Advent 12: Illuminations

The Titanic leaving Dock Gate 4, Southampton

p1180671Southampton is not usually forthcoming on Christmas lights as much as other cities – What with the Christmas market and so many lights from shops, ships and offices – But, to open up a leisure area for Christmas at West Quay malls this year, a stunning loop of 7-minute, light and sound illuminations ran on our Old Town Wall at the weekend.


p1180656Depicted, was the history of Southampton’s port, which focused on departures of: Henry V troops leaving for Agincourt, The Mayflower with Pilgrims preparing for America, The Titanic leaving for New York, boats and planes in WW2 manoeuvres, J-Class yachts, powerboats, hovercraft, container-ships and so on.

Do you have any festive lights where you are?

Southampton’s city square

Blue, Wood, English Coast

Blue lit hatch on Henry VIII’s Mary Rose warship


In response to Tuesday Photo Challenge: Blue

Summer Splash


For two days an otherwise Cool Britannia has been basking in a Mediterranean heatwave.

Normality has stopped while bodies, the colour of uncooked pastry, have headed to the water’s edge to sacrifice themselves to the Sun. Baking and blistering in a desperate attempt to change colour.

Breathing underwater © Southampton Old Lady

CYW: Unmellow Yellow


I took these snaps in a surround cinema inside the Stiegl Brewery in Salzberg, Austria.

A drink poured, then I realised that we were sat inside an epic-sized glass of unmellow beer.

In response to Color Your World Photo Challenge; where each day on the calendar marks a different Crayola colour photo prompt.

To see more or take part visit:


CYW: Tickle Me Pink



Photos of Tickle Me Pink shoes © Southampton Old Lady
Photos of Tickle Me Pink shoes © Southampton Old Lady

These are for the Colour Your World Photo Challenge: Tickle Me Pink

To see others or take part in the CYW Photo Challenge, whereby a new Crayola color is linked to a 120 day calendar, click here:

Colour My World: Screaming Green





I love the way that, when driving through the British countryside, trees meet above to create a screaming green tunnel.

Photos ©  Southampton Old Lady.

In response to WordPress challenge: Color Your World: Screaming Green

Where a calendar has a different Crayola Crayon colour as a photo prompt.

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