Thursday, 30 August 2012

Scavenging photos (part 3)

The third and final instalment, in fact :) (For the first two, see my previous two posts!)

15. Someone dancing

I was starting to worry a little about finding this one - I even started to entertain thoughts of bribing The Children to dance for me (and believe me, The Boy would not have been happy about that!) Fortunately Scarborough came through for me :) I spotted this poster while waiting for The Children to finish their lunch, and then the ballerina statue near the cafe where we got our own lunch; I figured one of these shots would do at a pinch, but then I got really lucky!

In my first 2012 Photography Scavenger Hunt post I showed you someone playing an unusual instrument. Well, these two nutters charming gentlemen were so daft moved by the music that they danced a little jig as they passed - just as I had my camera ready to photograph the instrumentalist :) Result!

16. A bride

I didn't hold out much hope of seeing an actual bride - even if I hadn't limited myself to just our holiday week, we haven't attended any weddings over this whole summer so I would have been depending on spotting and snapping a stranger. Sure enough, I didn't see a wedding during our holiday week, so I had to look out for 'alternative brides'! I didn't really count the 'bride' ornament in the shop window, but snapped it on our first day just in case I didn't see anything else. I saw the wedding album in a gift shop in Pickering, and it seemed a closer approximation!

The salt shaker, part of a set in a Whitby shop, was probably my favourite bride of the week, though! But I've also included the theme pack of cards spotted in the window of a toy shop by the eagle-eyed The Children :)

17. A church, chapel, cathedral, mosque or temple

This one was straightforward enough, though I would (of course!) have liked to have found one of each really.... These first two were both in Fylingthorpe, and we saw them on our first full day.

Number 3, also on that first day, was in Robin Hood's Bay; the hilltop church was in Whitby.

This rather lovely Pickering church is particularly interesting because inside can be seen some mid-15th century wall paintings, which would have been universal at the time but very few survive now, and hardly any - probably none - are as well-preserved as these :)

And then this chapel is actually part of Pickering Castle, and currently houses an exhibition about the castle.

18. A movie poster

This one had to wait till our visit to Scarborough towards the end of the week, too, and I started to worry that I might not find it - but fortunately a bus stop turned up trumps (and gave me a bonus bride, too!), and then we happened to walk past a small cinema on our way back from lunch, on a leisurely little stroll of (ahem) several miles, which The Mother particularly enjoyed.... ;)

But we also spotted this Star Wars poster in the shop at the Sea Life Centre, which is a poster about a film rather than a poster for a film, but I reckon it definitely counts as a movie poster!

19. An outdoor stairway

This one proved to be the easiest of all - I found them everywhere! I even got to the point where I didn't photograph every single example, though I still snapped plenty, as you can see...

Some of the stairways had interesting features, so I'm showing you those individually rather than as part of the collage above. The first one here is the flight of 199 steps up to Whitby Church and Abbey (and we can vouch for the fact that there are indeed 199 of them!); the second is a ladder down into the water of Whitby harbour.

Here you see the steps up into the Magpie Cafe, an excellent - and very popular - fish and chip restaurant in Whitby (you can see that the queue stretches out of the door, and this photo was taken at 3 in the afternoon!) The second shot is the railway bridge at Grosmont, where we picked up the steam train to Pickering.

And here we have my two favourites! The first we saw in Pickering, and it leads to nowhere at all; the second in Scarborough, and was midair at the time, leading from AND to nowhere at all!

20. A swing hanging from a tree (or a hammock)

Phew - I nearly didn't find this one! Which would have been rather frustrating, because the previous weekend we'd actually watched a family putting up a swing in the tree in their garden near where The Parents-In-Law live, while we were visiting them for the weekend... But fortunately, while wandering and exploring towards Robin Hood's Bay on another of those gentle, leisurely strolls that The Mother enjoyed so much, I spotted a garden that looked just the sort of garden in which one might find a tree swing - and sure enough, there were indeed a couple of rope swings hanging from a tall tree at the end of the garden :)

21. A picture of you standing with something that symbolizes your nation

I knew in advance that I wanted a shot of me with an English flag if possible, and was fortunate enough to find this flag at Whitby Abbey :)

But that's not quite all! Rinda had offered us the opportunity to substitute, if necessary; one of the items on the list could be replaced by a photo of a heart-shaped stone or a four leaf clover. Because I am me, I decided to try to find these as WELL as the 21 items on the original list...

The first shot (which I've just realised is on its side, oops!) shows a stone as part of the pebbly cobbledy road at Robin Hood's Bay. The second shot is a bowl of specially shaped, carved and decorated stones being sold at a little market in Whitby.

BUT!!! I don't actually have a four leaf clover pic for you :( Didn't spot one at all, all week :( Which I'm a bit gutted about really, being a Completer-Finisher Type... But hey ho, given the extra constraints I completely unnecessarily placed on myself, I guess I didn't do such a bad job! All 21 items found, most of them more than once, plus one of the bonus items, all within a week - yeah, OK, I reckon I can be pretty happy with that :)

Now I just need to get out of the habit of yelling 'Horse!' or 'Train!' whenever I see an example of one or the other, and remember that I don't actually need to photograph them any more! ;)

This post was brought to you by Rinda's 2012 Photography Scavenger Hunt


Kirsty.A said...

Great job. I do have a 4-leaf clover picture in reserve - and you've just reminded me that I have a heart-shaped stone very like those red ones in a bowl in my living room. i haven't actually been in there for so long I'd forgotten!

helena said...

well done. Love the stairs going to nowhere

alexa said...

This has been a wonderful romp through some lovely places (DH used to spend his holidays as a child in Whitby and Grosmont) which I know, and your ability to spot interesting things is just stellar! I especially like the staircases now going nowhere. Well done - I think you deserve an extra special medal, Mel!

Jo.C said...

Congrats. Once again trying to work out where you were before reading. Great staircases. You may see a similar red heart or three pop up here too. If it makes you feel better I have the same tendency to shout out :0)

Amy said...

Oh I love the staircases to nowhere! Well done Mel - I am so pleased to see that you have completed this hunt with your usual verve and vigour!

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

I love the staircases too and am very impressed that you found everything within a week.
PS I am disappointed to discover that there isn't actually a place called Flyingthorpe, I've just been reading it wrong!

Louise said...

you've done it many photos. Loving the staircase college!

Pam (The Mother) said...

Those 'leisurely strolls' were more like route marches. I'm sure I'm at least an inch shorter than I was before all that walking - and I'm a lot shorter than Mel to begin with. I've enjoyed the photos, some of which I spotted for Mel. Her response to my comment of 'that's a border', when I saw the terrier, was shockingly fast, though.

'The Mother'

Sian said...

Whitby really is lovely! and this is a lovely lively selection of pictures :)

Jimjams said...

I love the way you've done this challenge - involving the whole family in the whole holiday - it won't be "the week we spent in Whitby" it'll be the "seven days we spotted scavenger stuff"!!!

Cheri said...

Very well done Mel! The consummate over-achiever. I'm still struggling with my last two.

Tammy said...

You captured some amazing moments! Great job!!

Mary B said...

Fandabidoso Mel you have excelled above and beyond the call of duty.

I am so disappointed that you didn't find a 4 leaf clover (even a cheat one) lol

Maria Ontiveros said...

I adore that picture of you with the flag Mel - you look great!
Lovely stair collage, but the one in mid-air is definitely my favorite.
I haven't found a four leaf clover either (in fact, I'm not sure I've seen one posted at all). I think I would have bought the Royal Brides card pack - too tempting to resist.

Scrappi Sandi said...

Absolutely Awesome Mel!! I especially love all of the outdoor stairway photo' you think that old going nowhere one used to be a mounting block for horseriders, or steps up to a door long since filled in? Once again I feel inspired to visit this area...TFS! :D

Abi said...

Well done mel! I laughed out loud at the little constraints you set yourself! I was just happy with finding one of each thing! Love the stairway to nowhere!

Missus Wookie said...

I love that staircase flying through the air. Yeah for finding them all and I'm sure you'll keep an eye out for the four leaf clover too :)

JO SOWERBY said...

did u notice u have a bride in ur movie poster? have to say the staircases are getting a little bit stalkerish, do u think they'll take out a law suit to prevent further stalker-like behaviour?
jo xxx

Melissa said...

WOW - great job with the scavenger hunt. You've certainly snapped a ton of great photos!!

The Mann Fam said...

Wow! You have found some pretty good finds. I love all your stairway pictures. Especially the stairway to nowhere and the up in the air one. I wonder who would be climbing those stairs. And what an interesting Star Wars poster. Looks like you've had a full fun summer.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Love the churches and that Star Wars poster!