My Sunday Photo: 25 March 2018

Water Tanker at NightYesterday, I woke up to find that I was without one of the commodities that most of us in the Western world take for granted: water from our taps. It transpired that this was the result of a large main having burst. The necessary repair was no five-minute job, and the main supplies a small local reservoir for my area. Hence, this was the scene near where I live, yesterday evening. Water brought by tankers was being pumped into the local mains through a hydrant, so as to temporarily restore the supply. Being without water for several hours was an inconvenience, but it made me think of how many people in other parts of the world still have to travel for miles, every day, in order to get water!

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My Sunday Photo: 4 March 2018

Ice on Wollaton Park LakeToday, as I was nearby, I went to look at the lake at Wollaton Park. It’s not very often that it freezes, but I knew it would have done this time. Although the thaw had now begun in earnest, there was an eerie sense of desolation, which I think the misty background conveys in this picture. There were actually very few people about.

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My Sunday Photo: 25 February 2018

MSP180225Despite the cold, this hardy shrub reliably survives and flowers. Witch hazel, or hamamelis mollis,  has a subtle scent that will remind you, if you are a certain age, of that hanky you were given to dab on a bruise! This species is both useful and beautiful. I’ve  featured it here before, but I somehow don’t get tired of it…

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My Sunday Photo: 11 February 2018

Carriage Being RestoredI’m posting this picture here today to illustrate the effort  that is put into restoration work on rolling stock at heritage railways around the country, mostly by volunteers. Hundreds of man hours will go into the restoration of just one coach. The work will involve metalworkers, woodworkers, mechanics, electricians, painters, and more. This coach here will one day be serviceable and look beautiful. Remember that when you visit a heritage railway and buy tickets, you are supporting a piece of this country’s history. Thank you.

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My Sunday Photo: 4 February 2018

Dwarf CyclamenWe have some colour again, at last! Today, I found these dwarf cyclamen in flower, which cheered me up a bit. Besides anything else, I love all purple flowers, and these look so wonderfully delicate, even though they are actually quite hardy, and come up year after year. Nearby, there are some narcissi or daffodil shoots, but we shall have to wait patiently for the flowers…

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My Sunday Photo: 28 January 2018

SnowdropsAnd so once again, it’s the time for snowdrops. I’m always glad to see them because they seem like a promise of a spring to come. They bring their special beauty, just when everywhere tends to look a bit drab. The fact that the weather has been mostly quite mild, and so they came at a time of rain, rather than snow, makes them no less welcome!

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That Firefly Phil bloke, still knocking out photography and other stuff.