Travel Theme: Work

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

The life span of worker bee is a modest six weeks during the colony’s active season. However, worker bees live longer (four to eight months) during the less active winter months. These winter workers are loaded with protein and are sometimes referred to as “Fat Bees.”

Part of their lives are out foraging for pollen.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Earlier this week, the Daily Post talked about taking three-picture stories. Read the article for more ideas.

So the challenge this week is to share a story of your own using this format.

This is something I often do, though not necessarily in threes, but I do like to take an overview of a scene or subject, then home in on one or two elements relating to the subject and often include a close-up shot of some detail that catches my eye. Architecture, Landscapes, Travel and Gardens lend themselves to this sort of photography, but it can be used for any subject you like.

Bath Covered Bridge, New Hampshire

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Bath Covered Bridge 1

First a shot of the Haverhill-Bath historic covered bridge over the Ammonoosuc River in New Hampshire. Look carefully – in the background you can just see the steeple of the clap-board church.

Bath Church and Store 1

The second image shows the church in context with the neighbouring store

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and the final shot is a close-up of the sign above the bridge entrance. Do they tell a story? You tell me.

If you would like to see what others have come up with for this challenge then go to the Daily Post @ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge 

A Word a Week Challenge: Atmospheric

Every week Sue from ‘A Word in Your Ear’ dips into her English Oxford dictionary and picks a word on the page that it falls open at. The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe what that word means to you.

Decaying Shed
Decaying Shed

On the way home from a trip to Kent a couple of years ago we decided to go via Dungeness headland which is one of the largest expanses of shingle in the Europe, and is classified as Britain’s only desert by the Met office.


It’s an odd place, a flat landscape with a few unusual houses and abandoned boats and gardens with random items washed-up from the sea used to create some kind of weird sculpture.


Add to this a huge nuclear power station and a tiny steam railway with steam puffing into the air  and you get the impression that there is a very unusual atmosphere in this vast desolate landscape.

Full Steam Ahead

A Lingering Look at Windows: # 8

This weekly challenge is hosted by Dawn from ‘The Day After’ who invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story. Visit her blog to see more windows and/or to join in with the challenge.


Ludlow has a lot of wonderful old houses from Medieval to Georgian, though very few from the Victorian age. There are exceptions though and this house at No 1 Dinham is one of them.

victorian gothic

A truly amazing eclectic Victorian Gothic style with imported fiery red bricks and mechanical stonework contrasting with local materials and craftsmanship.

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and here is another one, though not as eclectic, still has those wonderful Gothic windows and a rather spectacular twisted chimney pot! They may not be in the best of taste, but they are certainly buildings with character.

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: Temple of the Winds

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: There is no specific theme given.  It just needs to be some sort of  ‘Which Way’. The possibilities are endless.


We are back again on Black Down (see an earlier post here) where there are several trails across the highest point in the South Downs National Park.


One of the walks is to the “Temple of Winds” named after a Bronze Age circular bank where you have a view right across West Sussex to the coast. There is a lovely curved stone bench where you can stop a while and drink in the views.


Join in with the challenge or view other ‘Which Ways’.

On Black Down
On Black Down