Travel Theme: Wood


Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” is after a WOODEN interpretation in this week’s theme. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do. Everyone is welcome.


Although I really dislike puppets (the fear of puppets is Pupaphobia) especially wooden ones like Pinocchio, the ones you find in the Czech Republic are quite amazing, if not a little disturbing.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

22 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Wood”

  1. Good puppet theme Jude.
    My wife also has a real fear of wooden puppets; in particular, ventriloquist’s dummies, which really terrify her. They have been used in horror films to good effect, notably ‘Magic’ (1978), and before that, ‘Dead of Night’ (1945). In case you want to really creep yourself out, here are clips from both! As always, Pete. x

    1. I’m with Julie on this one. I think I may have seen this film though. Shall try and pluck up courage to view the clip tomorrow!

    1. The top image (the winged fairy) has been post processed – it’s not something I normally do, but I am enjoying the effects you can achieve, especially on objects or buildings. I hope your Kitchen Witch is a little less scary 😀

      1. You did a good job of the post-processing on the fairy, and I agree, it can give some interesting results. My kitchen witch is ugly-cute, but not too scary!

  2. Ideal photos for this ‘wood’ theme Jude but I find puppets very disturbing, much like clowns and porcelain dolls. Had to laugh at beetleypete’s share – ventriloquist dummies must rate up there as the most sinister of them all 😉

    1. I’m still plucking up the courage to view Pete’s trailer! I was very scared of ventriloquists’ dummies as a child – they seemed to be on the telly all the time! I also agree with porcelain dolls, although I do still have a pottery doll from when I was three – she’s a bit battered though and not at all like the ones that collectors have!

  3. Yep! Scarey. But I don’t mind the cheery ones like those in the top photo. 🙂
    Your blog has such a distinctive look and layout, Jude. I really like it.

    1. Thanks Jo. I have played around with the colours (it started off black at the left, but I thought that was too dark) and reduced the strength of the header photo so my post images show up better. It is nice to get honest feedback as I’m not sure how people feel about the site!

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