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Photography: images from around the world, both familiar and unusual, iconic and playful, with an eye for the interesting.

O is for Outside

What I love about a proper winters day is the cold crisp weather. Nothing feels better than going out for a walk, enjoy the sun and coldness followed of course by returning to a warm home. Especially after sitting indoors and eating a lot over the Christmas days it is a great way to feel … Continue reading »

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N is for Nativity

It’s this time of the year again that many children will be asked to take part in the yearly school Nativity play. Many tears will be shed over the fact that they cannot play Joseph or Maria. Many proud parents will have to show up at school to watch their children act, with of course … Continue reading »

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L is for Light

As mentioned in earlier blogs the Christmas period is also known as the Festival of Light. As  winter deepens (in the Northern hemispheres) the days get shorter, more artificial light sources are needed to brighten up the day. For Christmas this means not only using candles but also the Christmas lights that are used to … Continue reading »

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K is for Kitchen

The kitchen is probably the most central room in any household, specifically around the time when lots of family and friends will be around. In early years the kitchen was nothing more than an open fire with sometimes a stone or a branch to help cooking. Recently I read an article that the most expensive … Continue reading »

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Leica 1 (Model A) Elmax Camera Sells for 2.2m Euros

Simply amazing! A new world record in camera sales. A rare, highly significant 1923 prototype Leica camera has been sold in an auction for 2.16m euros. The Leica A with the Elmax lens, is one of only 12 cameras of this type known to have survived. Elmax is the name of the distinctive, powerful and … Continue reading »

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J is for Jingle Bells and Juniper

Jingle bells or sleigh bells, were often found in large numbers on the harnesses of horse carriages during the winter season. City life before cars required something you could hear from afar, which the jingling noise the bells make as the horses move would make up for hooves being muffled by the snow. This helps … Continue reading »

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I is for Ivy and Ice

What I love about the change in weather is that you get all kinds of wonderful colours appearing in nature. One of the most stunning transformations can be the change of colour in ivy. Many houses, walls and trees are covered with this, not always to the benefits of the material underneath. Although the ivy … Continue reading »

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H is for Holly and Hanukkah

Holly is an evergeen with some nice red berries, which are slightly toxin for humans. During the winter months you will see holly appear in many Christmas decorations, mainly in wreaths. If you have a holly bush in your garden you might find many passerby’s trying to take a branch for their decorations. The great … Continue reading »

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G is for Green, Gold and Glitter

Green In winter everything gets gray and dark. Most trees will have shed their leaves and grass will be gone (or covered under a layer of snow or ice). One of the few groups of trees that still show some live and colour are evergreens. Most people will recognise these as the Christmas tree. I … Continue reading »

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F is for Frankincense, Fire and Family & Friends

Frankincense Frankincense has its origins in the Middle East and was one of the three gifts that baby Jezus received on its birthday. By that time it was already a popular product in Asia as a medicin and in North African and Middle Eastern religions as a perfumed cleansing product. The product has made quite … Continue reading »

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