Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Scavenging those photos again :)

I had such a good time collecting pics for Rinda's Photography Scavenger Hunt last year :) Even though I haven't been commenting on many blogs lately, I have been trying to visit when I can and see what you're all up to, and I kept an eye out on Rinda's blog for any mention of another Hunt this year - I was delighted when I spotted this :)

Now, those of you who know me at all will not be surprised to hear that I decided to make the accomplishment of this challenge a little bit more complicated for myself than it ever needed to be. (And that sentence was quite convoluted enough that those of you who didn't already know me will now not be surprised to hear that I overcomplicated the challenge as much as I do my syntax!) So, even though Rinda gave us a good couple of months to find the 21 items on the list, I decided to give myself just 1 week. Our holiday week, to be precise - the week The Doctor, The Children, The Mother and I spent in a cottage near Whitby on the NE coast of England, the week before last. Of course, when I looked at the list properly when we arrived on holiday I realised just how many of the trickier items I could already have ticked off if I'd started on 19th June as we were allowed to, but hey, why would I want to make things easy for myself?!

1. Pier

Two for the price of one! A view of the East and West Piers at Whitby.

Views of the piers from a boat - we took a trip up the coast a short way.

The view from the beach within the harbour - with The Children in the foreground :)

2. A clothesline

There was one in the grounds of the holiday cottages where we were staying, but I never actually saw any washing hanging on it! But I also spotted these colourful towels hanging from one in Scarborough :)

3. A border

I wasn't sure how I'd find a border, since we didn't plan to leave the country - or even the county! But then we spotted two dogs being walked in the grounds of Whitby Abbey, and The Mother happened to mention that one of them was a border (as in terrier). I had the lens cap off the camera and was zooming in before she'd finished speaking....! The Tomboy met another border of the terrier variety in Pickering, too :)

But I also managed to spot a couple of borders of different kinds in Whitby - a decorative border on a parking sign, and a herbaceous border outside a row of little houses :)

4. A roadside stand selling something

There were a couple of roadside stands in Whitby - the handmade rope was a novelty, while the souvenirs and ice cream were more usual!

I know the WHSmith stand at Pickering station isn't actually selling anything, but I thought it was great so I thought you might like to see it too :) And then we also found a stall selling handbags in Scarborough - though the road was pedestrianised, so I'm not sure if it counts?

5. A train

We got to Pickering by steam train :) Isn't it beautiful?

I spotted these two toy trains in a Pickering shop The Children insisted on visiting...

And here's our train on the way home - by sitting in the last carriage, I managed to get a good view of the engine as it went round a curve in the line :)

But that wasn't the last train we saw on holiday - because when we went to Scarborough, we took a (not all that miniature!) miniature train ride to the Sea Life Centre - and just before the (not all that miniature) miniature train arrived, we spotted a couple of mechanical rides on the platform, too :)

6. A historical landmark

Well, how about this monument outside a Whitby church?

Nah, it's got to be Whitby Abbey :) What better historical landmark in the area? (Though here's a shot of Pickering Castle as a bonus!)

7. A person playing a musical instrument

I got this one ticked off on our first full day - background music in the pub where we had a most delicious Sunday lunch :)

But I also saw this rather more unusual person playing this rather more unusual instrument in Scarborough later in the week!

Right, I think I'll leave it there for my first instalment - part 2 to follow :)

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


Jo.C said...

Lovely to see such familiar sights on someone else's blog. Hope you had a great time. Good job it was a couple of weeks ago. The weather is shocking now. :0)

Amy said...

I particularly like your train shot Mel - well done!

debs14 said...

I knew you'd join in eventually! I love this project and although I loved ticking them all off, I felt a bit flat once I knew I had finished!

Mary B said...

Mel you crease me up well done on all the different photos I love them all especially the borders both dogs and police sign.

Scrappi Sandi said...

I'm loving your border shots!! Looks like a wonderful week spent in Whitby! I'm another snapper who hasn't blogged my findings yet!! :D

Cheri said...

Brilliant plan! And how nice that the venue for your holiday seemed to be so accommodating!

Sian said...

Oh, isn't Whitby lovely? We had a holiday there three years ago now I think. You know who wants to know if you visited the Milkshake shop

Tammy said...

You captured some amazing photos! Great job!!!

Jimjams said...

Brilliant - I knew we could rely on you to over-achieve/complicate in some way! Looking forward to the next instalment :D

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh Mel,
I'm so happy to see you back in blogland. I've missed you and your lovely family and your wonderful over-achieving self!
Thanks for joining in. I love the border pictures best I think!

alexa said...

Oh my, you've really fulfilled the task and no mistake. :) I loved the view of the train front from your seat further back, and all your piers. I should think you deserve double or even treble points!

scrappyjacky said...

Some great catches,Mel....we expected no less,of course....and Whitby looks like somewhere to put on my 'to visit' list.
I think the train series is probably my favourite set.

Abi said...

I loved the dog picture! i too set myself a week to do the photo hunt- it's actually a great motivational tool! ha ha!

Alison said...

Great shots Mel...I especially love your four-legged borders!
Alison xx

Missus Wookie said...

Love the border terrier - what a great version. I LOVE sitting in the last carriage - or at least far enough back to take a photo. One of my complaints about the commutes in and out of London is there just aren't enough curves...

Beverly said...

I love the first photo, so pretty. All in a week of course wasn't enough you had to find multiples lol, well done. That last shot looks like you were back in America ;)

Kirsty.A said...

I especially love the steam train pic from the back carriage - really good

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

What a wonderful bunch of photos! Love the roadside stands!

JO SOWERBY said...

ooh that border dog idea is awesome and i loved going to whitby too several years back. We stayed in a cottage between Pickering and Scarborough. It was a lovely holiday. We went on a mommoth walk across the moors and had to climb this horrendous incline right at the end...........we were so foot sore by then we didn't know what to do with ourselves.
Jo xxx

The Mann Fam said...

Great finds, Mel. I love your border pictures. Very clever. I like your plant border picture.