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Not Quite Hansel and Gretel

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Good morning everyone, I do hope I am finding you all well.

I got up this morning to find someone has taken a fancy to our dustbin along with several other neighbours bins in the street, either that or aliens arrived in the night and took them to run experiments, maybe when the bin doesn't take them to its leader they will put it back.
So I had to make a phone call to the Police this morning, again. I say "again" as on Thursday night whilst we were attending the NorthEast Buisness Awards my mobile went off at around 10pm. It was my eldest son who had strict instructions not to phone unless it was an emergency.
I felt my heart sink as the phone sat in my hand vibrating with my sons name illuminated on the screen. I answered it, hoping that he had ignored what I had said and was phoning to ask something stupid, he wasn't.
He is a smoker and is banished from the house to the street when he wants a fag, I am an ex-smokerof many years, a very bad one, I still get times where I could put a whole pack of cigarettes in my mouth and smoke the lot in one go so the smell of smoke is like torture to me. Anyway, he had gone outside to have a breath of fresh air and whilst stood in the street he spotted that Gill's car which was parked on the road had a flat front tyre. Being a good lad, he decided to change it. This of course has nothing to do with that his Mum drives him to work in the morning.
Having changed the flat tyre he decided to phone me to let me know. Not let me know that he had changed it, or that it was flat, nope, he phoned me to tell me that some total muppet had thrust a large kitchen knife straight through it. Thanks for that.
The Police were called by my son and they came out to see Gill the following day, it's not exactly an emergency, so fair enough. The officer proceeded to tell us that our car was one of five with tyres slashed in the area that night and over the last three weeks there have been at least twenty done.
I like the Police, I think they do a very good job under the circumstances, I also think it is a very hard job. I have friends who are Police Officers, but I have to question, if this has been going on for the past three weeks why are there no officers on patrol in the area? I mean there is someone walking around with a knife which is large enough to enter through one wall of a car tyre and exit through the other wall. That's a rather large knife and a scary thought.
What a week, but it is now the weekend and my darkroom is nearly finished, the garden is beginning to take shape and I am spending today and tomorrow getting them both closer to finished than they are now, which I enjoy.

Todays upload is another from my trip out to Weardale and the Pennines.
I spotted this tin shed and had to get a shot of it. I did however get the car stuck in the small muddy gateway and for a moment thought I would have to get help to get out, but then suddenly I the car gained some grip and I was able to get back on the road.

All comments as always welcome.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50.0 mm f/1.4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jun 2011 - 12:30 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.4
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Not Quite Hansel and Gretel
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:17 Mar 2012 - 9:41 AM
Tags:Black & white, Drive, Forest, Pennines, Shed, Tin, Trees, Weardale, Wood
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Voters:nonur · jaktis · SlowSong · franken · AnnChown · woolybill1 · mrswoolybill · KarenFB · Herge88 · pluckyfilly · enricopardo · taggart · CarolG · sparrowhawk · Rende · gary_d · ugly · cheesey · Maiwand · Glostopcat ·
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nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 9:54 AM

What a story! I like the elfin grot, a mysterious shot! Hope you have a nice weekend!

jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
17 Mar 2012 - 10:39 AM

A pity that to hear this story, but thats life


SlowSong Plus Member 64904 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 11:01 AM

Never a dull moment! I like the peek at the building leaving us wanting to know more. Sad

franken Plus Member 123360 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 11:09 AM

Wow! What a story!


AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 12:40 PM

It never rains.... but I hope that's the last of it! Love this and the mono treatment works a treat.

woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 1:24 PM

Quote: I like the elfin grot, a mysterious shot!

Elfin grot in Sylvan shade. If you had investigated inside you might have found a store of rather large knives (and their owners - far scarier!)
Glad to hear that the darkroom is nearly ready. I presume it will be baptised with a cup of tea Smile
Have a great week-end!

KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84388 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 4:01 PM

..................yes, but what about the dustbins? Wink

Elfin grot - a brilliant discription!

pluckyfilly Plus Member 8325 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 7:54 PM

good storyline, hopefully your weekend gets better - colour might have been nice for your pictureWink

17 Mar 2012 - 9:58 PM

Brilliant shot, great composition, processing and presentation, really works well as a mono. Hopefully your having an uneventful weekend Smile


taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 12:04 AM

loved the text! our trash bin was stolen recently--- we are quicker to bring it in these days-- Have no idea what they did with the trash!

Last Modified By taggart at 18 Mar 2012 - 12:05 AM
CarolG Plus Member 8168 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 6:29 AM

What a world we live it, Andy, where nothing is safe from these mindless vandals Sad Carol

Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 11:43 AM

Nicely atmospheric, gritty image Andy, and an interesting, though somewhat disconcerting write up.
Thanks for the stacking info; I'll try it out when I have some time; looks like fun!

Last Modified By Rende at 18 Mar 2012 - 11:50 AM
gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 9:45 PM

A great mono image and the story reminds me of what happened to four of my tyres a few months back.


ugly Plus Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2012 - 7:03 AM


If you go down to the woods today you will be seeing a big surprise...

Nice image just not sure what round the corner...


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