Thursday, 25 April 2019

We Decided To Go Shopping,

so off to Bromley we went,


 but first we stopped by the gate house,

 the wisteria looked so nice, I just had to get into the photograph,

 Diana disappeared into one of her favorite shops,

 whilst I took a stroll though the High Street,

 it looked sunny but there was still a chill in the air, so I was surprised to see customers sitting outside, but there it is,

 one of the temporary stalls in the now pedestrianised street,

 I made my way past the theater,

 when this shop caught my attention,  

 because at the entrance to the shop a bubble machine was continuously making bubbles, I was going to take a few photographs of children playing in them, but in this day and age taking photographs of other people's children at play might not be a good idea, sad but there it is,

 I walked back towards the market square,

 and bus stops,

 till I arrived here at the Greyhound and waited for Diana, 

 who was hungry when she arrived, so a huge pizza was the order of the day,

 all gone! I am sure I heard her say, 'can I have another one please?'

 in the evening, our evening meal,

 starters of prawn covered toast with sesame seeds and spring rolls,

 we bought some kebabs at the Polhill Garden Center when we were there,

 and here they are,

 and to round off the meal, a sherry trifle,

delicious! we listened to music for the rest of the evening until nearly the midnight hour, then for us we were off to bed.


A Couple Of Days Ago,

Jill asked what are whelks and how do you cook them?


well this is how I eat them, boiled in salt water then sprinkled with vinegar, so what are they? the easiest thing is to quote Wikipedia, a whelk is a common name that is applied to various kinds of sea snail, although a number of whelks are relatively large and are in the family Buccinidae (the true whelks), the word whelk is also applied to some other marine gastropod species within several families of sea snails that are not very closely related, many have historically been used, or are still used, by humans and other animals for food. (In an average whelk (100g), there are 137 calories, 24g of protein, 0.34g of fat, and 8g of carbohydrates,

hauling whelks in Weymouth Harbour, photograph by Lara Jane Thrope, I had thought that whelks or their local equivalent would be well known, but it appears that it is a British thing as they are only found around Great Britain and the Atlantic, and whelks for some are big business, the UK lands over 10,000 tonnes of whelks per annum and in Weymouth Harbour last year alone, 722 tonnes were pulled from the sea, but here is the thing, nearly 95 per cent of whelks landed are shipped abroad to the Far East, in particular South Korea, where they're sold in tins swamped in soy sauce, so other than boiling them how else can you cook whelks? well here are a couple of ideas,

Whelks en salsa by Taher Jibet

To serve 4 as a starter
500g picked whelks
Half a bunch of coriander
3 large tomatoes
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
2 lemons
Half a cucumber
1 onion
30ml white wine vinegar
90ml olive oil
1 teaspoon Maldon salt flakes
Boil the whelks in plenty of salted water for 30 minutes mand let them cool in the liquid. Strain and put aside. Chop the tomatoes, onions, cucumber and peppers into small squares and mix with a spoon in a bowl. Chop or slice the whelks and add to the salsa.
Season with Maldon salt and cracked black pepper. Squeeze the lemon juice into the mix and add the chopped coriander, vinegar and oil.

or how about this? Buffalo Whelks by Taher Jibet

To serve 4 as a starter
500g picked whelks
Half a bunch coriander
2 cloves of garlic
150ml Tabasco sauce
390ml water
350g panko breadcrumbs
4 eggs
200g plain flour
20g Maldon salt flakes
Bring the water, Tabasco, garlic and coriander to the boil. Put the whelks into the boiling liquid and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let everything cool down together.
Place in a plastic container and leave to marinade in the fridge for 3 days. Strain the whelks and remove the garlic and coriander.
Beat the eggs in a bowl and set aside.
Add the Maldon salt to the panko breadcrumbs and mix through. Set this aside, too. Roll the whelks in the flour first, then dip them in the egg mix and finally roll them through the breadcrumbs. Repeat this process twice.
Turn your deep fat fryer to 180C and deep fry the whelks till golden and crispy. Serve with a tartare sauce or lemon mayonnaise.

both sound delicious, but for myself boiled with vinegar to taste does me grand.


Normally When I Think Of Models,

I think of scale models,


 as the ship, train or plane is too big to make in your own home, but not so for the Chinese makers of this 1:1 life size tank, it is made of cardboard and reportedly weighs in at about a 1 ton, 

 this photograph shows the real life size of the tracks, the tank was exhibited at this year’s Hobby Expo China (HEC) International Model Expo, in  Beijing, it is a cardboard replica of the Merkava MK4 Israeli battle tank,

details are scarce, but it appears that the team took 48 days to complete the project, I am guessing they won! photographs and story from FunNews365.


It Seemed A Great Idea At The Time,

letting off a few firecrackers to celebrate,


the renovation of his home in Xuzhou, in China’s Jiangsu Province, at the beginning of 2018, but Cai Nan now regrets that decision, reportedly the noise killed over 10,000 rabbits at a neighbors rabbit farm, Cai’s neighbor, a man surnamed Zhang, told a Xuzhou court that the short firecracker celebration turned his farm into a morgue,



photograph by China News Network, He claimed that over 10,000 young rabbits and 1,573 adults were scared to death by the loud noise, Zhang asked his neighbor for compensation, and when Cai Nan refused, he took him to court, last year, a Xuzhou judge ruled that Cai was responsible for the rabbit massacre and should compensate his neighbor for his losses, He was ordered to pay 440,000 yuan ($65,500) in ten days, but he appealed the decision, unfortunately for Cai Nan, on April 22nd, 2019, the Xuzhou Intermediate People’s Court dismissed his appeal and upheld the first judge’s decision, I had no idea rabbits were noise sensitive, but I know now, story from Apple Daily.


If You Like Unusual Historical Photographs,

this is the post for you,


I came across this slideshow below,

which I had not seen before, so grab a coffee as the clip last 6 minutes or so, there are so many amazing photographs here.


Wednesday, 24 April 2019

I Started The Day,

with a walk into town,


 just opposite The George,

 is the relocated Post Office, it did have its own building with several serving counters, now down to just three counters, and moving into the rear of another shop really worked, the queues are so much longer now with less than half the number of staff there, still being at the back of W. H. Smiths, (a chain that sells newspapers magazines, books, etc), you can at least grab a magazine have a good read and put it back on the shelf on your way out!

 I walked back to the park

 and took a photograph of the now really flowering wisteria,

 in the evening I was off, to
Maidstone,

 and in a taxi going past one corner of the Maidstone Prison, I then received a call from Duncan to say that the pub we were meeting at was being refurbished and was not serving food, so on to plan 'B',

 which was to meet here, at the Miller and Carter,

 inside,

 or outside?

 well it was still a bit chilli,

 so inside it was then,

  our table, almost near the window,

 just the three of us tonight, unfortunately Steve could not make it,

 we all decided on a steak each, so Hi from Duncan,

Alan, 

and myself,

 to round the evening off, Irish coffees, we chatted
the night away, 

  Alan kindly dropped me off at the station and in no time I was nearly home,

 walking past the wisteria, then feet up, a quick nightcap and I was off to bed.


I Mentioned Maidstone Prison,

which brought to mind convicts in striped shirts,


 and here are a few,

 that look like they are jumping up,

 or down depending on your perspective, 

 they are by Norway-born, Berlin-based artist Anders Gjennestad, who works as STRĂ˜K,

 Gjennestad incorporates shadows for each figure that disrupt the viewer’s perspective, leaving one to wonder if the artist’s subjects are falling up or touching down. Most recently, the artist participated in Aberdeen, Scotland’s international Nuart festival,



in addition to his large-scale outdoor pieces, Gjennestad also creates figural works that fit inside galleries, often using rusted metal surfaces and dilapidated wood doors as his canvas, the artist’s forthcoming solo show will open May 10th at Galerie Mathgoth in Paris, and runs until July 9, 2019, you can see more of Gjennestad’s work and travels on  Facebook and Instagram, and find select prints in his online store