Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Saturday 1412  – 6th July 2013

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Ahhhh Nostalgia.. definition – ” a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations ” and what often conjours up a nostalgic feeling ?   Of course it’s Smell.

Which brings me neatly to what I want to write about this week which I thought would tie in with the weekly photo challenge.

Take a look at the open letter below which was on show in the window of Bonnetts shop, which you can see part of above. Bonnetts made scrumptious bread and cakes. There’s nothing quite as delicious or memory inducing as the smell of baking.. Yum Yum !

_1098What are your thoughts as you read the letter?   Sadness, Inevitability, anger?  Or maybe acceptance that this is the ever-changing way of the world and those businesses that do not change with the times do not survive.

I have lived in the village ,where this shop is, for nearly 5 years and I had probably only been in this shop a few dozen times.

The reason for that wasn’t because I didn’t like the shop it was because of the opening hours.  Until very recently I was working full-time and the shop opened after I went to work and closed before I got home meaning the only day I could shop in it was on a Saturday.  I imagine that was the case for most full time workers in the village.

A couple of years ago a well-known supermarket chain bought a pub which had recently closed and opened a shop in it; the death knell for Bonnetts. There was uproar and resistance to the supermarket but once it was there people used it and I suspect stopped using Bonnetts because it was more expensive.

This is the story of many such small independent shops throughout the country, they simply cannot compete on price with the large supermarket chains who have huge bulk buying power .

We may all express nostalgia for such independent shops but if we aren’t prepared to support them by shopping in them, then they aren’t going to survive are they? 

Individuals still have the choice, don’t they? or do they really when so many households now have 2 people working full-time which probably wasn’t the case 30 years ago. So why the change?

I believe spirally house prices and rental prices have forced women to return to work almost immediately after giving birth because they have to. Yes I know many, many women choose to work but I believe most have no choice. I know this is a VERY big subject but that will be for another post.

 Ok that’s Saturday girl done for today.. short and sweet for once. ’til anon.

Ps Oh by the way are any of you watching the tennis at Wimbledon?  Sadly it wasn’t the best of woman’s finals today.. pity. I’ll be watching the men’s final tomorrow with my daughter, her boyfriend and my son which will be good I’m sure.. Come on Andy Murray!!


You can find my photography blog Photomania here and there will be lots more photos from the festival over there this week.



Roll Up, Roll Up.. It’s time for the Circus!!

Saturday 1426 – 30th March 2013

Fun, Fun, Fun…. 


This morning I thought, What will I do with myself today?  I went to the gym and did some housework but as it was snowing a bit and bitterly cold it was tempting just to lay about and do nothing else but I can’t do that as this is Saturday!!  If you’ve been following for a while, or if you read my about page, you’ll know that one of the reasons I started this blog was to encourage myself to do stuff on the Saturdays I have left and fun stuff was included in the list, as was photography.  I didn’t want to do one of my more thoughtful ( political, activist!) posts, I wanted to have some fun so I went to the circus… as you do at 59 with no young children or grandchildren to bring as an excuse 🙂 …  and took lots of photos.


Mr Fips Wonder Circus was the circus in question -with acrobats, jugglers, some magic,  the calamitous clown Mr Fip himself and none other than Spiderman!  Thankfully no wild animals or I wouldn’t have gone.. a few “my little ponies” though.


A small but perfectly formed circus, certainly not the Billy Smart’s big top that I remember going to as a child. It had a tent which was possibly 2 or 3 times the size of Mr Fip’s tent. The circus did have lots of sawdust in the ring though and the usual selection of Candy Floss ( cotton candy it was called – not right that!! ) hot dogs, popcorn and rather more unusually a crepes stand, all of which I managed to resist.


_771There was lots of hamming it up between the rather handsome ringmaster and Mr Fip’s the clown , all in the very best circus tradition.. The only disappointment for me was that there was only a small audience which was such a pity. Don’t parents bring their children to the circus anymore for some good clean family fun which seems to be a rarity these days?

The children and adults that shared the experience with me seemed to be really enjoying themselves and there was lots of audience participation. I certainly had a great time especially taking photos, which was challenging because of the difficult and ever-changing lighting conditions.

Right that’s enough chat from me, I hope you are enjoying the show through my photos 😀 and if you see this Circus advertised in a town near you, I am happy to commend it to you.






A link to Mr Fips Wonder Circus facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MrFipsWonderCircus?ref=ts&fref=ts

A Saturday Girl, rejuvenated by fun, signing off until next week. Make sure you schedule in some fun.


You can find my photography blog Photomania here and I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already.. Photos of all sorts over there and,  at some time, there are bound to be some from this circus too 😀