The Last Days of Thunder Child

The Last Days of Thunder Child
War of the Worlds - spin off adaptation novel.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Moyra Melons Ear Rings Take no Prisoners

The fortunate husband of Moyra Melons walked into the living room, sipping a nice cup of tea when something hot made his eyes bulge. It was not the warm tea.

His wife smiled at him and said. "I want to make sure this pair take no prisoners at your annual works convention darling."

Of course, Moyra Melons was concerned that her new ear rings might not attract admiring glances and as we all know; Moyra loves it when people notice her ear rings. The more outstanding, the better. 

"Ump," choked her husband. "They certainly are captivating, my sweet. I don't think anyone could miss how captivating such things are."

"Oh," her eyes lit up delightedly. "You say such wonderful things darling."

Her husband smiled boyishly. "Well you show such fabulous things too Moyra."

"They're only ear rings darling," she replied with her usual smile.

"Oh, I think there is something more substantial then 'just ear rings,'" he replied with his eye brows doing a Mexican stadium wave and little gremlins in his head going "Areeba areeba - ye ha!"

"Oh! what else might that be?" asked Moyra Melons inquisitively.

"Well I could show you if you like," he whispered hoarsely, while closing the living room door. 

As one might well imagine; Moyra Melons swiftly found out about more substantial things that might captivate an excessive amount of people at the annual works convention.

Design Projects for all Sorts

Check out for all sorts of designs. I've put up a project for a book cover to see what type of bids and ideas come forward. Looking forward to see what creative designer ideas are out there.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spooking the Buzzard

Carole and I returned to our new home in the Fenlands today. It was a very fine day too. I decided to go out again with my new camera and try to get some shots of the many Common Buzzards about the Fens these days. Their numbers are increasing at an encouraging rate, much to the delight of the Fenlanders. Up until the 1990s; Common Buzzards were only in the north and west of Britain. Now they are back in the east.

Carole said she would like to come too, because she was able to spot them better then me, while I drove about the country lanes.

We got to Thorny Toll along the A47 and turned towards Gedney Hill, along a stretch of road called New Cut. We often see a Buzzard here. Almost at once Carole pointed to the lock gate and upon the metal girders in the middle of a field, we made out a Common Buzzard. She was surveying her territory.

There was a small gravel yard close by where I stopped the car. Carole handed me the camera and I began shooting shots, knowing the buzzard could get spooked and fly off quickly. I was some distance but had a telescopic zoom lens. Don't get me wrong; I'm no photographer so I was just clicking away for all I was worth.

As the buzzard flew off, I kept clicking as the wonderful creature swooped around and flew low over a small dyke, where a male buzzard stood upon the grass. He is in two of the shoots and has a white head. He is below the flying female buzzard on the bottom two photos. One just below to the right and in the other just below to the left.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

A New House in the Fenlands

I'm sorry that there has not been too many Retro Brit Blogs of late, but this will only be for a short time.
I have recently moved into the Fenlands of Cambridgeshire, close to the Norfolk and Lincolnshire borders.
Everything seems to be happening now as Carole and I try to get our bungalow in order.
To the front of the house, we have open field views of the Fens. I also bought a Nikon D3100 camera. Why? I don't know anything about cameras.
It just seemed like a good idea at the time. Fortunately, the camera workings are pretty much self explanatory. Therefore, I can learn quickly by trial and error and enjoy photographing some of the nice things about my new house.
I've never seen so many birds of prey - i,e, Common Buzzards, Kestrels and Barn Owls. Trouble is; they will not stay still long enough for me to get one on camera. Or they only appear when I don't have the camera with me. I'm sure that will all come good in the end. In the meantime, I've taken a few little shots of the outside of my new house.  
The spring is here and everything is starting to bud. I found a new job with Fenland District Council emptying the refuse bins in the countryside and in the various market towns of the Fens.