Cee’s FFC ‘Wheels’

“The wheel is come full circle.” ~ William Shakespeare

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, is ‘Wheels’. I’ve had many sets of wheels in my life, and I would really love to show you my first car, a sunshine yellow Triumph Spitfire, and also my two dream cars, a silver and then a red  Jaguar E-Type. Can you believe that I never thought to take any pics of these beauties? I could kick myself!  I guess I was too busy enjoying driving them, to think about taking photos.

Anyway, that’s water under the bridge, and as I can’t show you those, here are a few wheel pics that I do have. This pic of a waterwheel driven stamp mill was taken at the 18th century, Poldark Tin Mine in Helston, Cornwall. This is believed to be one of the oldest complete mining works in Great Britain. The mine was worked using horses and water wheels to power all the machinery and to pump water from it.

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Here is one of the massive gear wheels.

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I saw these wheels yesterday outside our local pharmacy. These huge pick-ups with raised suspension, always make me smile, as the wheels look much too small for the size of the truck.

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Here are the wheels that over sixty percent of South Africans rely on for their everyday commute. You really take you life into your hands when travelling in one of these mini-bus taxis. The drivers are well-known for their disregard for the road rules and their proclivity for dangerously overloading their vehicles with passengers.

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Here outside a 5 star hotel in my home town, are the wheels which transport our national rugby team, ‘The Springboks’.

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A few metres away on our beach promenade is a wheel with a very flat tire. Not much good in an emergency.

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I can’t do a wheel challenge without showing you one of our icicle-covered wheels, when we toured Yellowstone. We’d expected that by May, spring would have sprung, but were sorely disappointed. The occasional blizzard and icy road conditions did make for some interesting driving though.

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Wordless Wednesday: A Chorus Line of Gulls

Was ever a seaside guest house more aptly named? It’s like a billboard for a seagull show. They’re all lined up for the cabaret.

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Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Loneliness

“I want to be alone, I just want to be alone.” 

This is one of the most memorable movie quotes of all time and was spoken by the Swedish actress, Greta Garbo in the film, ‘Grand Hotel’. The word “alone” features in many of her films, beginning with the caption cards in her silent movies. In 1927, “I like to be alone” appeared in her film ‘Love’, and in the 1929 movie ‘The Single Standard’, her character says, “I’m walking alone because I want to be alone.” She was said to be the most beautiful woman in the world, but wasn’t renowned for being sociable at all. She had an innate need for solitude, and was often reclusive, maintaining her elusive mystique right to the end, when she died in 1990 at the age of 84.

Jean Paul Sartre once said, “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”  I leave it up to you to decide whether the subjects in my photos are lonely, or whether they are merely choosing solitude.

A juvenile heron strutting around the lake outside my house here in Florida.

A juvenile heron strutting around the lake outside my house here in Florida.

A lone seagull on the road in Polperro, Cornwall.

A rather cross looking seagull on the road in the seaside town of Polperro, Cornwall.

A lone hang glider in Polperro.

A lone paraglider high above the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall.

A statue of a lone deer stands atop the towering cliffs at Hirschsprung 'Deer's Jump' in the Black Forest, Germany.

A statue of a  deer stands alone, atop the towering cliffs at Hirschsprung ‘Deer’s Jump’ in the Black Forest, Germany.

A poor little captive Kinkajou in San Pedro, Belize.

A poor little captive Kinkajou in San Pedro, Belize. His owner was trying to get money out of tourists for having their photos taken with him. He really needed to be back with his mates in the rain forest. 😦

Lastly, but by no means least, here is a pic that my sister in South Africa sent me, with the caption, “Greta Garbo got nothing on Mom!” 🙂

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my quotes and pics for Ese’s challenge. To join in, or to see what other entries there are, just click here.

CBBH Challenge: Ancient & Modern

One of the most ancient sites I’ve visited recently, is the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. I remember visiting Stonehenge many years ago, when one could just park at the side of the road and walk across the field to it. At that time, there was no-one minding the site, and you could just climb all over the stones at will. This time, it was quite a different experience, as it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. We had to queue for ages to get into the car park, which of course wasn’t free, and then wait in line for almost an hour in the wind and rain, to buy tickets to get into the actual site. We couldn’t go anywhere near the stones, as it was all cordoned off, so had to be content with taking photos from some distance away. If you look closely,  you can see a few ‘modern’ people behind the ‘ancient’ stones.

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I had Marianne’s challenge in mind though, so got hubby to take a pic of me taking a pic with my iPhone. I’m very sure the people who built Stonehenge all those thousands of years ago, could never have envisaged such a device. 🙂

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Whilst in Cornwall a few weeks ago, we visited the Castle of St. Michael’s Mount. There is a row of ancient cannons along the medieval battlements, presumably put there to defend the castle from invaders.
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Sit me on top of one of them, and you have a combination of both ancient and modern. (Well, I do like to think that this granny is fairly modern.)  🙂

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Last but not least, is the old Wheal Coates tin mine which I just had to see for myself after admiring Chillbrook’s wonderful photos of places around Cornwall.

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Some of you have seen this before, but it does fit in with the ancient and modern, so here it is again. Quite fortuitously, whilst I was gazing upwards, an intrepid and very modern paraglider obligingly drifted into view.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my ‘ancient and modern’ pics for the CBBH Challenge. There’ll be a new challenge out at the beginning of September, so watch out for it and do take part.

My two recommended bloggers for this month are:

George Weaver of the ‘She Kept a Parrot’ blog. Her “random thoughts, ideas and photographs” are really fascinating.

Mariayarri’s photography blog is simply stunning and she always has an English translation for those of us who don’t understand Swedish. Yarri is Maria’s beloved dog, with whom she shares her adventures.

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Sonel’s B&W Windows and Doors

Today I’m packing for a week’s cruise on the Rhine River, which will take us from Basel to Amsterdam. My 100-year-old mom-in-law is treating her close family, and of course she’s coming along too. I’m so looking forward to seeing the stately German castles which stand close to the river bank, and we’re going to do tours of those in Marksburg and Heidelberg. There’ll be a stop off in the magnificent city of Cologne, and we’ll experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. It’s many years since I’ve seen Holland’s famous windmills and beautiful canals, In France I’ll be seeing Strasbourg for the first time. and then we’re promised that we’ll experience the nightlife of Rüdesheim’s Drosselgosse, which has been described as ‘the merriest street in the world’. I’m sure the six of us are going to have a load of fun.

Sonel’s B&W Photo Challenge is coming to an end, so I decided that I really must take part in it this week. Here are a few photos of some of the windows and doors I saw on my recent visit to Cornwall.

I really fell in love with the leaded windows at St Michael’s Mount, which is said to be the ‘jewel in Cornwall’s crown’.

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Here are beautiful windows in the 15th century church which stands in the grounds of Landhydrock House, the “finest house in Cornwall.”

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The harbour town of Polperro has so many picturesque cottages, and I just had to capture some of those old doors and windows.

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The Blue Peter Inn, described as “the last pub before France”, is where we had dinner on the last evening of our holiday. Hubby had the Cornish pasty and a Guinness, and I had home-made fish cakes and a beer shandy.

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So tomorrow I’ll be off on yet another adventure, and I haven’t even finished telling you about my last one. I’ll try to pop in on some of you, but if you don’t see me around, you’ll know where I am. Have a great weekend.

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A lingering look at the windows of ‘St Michaels’ Mount’.

I have just returned from a five-day visit to Cornwall, and one of the many historic places I really enjoyed, was St Michael’s Mount, the most famous of Cornwall’s landmarks. This majestic castle is built high on a granite crag, and dates back to the 14th century. When I have more time, I’ll do a post with more photos, but for now here are just a few of the wonderful windows which look out across Mounts Bay.

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Every window has a magnificent view.

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I could imagine myself sitting on this window seat for hours, reading a book or just staring out to sea.

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Each window had a special charm of its own.

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Just take a look at this ornate window fastener. So beautiful.

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This one just had a plain pane of glass, but the gorgeous view certainly made up for that.

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It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I really loved this one.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my lingering look at windows. To see more, click here to visit Dawn’s latest post.

Seen on our journey to Looe in Cornwall.

Today we left MiL’s house for a few days in Cornwall. We were intending to stop off at Stonehenge on the way, but after sitting for an hour and a half in a dreadful traffic jam, decided to just wave at the stones as we drove past, and try again on the way back.

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I’d quite forgotten how absolutely beautiful the English countryside is, and we had to stop to get a couple of pics of some of the gorgeous horses which seemed to be  everywhere, just grazing along the side of the road as we crossed Bodmin Moor.

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This momma and her baby were just the loveliest sight to behold.

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I love the old-style sign posts. They have so much more character than the modern ones.

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Colliford Lake is a tranquil looking reservoir on Bodmin Moor, popular for trout fishing.

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This ancient stone at the side of the road, really intrigued me. It obviously had an inscription on it at one time.

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Our GPS took us along miles of narrow country lanes, often wide enough for only one car, so there were a few times when we came face to face with another vehicle, and one of us had to reverse until we found a wider bit where we could pass one another.

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Eventually we arrived at Trenderway Farm where we are to stay for five nights.

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We were delighted to be immediately sat down to enjoy tea and scones with home-made strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream. Absolutely delicious!

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Tomorrow we will go exploring in Looe, which is said to be the cutest town in Cornwall. Wishing you all a great weekend.