Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic


This boat is called the Vita Nova, a former Belgian trawler that is anchored off the Cumbria coastline of Roa Island in the Irish Sea. The rusting old trawler has been in its homely position for many years, as long as I can remember, and recently it has had a fresh coat of paint, in bright yellow.

At times this boat has appeared abandoned and yet a staple piece of the seascape. It has always been at the edge of the causeway and if it were removed, I believe the locals would be disappointed that the structure no longer resides in view of the coastline.

I believe that such relics, constant structures, do breed security with the familiar. The word familiar or famil derives from the Latin meaning, close relationships. As some of our anchored viewpoints remain the same, they remind us of our connections. If relics of our towns, of our past were to disappear it would be like saying goodbye to a dear friend.


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Calling all creative minds/poets – In The Sunshine of Summer Time

Please visit the collaborative writings from the beautiful Forgottenmeadows. This piece of writing is open until the 1st September. I will repost the completed version after that date.


Hi Everyone,

I thought I would start a summer collaboration that will be open for the months of July and August and close on September 1st, 2014! This is the longest duration I have ever had a collaboration open so I really hope a lot of you will participate…tap on to those summer memories, emotions and feelings… Just like the ones before, you can add your contribution under comments and I will place them in the order they come. I will put the name of the contributor at the end of the piece in the same colour as their contribution and the names will be in the same order as well. Please be patient with me on updating, as some days I may not get to be online during these months as previously noted but if you leave it in the comment I will make sure it has been added…

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Medicinal Media – Outdoor Photo Gallery


Over the last twelve months I have developed my love of photography. My appreciation started at the age of fifteen. My Dad gave me his old Pentax camera for a family holiday and I proceeded to snap my way through the week.

Last year I regained my ambitions to take more photos for therapeutic reasons. I feel I am mindful when walking with my camera. I forget the troubles and weekly worries and focus on what I see and the image I would like to take. I visualise the image first and then try to replicate this with the camera lens.

I also love to see other people’s photos. Today I went along to see an open air photo gallery . The images where beautiful and captivating. The theme for the exhibition was nature and wildlife from photographers around the UK. The 2020VISION photography project is a roadshow that is visiting many towns throughout the country this summer. The outdoor gallery reflects the aim of the project which is to encouraging people to engage with our beautiful landscapes and natural habitats. An added benefit is that the exhibitions are accessible to all as the galleries are in public spaces.