The scavenger photo hunt has come round once again and this month’s six topics are – flat, wheel, swing, ragged, pot, and my own choice. I must admit that ‘ragged’ got me thinking and at first I was going to use Poppie’s rather-worse-for-wear purple monkey which is one of the toys she came with when I first got her, but while I was searching my photo archives for something completely unrelated to the challenge I came across a perfect example. So here’s my choice of photos for this month –
The inspiration for my first photo came while I was walking the dogs round one of the parks near home and thinking what a shame it is that council cutbacks have meant that the bowling greens are now overgrown and no longer used. Well under normal circumstances bowling greens are usually flat so a few days later I went to another local park and got a photo of one of the bowling greens there.
A photo of one of my van wheels would have been a bit too obvious for the next one so another search of my photo files produced this one, a very colourful shot of the big wheel at Elvaston Steam Rally a couple of years ago. It’s an annual event, held on the first full weekend in July, and all the fairground rides are steam driven – it’s a great weekend with something for everyone and the opportunity to camp there from Friday to the following Monday. I started going in 2010 and apart from last year, when I went on the Coronation Street tour that same weekend, I’ve been every year since then and really enjoy it.
Back to the local park for the next one, a ‘big kids’ swing, and as it was still reasonably early on a dull and chilly morning there was no-one around so I was able to set the thing swinging and get my photo without being interrupted – and if I hadn’t got the dogs with me I probably would have been tempted to indulge my inner child and have a go!
The next topic really got me thinking but when I came across this photo from a few years ago it seemed to be a perfect example of ‘ragged’. It was rigged up on the beach just a few yards from my tent at the camp site I stayed at on the Scottish Highlands coast. It must have been lovely to relax in the sunshine just above the water but looking at the ragged state the hammock was in it obviously hadn’t been used for quite a while, and probably wouldn’t be used again.
As I have no fancy looking plant pots or drink tea from a tea pot I decided to photograph my favourite mug instead – well it’s ceramic so can be classed as ‘pot’. I actually got it back in 2003 when a place where I worked at the time was relocating to other offices ; they were having a clear out prior to moving and several surplus mugs were destined for the bin. I really liked this one and it was too nice to throw away so I brought it home and it’s been in daily use ever since. The design goes all the way round the mug without being repeated, hence the three photos.
And finally, my own choice just had to be this one of Sophie. A couple of years ago the zip on the cover of her soft bed broke, meaning it didn’t zip up all the way across although the bed was still perfectly usable. At one point she went through a phase of crawling through the opening and curling up in the bed but under the cover, which was okay by me, but one morning I got up to find that for some reason only known to herself she had decided to dig out all the filling and completely trash the bed. And there she was, in the middle of the big bed and surrounded by all the bits of filling from the soft bed – and it’s surprising just how far this stuff spreads when a determined little dog has been digging, it was all over the place. The look on her face told me that she knew she was in trouble but she looked so cute that I didn’t have the heart to tell her off ; the mess was cleared up and the bed replaced, and up to now she hasn’t done that again.
Well that’s just about it for my choices this month, as always I’m joining in with Kate’s link-up party to see what photos and stories others have chosen – I’m sure all the selections will be very different and very interesting, and thanks to Kate for organising the hunt.