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…)
I photographed the local market in Wednesbury this week. Do you suppose all the goods on sale were British? Me neither. We live in a global market now and everything seems to have a price. I have been helping students with their writing and one has graduated and got a job in Shanghai, she asked my advice this week. (more…)
Things constantly change and we welcome some changes like improvements in technology. Scientific discoveries lead to new drugs and better healthcare. Some change is based on political ideology, religious fanaticism or is fuelled by hatred and we see no sense in it. (more…)
The weather has got colder in the UK, but so far we have had little snow. I thought I would use a photo from summer to cheer everyone up. There are colds and flu going around now, so many of us are taking paracetamol and eating chicken soup in a bid to survive winter. (more…)
It’s Halloween this week, when spooky things happen as the darkness of winter begins. Can you imagine politicians going around Westminster doing ‘trick or treat’? Who would they select to do it? Iain Duncan-Smith and George Osborne would be scary even without masks. (more…)
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.
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…)
There was news this week that Sandwell Council have been culling the geese in Sandwell Valley and Victoria Park in Tipton. It seems, it took a freedom of information request to get them to admit it. A pest control company has been herding them up and killing them off. (more…)
Today’s picture is of the Walsall canal. It’s quite well known to the people of Walsall, because the art gallery is next to the canal. I doubt if many people have seen the more scenic parts of the canal though. Beyond those trees on the other side of the canal is Moorcroft Wood and Moorcroft Pool.
The weather forecast for this Bank Holiday weekend is good. I’m hoping to get out in the garden today and finish my runner bean trench. Gardening is popular in the Black Country. I’ll also be out taking photographs, watch out for me!
As we live in our own little worlds we tend to forget what’s happening in the wider world. For as long as I can remember, the forces of capitalism and communism have fought it out; usually in someone else’s country. (more…)
I was expecting lots of local readers last week. Most of my readers were in Germany. The world is getting smaller. We have to remember that. It seems Russia is trying to be a bully again and is up to it’s old tricks. They never learn do they? They are not the only ones doing the sabre rattling.
I’ve had a strange week. I did finally manage to get to the hospital for my blood test. I was in and out in 10 minutes, which left 20 minutes on my 30 minutes parking. At a pound for 30 minutes, it seemed a shame to waste it. The car park was quite full though and so I decided not to join the Costa Coffee crowd, although the Taste Cafe was a little tempting. (more…)
We have seen people lose their homes or be subject to the insecurity of having their homes under threat in recent years. Changes to Housing Benefit rules meant many people with a spare bedroom had the choice to pay more rent or move to a smaller home. It was a cruel policy. (more…)
We haven’t been affected much by the floods here in the Black Country. The River Tame flooded a little and I managed to get a photo. It probably flooded a bit in Sandwell Valley Countryside Park too, but the excess would go into Forge Mill Lake. Maybe they need a balancing lake on the Thames?
Today’s photo was taken on the Walsall canal at Ocker Hill. I do try to show the Black Country in a good light; that’s when I get a good light to take the photo. This is one of the pictures I’ve entered for the waterways calendar competition.
It’s Sunday and so my thoughts today are with photography. I can see a blue sky and sunshine! I have to do some shopping though, I’m running out of food and essentials. I have a busy week planned too, so it would help if I could get the shopping out of the way. I tried yesterday but there was a queue of cars not only trying to get into the supermarket car park, but trying to get out too. (more…)
I took today’s photo in bright sunshine, unfortunately I don’t have that picture any more. The original was wiped from my computer. I only have this smaller one now, which isn’t suitable for a calendar. I’m hoping the sun will come out this weekend so I can try to get the same shot again. We do have some nice places in the Black Country, it’s a shame they’re not always appreciated. (more…)
I watched a video this week of young children going up to smokers in the street and asking them for a light. The smokers responded by giving them a lecture on the dangers and health risks associated with smoking. The children then gave them a leaflet that asked them why, if they cared about the child, they didn’t care about themselves. (more…)
This was the view from my bedroom window last night. I tried taking a photo with my new smart phone too. It didn’t turn out quite so spectacular. It’s a Samsung Galaxy phone running an operating system developed by Google. (more…)
We are well into Autumn now and in England that means the changing colours of nature. People around the world have commented on today’s photograph and it’s not that special. Is it? It’s just trees and leaves, but it does represent nature’s ability to change. I think we can probably learn a lot from trees.
I’ve started with a picture of an ‘iconic building’ today. Just down West Bromwich High Street, is another iconic building; the old town hall. That’s a Grade II listed building, but its not good enough for the councillors, they had to have a new civic centre with crystal chandeliers, miles away in Oldbury . (more…)
Yes, the Bullingdon Club boys, George Osborne and his mate Boris Johnson have been dispatched to Beijing to get investment for Britain. My apologies for linking the Bullingdon word to the Daily Mail, but like George and Boris I was desperate. The picture is good isn’t it? Notice the big gun on the top of that boat!