Week 4 of August Break photo challenge, with Susannah Conway. It’s an informal challenge, and you can join us at any time during August.

Day 21: Monochrome


I went up to London today, for the first time in over a month. I had heard on the news that Big Ben will be undergoing repairs over the next four years, and would bong for the last time at twelve noon today.

Unfortunately, in between me deciding to go, and actually going, I got sucked into the vortex that is social media – and I completely lost track of time. I had also forgotten that train times to Waterloo are a bit unpredictable at the moment – the tracks are being moved, so that the platforms can be extended to accommodate longer trains.

Long story short, the train I was going to get was cancelled, so I arrived late and missed the final bong. I had a good walk, though, which is more important. And as for Big Ben, I’ll just have to be patient and wait four years, until the repairs are finished. ๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””

Day 22: Sour

“After sweet meat comes sour sauce” or “Corporal Casey got into the wrong box” // hand-coloured etching (1810) by Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

I know nothing about this etching – the title just popped into my head when I read today’s prompt. I have no idea where it came from!

Day 23: A Sign

Albert Bridge, Chelsea, London

Years ago, I often used to take photographs of amusing signs – like the one on the Griptight factory that was falling off the wall…

This sign, on the Albert Bridge in Chelsea, London, made me smile – I wonder whether it was put up as a warning to those pesky Chelsea Pensioners?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 24: Silver

Photograph courtesy of Rebecca Smith (@wearingwellbeing)

I borrowed a photograph for this prompt from Rebecca Smith, who says: “Dorothy’s shoes in the Wizard of Oz were originally silver not red. Channelling #dorothy today in my #silvershoes & #checkdress. #wearingwellbeingweek”

Day 25: Pretty Weeds


According to gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh, there is no such thing as weeds – only plants that are in the wrong place.

So-called weeds, or wildflowers, are often the indigenous plants that thrive under local conditions and threaten to swamp the delicate species that have been flown in from more exotic shores.

But “weeds” are beautiful when allowed to flourish in their natural habitat – fields, woodlands, hedgerows – or in cultivated wildflower gardens.

And the pollinators absolutely love them! ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒผ

P.S. I’ve since been informed that, in the USA, many weeds are foreign and generally threaten native plants.

Day 26: Window


I took this photograph 13 years ago, with my first ever digital camera, just a few moments before a rather burly security bloke came up and said: “you can’t take photographs in here unless you’ve got a permit.”

I’ve seen other people’s photos of this beautiful stained glass window since then, on Instagram – so either the rules have changed, or it’s simply easier to take a picture, undetected, with a smartphone!

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