Letters From The West

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is ‘Letter.’

Here are some of the examples I have seen of letters in the last few years, from the neon signs of Piccadilly Circus to the handwritten letters of love on Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Pere Lachaise… As always, I’d love your thoughts.


Piccadilly Circus, London


The words of JFK’s most famous speech, carved in stone next to his grave, Arlington Cemetery, Washington


Letters of love, written on Oscar Wilde’s tomb, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris


Letter carved into the ruins of Pompeii, Italy


The entrance to the British Library, London


‘I amsterdam’ letters, Amsterdam

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Street Life

This week’s theme focuses on different images of ‘street life.’


A side street in Birmingham City Centre, 2013


Montmatre, Paris, 2010


A street artist recreates famous art works, Birmingham, 2013


A stroll down a sidestreet in Brighton, 2013

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One, 2013


When I saw the Weekly Photo Challenge was about the idea of beginning, there was one particular photograph that sprang to mind, despite the fact that the quality of the picture is poor.

For those of you that have followed this blog for a while, you’ll know that I adore my three cats – Wobbly (yes, that’s her name, yes, I know it’s a stupid name, but it suits her – long story), Poppy and Daisy. Poppy and Daisy were accidental pets – I never intended on having two more cats.

At work another teacher informed me that her mother’s cat had given birth to three kittens and asked if I wanted one of them to keep Wobbly company. I thought it was a nice idea, so I asked if I could have the ginger one. The following day I was told that the ginger kitten had passed away and was offered the other two as a pair – they had grown really close and the owners didn’t want to seperate them. I agreed to have a look at them and so the teacher brought them round to my house.

In a heavy duty carrier bag.

I was horrified – they were five weeks old, which was far too young to be away from their mother, they had blue eyes, fleas and were in a mess. I instantly told her that I would have the two of them, asked her to leave and immediately took them to the vets. I wanted to report her mother to the RSPCA but there wasn’t any way I could get the details of her address.



The next few weeks were spent administering various types of medication, and these pictures were taken a week or so after they had settled in – the beginnings of chewed wires, stolen food, smashed plates, scratched furniture and legs, hairballs, vomit, 12 hourly injections… and a beautiful friendship that I can’t imagine ever being without. Daisy looked hilarious at first, closely resembling Yoda from Star Wars due to her enormous ears. Thankfully, she grew into them and they are both now happy and generally healthy cats (although Daisy has diabetes). Ironically, Wobbly hates both of them and often will refuse to go anywhere near them, despite the fact that she has lived with them for the last seven years…


Poppy at 6 weeks


Fluffy I am

I never spoke to the teacher again.

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Joy in 2013 – A Photographic Review

As this is the final Weekly Photo Challenge of 2013, the theme being ‘joy,’ I thought I would make it special. I already had written a review of the year and included some of these photographs, but I thought that it would be nice to do a photographic review of my blogging year too – these photographs have been taken throughout the year after starting my blog in April, with either the subject itself or the finished photograph that has brought me joy.


Wobbly surveying her territory, May


How The Bloke and I celebrated Eurovision, May


My sleepy little friends, May


The start of a beautiful meal with mum, June


The Bon Jovi stage at Villa Park, June


The London Eye and Houses of Parliament, July


Flats in London, July


A side street in Birmingham, August


A view of Birmingham from the new library, September


A bench in the park, November


The German Market, November


A day in the Spa, November


A stunning sunset, December


Moon, December


Wobbly is absolutely delighted with her Christmas present, December

I’d love to know what you think… Which one is your favourite?

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One in Autumn

It’s cold and miserable here at the minute, so I was quite pleased to see that the subject of the Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘One,’ as it gave me an opportunity to share some of my favourite photographs from a few months ago, when the weather was a little warmer.


A bench in the local park.


A gazebo in the same park




A tree, just as the leaves were turning…

Layers in London

This week’s Photo Challenge focusses on the concept of layers. I’ve used this photograph before, but I think it fits the challenge. I took this earlier in the year when I visited London.


Have a lovely weekend! Happy Blogging!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus



I’m a little gutted that I posted my black and white/colour focus based photographs a few weeks ago – they would have been perfect. 
However, it has given me the opportunity to experiment further with others… This is a recent one, taken in London a a while ago.