I've scanned. We were at a country show and they had a side saddle riding demonstration team.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 11 2013 12:51 PM

That one isn't showing up on my screen.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 11 2013 02:27 PM

It's probably too naughty, Ren. (Side-saddle is obviously a euphemism.)

smile I can see it.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 11 2013 03:38 PM

The clearway sign is in the bag, quite possibly the only one in Britain. It was a short lived design, and the only one before 1964 in lower case. There's a picture of one around Hyde Park Corner from the early 60s, on a rectangular plate, and I don't ever recall seeing a circular one for the clearway ahead till now (edit, I just did a search and found one for straight ahead for the road you're on). Here's a little road near there looking over Ash Common.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 11 2013 05:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Chavs
It's probably too naughty, Ren. (Side-saddle is obviously a euphemism.)

smile I can see it.


Hee hee.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 11 2013 06:07 PM

I can now! Lol,Chavs
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 11 2013 06:17 PM

Another scanned photo from a few years back. This is Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.


Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 12 2013 04:25 AM

For those who would like some history and are feeling a little hungry, you may like to visit Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum. One of the oldest (c.1482) buildings in Bath and bakes the original Sally Lunn bun, named after the French refugee who arrived in 1680 and set up a bakery.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 12 2013 07:21 AM

.. and you should have round fruits
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 12 2013 02:58 PM

'Tis Pancake Day, so guess what I had for lunch! smile

Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 12 2013 04:35 PM

I've been to Sally Lunn's many times in Windsor, I would think it's the same people and has all the history written on the wall as you come in.

You won't see many of these around nowadays, my scouts have been busy this week, and when one I was going to get had been replaced Tellywellies and someone on Flickr provided me with others the next day, this also has a 10mph speed limit underneath it which I didn't have, there is a turn left sign in the centre of London but with very little paint left unlike this one. There were usually red circles on the top of the pole but although there's room on this there's no bracket which would have meant it had been there once and vanished. Luckily I do have one of them as well which is many times rarer to get the whole set nowadays.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 12 2013 05:45 PM

.. and lots to eat
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 12 2013 05:51 PM

All looks so nice Ren.

We are fortunate in having an RHS garden only a few miles from us, and they are well known for their rose garden. This is just one bed of over a dozen. On a warm summer day the perfume can be almost overwhelming.

Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 13 2013 03:58 AM

Beautiful!

Our friend used to own a pub but shut it down.
That left only one pub in town and that friend won't go to that pub.
So he set up his own little pub area (no selling) on the banks of the Darling River.
great spot. laugh

Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 13 2013 11:54 AM

I want to be in your place, Ren!!! That all looks fab! The food, the flars, the fruit, the flars ... the food ... grin

Then I could slake my thirst at Copago's friend's private bar with a view! Love it!
Posted by: ertrum

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 13 2013 12:03 PM

I see a birthday is in the works. Happy Birthday, Ren!
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 13 2013 05:40 PM

Happy birthday Sara! I haven't checked my Hotmail yet today or would have sent it from there directly.

In case anyone wonders what the one way system in Enfield looks like here it is. The glass building on the left was a library according to Google but is now apparently a shopping mall. That's called 'cuts'...

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 13 2013 06:15 PM

A very happy birthday to you Ren. Hope you have a lovely day

Ploughing with heavy horses. An open farm in Rochford has gone back to using horses for a couple of their fields.


Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 13 2013 06:31 PM

Thanks all for your wishes.
Of course the shops all go to town. This is peach blossom. Very lucky and very expensive so only really seen in big stores nowadays.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 12:25 AM

Yoohoo Ren! Hope you had a wonderful day!!!
Posted by: sue943

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 11:18 AM

Those horses remind me of my primary schooldays. There was a field just over the road and I used to gaze out of the window and watch the farmer loughing the field with his horse.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 02:01 PM

Beautiful horses, too!

And I hope you had a great birthday, Sara.

Arizona has been colder than normal this winter and this is what all the cold has done to my poor lemon tree. We even had it covered during the coldest nights.


Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 02:11 PM

Part of the Royal Crescent in Bath by Victoria Park, you cannot really see how the 30 or so terraced houses curve with the street, apparently built between 1767 and 1775. The best view is from above but alas, I cannot fly....lol

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 04:51 PM

Lovely horses! All of Ren's CNY goodies look wonderful, but I feel very sorry for that poor lemon tree. Bath looks lovely.

I treated myself to a Valentine's cupcake today smile

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 04:52 PM

Originally Posted By: sue943
Those horses remind me of my primary schooldays. There was a field just over the road and I used to gaze out of the window and watch the farmer loughing the field with his horse.


In a very small way they are making a bit of a comeback. A couple of vineyards in Kent now use them as they get inbetween the rows of vines better than a tractor. Some Forestry Commission places use them as they can go where vehicles can't and organic farms often use them on at least one or two fields as they often open to the public and they are a great attraction. Always a joy to see them.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 04:58 PM

Your poor tree ClaraSue.

Something else making a bit of a comeback - otter.

Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 05:55 PM

A little late maybe but Happy Birthday, Ren! smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 06:10 PM

Howie, did you know that posh though it looks the Royal Crescent in Bath was actually built as a lot of cheap boarding houses, some housing activities not suitable to mention on a family site. The facade was done as a whole to make the city look attractive, but the insides were a lot lower class than the outside.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 09:42 PM

Yeah, when you have all these terrace houses joined up like that you get the idea it is not for the upper class people back then. Looking at it in 2010 you could see many of the houses had been neglected. The 'Royal' part of the name was added much later.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 14 2013 10:51 PM

Apart from the signs I've only been taking photos to represent new places so far, but as this is a new sanitaryware showroom I thought it warranted a showing, although I didn't get closer to get an actual view into the window for the details.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 15 2013 08:38 AM

Went to Sai Kung, by the sea, today. We looked in at the little temple there and this is a lion guarding it.
Lions are really important.In the list of animals for the years there is no lion. He was too late for the race to find which animal was superior, so the Emperor said he could have the job of scaring away the old year. He also guards famous buildings like banks etc.
Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 15 2013 06:57 PM

Here is the little temple
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 15 2013 08:03 PM

These are some of my favourite shops in Hampstead where I've gone all my life.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 16 2013 01:01 PM

Ren, thank you for all the photos and explanations so far, it's all so interesting, I hope there are some more to come. Your pictures are lovely and the "lions on guard" is especially nice; I like the bright colours all clustered together in one area and then the grey monotone is broken by decorative relief carvings - very pretty.

Belated Birthday Greetings! Hope it was a good day. smile

Hope you managed to eat some cake as nice as that valentine's cupcake!
Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 16 2013 04:32 PM


The local shops all go to town. Thanks Chavs, yes it is a very colourful time here. Noisy too!
Posted by: ertrum

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 16 2013 08:27 PM

That'd have made a good "Picture my Record", Christina. "Heavy Horses", of course.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 16 2013 09:48 PM

Inspired by Copago's picture of the outdoor pub, I thought I would add another element to the 'unusual sights along the Darling River'. This photo (a few years old now) was taken while sampling the river at 'Yanda' homestead, between Bourke and Louth. And no, there is no train line close by, so I have no idea how that carriage got there! Or even of more interest, why?

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 16 2013 10:58 PM

Fascinating picture, MikeMaster. I'd be interested in how the train got there, too! grin
Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 16 2013 11:36 PM

Great photos so far this month (as always) Mike, In England I think you can buy an old railway carriage to convert and live in (well it used to be,) so it may be one someone bought and took away.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 16 2013 11:54 PM

Here in Canada my mother once had a job for which her "office" was an old railway carriage, parked near the Armouries in my home town. It was beside the highway, but a long way from the train tracks.
Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 17 2013 01:40 AM



My daughter and her fiance have a 25% ownership of this racehorse. His name is Semit but he hasn't been given his official racing name yet.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 17 2013 03:23 AM

Originally Posted By: ertrum
That'd have made a good "Picture my Record", Christina. "Heavy Horses", of course.


It would wouldn't it. I didn't think of that.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 17 2013 05:46 AM

Or 'A horse with no (racing) name'....
Posted by: bitterlyold

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 17 2013 11:09 PM

For some bizarre reason, I think "Froggy." Something about his look. I played that character (Froggy), in "The Foreigner" many years ago, and just his look speaks that character.

I know that sounds stupid for a race horse, but I'm not much into equestrian sports. I do like riding, though.
Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 18 2013 12:24 AM

I posted this photo yonks ago ... http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab261/copagostation/ee28222a.jpg


I'm afraid he's high and dry now ...

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 18 2013 08:04 AM


Temple roof
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 18 2013 04:07 PM

A typical road in Temple Fortune, where I found a parking space for the shops.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 18 2013 05:13 PM

Our local Council have made a new wildlife lake. This is how it looked last summer, am hoping to go back this summer to see how it has changed.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 18 2013 10:12 PM

Now we are on the way to the next destination of Blackburn. A friend drove me which was very kind and much welcome. These are the Black Mountains in Wales.

Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 19 2013 02:10 AM

Just dropping in again. wink Even if I'm not really posting photos, I am still checking on this board and looking at all the photos. They've been fantastic!

If I were your daughter, MG, I'd call the horse Shadowfax, but she might not be as much of a Tolkien fan as I am. wink

This lake, set in a beautiful national park, was one of my favourite places to visit during the holidays for a day when I was younger. I returned to it recently, and found it was all dried up. Still went on the walk around it though, which was a lot shorter than I remember it being.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 19 2013 12:21 PM

The bandstand in Golders Hill Park

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 19 2013 05:30 PM

I love the old bandstands. We had a lovely Victorian one in Southend but a cliff slip one night took half the site away and they had to move it quickly to save it. It's never found a proper home since, which is a shame. They used to have open air jazz concerts there in the summer which were great.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 19 2013 10:10 PM

This was my view as I waited for my bus this morning (around 11 a.m.). The precipitation varied from big fluffy flakes of snow to painful pellets of freezing rain and back again.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 20 2013 11:21 AM

The gate, what is left of William Pitt's house on Hampstead Heath

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 20 2013 06:27 PM

We had a frost this morning which showed up where the spiders had been busy

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 20 2013 09:19 PM

Just before leaving Wales and heading back into England, we had a brief stop at Raglan Castle. Brief as we never went in to look, just gazed from outside the front of it. No time as we still had to get to Blackburn and then John had to return home.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 20 2013 09:49 PM

Sai Kung Waterfront at CNY
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 21 2013 06:01 AM

Everybody has been posting great photos. I hope to be back in the swing of things shortly.

Christinap, those spiderwebs are great. Liz, I am currently traveling in northern US and seeing sights like what you're having. I miss the sunshine. grin Ren, I'm jealous of your gorgeous days full of flowers and fruit. Raglan Castle looks like it has seen better days, but it still looks like an imposing structure. Lovely photo. I keep telling people I was born in the wrong era. laugh

I look forward to seeing everybody's photos every day.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 21 2013 10:32 AM

One of the exits from Hampstead Heath

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 21 2013 05:38 PM

Pheasant wandering along our bridleway

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 21 2013 05:50 PM

I've been browsing back through the month. I love all Ren's HK photos, so warm and sunny and just so interesting. Copago, I sort of envy you living so far from anywhere, but how do you cope in emergencies? Liz, that sort of snowfall I couldn't cope with, what is the worst you ever get? Satguru, interesting as ever, Howie's great travel shots, Mike's lovely photos, oh everyone has just contributed so much again. It's always a pleasure to come here even if I don't have anything to share.
Posted by: Copago

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 21 2013 11:30 PM

Great spider webs, Christina!
Thankfully emergencies have been few and far between but there have been a few hurried trips into town for injuries or illness. The hospital in 40kms away but there is no doctor there - the nurses are great and if they can't deal with it they get the Flying Doctor in pretty quick. We have 40kms of dirt road so rain can make us stuck - there was only one very slippery trip I had to take so far!

Here is a certain little show off on the knee board backwards.


Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 22 2013 01:38 AM

A second Raglan Castle photo, the travelling kiwi blocking the main gate.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Fri Feb 22 2013 03:57 AM

On the knee board backwards! Wow.
I remember trying to water ski on the Loire and I just never managed to stand up at all. My daughter aged 7? Up first time and holding on with one hand after three tries.
Little charmer.
Posted by: Dotb

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sat Feb 23 2013 11:00 AM

Lovely photos for this month. I'm still driving to work in the dark and driving home in the dark so no time for photo taking. I'll be back posting photos as soon as I can but until then, I'm really enjoying all the different photos you're all posting. smile
Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 24 2013 05:41 AM

Dot please check the Roll of Honour lists XX
Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Sun Feb 24 2013 04:07 PM

Hmmmmm, does not seem to be too many new photos here so I shall introduce you all to 'The Jester' in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 25 2013 12:00 PM

Office blocks in Bracknell

Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 25 2013 04:35 PM

I finally took a new picture! laugh It's been a cold week where we've been and have hit a few snowstorms. This is a mountain cut next to the Interstate in northern West Virginia. Luckily the ice hasn't come down to the road.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 25 2013 05:11 PM

That is impressive ClaraSue

Not the best photo I've ever taken - the Police helicopter up over us today

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Mon Feb 25 2013 07:00 PM


Burfday flars plus cards from clever friends
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 26 2013 11:29 AM

A traditional British town, still many like it almost unchanged for hundreds of years. The first time I went to Twyford I was disappointed there was no toilet factory, having used one at home for ages. It turned out they were made by Thomas Twyford in Stoke. You can't win them all...

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 26 2013 10:21 PM

Wow! Good thing that ice didn't fall! Beautiful cards and flars! Great street photo - I haven't been there, but recall many that looked much like that.

Here's Precious enjoying a walk in the snow on a mild, sunny Tuesday afternoon.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Tue Feb 26 2013 10:50 PM


a couple of posers I met in Gloucestershire.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 27 2013 06:53 AM

They look like they just stepped out of the Disney movie 'Lady and the Tramp'. laugh Beautiful Siamese cats!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 27 2013 12:37 PM

Oh how gorgeous - look at them. Beautiful and they know it.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 27 2013 12:38 PM

Another old town, Sonning just before crossing the Thames

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 27 2013 01:14 PM

A friendly little visitor last night, walked across the lawn and through the mess of a garden to say hello as I was trying to photograph the full moon (moon photo tomorrow) smile

Posted by: Mugaboo

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 27 2013 01:41 PM

This is the base of a Sycamore tree in our garden, with a ring of large suckers round it. The flowers are Snowdrops and Winter Aconites.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 27 2013 03:26 PM

That's so lovely Mugaboo. Thanks.So fitting for the last day of Feb.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Wed Feb 27 2013 10:19 PM

Love your visitor Howie! The flowers are lovely, too, but I'm afraid this is more typical of the end of February hereabouts. (Taken without flash, out my front window at 10:30 pm, about an hour ago.)

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 06:09 AM

Oh dear, that's a bit depressing, Liz, but as Percy Shelley so wisely said
"If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?"
We were taught at school that he was double wise in saying this as the phrase cannot be reversed....(duh?)
Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 06:12 AM

Here is a Passionflower to remind you that Easter isn't far off either.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 07:37 AM

That is lovely! Not to be depressing or anything, I thought to post just one more whilst it is still the last day of Feb. here. This was taken out the same window about half an hour ago (8:30 a.m.). That thick white line bisecting the window of the house across the road is a snow-covered power line!



(It is all actually rather pretty, and we know it will soon be gone, so less depressing than you might think smile )
Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 08:03 AM

There you go then Liz! Stay warm
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 09:00 AM

I've just finished shovelling my path - I'm very warm right now smile !
Posted by: satguru

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 12:25 PM

I've just added some more archives, this is Ropley Station on the Watercress Line, a steam railway in Hampshire from 1998

Posted by: Howie72

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 02:36 PM

As promised, a view of the moon from the night of Feb 27th.

Posted by: ren33

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 03:42 PM

I can see Thomas the Tank Engine!
Wow , an incredible moon Howie!
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 05:13 PM

Beautiful moon, Howie! Just lovely!
Posted by: Tekka

Re: Welcome to Feb! - Thu Feb 28 2013 08:51 PM

Thanks to everyone for your great photos. This is one of my favorite places to visit as I get to see things around the world through your eyes.