Six word Saturday

Taking my foot off the pedal

Having motored a bit to reach my 100th post earlier this week, I’ve taken my foot off the pedal, just a little.

The chief reason for this is that I needed some time to plan my upcoming visit to Porto and the Douro valley.  I sometimes wish I was one of those “jump in and experience it as it comes” travellers, but I’m not.  I’ve looked forward to this trip to the north of Portugal for so long, and I’m desperate to get it right.

Apart from that, I’ve been enjoying everything the English weather can throw at me.  And it packs quite a punch.

Across a cornfield

Do you like the “colour pencil” effect?

I love the poppies in with the corn

And the reflections in the mossy pond in Whitburn village.

A little rain?

Marsden Rock

Marsden with a swirl? Well, it was windy!

Tile effect, I rather like, too.

Or a pretty version?

Now I’m exaggerating! It didn’t snow at Souter Lighthouse. Not quite.

But it does look rather nice spotlit?

It was blustery as only an English Bank Holiday can be, but I did enjoy our walk.  And another opportunity to play, of course.

Back to my maps and guide books.  Hope you’ll be joining me next week on Six word Saturday?  Many thanks to Cate, our kind hostess, on Show My Face, where you’ll find all the details of how to play, and this week’s other entries.  Click on the button below for more fun.


  1. Nothing wrong with taking your foot off the pedal, we all do from time to time and at the moment I’d love to be planning an overseas trip. I’m a bit like you, I like guide books and researching destinations, it takes so long to get anywhere from here (except to New Zealand) that if you miss something amazing it can be a few years before you get another chance to travel.

    Playing with effects can be fun even if you just turning a photo from black and white to colour, have you tried PicMonkey? It is free and lots of fun 🙂

  2. Stunning photos only enhanced by your playful touches with each photo, unless you captured that perfect nature shot….the wind and the rain….stunning!

  3. Hi Jo, I am glad you got to enjoy the “Last Summer Bank Holiday.” Had you been there before? It looks quite nice. We have ours, Labor Day (Labour), Monday. It will be BBQ and apple pie for us.

    1. Yes, I’ve been a few times, Jim. It’s just an hour north of us, if that, and a nice stretch of coast. Subject to subsidence and a bit breezy. BBQ weather’s been and gone here- enjoy yours.

    1. Nope, the cliff lift’s still there and a variety of stacks, though there’s a fair bit of subsidence. Don’t like my effects, huh?
      It was so wild up that coast on Monday, it’s a wonder we didn’t end up in the sea with the rocks.

      1. I was sure I had read something about it collapsing and a quick internet hunt tells me the arch collapsed in 1996, leaving the stacks. Can’t remember the last time I saw it (or Souter) but the first time was well before 1996 which was why your ‘pretty version’ reminded me of it.

        Actually I did like the snow effect in particular!

      2. I just pointed my camera and clicked, as I do, (wonky with the lighthouse, as Viv pointed out), so I thought I’d captured the Rock. (not yours!) I’d better recaption it “stacks”?

  4. I love your picture effects Jo, very fun. I’m the opposite type of traveler to you – I might google to find out the key things I need to see in a new place but I don’t like to read about them until I’m actually there with a context to put it into. I hope you have a great trip!

    1. I hate to come home and find I’ve missed something that I would have enjoyed, Georgia, so I always read up. I’m low tech too and don’t have smartphone or anything other than the TI, my guide books and my nose to help me out (boring old fuddy,duddy in other words).
      Porto is proving a challenge because I only have 6 days and so many directions to go in! Thanks for your comment.

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