Six word Saturday


Today I’ve chosen a Header Photo

And it has a nautical theme

With a nautical theme, you may notice.

Those offshore windmills will be turning

Those offshore windmills will definitely be turning today

Because it's a bright and breezy day

Because it’s bright and breezy (you could substitute the word “cold”)

One of these days I'll take you on the "Monkey trail"

One of these weeks I’ll take you on the “Monkey trail”

More properly known as the "Headland Story Trail"

More properly known as the “Headland Story Trail”

But it's a little cold for lingering today

But not today- it’s a little cold for lingering.

Much more suited to the marina

And much more suited to the calm of the marina

Maybe you remember that last week my Header was a plain, bold black?  During the week I’ve tinkered about a bit and come to a few conclusions.  In the main, I’m happy with the plain Header, because I usually start my post with a photo, and there’s more impact this way.  But for a post like this, where I start with a logo, I think a photo looks better.

This generates its own problems, because the writing on the Header is white, and I cannot change the colour unless I pay to customise it.  So, I need to use a fairly dark toned photo for the writing to show up.  This limits my choice a little, but I’ve enjoyed playing with the Headers, and I expect you’ll be seeing more.  I’ll have to change it with each post or it won’t match, and if you visit another of my posts after this one, that won’t match either! (for anyone missing my old Town Wall header photo, it’s now consigned to my Flickr photos, in the sidebar)

Next week, the problem of Menus and Categories.  Do many of you use them?  If not, how do you go about finding posts?

As often happens, I’m using my Six word Saturday in a slightly unconventional way.  But it’s interesting, isn’t it?  Well, I hope you think so.  Cate at Show My Face will have lots of variations on the theme, so don’t forget to click on the link or the logo to join in.


  1. I have missed so much. I really like the new theme and this roaming header of yours. It is so YOU 🙂 and the rest of the pics are really lovely, inviting and moody… waiting for that monkey trail …..

  2. You’ll figure out the nuances of your new theme, and soon all will become second nature. I find the header option to be vexing and for the life of me, I don’t understand a sticky post!

  3. Like the new header! Though if you don’t want a photo another option is to use something like Photoshop/Paint and write in your blog name and strapline, then choose a nice font and colour/s for them. You can then upload the new image and it’s a bit more interesting than the normal blog theme default text. Good luck with the tinkering!

    1. Thanks, Lucy! 🙂 I change my mind every day about what I want.
      I’m not going to the event at Traverse, but if you have any spare time I can maybe come up for a coffee or something. I imagine it’s a pretty packed schedule.

  4. Jo, as I said before – really like your new look – very crisp and fresh .. clean.
    You and I have the same passion for the ocean and what it brings – I can feel the strong breeze through the screen and smell of the sea. I sound like an old record, but I think you photos is magical.
    Finding posts ???? Your own or others … ????

    1. Hiya darlin 🙂 I’m back from coffee.
      The photo with my 6WS post was a sunset over Hartlepool marina, Vivi. It’s gone now, which is one of my issues with this header format. I’m going to try “Random” next and see how that looks.
      One of my reasons for asking about Menus/Categories is that my pages all need to be updated regularly (or not, when I don’t have time 😦 ). I don’t think that many people actually look at the pages anyway. Who has time? So my question was “does anybody use them to find other posts?” (of mine) Jude has suggested that Menus would be better because they update themselves. I think I’m thinking too much- I should just write posts 🙂 Friendly hug!

      1. Jo, I have have notice that people are looking at old posts .. because the likes increase on my most popular all the the time .. but I don’t know if they use the categories, tags I think is more important … also everyday have somebody been visiting very old posts of mine. You can check that on stats before you make any changes.

      2. Good thinking, Vivi 🙂 Going out for some (more) fresh air because it’s bright and breezy again today. Rain tomorrow and I can catch up online then 🙂 Breezy hug!

  5. Love the header Jo and yes, I tried that theme too and don’t like the fact that you can’t change the font or colour without paying and the fact that it does’t fill the header and have the black ends but you did a great job of it, but in the end I do agree that it looks better with just the black with the white text. It is unfortunate that they don’t have the option where you can have several headers that you can randomly display. It is a nice theme though.

    Love the photo’s! It’s so beautiful there. You are blessed indeed. Thanks for sharing hon. 😀 *big hugs*

  6. I like the header. I also like your photo of the windmills. I’ve never understood people who fight them because they claim they’re ugly. To me, they’re so graceful, spinning in the breeze, generating power.

    Thanks for playing 6ws!

    1. Thanks, Sam 🙂 There was a header of the marina in Hartlepool on here, but I changed it last night for the bridge, to go with the new post. Still working on a “solution”.

  7. I love your new theme and header Jo. Lovely, moody tones. Have you tried a background image? A faded, monochromatic one might work even better than the header, and save you some precious time 🙂

      1. Yes! Just pick an image and click set as background on your settings or appearance page. Finding the right one takes some trial and error though. Still not happy with mine 🙂

  8. Jo, I really love your new header image. It works perfectly with the black background and it sets off the white letters of the header nicely. And it’s so YOU!! Good job!

    I’m headed out for a nautical-type outing myself today: Annapolis, Maryland. I hope it’ll be a good day for pictures. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Cathy. I have quite a few headers from my playing about so we’ll see how it goes.
      It’s clear, bright and cold again here today. Hope it’s the same for you 🙂 Enjoy your visit!

  9. I like the new header. Does it matter about matching the other posts, OK, I try and upload a separate one for all mine, and my pages and….but you can do this on suits as far as I noticed. You could say that Hartlepool wasn’t relevant to the Algarve. You’ve changed the blog style, nothing wrong with having a different header photo, whether it is relevant to the post shouldn’t matter. (although it does to me, and I will spend ages fiddling sometimes). The Algarve is a part of your blog. What better header?

    1. This header is Hartlepool marina, Rough 🙂 I hate that when I pop across to, say, Flowers for Jake, it doesn’t look right. I absolutely don’t want a photo header on that one. I spent much longer finding a header photo to suit the 6WS post than I did writing the post, which is totally wrong, and I don’t much like the post anyway! I quite like the rolling style where the header changes through a series of half a dozen. Trouble is I know exactly what I like but don’t want to pay for it, and I’m not half as clever as I’d like to be. It’s been an interesting exercise though, and lots of advice pouring in.
      I have got some great header shots now (in my humble opinion 🙂 ) but I think they’ll be used sparingly. What I really want to do is separate my Home from Abroad but that involves using menus or two separate blogs and then I’ll really come unstuck. Fun learning, though.

      1. There is a bell tower, and something else that looks ‘foreign’! I should have got it from the building on the left though that doesn’t look Algarve 😀

        Vicky’s has a rolling style. So does mine but I don’t use it because I figure the water pic suits roughseas if I don’t do a specific header post. Sometimes I’ve changed it for whatever reason, often national day. But you certainly don’t need to pay for rolling headers.

        Menus are easy. You already have the pages. You just write a new page, and click on a parent menu. Try it. Or look at mine, recipes is prob the best example. If you want a separate blog, just make sure you leave the link fairly prominently on restlessjo. A few souls follow all of mine (!). Most follow two, and some follow three. I actually think your blog works well as it is, because it provides variety. For single themed blogs you actually need to be sure that your main readership is unhappy with the current one, and therefore there is a need to split the topics. i don’t get that impression, yours seems to work well as it is. Depends what you are trying to achieve though.

      2. That’s the key, Rough! What am I trying to achieve? Good question 🙂
        Hey Jude gave me some Menus advice and it looked complicated to this simple soul but I think that’s where I’m going next. Maintaining the pages is a headache and I don’t think they’re used enough to warrant it. Thanks for your thoughts.

    1. Many thanks, Marianne. You got me again yesterday! I forgot to say “white rabbit” till I saw your post (even though I knew it was coming) 🙂
      Congrats on the photo comp, by the way.

      1. Glad I reminded you 🙂

        I was absolutely delighted with the photo competition. Never won anything like that before. Made m weekend, it did!

  10. Lovely photos Jo, I do love going on walks with you! You are learning quickly about headers, well done … the photo looks wonderful with your white lettering 🙂

    1. I spent more time on the header than the post, Christine. 😦 I do like it but I hate going to another page and it doesn’t match. Didn’t know I was a perfectionist! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debbie. 🙂 I spent all afternoon loading and cropping but I still don’t have one that will go with all of my posts, though I have lots that I like. Maybe a sunrise/set?

    1. This morning’s sunrise was a beauty, too, Ad. I was trying to drink my morning coffee with the camera in the other hand! Cannot resist a good sunrise! 🙂 (or set) Thanks!

    1. I like it with this post, Jill, but it travels with you to others where it’s not so appropriate. I’m getting to be a pain on this whole subject. Thanks for your enthusiasm 🙂

  11. I like the new look. I am thinking of changing my to a balloon type theme for February, if I can find one. I celebrate my ninth cancersary at the beginning, and my 50th birthday at the end.

  12. :). I like your header picture, Jo. Microsoft Paint may be in your computer as it is a freeby that doesn’t expire unless you pay to upgrade. That is what I use to blacken out faces, license plates, and other personal stuff. LIKE VIV SAID, don’t override your original. Do a ‘save as’ and change the file name a bit. I add at the end a [a], [b], etc. or like [cropped] et al.

    I liked your picture walking tour today. No pictures from me as I am checking out my latest computer. Big learning curve here because it has Windows 8.

  13. Your header looks great! I love the other photos too! I have had good luck searching YouTube for tutorials for my blog set up. Wishing you lots of luck and a little patience setting yours up!

    1. Thanks, Jude. 🙂 Might I ask why? I haven’t used Flickr since they told me my free allocation was full and I’d have to pay. Then, strangely, they let me upload the Town Wall photo. I don’t understand, but then you know I’m a little low on understanding. I have quite a lot of photos in there.

      1. Because Yahoo (Flickr) keep changing things around and it is not as intuitive or easy to keep in touch with others as it used to be, and because Yahoo screwed up with the mail accounts, BT have parted company and set up their own BT Mail, withdrawing from Flickr which was part of the free service with BT Broadband. Which I use.

        Now if you have a Pro account through BT (which it seems you probably didn’t) you have to create a new Yahoo Id to link to Flickr, otherwise you lose your account! And they no longer offer a Pro account unless you pay.

        They have made changes to the free account including 1 TB space, which will be why you can now add more photos. But you will see adverts too. Which I didn’t before all the changes. I just think both BT and Yahoo have handled this so badly and that lots of people may end up losing access to their Flickr accounts.

        Rant over!

      2. Thanks for that 🙂 🙂 I had observed something was going on with Yahoo (which I never normally use but I keep being invited to link to things via Yahoo as an option to FB or Twitter) Don’t think there’s anyone in the world more low tech than me. Well, maybe on a Pacific island somewhere.

  14. Giovanna carissima, sei la prima cui rivolgo il mio grazie e saluto, sono appena rientrata e spero di stare un po’ in vostra compagnia
    le immagini che osservo sono colme di pace con colori che fanno sentire la serenità nell’animo, grazie
    un abbraccio molto affettuoso
    Joanna dear, you are the first that I turn my thanks and greet, have just returned and I hope to stay a while in your company
    the images I observe are filled with colors that make you feel the serenity in mind, thanks
    a very affectionate hug

  15. You can customise your header photo without paying anything! Open ithe photo with Paint and click on the big letter A in the menu. Draw yourself a text box with the cursor, choose Font, type size (BIG!) and colour (keep background transparent) and type in your text/title. Click outside the box, then save your picture with a different title from the original. Simply download the photo onto your WordPress settings page.

    1. Oh my! You’re even cleverer than I thought, Viv. Not at all sure what you mean by opening the photo with Paint. In Photoshop? I presume you do this for your haiku on a pictorial background (can’t remember the proper name) 🙂

      1. Thanks, Viv. Jim was kindly trying to point me in the right direction too. But you know, it annoys me so much when I go to another post and the header doesn’t match. I suppose I should find a neutral one. 🙂

  16. Jo I like what you have done with the header. Gives it a more life just like you 🙂 As far as menus and categories…good question. I have the cloud system as you do and the last ten posts. I’m open to ideas and suggestions for sure.

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