Archive for ‘April, 2020’
The ‘cover your ears’ room
Oh…and put your cigarette out…
The Moment of Sanity (a boringly normal truck)
After all the strangeness on this blog over the past few days, a fairly normal image.
The Strange Orifice
There’s something fishy about this machine…
The Gird Your Loins Image
I’m not sure why the phrase ‘Gird Your Loins’ sprang to mind when I created the image below (lockdown lunacy). Perhaps the rope had something to do with it. The image overall looks, I think, like some kind of strange space alien warrior. I can’t help thinking, also, that this is a female space alien. The image was created using a Photoshop plugin from Flaming Pear.
And, I searched on ‘gird your loins’ and found the second image in this post which brought me to a some wonderful art and illustrations by Ted Slampyak Kinyak his site is really worth looking at. You’ll find some wonderful illustrations on Ted’s site (click here to visit).
And so now, you can go out and gird up your loins……
The Swarf get weird…
See the previous posting for the original image
Strangely beautiful waste materials…
The Rusty Flange
Very important to keep your flange lubricated…
One of the smaller fishing boats in the harbour…
The Low Rollers
I’m sure they’re used for something…
The Three Wise Recycling Bins
They reminded me of the three wise monkeys….and I think they’re smiling at me!
We all need something to stop us drifting away…
The Ceol Na Mara
The mix of ropes…
A spot of symmetry mischief to round off the evening…
The Ball Trap
Even more balls!
Lean on somebody when the tide is out…
The Crushed Balls
The Odd Balls
They come in all shapes and sizes y’know…
The Trapped Ball
Can be painful…
The Ball Bag
Continuing with the ball theme…
The Pair of Balls…
A fine pair of balls…
The Ocean Way
The Painters and Decorators
The Voe Jarl sits in the corner and waits…
The Final Farewell
The time has arrived for my iPad cover to go into the recycling bin. It was battered but doing very well but the cover started to fall apart and then the magnets in the cover, which shut the iPad down when the cover is closed, got lost and so my iPad would remain ‘lit up’ when not in use and the battery would discharge. And so, my faithful old iPad cover with its many badges, scars and many air miles will go off in the recycling truck and might be reborn as something else. Farewell old friend.
A wheel that carries a considerable amount of weight.
The Dress Shop
The Guilty Dog (previous post)
Here’s the little scoundrel, as ever, looking pleased with herself. No shame!
The dog in shot…
It was going to be a photograph of some interesting shells that were stuck to the rocks on the beach. Then Katy, our dog, stepped into shot. She is no appreciator of my artistic endeavours!
The Lockdown Bread
I made lockdown bread today. Okay, I know it looks like a cake but it certainly smells better than it looks!
The Oily Glove
I don’t know why but the words prostate examination came to mind when I took this photograph…
The Fish Eyes
The ‘not quite the ticket image…’
Do you ever take a photograph which is terrible, breaks all the rules, and yet you still like it? Here’s an image, shot into sun, badly composed, loads of lens flare, cluttered, lots of grain and probably not entirely in focus but, who cares. There’s no such thing as a bad image!! Maybe this will be the moneymaker!
The Ocean Bounty around sunset…
The Dead Slow Sign
Straighten up and fly right!
The Not So Mobile Telephone
I can’t remember the last time I used one of these (and this one looks as though it hasn’t been used in a while…)
The Final Post of the Day…
Here’s today’s last post. An image showing the sun setting over the MacDuff Harbour entrance. Another beautiful sunset.
The Seacat Heads Out…
The Seacat takes care of crew changes and delivers supplies to the big tankers and other ships that anchor off MacDuff and Banff.
The Fisher Boys at rest…
The Map for John!
I’ve been talking to John in Nevada about the need for exercise. We are lucky, we live in a sparsely populated area and so we can take our dog for long morning walks without meeting many (or any) people. The problem is, the 5 Km walk doesn’t offset the intake of chocolate hobnobs (an essential food item surely?). Here’s our route map.
PS: map tipped over sideways so it will fit on the page better.
The Most Wonderful Young Lady
Here’s some most wonderful advice from a most helpful young lady.
The Just Reward Snuggles Up…
The Harbour in Lockdown
Because the fish markets are closed due to the lock-down, the fishing boats are all stuck in the harbour waiting for this dreadful virus to leave us be. And so, its a beautiful day but all quiet in MacDuff Harbour today.
The Seaker Tucked Away…
The Pay Station
The Savenger (2)
These hungry and persistent chickens will search out food just about anywhere…
The Lighthouse in the sunset
Today’s last post!
Please see last post
The Shed on Legs and Wheels
Doesn’t everyone want a mobile shed? This shed is high above the slipway (next post) at MacDuff Harbour and it is where the chap who controls the winches stands when the pull a boat up the slipway.
Please see the next post
The sun set over the Moray Firth a little while ago. Wonderful clear skies tonight.
The Wrong Side of the Tracks
Where I have spent most of my life!!!
The Scavenger (1)
The Sunny Day
I’ve gone a bit arty-farty today…
The Pilot Boat
The Harbour at Dawn
The Bunillidh’s bridge windows…
Not something you see every day…
The Ocean Bounty
The trawler at rest…
The Nets and the Steps
You could go to an art gallery and pay a fortune of course but nature makes some interesting patterns – all for free, ever-changing and always wonderful.
The Unwanted Items Repository
The back end of the boat…
The Sea Cat
I promised to send John in Nevada an image of the boats in MacDuff Harbour at low water. We’ll, we’re just past low water and the tide is well and truly out and below you can see PD182 sitting on the harbour bottom waiting for the tide to come in. The bottom of the harbour is a mixture of mud, sand and silt and so the boats cannot come to any harm. They just sit there in sludge for a few hours every day. When the tide is out and the boats are sitting on the harbour bottom, you can see that these fishing vessels have a deep draft. They’re built for the very worst conditions you will find out in the North Sea and the North Atlantic.
The Puddle Jumper
The Island Junior
The Simple Things (3: scaffold).
Where would we be without scaffold?
The Simple Things (2: electricity distribution).
Electricity…we really do take it for granted these days but, distributing electricity to all parts is a complex business…
The Voe Jarl’s Bridge & Monkey Island
The Monkey Island is the bit that is normally on top of a ship’s bridge where all the aerials, radar scanners and ships horn (very loud) will be found.
You can see the Voe Jarl coming into MacDuff Harbour here.
I’ve taken photographs of the Seaker before but this one from the top of the harbour wall (a sheer drop down into the sea – EEK!)
The Other Wonky Ladder + Foot and Hand Holes
I’m guessing that the wonky ladder came later. The foot and hand holes next to the ladder were probably there before the ladder was installed. Must have been hard work chiselling out the holes. I believe the blocks are made of granite…
The Simple Things (1: drain cover).
Who ever notices drain covers but where would we be without them? Who designs them? Who manufactures them? Who installs them?
The Late Evening Walkers
The view from the bench (see last post)
Last post here.
The Bench (see next posting)
Click here to see next post.
The ‘Stay Safe’ Message
The message somebody has written in the sand reads ‘Stay Safe + heart symbol.’
The First Law of Desks!
Desks are never big enough and, in my case, stuff just piles up on the desk and then eventually overflows. I would drive a tidy-minded person nuts!
There is a similar law relating to tool boxes…
The Big Red Trawler
You’ll have to take my word for it that BF515 (BF for home port Banff, Scotland) is red (and white) but she is, and she’s being fitted out in MacDuff Harbour. In this image, it is low water and Big Red is resting on the harbour bottom.
The Wonky Ladder
One slip and you’re in the drink!
The Old Moray
A fine establishment – closed due to the virus…
The Skylark Walk…
We have several ways of getting down to the beach here in Banff, Scotland with the dog. One of the routes, we call in the Skylark Walk, takes us across the hills and past fields where the nightingales soar high above us. And, here’s the view we get as we walk across the hills.
The Courage (2)
We all need courage at the moment…..
The Quiet Streets
That’s Banff, Scotland over in the far distance…