Right folks, I'll start this week's Saturday Snapshot with a huge 'thank you' to everyone who commented on my duck pictures in last week's post. The response was tremendous (as I keep saying, the Internet is a wonderful thing), and I am so grateful to the knowledgeable people who were able to identify my mystery water fowl. They turned out to be mallard hybrids, rather than a rare and strange new species, but I'm glad I know what they are, and I am still watching them when I walk by the lake.
I only have a couple of photos today, but they both made me chuckle. The first is of a sign on Bridge 74 on the Coventry Canal at Tamworth, where Tamworth Cruising Club is based, and many narrow boats are moored. It's very blurred, because there's no towpath or public access on that side, and I was balanced on the very edge of the water on the towpath (opposite the sign)trying to get a shot!I have cropped the photo, but it's still not very clear. Basically it's asking boaters to slow down, so the wash from their craft doesn't disturb others, and it's a little rhyme which says:
If you slow down when passing through
We will smile and wave at you
But thrash on past without a care
And all you'll get is a stony stare.
It made me wonder if people would pay more attention if all public notices were poetic!
And I couldn't resist taking a snap of this sign stuck on a glass bus shelter in the town centre, because it seems to be a case of health and safety gone mad - stating the obvious I think. Why warn people that there are moving buses at a bus stop? What else would anyone expect to find there? I just hope time and money won't be wasted putting them up on any other bus shelters.
You may notice (it's hard to avoid really) that the blog has a new look - I wanted something cheerful and uplifting to make me smile when I look at it, but I do wonder if this is a little over the top! I did it last night, and it took me hours - at one stage I ended up with gobbledy gook appearing on screen, then the blog disappeared completely when I tried to get it back to normal, because I'd forgotten to save the original template! It's still a work in progress, but I'll attack it again later on, and see if I can remember how to put borders back on photos.
I'm not sure if everything that was there before is still here, and I'm not sure if the comments will work - last time I tried to be clever and put a different background on no-one could comment, so if there is a problem please leave a message on my other blog, which is where I originally started blogging, and it got overtaken by this one!