They have very strange rabbits in Florida.
Taken 15 years ago before I became REALLY old!
Today, all the images you’ll see were taken in Florida some years ago. I have been delving into the archives and remaking some of the images taken long ago.
It could almost be a spaceship! The photograph was taken from the ‘back room’ of the Vulcan where three ‘back office’ crew members would have sat. It will be clear from the image that the Vulcan bomber was not build for comfort.
Now that’s what I call a chicken!
Those of us (and we are a vanishing breed) who can send and receive Morse code will be able to pick out ‘The Quick Brown Dog’ sent in Morse code from this interesting video. I think it should be ‘The Quick Brown Fox’ but who cares. There was a time when I earned my living sending and receiving Morse code messages. Hard to believe these days but it does prove that I am a VERY OLD MAN!!!
If the firing pin interrupter mechanism didn’t work, there was every chance you would shoot your own propellor off.
British fishing vessels have a name and a registration number. BF = Banff, Scotland and the registration number 9.
See a larger version of the image here.
I have a feeling this is where people working in MacDuff Harbour took their horses for a drink of water years ago before motor vehicles came along. On the other hand, it might be the strangest (and most public) toilet I have ever seen!
One of the older style of trawler (not many left now)
MacDuff Harbour during the night
These great big lumps of metal are towed behind trawlers. Their aquadynamic shape help to keep the ‘mouth’ of the trawl net open (a bit like wings flying through the water) and the hapless fish are caught in the net, never to escape.
The Bulbous Forefoot or, Bulbous Bow, greatly increases fuel efficiency and the fins help with stability. More about this technology (an American invention) here. The ‘snoot’ shown below belongs to a trawler but most ships are built with bulbous bows these days.
Where else would bats hang out?
The farmer lived to a ripe old age but his grandchildren were not so fortunate. 1861 was clearly a bad year (Flu? TB?) The United Kingdom delivered the Industrial Revolution (1820-1840) but if you were poor at that time, then there was virtually no healthcare – frightening statistics here.
The cemetery at Marykirk Scotland had more than a few gravestones which tells a very sad story about child mortality in the 1800s. The records will show that many children died in the first few days, weeks and months of their lives. It must have been heartbreaking for the parents. Where would we be without modern medicine.
The Gravestone reads:
Engineer in Bombay and
In the memory of their children
Who died at Arbroat
21st September 1859
Aged 3 years
Who died at Bombay
13 August 1863
Aged 10 days
who died at Bombay
13 April 1865
Aged 1 year and 7 month
Who died at Arbroath
4 October 1867
Aged 8 days
Katy wrangles a stick in a loch in the Scottish Highlands.
You can run but you can’t hide. A gravestone we saw at Marykirk in Scotland. Could the warning be any clearer!? The end is nigh!!!
A spot of fisheye lens action at Banff Harbour
We often walk along the beach from Banff to Whitehills (good place to buy fresh fish) and, on the way, we pass the old Roman Well (and I thought the Roman’s didn’t get this far north). It has been there since Roman times (AD 43 to AD 47) and so it was built around 2,000 years ago. They build things to last in Scotland!!! More about this small but nonetheless interesting building here.
I walked to Whitehills and back today and realised it is a 6 mile round-trip. Oh so very healthy!
It’s all down hill from here…
Chickens who don’t realise they’re standing on high voltage cables.
The view from our house…
A street in MacDuff, Scotland
And in mono…
A visitor to the MacDuff Harbour
The sun rising over MacDuff early this morning
One of my favourite boats often found in MacDuff Harbour
PS: Our dog has never caught a rabbit (and so she ain’t no friend of mine – ha ha ha!)
They really are like little wind-up toys!
A seal watching me walk the dog today off Boyndie Beach, Banff, Scotland.
A slightly different version of this image.
Our dog, Katy ( fries stabij), searching for tennis balls lost by other people in amongst the rocks on Boyndie Beach, near to Banff, Scotland. Finding tennis balls has become something of an obsession for our dog.
Over 57,000 aircrew were killed during World War 2 (46% death rate). I can’t help wondering how many more young men and women will be killed if fighting breaks out (again) in Iran/Iraq and beyond. Ultimately a pointless and tragic loss of human life. We never seem to learn.
Rather them than me!!!
The first chicken of 2020…