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Pollen and other hazards #Sunday ramble

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Welcome to another Sunday ramble when I take you on a wander around the less trodden pathways of my mind. It’s the pathways up my nose that are concerning me today as my sinuses get blocked with spring pollen. (more…)


Offers and special buys #thrifty

The Aldi super-six this week are red onions (1kg), sweetbite peppers (150g), chestnut mushrooms (150g), rhubarb (400g), Jersey Royal new potatoes (500g) and green beans (220g). They are all 59p each and the offer lasts until Thursday 4th of June. (more…)


Dark secrets #Sunday #ramble

Welcome to another Sunday ramble and today my lead picture is of the mill pool. It looks scenic, but if we dig into it’s past will we find dark secrets ? On the other side of the pool is heathland, but part of it is now a school field for what used to be Menzies high school. (more…)


online and offline marketing #thrifty

The Aldi super six this week are baby plum tomatoes (275g), baby corn (135g), salad potatoes (1kg), snack pack grapes (170g), fun-size apples and white mushrooms (380g). They are all 59p each and new offers start on 21st May. (more…)


Rain, what rain? #Sunday #ramble

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I took today’s photo a year ago at West Bromwich Manor House. The Boer War re-enactment group is there again this weekend for a re-enactment of an American civil war battle. The bank holiday weather isn’t good. As usual, we have rain. At the moment it seems to have stopped and we’re British, we just go on! (more…)


Nature changes #review

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Time doesn’t stand still, the leaves are coming on the trees and many are covered in blossom. Nature changes and we have to change with it and adapt. Nature does fail to adapt to extremes, the frost often kills off plants. Nature likes gradual change and so do we, we can adapt to that. (more…)


Memories #Sunday #ramble

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This is Wednesbury Market, my local market. In the past the council have tried stopping other markets and car boot sales setting up too close, by claiming that this market has a royal charter. It is generally accepted that the market does have a royal charter, but the truth is the royal charter was given to the lord of the manor and not the council, for two fairs a year; not two markets a week! (more…)


Hoss Muck #review

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This photo of a wood pile  one of the more usual photographs I’ve taken here in the Black Country. I saw in local news that one place I have taken photos is now become a dumping group and someone has dumped what we in the Black Country call a load of ‘hoss muck’. The council says this is a bio-hazard. (more…)


First day of spring #review

FIRST DAY OF SPRING

Yes, it’s the first day of spring. Yesterday it was the spring equinox, the solar eclipse and there was even a super-moon, I didn’t see the super-moon, it was a bit cloudy. These things are events like Christmas and birthdays. (more…)


In a class of my own

I think Britain’s class system is out-dated, but it’s is still a big influence over millions of people’s lives. The working classes are supposed to be the uncouth, beer drinking proletariat with few manners and little culture. While the middle classes aspire to be like their lords and masters;  the upper classes. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Winter Bargains

The Aldi super-six this week are swede, red onions (1Kg), sweet potatoes (750g), baking potatoes (4), chantenay carrots (500g) and parsnips (600g).  They are all 59p each and the offer will continue until Wednesday, 28th of January. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: getting about

I’ll be getting about this afternoon, taking photographs somewhere. Sunday is the only day when the roads are reasonable clear. The congestion on the roads gets worse in the Black Country and finding a place to park is a nightmare. (more…)


The Review: Changing times

Black Country churches in Wednesbury

These are the churches in Wednesbury

 

Christmas is a religious festival, despite the commercialisation. Where I live the roads are horrendous as people frantically try to get their shopping and make Christmas a special time. There is Christmas music everywhere, trying to get people in the mood; but it won’t be a Merry Christmas for the homeless. (more…)


The review: Do we have a right to judge?

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While most of us are thinking about Christmas, many people in the UK are worrying about where their next meal is coming from or whether they will end up on the streets begging. Its freezing where I am and will be even colder tonight. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: risk

Roulette Wheel courtesy Wikpedia

Image: Courtesy of Wikipedia 

In life there are constant risks. Every time we drive we risk road traffic accidents and death. We can contract some dreadful illness at any time and die horribly. We can have some financial disaster and find ourselves begging on the  streets. (more…)


The review: ready for Christmas?

It’s that time of year again when the Christmas lights are switched on in town centres. These days they aren’t quite as plentiful as they used to be when lots of small businesses would join in and light up their shops too.

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The Review: autumn events

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We are half way through Autumn and winter is fast approaching. I managed to go to one event this week and take photographs. The bonfire and fireworks event caused traffic chaos so I didn’t get there, but at least I kept writing! (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: changing seasons

This was Forge Mill Lake in February; I wonder what it looks like in Autumn? I might find out today. The seasons change and the landscape changes with them. Our lives are like that, people come into our lives and leave with the next season. We look for permanency in our lives, but everything  is  really temporary.

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The review: I want to be different

Wednesbury Pool

The reason for today’s picture is that I want to take the same picture this weekend to see the changes in autumn. I want to try different camera settings too. I don’t have grand ambitions, I write, take photos and see things differently. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: music, politics and photography

The Vine Darlaston

The sun is shining this morning and it could be a good day for photography. I will be doing some indoor photography early this evening. I’m going to photograph Acoustic Alliance who will be playing at the Vine in Darlaston from 6 – 8pm. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: save and invest

The Aldi super-six this week are cherry tomatoes (300g), savoy cabbage, carrots (1Kg), celery, onions (1Kg) and snack pack grapes (170g). They are all 39p and that offer lasts until the 24th of September. I had some celery! (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Last days of summer

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It’s only a week now to the Autumnal equinox and the beginning of Autumn. We have cloudy days even in summer in England and so it won’t be that much different when I’m out taking photographs, just a lot colder and very bleak. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: referendum

Wednesbury skyline

I have some new readers today, so I thought I would remind everybody that I live in the heart of England, here in the Black Country. I have some readers overseas and so I should explain that the United Kingdom consists of 4 parts. (more…)


The review: an interesting week

White swan

It was an interesting week. The warmongering in the middle east and Ukraine stifled the stock market again yesterday. The sanctions against Russia are getting more serious now. France is threatening to hold back the two warships they ordered. I wonder what they wanted those for? Humanitarian aid trips? (more…)