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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.

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

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

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

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travel theme: names

What’s in a name?

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in Sandwich, Kent

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

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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 ….

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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

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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.

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chocolate goodies for sale in Bristol’s Southville market

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the ultimate cake

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

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my coffees never look this good

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spice cakes on sale in Strasbourg Christmas market

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natural sugar on a star fruit tree

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“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.

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some of the oldest words – Egyptian hieroglyphs

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

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the writing on the wall, Barcelona

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a bit of Banksy

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a beautiful piece of calligraphy

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a bit of fun

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

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

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

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freshly squeezed orange juice on sale in India

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snake gourds in Sri Lanka

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my birthday cake, Thai style

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

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

Daily Post photo challenge: collage

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

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in response to the Daily Post

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Here are a few macro photos I took of a yellow goat’s beard seed head, Tragopogon Pratensis (aka Meadow Salsify and Jack go to bed at noon) and a thistle. I loved the golden colours and the way the seeds shone in the sunlight.

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They were taken with an Iphone 6S with in the in-phone camera. I decided not to edit them in any way as they are beautiful in their own right.

See Sally’s original post and links to other beautiful macro shots here.