Archive for August, 2016

Banksy reaching new heights

Posted in arty farty, Banksy, Collage, Graffiti, observation, Off The Wall, Walk with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2016 by lkthayer

DSCF9030eA one in a million chance that I stopped my car almost at the top of the Cheddar Gorge to get out and stretch my legs with a short scramble up the side of the rock face only to find the fading weathered words of a Banksy stencil “This is not a photo opportunity”. Also just below where I was standing, I saw two women climbing the rock face. I have blended a snap of one of the ladies with the Banksy snap to make this image…. Not tooooooo cheesy I hope…… And how did Banksy know I would one day bring my camera to this very spot?

Snap collage & comment by Mitch Hicks


Go West

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Graffiti, observation, Off The Wall, Street Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2016 by lkthayer

DSCF9296dStik ~ Nelson Street, Bristol


Sadly the Grim Reaper by Banksy in the top left side of the collage having been removed from the hull of the Thekla, now hangs inside the Bristol Life Gallery in the M Shed Museum, Bristol. John D’oh adds much humour with fracking good artwork! Local Bristol artist Cheo adds a buzz with his trademark bee!


Snaps and comment by Mitch Hicks, from a 3 day trip going west

Up up and away

Posted in observation, Sky with tags , , on August 14, 2016 by lkthayer

DSCF9189bJust love seeing hot air balloons drifting in the sky

Snapped in Bristol by Mitch Hicks on 14th August 2016

Along The Aylesbury Ring

Posted in Floral, Landscape, observation, Pub, Walk with tags , , , , on August 10, 2016 by lkthayer





My legs don’t carry me very well these days… Every step comes with pain, but the chance to walk a small section of the Aylesbury Ring was taken with relish at the thought of fresh air, beautiful rolling countryside set in sleepy rural Aylesbury Vale. The chance to share and capture nature,  sup a pint of real ale in a quaint village pub!! This is the England I love and cherish. Nowhere else in the world have I been that can compare to a simple treat of being able to walk..

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks ~ 10th August 2016

Sea if you might swim!

Posted in observation, Poem, Poetry with tags , , , , , on August 9, 2016 by lkthayer


There maybe times in life that you might sit upon a fence

Times when the Mourne mountains call from yonder green

Carlingford lough calm yet secret enchants all

Warrenpoint baths once so grand leaks salty tears

Past passion drifts along with oyster tides

I fear drowning more than love you see

Swimming thoughts all  at sea


Snap & poem by Mitch Hicks

….. Sadly the outdoor swimming baths built 1908 on the beach of Warrenpoint have been  closed since 2003 and look very forlorn. There are plans to redevelop the site.

Rural Life Carlingford

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , on August 8, 2016 by lkthayer


Just had to snap these homely charming paintings that were being used to board up windows on empty buildings in the lovely Irish town of Carlingford….

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks