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”

365 Unusual Things: 309-315

309. At a major grocery store I saw shelves of bread loaves behind the counter and asked if I could buy one, but the “bakers” assured me they weren’t cooked yet. But they looked cooked! 310. Today I found a beehive in a tree hollow. 311. Saw two baby peewees (magpie larks) on an overheadContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 309-315”

Black and white animal lovers

Recently I was leaning against a tree with my camera shutter set to electronic, that is, silent, when a girl walked towards a swan to tempt it out of the water. She was wearing a dinosaur dress with spikes down the back. I took her picture and converted it to black and white. Then IContinue reading “Black and white animal lovers”

365 Unusual Things: 295-301

295. Walked on a beach where the driftline was peppered with blue things, mostly bluebottles. 296. Been married 40 years today. That’s unusual. 297. Stopped to look at a large vertical rock on the beach but couldn’t get close to it because of storms and a high tide, but noticed there were several memorial plaquesContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 295-301”

365 Unusual Things: 288-294

288. Watched an adult woman climb a rock-climbing wall in a children’s playground. 289. Saw two boys who had caught a yellow fish at the pond. Possibly a type of goldfish, grown large out of the fishbowl. 290. Went to a pub named Sirens which is opposite the Ambulance/Police/Fire Brigade building. 291. Received some freeContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 288-294”

365 Unusual things: 267-273

267. In an unfamiliar shopping centre I had to stop and wait for a small children’s train to pass in front of the grocery store. 268. Watched my 33-year-old son perform in a quartet, wearing a Buzz Lightyear costume. 269. On a late night walk, another son found a pigeon flapping about on the groundContinue reading “365 Unusual things: 267-273”

365 Unusual Things: 260-266

260. Looking for a cafĂ© in a country town today, I found one that’s vegetarian, vegan and rawist. I’ve never heard this last word. Didn’t go there. 261. Had family photos taken today on an old Rolleicord film camera. 262. Just watched 3.5 hours of the Queen’s funeral. The first and last time I’ll haveContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 260-266”

365 Unusual Things: 253-259

253. A magpie came and stood on the balcony railing holding a live, kicking lizard in her mouth, showed it to me for 20 seconds, then flew away. 254. Saw an orange and black sunrise over the ocean at 5.20 am. 255. On the beach this morning someone had made some sand art with aContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 253-259”

365 Unusual Things: 246-252

246. Outside the back door of a local art gallery today I saw a neglected statue of the Madonna and Child. The gallery owner says someone gave it to him to restore but he’s too busy with his exhibitions. 247. Walked to the end of a small island in the middle of a pond thinkingContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 246-252”

Black and white animal handlers

In my album of photos from Egypt, taken in 1941 and 1942, there are some photos of a monkey named Kan-Kan performing in the street, muzzled and held on a leash by a handler. When I went to my local zoo a couple of years ago, I took photos of animal handlers, such as theContinue reading “Black and white animal handlers”