Art, Creativity, Photography, Travel, Writing

travel theme: branches

Spring and Autumn are obviously the best times of the year for seeing the outline of tree branches, when they are clad in little or no foliage.


Autumn leaves

The sculptor of this tree has definitely branched out on a new limb with his kitchen pots and pans


Of course tree branches can be put to all sorts of other uses



See more of Ailsa’s friends’ inspiring photos of branches here


travel theme: names

What’s in a name?


in Sandwich, Kent


“aperitif square” – what a wonderful name for a place where you can enjoy an aperitif and more


The mayor of this village in France wondered for a long time why so many people wanted to be photographed next to the sign bearing the name of his village. Once someone told him, he decided to capitalise on it and established a museum dedicated to condoms. People from all over the world have contributed all shapes and sizes ….


Ronnie’s shop on Route 62 in South Africa was renamed Ronnie’s sex shop after a drunken evening when some of his mates decided to change the name of his café to attract more customers


Surprisingly you can get some OK snacks at this café despite its somewhat unappealing name

Click here to see more names that people have discovered

travel theme: sugar

Sugar or salt? Although I’m more of a salty person there are times when I can’t resist sugary things, or rather taking photos of sugary things.


chocolate goodies for sale in Bristol’s Southville market

the ultimate cake


a scrumptious piece of Sachertorte, consumed in the Hotel Sacher in Salzburg, Austria, birthplace of this sinfully delicious cake

my coffees never look this good

spice cakes on sale in Strasbourg Christmas market

natural sugar on a star fruit tree


“Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Slugs and snails and puppy dog’s tails, that’s what little boys are made of.” So ran a popular saying when I was a child.

Ailsa is to blame for making me post these!

travel theme: words

Words come at us from all directions both audibly and visually. Here are some of my visual word photos.



some of the oldest words – Egyptian hieroglyphs

padlocks in Köln – a different way to express one’s love

the writing on the wall, Barcelona

a bit of Banksy

a beautiful piece of calligraphy

a bit of fun

Take a peek at what other words there are to be found around the world

I have just discovered that one of the images I entered for the 2017 Light Space and Time competition on the theme of “Botanical and floral art” has gained a special recognition mention.


The second image I entered gained a special merit award


“The art competition and the submission process for the artists began in June 2017 and concluded on July 27, 2017. The gallery received 720 entries from 17 different countries from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the gallery received entries from 37 different states.

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories. Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital Media and 3 Dimensional Art. In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from the 3 media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.”

For further information about the competition and to see the work of the winners, please click here

I feel very honoured.

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Travel theme: flavour

I have been lucky enough to travel to lots of interesting places and have tasted some wonderful (and not so wonderful) food.

a roadside food vendor in India


food catering on an industrial scale for the many pilgrims visiting the golden temple of Amritsar


freshly squeezed orange juice on sale in India


snake gourds in Sri Lanka


my birthday cake, Thai style


the “strained through an old sock” method of making fresh coffee in Chiang Mai, Thailand


Get your taste buds salivating courtesy of Ailsa’s post on the subject of flavour

I love the serendipity of a found collage – images that have been created by random poster-stickers, graffiti artists, a scattering of pebbles in a pleasingly random way, a mosaic, bark peeling off the trunk of a tree, a whirl of fallen leaves or scattered flower petals.

These are some of the photos I’ve taken of posters in France






in response to the Daily Post