Wednesday, 30 December 2009

ABC Wednesday - W & X.

I didn't manage to post at all last week, so I'm giving you a double post this week. I'm so generous!

So here I go, starting with
W for WREN.
I love the wren, it's so small and lively. I have a few items in my collection.

This is a horsebrass designed like the old Farthing (a fourth part of a Penny.)

Here's a framed embroidery of a wren, made by a friend, with an ornamental trowel hanging beneath it. Yes, there's a wren on the handle.

This is a close-up of all the detail of that wren.

Now for this week's letter, the letter

As my husband was a Radiographer in his younger days, we have several X-ray radiographs in the house. The ones I want to show you today are linked with my S post - Skeleton and Skulls. They are x-rays of bird skulls.



We also have a tungsten target from a Coolidge Tube.

This is about 2 inches/5 cm long, and once formed a vital part of an x-ray machine. A stream of electrons was fired at the target, producing x-rays. You can see the marks left by this in the lower photo.

Well, that's it for this week's double issue. Thanks for staying to the end!
You'll find more X words on the ABC page.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Monochrome Weekly Theme.

A reflection in the window between my kitchen and the hallway.
I'm sitting at the table reading a book - the reflections in this window are a constant source of amusement to me.

Aileni started this theme, and more photos can be found on the Monochrome page.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Monochrome Weekly Theme.

Solstice greetings to everyone!

Visit Aileni and the Monochrome page for more photos.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

ABC Wednesday - V.

This fun weekly idea came from Denise.

And this week we've reached the letter V.

I'm still posting about parts of the collections in this house, and I've found V in the camera collection.

is for

Two Voigtlanders, to be precise.
The one on the left, a Voigtlander Vito II A, was probably made in about 1955. I bought it second-hand in (I think) 1968, when I received back-pay after qualifying as a nurse.
The one on the right, a Voigtlander Brilliant, was given to my husband by my favourite-ever aunt, who was also my Godmother. It was made in about 1935, and belonged to her elder brother before he was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Both these cameras still work, but film for the Brilliant is hard to find and harder to process.

Here's the Vito open.

And the Brilliant with it's viewfinder open.

And this is a photo of the Vito seen through the viewfinder of the Brilliant.

More and varied takes on the letter can be found through the ABC page. It's worth a visit.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Monochrome Weekly Theme.

Raindrop reflection.

Aileni is our host.
His Accolades and others' entries can be found on the Monochrome page.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

ABC Wednesday - U.

This week's letter for ABC Wednesday is U.

Staying within the confines of my collections (and those of others in the house) my first two words are
These are some fossil and geological specimens on a cupboard shelf, waiting to find a proper display space.
If you look closely, you might even be able to see a piece of paper in the above bag which reads UNAKITE.

The amusing ornament below is a Harmony Kingdom Treasure Jest. It's title is "Too much of a good thing"
I think the poor cat looks extremely UNCOMFORTABLE.

Denise started this fun challenge well over two years ago. Visit the ABC page for more contributions, or to join in yourself.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Monochrome Weekly Theme.

Started by Aileni.

The corner of a door mat.

Find more monochromes here.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

ABC Wednesday - T.

I had a hard time finding something in my collections for the letter T.
Then I thought of this jug from the old Llanelly Pottery. It dates from the second half of the 19th century.
Why post this for T?
The rich brown glaze is sometimes called a TREACLE glaze!

I love the colour, and I particularly love the handle of the jug. That dog seems sure there's something interesting in the jug!

More T posts can be found through the ABC Wednesday page. Why not see if something there tickles your fancy?