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Welcome to this rather late #sundaypics – the theme is ‘water‘.

There were quite a lot of entries for this, so I have tried to put them into categories. The first category is…

These were mostly because these were left over when I’d sorted everything else…

First up, we have a lovely ‘wish for snow at Christmas’ taken by @BestofTimes.

Now @ed_moose reflects upon the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, @Braziel messes about in boats, @00spiltmilk00 bends the rules slightly with ‘bloody expensive saline solution’, and @Alliterative looks down – at the Science North butterfly garden.

@flossieTP’s “student” washes himself in it, @sarahpez washes her caffetiere in it, and @little_mavis finds it in Tamlane’s Well.

Next up, Animals
We start with @matt_cochr’s unusually named spaniel ‘Excuse’ (I might have misunderstood his tweet), @greythorne has water for dogs, while @OldMotherRiley has water for horses…though there is something a bit ‘doggy’ about those footprints.

@nixielulu presents her cat ‘Awwww’ when it was a kitten (again, I’m not sure I read her tweet properly), @hastillonlyme bathes pigeons, while @MacJude sprays cats.

First we have ice, as photographed by @kirtle (with vodka) and the lovely @white76.

Next @Snowgirl1972 reveals where all the damn glasses are, @Ironthighs manages a blurry ‘morning after’ picture, and @ScullyScully starts early with a healthily proportioned G&T.

The rather dramatic ‘In To The Void’ by @jonbradbury was taken at Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire.

Next we have @andromedababe and the famous Maid of the Mist beneath Niagara Falls, the feed from Delph reservoir taken by @zevans23, and the fountain at Somerset House by @rosamundi.

@Ariadnes_web brings us Buchanty Spout in Perthshire – people go there to watch the salmon leap upstream apparently, and pretty waterfalls from @TheTiniestVole and @CymraesCoch.

A second picture from @TheTiniestVole – and judging by the very low point of view, I am starting to suspect that she is actually a vole. Then a smashing picture of the wonderfully named Minnehaha Falls from @ButMadNNW. Two words describe wombat76’s offering: Don’t. Blink.

Lots of watery pictures here, beginning with this lovely tarn from @fraggle_red23.

This next pic is from someone ‘not on Twitter’ (no, I don’t understand that concept either) called JanineinSD, and shows her OH Barry & dog Ranger walking on water. Next @edinburghjo brings us the pond at Figgate Park, complete with a young man in a catalogue pose. Then @babymakingfiles finds Mercury in York.

@davidtims describes “A couple of random runners being rained on at Dorney Lake”, @Island252 takes a great shot of Boston’s Charles River (that’s the Boston in Massachusetts, not Lincolnshire), and @ButMadNNW has a bloke fishing in Lake Harriet (Minnesota).

Another shot of Dorney lake, this time from @JohnRands_TMTL. Apparently it is the site of the 10k run he was about to do. Presumably he runs around the lake….unless you know something about him that I don’t. Also, we have a great shot of some water lilies from @talojo.

@lizardsimpkins found this picture in a box of old photos, and quite correctly states “They don’t make them like this any more”, and another lovely pic from @CymraesCoch.

@catinabaglady brings us Derwent from Friars Crag, and @AliceMerray Far Ings Nature Reserve, North Lincs.

Finally, a colourful (though probably rather toxic) shot of water from @Keith_C_Jarrett.

I had expected more shots of rain for this #sundaypics, but these ones will more than suffice – especially this one from @Janegoth.

Now we have a trio of international rain pics, American rain from @ButMadNNW, Canadian rain from @Alliterative and good old British rain from good old British @Nortoner.

Though this first one isn’t strictly a river (it is the pond at Dinton Mill by @Toffeegirluk) I’d already sorted it into this section, and I’m not about to change it. So there!

Another shot from the tireless @ButMadNNW – the mighty Mississippi. @Underbundle brings us a bridge over one of Venice’s many canals (which are a bit like rivers – shut up), and @starlitwolf’s fine shot of the Shropshire Union Canal (which is really starting to undermine my system).

@SarahTregear is messing about in boats on the River Thames (yessss), @keithy73 shows us the River Wear at Durham (come on!) and the smashing @mikeybaer has the River Thames at dusk (in your face River-denyers!).

I can’t work out if this pic of the beach at Bamburgh is very romantic, or incredibly sad – I’ll let you decide (or you could ask @LilianLouvaine).

Three lovely shots here of a little supervised paddling. Frist @aMeadey seems to have forgotten the swimming trunks, second, I show The Boy the sea for the first time, and finally, @ElsieAssap misses the summer.

@davidtims rather modestly described this as “yours truly at the beach” – but forgot to mention that it is in Dubai. Swanky. Judging by the colour of the water in the next picture, @jonbradbury’s picture looks like it was taken rather closer to home, as does @IanRobinson’s rather enigmatic aerial photo.

Beachy head by @miffybarker, Cardif Bay by @xkylet and, er, somewhere else by @coradevine.

I’m not sure what this one is of – I should probably ask @thedarkglove [update: it is Brighton West Pier – thanks @xkylet]. This second picture from @FBishWife apparently features @dustmotes, but I’m not sure if he is the heroic surfer, or the guy watching from the safety of the beach.

@Miss_Ripley opens with the picturesque Maramris in Turkey, @Sobster counters with Seaton beach in Cornwall, but @andymcf trumps both with Josh in Biarritz.

Rub your hands together, stamp your feet and make ‘brr brr’ noices while you enjoy these chilly pictures.

@Discombobul8r says simply “Hard Water”, @ButMadNNW shudders with “Brr”, but @AvenSarah is both proud and inclusive when she says “I went patriotic (sort of!) with our lake in winter. Snow & ice are water too!”

Finally, we have a brace of sunsets. The first is from @jamerz3294 of the “Big Waters” of Lake Michigan, and the second is @inhumanbeing’s Crete – this summer.

Well, that’s it (thank god!) I think you can all feel very proud of yourselves, and thanks for not badgering me for not doing this for 2 months.

Go on now, go away – have you any idea how many tweets piled up while you were reading this??


Room 101

I have the honour of presenting the blog today, to spare our beloved leader some of the onerous work that his brilliant creation of Sunday Pics has produced. Please forgive my lack of witty commentary… I’ll do my best, but I know it won’t be the same!

So, this week’s theme was Room 101: Your Greatest Fear. Given that we needed to post original photos, this posed an interesting challenge for many people, who either didn’t want to get near enough to the source of their fear to photograph it, or had more abstract phobias. But it also produced some pretty impressive creativity! (Fortunately, this meant that there weren’t too many terrifying or grotesque photos, which had somewhat worried me as the person responsible for posting them all!).

I’m not sure of the order these were posted in, so I think I’ll try to organise them by theme, roughly. First, a set of things that I would describe as “intense hatreds”, rather than true phobias:

On the left, @ameadey tosses this into Room 101, to start things off. In the same vein, @ariadnes_web really hates weeding (though she’d have liked to post “a picture of an old man tutting while I park”, but didn’t have one, I guess.

@FBishWife quite reasonably points out the total idiocy of this particular household implement (left), while @Ironthighs isn’t “scared of this, but I REALLY HATE IT.” (right)

And @keithy73 seems to feel even more strongly about his food dislike: “May open a hornets nest here, but these are the worst thing ever I will have nightmares tonight Horrible, chalky, custardy nightmares”.

I think I need to make these pictures a bit smaller, or this will take forever! Ok, next we have some sets of somewhat “typical” phobias — the ones we’ve all heard of, and may share:

@butmadnnw captures the feeling of “Heights, falling, feeling unsteady”; @little_mavis shares that fear, when it comes to bridges at least, and so does @starlitwolf.

@kirtle doesn’t like “small, dark enclosed spaces”, @oldmotherriley doesn’t like bats so much that she says there are “Real ones above my garage, but I’m too scared to photograph anything but a rubber one”, and @talojo assures us that “It’s the dark – not bears”.

Creepy-crawlies were, unsurprisingly, a frequent motif. @tonihill79 and @captain_doodle share a dislike (represented literally by the former, and with all the trappings of a horror movie by the latter), @scullyscully doesn’t like wiggly worms, while @louwiseman shows us the (former) home of her nemesis:

And three of us share a very common phobia — that none of us could bring ourselves to photograph in the flesh! Left to right, it’s the contributions of @white76, @macjude, and myself.

Still on the theme of “fears that we’ve at least heard of”, @alliterative and @jamerz3294 would both like to consign needles to Room 101, especially when they’re used to draw blood, or filled with battery acid(!). @inhumanbeing’s phobia, on the other hand, while certainly understandable (ack!) is a little more idiosyncratic: “Pens Good, Eyeballs Good, Contact between the two Very Bad”.

Now we move into slightly more unusual fears/dislikes. I’m worried about the state of @mikeybaer’s mouth — 15 years without a visit?! @julesb1612 “can’t stand” poor little hoppy frogs; and I’m not sure whether @nathanpottinger is worried about smoke, fire, or the smoke alarm itself!

Even more, um, unique: @andromedababe “Can’t bear smell or feel [of newsprint.] Smell of wet newspaper makes me sick”; @sarahpez hates, of all things, cotton balls (the squeak? the feel?), calling them “spawn of the devil”; and @sarahtregear won’t let anyone powder her feet — I think?

I’m not quite sure what @crofty’s representing here — the fear of being turned into a vegetable? — while @daisydaisy66 says “other mummies scare me SILLY”, and I think @dirtyflirtybird doesn’t like cocks. Heh.

Three more pictures, this time of things that might not count as phobias, but are definitely things I, too, would definitely consign to Room 101. @snowgirl1972 dreads the tell-tale red light that shows the baby’s NOT happy, @ed_moose fears the impending storm, and @xkylet emphatically doesn’t want to be alone.

And now back to some “fears” that are perhaps not so strictly serious… @hastillonlyme has a dirty domestic secret (though I think it’s rather nice that the Christmas cards are still being enjoyed!), while @dutch_bitch and @gfraggle_red23 have rather complementary concerns — or at least, the former (fear of an empty bottle!) results in the latter (a dreadful hangover), I’d guess.

And @thatlauraknox dreads the office…

Only two more to go! First, a more creative (or speculative) fear: @watty62 says “I thought that I’d draw a monster based on an 1840s image by Grandville. I’m not sure what the monster is but wouldn’t care to meet it if it popped from under the bed.”

And finally, in the traditional last place, Maestro @wombat37 shares with us his most peculiar dread:

Everyday life must be full of torment for you, dear Wombat!

And that, folks, is that. Thank you for your patience, and your contributions; you certainly all rose to the challenge wonderfully, and I hope I did your pictures justice!

Yours faithfully,

PS from Wombat – due to a cock-up by ME, this Room 101 entry from @Toffeegirl_UK was missed off, and its bloody BRILLIANT – “ToffeegirlUK: #SUNDAYPICS Room 101. Fear of drowning! 😦

Have thy tools ready

numberpadSTOP PRESS FOR THE SECOND EDITION: I almost forgot this gorgeous ‘Buck Rogers’ USB numberpad from @julietims, and since it is such an object of desire, I’m sticking it here on the front, rather than tacking it on at the end. Live with it..

It was with trepidation that I set the theme “Your Favourite Tool”, for obvious reasons, but you lot were as good as gold. Not one representation of genitalia did I receive (refrains from the obvious jocular aside). I’ve no doubt there’ll be a few risqué jokes in this blog, though. I can’t wait to find out what I’ve got to say – shall we get started?

01andymcfFirst off the mark is @andymcf – I can’t quite decide whether his favourite tool is his hand, his pen, or that big hairy thing he’s writing on. Hmmm, what’s that he’s writing? “The Penis”. Maybe that’s his favourite tool? (oh yes, this is the level of sophistication we want here).

02matt_cochrMister @matt_cochr depicts whatever this software is on the right… “Pro (professional?) Tools LE (lesbian edition?) 7”. I don’t recognise it so I’m guessing it’s a Mac thing.

03toffeegirlUK - Tweezers, best for plucking eyebrows, but they have many usesWith a flourish, @toffeegirluk waves these things a bit too close to our eyes. Yikes! Tweezers, best for plucking eyebrows (she says), but they have many other uses. Indeed – not least for getting evil splinters out of your flesh!

04keithy73 - my favourite tool - bottle opener cum fridge magnet cum sparkly thingNow what is this on my right? Why, it’s a bottle opener cum fridge magnet cum sparkly thing and it appears to be securing what looks like a bill from Gateshead Council. I would assume therefore that it’s from @keithy73, and I’d be right.

05m73ichelle - didn't have to think hard about this, My fave toolNot too much hard-thinking was required for @m73ichelle to decide on her favourite tool. Why, tis a cup of what I can only presume is coffee – a presumption based on the fact that the cup design proudly declares “Coffee coffee coffee….” over and over until it disappears up it’s own font-hole.

06andromedababe - No prizes for guessing my favourite tool - GHD hair straightenersHere’s a girly tool now, over on the right there, so I assume that it was posted by a girly (unless Doodle’s been ‘playing’ again) – ah yes, tis from @andromedababe, who informs us that there are “no prizes for guessing my favourite tool – GHD hair straighteners”. Course now I’m going to spend hours puzzling over what ‘GHD’ might mean. Greasy Hair Destroying? Geese Hate Ducks (unlikely, I admit)?

07xkylet - Tool - a nice fountain penWhat a pleasant and peaceful photo on the left from @xkylet, who tells us that his favourite tool is “a nice fountain pen”. You know my mind by now, dear readers, and so you know that I am already imagining what a “nasty” fountain pen would be like. Would it exhibit a sort of ‘pen Tourettes’, and fling vile obscenities at random into whatever you were writing? “Dear Vicar, Your service on Sunday was ARSEGRAVY! and has inspired me to do more to help those more unfortunate than FANNYBATTER!” Nasty, nasty pen.

08ariadnes_web - My Aga, my much-loved multi-tasking tool- cooker, clothes-drier, room-warmer, dog-drying, comforterMy Aga, my much-loved multi-tasking tool: cooker, clothes-drier, room-warmer, dog-drying, comforter” croons @ariadnes_web. We had an Aga once in one of our Scottish holiday cottages, and after a brief period of getting used to it I really liked the thing. One thing though – which door do you put the dog in? Or do you balance him on the front-left ring?

09Johnrands_tmtl - my old school Casio with countdown, stopwatch, alarms, phone directory and two time zoneThe man, the legend that is @johnrands_tmtl chooses his old school Casio with countdown, stopwatch, alarms, phone directory and two time zones. I wonder if it tells the correct time, though? And that strap looks like it would trap the hairs on your hairy arm and really hurt when you take it off. Ow.

@alicestronaut says “I have no camera today so can’t join in sundaypics but this would be it”. She provided a picture of a Wacom graphics tablet – nice looking one an’all, but I can’t publish it cos of copyright shit and all that.

11catinabaglady - No prizes for guessing my favourite tool“No prizes”, says @catinabaglady, “for guessing my favourite tool”. It must be that bottle / flask / thermos thingy. Hang on – is that one of them there cocktail shaker oojamaflips? How sophiscit.. sohpiss.. sophstic… how posh. Can’t you just make cocktails the way I make Vimto? Pop it in a glass with water and stir it?

12-00spiltmilk - For my CONSTANT (blah) upkeep of a decent fringeOh look, tis a pair of scissors with one of those curly bits on the handle. It took me many years to work out that this was for supporting the middle finger when cutting, rather than cleaning out various bodily orifices. This pair belongs to @00spiltmilk00, who keeps them for the constant upkeep of a decent fringe. What’s an indecent fringe look like, that’s what I want to know.

13starlitwolf - Trust me I do Not want 2go down to local waterhole 2do this@starlitwolf, wearing her practical hat, chooses the washing machine. As she says (and I know from experience how true it is) one does not want to go down to the local waterhole to do one’s washing. I assume by ‘watering hole’ she means ‘launderette’ and not ‘pub’.

14fraggle_red2316heidivodka - my best and favourite tool, it never lets me down46mrchambers - This is my mouse button clicking finger I use it daily It's also the finger I use to type on my iPhoneOooh, a threesome! Here we go – on the left we have @fraggle_red23’s left hand – nice ring. On the right is @heidivodka’s right hand – nice clean nails. And @mrchambers gives us the middle finger – the very finger that he pokes his mouse and iPhone with.

15fyreflye - luckily the reflection is too distorted to make out me still in my pj's oops, bloody lucky I had them on I supposeThis shiny coffee pot belongs to @fyreflye. She thinks that it is lucky that the reflection is too distorted to make her out there still in her PJs – she’s lucky she had them on. She also assumes that I am not a wizard with Photoshop who can unwrap her reflection into a perfect photograph of her jimjams. She’s right of course.

17cymraescoch - I think this is my favourite toolNot so much a tool as a big old toy. That’s what I suspect of @cymraescoch’s submission there on the right. Wheeee! She also adds that her beloved @moschops66 ‘s favourite tool is right here in this video – oh, can’t embed from Yfrog it seems, so you’ll need to CLICK HERE TO SEE IT. Expect noise.

19tonihill79 - This is my favourite tool, i just couldn't live without it“I couldn’t live without it!” cries @tonihill79, blatantly tempting me into juvenile fnarrs, but I shall resist. The thing that she can’t live without is either a silver car or peacocks. I hope it’s the latter, but sadly, tis more likely the former. I can’t tell you what sort of car it is, for I am not a Real Man.

20ironthighsNow this is a clever little thing – there’s a tiny wee light in the middle of the tweezers so that you can see clearly whatever item it is that you’re extracting from your child’s nostril. “La Tweez” implies that is manufactured be illiterate French people, since the French for ‘tweezers’ is Les Brucelles. Just saying. (and just in case I’m wrong, you’re bound to tell me cos you just can’t let it lie, bless you). Oh yes, this is the favourite tool of our own @ironthighs.

21thom_whiteThis here – over here look, on the left – is a mighty cool looking tool. It belongs to @thom_white, who as we all know spends most of his life outdoors, hunting and trapping for food, and carving dwellings out of the sides of mighty oaks with this little knife. He doesn’t? I suppose he must just enjoy a good whittle, in that case. Actually, it does have a pleasing curve to it, doesn’t it? Oh, and Thom? Your table seems to have woodworm, mate.

22miss_ripleyDrugs are the mainstay for @miss_ripley – and in particular caffeine. Just say no, kids. Particularly to a jar of Carte Noire which has obviously had its ‘freshness seal’ previously broken. I’m an Alta Rica man myself, anyway, although that’s well expensive, so I usually treat my own caffeine addiction with Aldi’s finest.

Aha! It’s a laptop next, which leads me nicely into a set of three of the things. I need another sentence to get me far enough past the coffee to put three pics across the blog horizontally, and this one will do nicely.


23janegoth - it's not a great computer but it gets me online n holds my music n photos

28sarahpezThat lovely old battered Tosh (or is it an Apple?) on the left belongs to @janegoth, who says that it’s not a great computer, but it gets her online and holds her music and photos. In the centre is @sarahpez’s machine – if you look closely at the screen you’ll see Sarah herself, her camera, and her radiator. On the right is Elspeth, my Dell, running my beloved Tweetdeck. You can also see a Thea Gilmore album and a bottle of Wife Beater. Make of that what you will.

30ameadey - I am particularly fond of this toolsundaypics please note I'm keeping it clean after last weeks arse shotI’m going to set you a bit of a challenge now. On the left is @ameadey’s contribution to #SUNDAYPICS.  Your task is to identify it’s use before the end of the blog, at which time I will reveal all. Audrey says “I am particularly fond of this tool. Please note I’m keeping it clean after last weeks arse shot”

24oldmotherriley@oldmotherriley did describe rather nicely why she liked her favourite tool, a Swiss Army knife I believe, by expressing her delight at the design which allows the tiny screwdriver to be stored around the corkscrew. I do know what she means – tis very clever.

25looshine - Always in use@looshine says that her favourite tool, left, is always in use. That of course is an iPod. My own mp3 player is a well-old 20Gb Creative Zen, which looks like a white brick, is all worn, and half the buttons don’t work. It’s brilliant…. as long as I don’t want to rewind.

26flossietp - Tempting as it was to be deviant, I decided on this as My Favourite ToolOh Gawd, look out. Here comes @flossietp – I’ll bet she was tempted to be deviant! She says “Tempting as it was to be deviant” (see?), “I decided on this as My Favourite Tool”. Sadly, she neglects to tell us what on earth it is. I’ve decided it’s either a food mixer, or some strange type of bidet.

27nortoner - I don't use tools as such know plenty tho does this count I use it A LOTThis next tweeter seems to have mysteriously disappeared since posting his entry, so don’t bother trying to find @nortoner. However, he didn’t use tools as such and asked if this (on the left) counted as he used it a lot. And of course, it does count.

29miketbaer - Cant show you my favourite tool due to decency laws, so heres my second-favourite toolOh frak, here’s another car – I could have grouped it with the peacock car earlier if I’d noticed. This – ooh, I know this one! – Volkswagen belongs to @mikeybaer, who can’t show us his favourite tool due to decency laws, and this is his second-favourite. I’ve bleeped out his number plate, just in case you all ganged up and went stalking him en-masse.

31starlitwolf - My Fav'rite DIY fixit Tools“My Favourite DIY Fixit Tools” on the left there, happily conforming to the stereotype of helpless women, courtesy of @starlitwolf. If that’s her shoe she must have really tiny feet, or giant knives. 33stephenb276 -  my favourite tool is the iPhone recording studioOr maybe just one really tiny foot: the evidence is inconclusive.

“My favourite tool is the iPhone recording studio” says @stephenb276 – example on the right – yet another tweeter enraptured by the beauty of Appley stuff it would appear.


32MacJude - This tool is newly discovered32MacJude - and responsible forNow I know I rarely use more than one photo for each tweeter, but this time I feel the need. On the left is a tool newly discovered by @macjude (it’s the mixer, not the thumb ring), and on the right we have the results of using it. FOOOD! I can’t see what the food actually is, but does that really matter? No – FOOOD!

34talojo - I can't choose between these 2 things - both I can't live without my favourite 'toolsNext, on our right, you will see how to go about #SUNDAYPICS when you can’t choose between two things – bung ‘em both in the same photo. @talojo has chosen a snazzy looking camera, and a thingy covered with greasy fingermarks. If that’s an iPad, I’m well impressed by the camera & lens.

35louwiseman - my favourite tool, Because all that manual screwing can be hard work ;)It seems like a long time since we had a good double-entendre. Where’s @louwiseman when we need her? Aha! Here she is! “My favourite tool, because all that manual screwing can be hard work 😉 I can’t get my head around how it works. At least, in it’s non-suggestive mode, I can’t. I have no trouble imagining the sexual possibilities.

36BvO79 - fave tool I carry it everywhere-it always comes in handy, Also I was never a scout so I'm living the dreamI’m not sure what the next item is over on your right there – it looks like some sort of Swiss Army notebook – but @BvO79 carries it everywhere because it always comes in handy. Also, he was never a scout so with this in his pack he can live the dream. And look! It has a protractor – invaluable when you’re stranded in the wilderness and need to calculate an angle.

37Littlebit_bod - My favourite tool - they bring words, pictures n my knitting into focus saving me from wibbly visionHere’s @littlebit_bod everybody! Yaaay! Our favourite says “My favourite tool – they bring words, pictures and my knitting into focus saving me from wibbly vision”. Oooh, a knitter! I’ve been looking for a talented knitter to knit me a Jayne Cobb hat for ages….

38babymakingfilesBit of an enigmatic one now from @babymakingfiles. I can see that it’s a speaker, but why is it a favourite? Is it for the music which emanates from inside? Or possibly for the vibrations it produces in order to… oh, I can’t bothered. Make up your own double-entendre. “KEFcoda5” eh? You can’t argue with that.

39greythorneNext, on the left, another Appley thingy posted by the estimable @greythorne. Is it an iPhone, an iPad, an iPod, or an iSomethingelsebeginningwithP? I don’t know, because 1. I don’t do Apple cos, well you all know the reasons by now, and 2. I’m a wizened old git who has barely even heard of The Twitter and other modern things like colour television.

40avensarah - A ceramic chefs knife always sharp, comfortable, usefulYou know on Twitter there’s a thing that tells you who you are similar to? Well I’ll bet @avensarah’s says she is similar to @thom_white, cos she’s chosen a knife as well. However, where Thom’s was all woodwormy and manly, Aven has gone for girly pink. “A ceramic chef’s knife is always sharp, comfortable, useful” she tells us, in advert voiceover mode. I’ve only just realised it’s ceramic rather than metal. Sheesh, I’m quick. Like sugar off a shovel, me.

41alliterative - But my final favorite choice for sundaypics is my 1967 Hofner 500-1 violin bassI’ll let @alliterative speak for himself. “In a professional capacity I use many linguistic tools (dictionaries, electronic corpora, linguistics itself). Also I love kitchen gadgets, but I think @AvenSarah is posting one of those. I could have gone with one of my many carving tools and I came close to picking my Swiss army knife, which I’ve had for 25 years and rarely leaves my pocket.However, my final favorite choice for #sundaypics is my 1967 Hofner 500-1 violin bass”. That. Is. So. Cool.

42lilianlouvaineThis next photo on the right is from @lilianlouvaine. Now I can see that it is a MacBook Pro I realise I could have grouped it in with those earlier machines. Except that this is a much artier effort and would have felt a little seedy probably.

43zevans23- Just in time for sundaypics, jillevansart has provided my new favourite tool Cold hard German steelCold, hard German steel on your left, ladies and gentlemen, courtesy of @zevans23. “Just in time for #sundaypics, @jillevansart has provided my new favourite tool” he tells us. Anybody got any idea what that is on the right of the photograph?

44snowgirl-a tool of my trade (graphic designer) but a very useful tool to have around the house too - I favour a 10A blade tooI think we’re getting near the end now…. *counts* …oh yes, just five more and then I’ll be able to reveal what @meadey’s “stick” is used for. Fnarr. First, let me show you what @snowgirl1972 posted (over on your right). It is a tool of her trade (graphic designer) but also a very useful tool to have around the house too. She favours a 10A blade too, as would anybody. Pffft, obviously! Either it is wearing a cork for safety, or Helen was desperate to get at the wine before taking the photograph.

45dartacus - the spanner that's clearly compensating for somethingAt last! A proper tool! @dartacus says that this is the spanner that’s clearly compensating for something. I assume that rather than being a reference to penis-size, this is a comment on the legend “King Dick” written down the side of the tool. The spanner, I mean.

47ed_moose - Too late for SundayPics q“Too late for #Sundaypics” wails the wonderful @ed_moose of his entry, but of course it was not too late for this blog, cos I always take forever to type them up. That’s your fault, of course, for being so brilliant with your entries. Please do continue making the blogs time-consuming for me to produce. I love it really. Oh, as if we couldn’t have guessed, the favourite tool of the mighty photographic talent that is @ed_moose is, of course, his camera. Unless he meant his specs.

48jamerz3294 - My fave tools for fixing dinner49butmadnnw - Okay, HERE are some of my favorite tools for creativityTo finish off, we have a couple of entries from across the Atlantis. @jamerz3294 shows us his favourite tools for fixing dinner – overcompensating there, Jamie? Or were you cooking the biggest venison burger ever? Aaaaaand on the right @butmadnnw displays some of her favourite creativity tools. Guitar – check, weird knitting stuff – uncheck. How do those bendy needle things work?

30ameadey - a trivet it folds upOK guys – remember that green stick of @ameadey’s that looked like it ought to contain a battery somewhere? Here it is expanded. “Ooooooh!” you go, “It’s a trivet, which you put down on a surface so that a hot pan or casserole dish might not scorch that surface thereby leacing an unsightly ring forevermore!”

30ameadey - But if I'm honest this is my favourite toolAnd you’d be right, of course.

Of course, if Audrey was honest, the picture on the left shows her actual favourite tool(s). What is it Aud? Something to do with breasts? Must be. Everything’s to do with breasts, after all.


Little Mavis’s Little Corner of Educational Delight


Good Morning students,

The title of this week’s post, “Have Thy Tools Ready”, is a quote from Charles Kingsley, a nineteenth century English clergyman, university professor, historian and novelist, particularly associated with the West Country and northeast Hampshire. As a novelist his chief power lay in his descriptive faculties. The descriptions of South American scenery in Westward Ho!, of the Egyptian desert in Hypatia, of the North Devon scenery in Two Years Ago, are brilliant; and the American scenery is even more vividly and more truthfully described when he had seen it only by the eye of his imagination than in his work At Last, which was written after he had visited the tropics.

Any more noise from you, Miss Meadey, and you’ll be doing P.E. in your pants.

The Game is Afoot

See what I did there? I failed to resist the temptation to attempt a punnish title in the style of a tabloid newspaper. Sometimes my banality surprises and annoys me. Not this time, though. Anyway, on with the feet, and first let me introduce you to the soundtrack for this week, courtesy of @johnrands_tmtl. Tis that wee video over on the right, and although the appropriate song doesn’t begin until three minutes in, I’ve left it intact so you can appreciate the full range and musical genius of Mr. Bresslaw.

Paws, mostly

This week I’ll be amusing myself by grouping the entries into several, well, groups. I begin with our furry friends.26clevergirlbuffy-These are my beautiful pink feet sundaypics clean and soft and (of course) quite lethal to small mammals24goodboyben19snowgirl1972-Ok, here's my feet for Sundaypics (with a friend20butmadnnw-Keegan n I present our feet for

26tonihill79-7 week old kitten that is smaller than my size 9 feet Bless

 47starlitwolf-Not sure if this'll work My feet and friend sundaypics feet got cold, first pr socks I grabbed

First up is our very own @goodboyben, scrawming in the sun. He is followed by @snowgirl1972’s painted lady nails (with friend), and then by @clevergirlbuffy with her delicate paws. Below these we have @tonihill79 and her feet which are bigger than a panther. No wait, that’s more like a kitten. Bigger than a seven-week-old kitteh then. Aww, lookd at the eyes on @starlitwolf’s canine companion. Lovely – but what’s going on with those socks? Finally we have a dual header – sorry, ‘dual footer’ from @butmadnnw and Keegan.

Serious shoes

These are the photos that look like footwear that means business, and is getting on with a real job. But what would I know about that?07oldmotherriley-If you had any ideas that I might be glamorous, now is the time to forget them 15exnavygirl-This is picture of my footwear and gear I had for Pack Run this morning, taken outside farm shop 12xkylet-Shiny shoes, helping out at RAF Lyneham a few months ago 

 23hebbie-my Receptioning foot

35fraggle_red23-Half way back down Cadair idris

38captain_doodle-My feet (Winter) Plodging in the deepest snow since back in the day

“If you had any ideas that I might be glamorous, now is the time to forget them” screeches @oldmotherriley, owner of the wellies and whatever the hell that is that she’s driving. Spit and polish next, as @xkylet shows us his shiny shoes from when he was helping out at RAF Lyneham. When I worked on RAF stations, I just wore my old trainers. Speaking of military, that pic top right looks like it means business – it’s @exnavygirl all ready for a Pack Run. I feel exhausted just typing ‘Pack Run’. @hebbie shows us her sexy receptioning foot next, followed by snowy @captain_doodle ‘plodging’ in his wellies. Finally we have @fraggle_red23 half way down Cadair Idris. Impressive.

Why Don’t You Slip Into Something More Comfortable?

These look like shoes to take it easy in. Ma Severn would not be impressed, for I have just ended a sentence with a preposition. A preposition is osmething you should never end a sentence with.00wombat 16greythorne-My giant feet in my best running shoes They have sparkly laces They are also a size 9 Yes, Nine 08bestoftimes-Fantastic Vibram Five Fingers shoes on Yellowcraigs Beach And yes, that peculiar dead colour is usual for Scottish feet For too long this was my most viewed picture on Flickr



38captain_doodle-My feet (Summer) Relaxing by the boundary after a morning cricketing

23mikeybaer-I don't like my feet naked so here they are with shoes

45thom_white-My feet, in Trickers A gentleman's shoe49ajonesie-My feet in my poor old ratty Converse They're like a member of the family after 4 years   18flossietp-or the favourite 'suede, ribbons and heels' feet up


OK, here we go – top left is ME, in a field catching some rays. Next is a pair of I-have-no-idea-what worn by @bestoftimes. Oh, it says here they are Fantastic Vibram Five Fingers shoes on Yellowcraigs Beach. And yes, that peculiar dead colour is usual for Scottish feet. For a very long time this was @bestoftimes ‘ most viewed picture on Flickr. Third up – @greythorne’s giant feet “in my best running shoes They have sparkly laces! They are also a size 9”. Sparkly laces AND size nine. How showbiz! Who’s that relaxing by the boundary when he should be bouncing about at Silly Mid Maiden or something? Why, tis @captain_doodle! (I don’t understand cricket, can you tell?). @mikeybaer doesn’t like his feet naked, so quite sensibly he’s wearing some nice brown shoes. Next, finally a pair of Converse! They’re a bit ratty though, belong to @ajonesie, and apparently are like a member of the family after 4 years *wrinkles nose*. @flossietp puts her feet up in the favourite “suede, ribbons and heels”, and finally debonair man-about-town @thom_white wears Trickers, a gentleman’s shoe.

Socks and rugs and rock and roll

Being a collection of socks wherein you have to play your own rock ‘n’ roll for the header to make sense.10nessgoddess-monkey feet 34lilianlouvaine-here's my foot, in a sock I knitted, in a holiday cottage in Bamburgh 30miss_ripley-Spotty feet


 46avensarah-But instead I decided to use this feet in hand-knit socks, now that the weather's changed 57alliterative-My feet in Aran socks hand knit by avensarah 37nortoner-Got a smart pair of Monster feet slippers upstairs but can't be arsed to fetch em So

Monkey feet, spotty feet, holiday feet, pregnant feet, lazy feet, Arran feet.@nessgoddess waves her monkey feet in the air, @miss_ripley tilts her spotty feet knowingly at a flirtatious angle, and @lilianlouvaine flaunts her expert knitting skills in a holiday cottage in Bamburgh. Bottom left, this is a view that @avensarah herself can’t see due to her bump, @nortoner points his feet at the corpse of a baby seal that he has lying around the place, and @alliterative displays the knitting skills of the beautiful @avensarah. Yes, the one that’s up the duff.

You Sexy Thing

Remember that Hot Chocolate song? “I believe in nurgles… na na na na… you sexy thing, sexy thing ooo” or something. Anyway, here are some shots that float my boat.04jackpot73 11toffeegirluk-Naked foot just seemed wrong so clothed it with my fave shoe 48fbishwife-My Dorothy style shoes sundaypics & another as the shoes r so purty oh n my feet

31catinabaglady-2 of 2) and this could be the result 31catinabaglady-(1 of 2) with a moral to the story Get pished whilst wearing these@jackpot73 gets me, I mean us, going with a pair of sparkly come-hither sandals.  These are followed by @fbishwife’s Dorothy style shoes, which look oh-so-purty. And look at the cheeky blue nails peeping erotically from the toe of @toffeegirluk’s favourite shoes there. My happy ending is guaranteed by the stern heel of @catinabaglady’s offering  – although you should not wear these while “pished” she says, or your foot may end up like the one in the right-hand photo.

As Nature Intended

By far the biggest group is this one of naked feet showing everything, toes and all, in all their full-frontal provocative glory. I’ll probably break these down into three groups of six, since at my age so much nakedness at once makes it hard.02boolbar-Im early, but I already have pic of my feet pre-operation from last November Be afraid 25lottedh-Wiggle your big toe 17ironthighs-My feet, right now

03smallcasserole-observe my elven feet and the troll-like feet of happymouffetard40ariadnes_web-My feet enjoying a little wiggle on the beach in Elie, Fife32crofty-Hold on to your tea sundaypics - my foot in the buff It's not pretty, but is a tribute to the dexterity of Mr Saha who rebuilt it for me

A pre-operation photo of @boolbar’s feet from last November starts us off. Didn’t they have any full-length beds, I wonder? Next from @ironthighs is probably my favourite pair of feet of the entire lot. I’m thinking I should have put them in the sexy group, they’re so damned gorgeous. I want to have those feet’s babies. @lottedh’s feet do their toe-wiggling in a surprisingly clean car, to be followed by what is NOT a pair, but @smallcasserole’s elven left foot and @happymouffetard’s troll-like right. Bet the grass felt nice. @crofty warns that his foot is not pretty, but is a tribute to the dexterity of Mr. Saha who rebuilt it for him. I wonder if that’s Luis Saha, the Everton footballer? Probably not. Last in this sextet, @ariadnes_web wiggles her toes in the sand of the beach at Elie, Fife.

28tigerbaps 39BvO79-my foot doing what should be done on a Sunday-hiding under the duvet waiting for roast beef 36ameadey-Hate feet but here's my contribution to sundaypics You'll never guess what my weekend has involved42kaPOWed-hey if sundaypics is about feet this week, check these bad boys I posted earlier out -freaky 56little_mavis-No pretty suntanned feet here I'm afraid But they are very clean 50watty62-Apologies to all for my sundaypics entry Should have come with warning not for those of a nervous disposition

Cool rug, Lindsay, for they are indeed @tigerbaps’ tootsies top left. Next are @ameadey’s. She tells us that she hates feet “…but here’s my contribution to #sundaypics. You’ll never guess what my weekend has involved” Erm, naked feet covered in white satuff…. I’d better not. Whose is that foot doing what should be done on a Sunday and hiding under the duvet waiting for roast beef? Why, it belongs to @BvO79! Painted toenails, described as freaky by their owner @kapowed, start the bottom row, closely followed by someone else not happy about their feet – “Apologies to all for my #sundaypics entry. Should have come with warning: not for those of a nervous disposition” says @watty62. Finally, my beloved @little_mavis – “No pretty suntanned feet here I’m afraid, but they are very clean” says the love of my life.

41coradevine-Bit rushed this, but hey so what 53mrsactive-My feet are having a snuggle 51sportology55mallrat_uk-my feet (and reflection) in bed - their favourite place 54luciemr 59liam54-double the amount In bed too Lush PS I hate feet Mr Wombat, not my favourite theme “Bit rushed this” says @coradevine, trying to kid us on that she’s in some Caribbean paradise. You don’t fool me with your painted wall, however beautifully it is done. @sportology uses his feet as an artistic frame, while @mrsactive’s feet are “having a snuggle”. There are four feet in @mallrat_uk’s photo, given the huge mirror by the bed (her feet’s favourite place, apparently). Another mirror by @liam54’s bed doubles his podiatric contribution too, while @luciemr luxuriates in the sudsiest bath ever. Don’t stick your toe up the tap dear.


That’s my guess at the Latin for ‘many-footed’ (correct me if I’m wrong) cos this group of entries all display many feet.01janine 09m73ichelle 05andymcf- You want feet 22white76-my feet Or should I say our feet 58littlebit_bod-from April a pic commemorating 1st journey beyond the ward, yes those are surgical stockings 43MacJude-is mine and skydivemacca's in a very clear river in Florida last October I am aware that my husband has very hairy legs52intruth-My entry for this week's foot-themed sundaypics For 10 points can you guess which foot is mine

The first photo is a non_twitter entry, from Janine in South Dakota: when she met up with four ‘internet’ friends for the first time, Mr. Janine sent them money for a nice night out to dinner and something special. They chose a pedi (sic). Second we have @andymcf – his are the feet without black nail varnish. The others are “Alicia’s”, and he a[pologises for all the bed #sundaypics he posts. “Not trying to lower the tone. Honest”, says he, as if that were remotely possible. The third photo is from @m73ichelle and the fourth from @white76 – Cute City! @macjude sends us a snap of her and @skydivemacca’s feet in a very clear river in Florida last October. She particularly points out her husband’s very hairy legs. Each to their own, and yes, I’m confused about the riverbed too. The sixth photo is from lovely @littlebit_bod, a pic commemorating her first journey beyond the hospital ward, and yes those are surgical stockings. Finally here, we have a five-legged entry from @intruth. For 10 points (he says) can you guess which foot is his? Apply to him for your points.

That’s Entertainment

For a final group, those entries which tried something a little different in order to bring a little joy into your humdrum lives. Full marks to those of you who made that little bit more effort – I’ll do these in threes, since a few require a bit of explanation.06johnrands_tmtl-To quote Churchill 12xkylet-No sundaypics of naked feet, I've got horrible big toe nails so I cover them with shoes Lots of shoes 13looshine-My sundaypics contribution It may be small but it'll melt your heart

You got the first one from @johnrands_tmtl yet? Think Winston Churchill…… OK, I’ll tell you. Churchill famously said “In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance…” Got it now? Good. @looshine says of her entry “It may be small but it’ll melt your heart”. She’s not wrong. Thirdly, @xkylet decided not to post pics of his feet cos of his horrible big toe nails. Instead he showed us his shoes. Lots of shoes. He even provided a list, which I’ll post at the bottom, in case you want to make notes.14keithy73-Here's my feet acting out the movie 'King Kong 29dartacus-From Catalonia last year, our attempt at an arty family holiday snap 27sarahpez-Like the weather, not sure what to put on my tootsies these days

Spot the Movie above! Go on – @keithy73’s feet are acting up a storm up there on the left. Yes, of course, it’s King Kong. In colour, so not the original, but never mind eh? I found @sarahpez’s entry amusing, cos she’s got different shoes on! Ha ha ha ha! She says it’s because of the unpredictability of the British weather. Arty stuff on the right from @dartacus, taken in Catalonia last year. That wouldn’t go amiss as a poster on a wall.21talojo-Are you all ready for this SUNDAYPICS with a bit of a film reference, can you guess which film it is 60heidivodka-heavenly feet lol 33louwiseman- Five of my little piggies

Another film reference above for you to guess from @talojo. I had no idea what it was, was told, and have forgotten again. As time goes on I have fewer and fewer grey brain cells and more and more grey pubic hair. Sorry, TMI moment. Let’s move swiftly on – @louwiseman’s little piggies are self-explanatory, and gave me a big old smile. Then I imagined her writing the notes and actually sticking them on, and I smiled all over again. And those heavenly feet on the right belong to @heidivodka.32crofty-here are my hasty 'should-be-mowing' feet with Katy in the background (wombat37 if yours are naked later I might show my scar) 61jamerz3294-HammerToeNails

“Here are my hasty ‘should-be-mowing’ feet with Katy in the background (wombat37 if yours are naked later I might show my scar)” says @crofty. You wouldn’t thank me for a sight of anything of mine naked. And penultimately, @jamerz3294 makes a pun on Hammer Toe Nails. And that’s it! All over.

“But wait, Oh Mighty Wombat” I hear you say, “You used the word ‘penultimate’. Surely that would indicate a further contribution is in store for our delectation?” You are correct, dear reader, and surprisingly articulate tonight. Yes, there is one more that I cannot embed. @shelley279 sends us a little early festive cheer. To see it, you’ll need to CLICK HERE.

And that’s all for this post, my lovelies. Now that both Wombettes are sorted at University, my big rush is over and #SUNDAYPICS blogs will become more concurrent again. You’ll also have noticed the wonderful guest bloggers who have offered their help appearing from time to time. This will mean that the growing popularity of #SUNDAYPICS won’t mean its demise. Hurray!

@Xkylet’s shoes

“I decided to have a tidy up of my shoes, and counted 27 pairs

Two pairs of Blundstone boots – brown and black
Two pairs of Converse – hi in multi stripe, lo in orange
Six pairs of DMs Brown shoes, brown brogues, two pairs of brown 1460’s, orange 1460, blue 1460
A pair of Timberland brown shoes
A pair of Clarks brown shoes
Two pairs of brown Reebok trainers
One pair of blue/orange pro-keds
One pair of Tsubo grey/orange trainers
Two pairs of Salomon trainers
One pair of Adidas cross trainers
One pair of Merell hiking boots
Two pairs of Ecco city shoes – brown and black
One pair of green suede Koudenberg
One pair of green suede Vans (Made in USA)
One pair black dress shoes
One pair of Asics running shoes
One pair of random brown shoes that I don’t remember buying, and I don’t even like
(these are going down the recycling centre later)

It’s not that I buy lots of shoes, I get maybe one or two pairs a year, but the last pair I can remember throwing away was in 1996”

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