Wednesday Lensday: Nostalgia

Wednesday Lensday: Nostalgia

The theme of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is nostalgia, something that we humans often seem fixated on: things were better back in the [insert favourite decade here]!

Now I’m quite a nostalgic person which is not helping my current situation of helping to clear my late grandfather’s house – I’m  keeping the daftest of trinkets because they hold some little memory for me. Perhaps I need to be more ruthless with the sorting but it was my childhood home so…

My grandfather was similar in his sentiments for memories. For example, we have so far found every birthday / Christmas card dating back to the late 60s, hundreds of pens which have been dutifully labelled to display the amount he won at bingo with them and of course many photographs.

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But the single image I’ve chosen for the challenge shows items from two of the most popular decades for nostalgia buffs: The 40s and 80s. And they serve as a great example of the changes for humankind my grandad saw in his 97 years. I’m sure when he was working on planes during WW2 he never imagined we’d one day have machines powered by the sun or that he’d be video calling people across the globe!

What makes you nostalgic? What do you think future generations will look back on and want to bring back to life in some retro revival? I hope it’s not shell suits…


Image Credits: My own.

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Wednesday Lensday: Minster of Magic

Wednesday Lensday: Minster of Magic

Firstly, I’m seriously slacking this week with blogging and scheduling and such. Life is busy, sorry!

But back to the images. I love churches and religious architecture, despite not following a particular faith, so being a stone’s throw from the Gothic finery of Beverley Minster means I’m utterly spoiled. It’s a magical place.

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Although I’ve taken images of its exterior multiple times, I have few of the inside: there’s usually an event taking place or you can’t find someone to issue you with a permit or whatever. However, during the Heritage Weekend Open Days, they cleared out all seating, allowing you to wander at will and see it as it had been when originally built. So snapping away I went!

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Wednesday Lensday: Just Beachy

Wednesday Lensday: Just Beachy

Although I consider myself more a lakes and mountains girl, I do love the sea. I just like being around water which, if you believe in this sort of thing, is a little strange as I’m a fire sign – I guess my moon ascending chakra or something is in Aquarius. 😉

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However, I much prefer a ramble around some rock pools than basking in blazing heat on the sand, so when the British summer weather was being fairly kind to us, I thought I’d head to the local beach with the ‘proper’ camera!

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But it rained. A lot. And I didn’t pack the rain gear. ‘It’s okay,‘ I thought, ‘I’ll hastily wrap the DSLR in a plastic bag,‘ …that had a hole in it. Back to the iPhone it was!

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Wednesday Lensday: Rare Vintage

Wednesday Lensday: Rare Vintage

Being a lover of all things vintage, when I saw signs advertising a 1940s themed airshow at the local aeroclub (where I learned to fly a plane), I knew I had to check it out.

It was a rare occasion for them to be hosting an airshow, in fact I believe it’s the only one they’ve ever had, but it seems it was to mark their 25th anniversary.

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The highlight for me was the Spitfire – rare in itself, with apparently less than 300 left in the world, this throwback to WW2 looped, twisted and dived to delight the crowds. The noise of the engines was fantastic!

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It wasn’t only vintage aircraft on show: tractors, tanks, cars and motorbikes, some dating back to the 1920s, also put in an appearance. There was even a collection of beautifully crafted model planes.

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Wednesday Lensday: FUNday

Wednesday Lensday: FUNday

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge has the theme of FUN.

Of course this can mean a variety of things depending on the individual: some find fun from binge watching their favourite shows, or from collecting all manner of paraphernalia and displaying it on shelves, whilst others would be overflowing with ennui with anything less than scaling a skyscraper, having only their selfie stick to keep their balance!

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However, I’m sure most would agree that when the word FUN is mentioned, one thought that often springs to mind is of a fair. I do love the thrill of a roller-coaster and the atmosphere of a funfair but I’ve always had a fascination of abandoned theme parks, wanting to capture what it’s like after all the colours, sounds and smells have left the fairground.

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