365 Unusual Things: 358-365

358. Christmas Eve. Spent a quiet afternoon beside a dam because several members of my family have Covid. 359. I was given a purple shamrock for Christmas. Its leaves look like purple butterflies on stalks. 360. In a newfound café I was enjoying good coffee and half an hour of peace and quiet, when theContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 358-365”

Black and white brigades

For my last black and white post comparison, I’ve played with a photo from my father’s WW2 album, darkening the image to bring out the words taken from Churchill’s most famous speech in June 1941: “We shall never negotiate with Hitler”. I’m comparing it with a photo I took in 2017 in Amiens, France, ofContinue reading “Black and white brigades”

365 Unusual Things: 351-357

358. Saw a woman walking in a Christmas tree. 359. Saw two guys in Santa costumes fishing at the pond. 360. My Korean student gave me two handleless teacups for Christmas. I made a cup of tea when I got home but the cup was so hot I couldn’t pick it up. 361. On theContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 351-357”

365 Unusual Things: 344-350

351. Went to a concert and heard my son sing in Latin and Finnish, though he speaks neither language. 352. Dropped off a Christmas hamper at a charity and was invited to have coffee with a French teacher because I speak French. 353. A migrant who is learning English from me was so confident todayContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 344-350”

Black and white plate stacks

Once I was sitting near a café counter where I could take a close photo of the stacks of plates and cups waiting to be used. The resulting picture reminded me of one taken in about 1941 in North Africa, probably Egypt, which I found in my father’s WW2 album. The man in the turbanContinue reading “Black and white plate stacks”

365 Unusual Things: 337-343

337. Saw what looked like an offering beside a pond. I did an experiment (after being told that few people use cameras now, see day 336), taking a photo of the same thing with both my camera and my phone (Fujifilm X-E4 and iPhone SE). Here’s the comparison. My camera takes better photos. 338. AContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 337-343”

365 Unusual Things: 330-336

330. In a huge shop of Christmas decorations, only one small table held nativity scenes. The rest was tinsel and bling, including witch dolls and black Christmas trees. 331. I’ve had just one translated story published this year (it used to happen more often) and today I got an offer to publish a second one,Continue reading “365 Unusual Things: 330-336”

Black and white Art Deco

A few years ago I went to Napier in New Zealand, the Art Deco ‘capital’ of the world due to the style of its architecture constructed after the commercial part of the town was destroyed in an earthquake in 1931. I took this photo (on the right) of one of the buildings with vintage carsContinue reading “Black and white Art Deco”

365 Unusual Things: 323-329

323. A potter friend made a ceramic egg carton, put a few eggs in it and advertised it on Facebook who took it down because it promotes animal products. She took the eggs out, advertised it again, and it passed the test.

365 Unusual Things: 316-322

316. At an ice cream shop this afternoon, I had to ask which flavours had dairy in them because about half were marked “vegan”. 317. I signed up to sponsor a girl in Ghana today. Her name is Forgive. She has been waiting 99 days for a sponsor. 318. Went out for a walk becauseContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 316-322”