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Not So Smart ...

This was one of those moments where I literally had to pinch myself to check I was awake and actually seeing what I thought I was seeing. Yes, a bale of straw (possibly even 2 bales of straw) crammed into the back of a little Smart car at a garage on the outskirts of Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Apart from the fact that you couldn't see his registration plate and the driver couldn't see out of their rear view mirror I guess they thought it was a clever idea!

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On The Bottle ...

For this week's Sunday Challenge, for which the theme was drink. Please view large on black for best effect.

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Just Chillin' Out ...

Thought I'd share this shot with you of Bella. She was adopted by us from the Dogs Trust at Adel on the outskirts of Leeds when she was only about 6 months old, but she's now approaching 14 years of age. When she first came to stay with us we had an older dog called Glen who she used to torment something rotten. Sadly Glen passed away a few years ago and although we got another young dog called Sandy no matter how hard he tries he rarely succeeds in getting her to play with him. You see, these days Bella…

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Long Way Down ...

The view from Sutton Bank looking west towards Thirsk. Created from 10 separate images stitched together in Photoshop, a technique I'm still experimenting with, but I think this one works okay. For those that may not be familiar with this Yorkshire landmark, Sutton Bank (also known as Roulston Scar) is in the Hambleton District of the North York Moors National Park. The A170 road runs nearby with a maximum gradient of 1 in 4 (25%), and including a hairpin bend. Not surprisingly then vehicles have to keep…

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Dry Stone Rider ...

Called "Le Monument" this artistic dry stone wall sculpture was created by Gordon Simpson, Master Dry Stone Waller. It was erected in 2014 and unveiled by Brian Robinson to commemorate the Tour de France, which passed the spot between Ripley and Harrogate where this piece of public art can now be admired. The shot was taken by me a few days ago for this week's Sunday Challenge, for which the theme was sport or anything to do with sport. You'll find a shot of the overall sculpture in the Notes and you can…

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1984 Mercedes 500 SL - B175 YUB

Came across this glorious white Merc whilst out cycling in Northallerton. The lady owner was up visiting friends or family in the area and happy for me to take some photos and have a good look at the car, both inside and out. It was a while ago now, but I seem to remember she said that it started out life in South Africa and was brought across to England by the original owner a few years ago. not in mint condition, but very nice nonetheless for those that like their German cars big and well equipped. The…

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1984 Mercedes 500 SL - B175 YUB

Came across this glorious white Merc whilst out cycling in Northallerton. The lady owner was up visiting friends or family in the area and happy for me to take some photos and have a good look at the car, both inside and out. It was a while ago now, but I seem to remember she said that it started out life in South Africa and was brought across to England by the original owner a few years ago. not in mint condition, but very nice nonetheless for those that like their German cars big and well equipped. The…

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Splashes Of Red ...

I came across this cool little chopper parked up outside a tattoo parlour here in Northallerton. Only registered in June this year and manufactured by Pioneer (not a make I'm familiar with) it may well have been modified considerably as I doubt this is how it was purchased. Either way, with it's matt black paint and red wheels it really looked the business even if it only has a tiny little 123cc engine. It was also crying out for a bit of selective colouring in the 'processing room' ... hope you guys like…

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Frankfurt, ... ... immer wieder gerne!
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