The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise

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I drifted into Exeter, UK, to bag yet another cathedral. It seems a bit stumpy outside but that’s because the towers are a leftover from the Norman original (1133) .  It’s quite spectacular inside, famed for its vaulted ceiling.

The organ looks like a steampunk spaceship (as do many cathedrals). There’s an amazing misericord (lean on seat for the long long services) with an elephant…. from around 1240.   Earliest depiction in the UK of such a mythical beast.

There’s a brilliant ancient door in the cathedral close. Haven’t blogged a door in ages.


Photo Safari 2

Like all good drifters, sometimes I ride across the dusty plains back to my home town.  I stride like Clint Eastwood through the wide streets while men dive back into the saloons and women peer out from behind the curtains.

The dusty plains are now covered by smart new housing estates and some of my favourite saloons are long gone.

It’s Adelaide, South Australia. There’s nothing like being a tourist in your own town to start noticing the quirky buildings and slightly mad architecture.    I’d taken it all for granted.

Here’s a selection of some of the sights I’d forgotten.

One for the door fans. I like the Inca motifs. wpid-img_20150212_105958.jpg

A deco Inca/Aztec temple in the backstreets, just round the corner from the ancient Pancake Kitchen, site of many exploits.


The Beehive corner, where Adelaidians still meet. Over the top Italianate stylings, it’s got gothic crocket finials and moorish hints too…. and, of course, a bee on the top. This one’s worth clicking on to enlarge for the details.


The East End Markets, now developed into housing and posh shops. I miss all the musty mysterious smells.  Highly recommend the Eros Kafe for lunch.

NB. There’s a weird thing on top of the roof, it’s a TV aerial, a relic in itself now.


Taken from a car window, another closed down cinema, such a brilliantly modern look. On the Anzac Highway.


Ah memory!  Such fun I had there in my youth. Next trip (soon) I’ll take the SLR and make it a proper photo safari.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Fraying At The Edges

The Challenge? Fray

Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach. 

A great excuse to blog a few doors. Fraying at the edges, still doing the job.

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These doors were all from a photo safari in the backstreets of Figeac, France 

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Doors Ancient and Modern

 I havent blogged any doors for a while.  Here’s a couple….. one ancient looking door from relatively modern Gawler, South Australia (est. 1836) and the ‘modern’ (early sixties) door of the Hotel Caravelle, Toulouse.  (city established by 200 BC). Toulouse is the home of Airbus, whose ancestor company built the beautiful jetliner Caravelle.

Hotel Caravelle, Toulouse

Gawler, South Australia


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A Door Into The Palace Of Dreams


This splendid entrance is part of the former Odeon Cinema in Petersham, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.  Last used as a roller skating rink, the refurbished building is awaiting a new use.

Drifter update. I’m currently in Sydney, Australia…. tuning up my tastebuds in King St, Newtown and relaxing on the beautiful Hawkesbury River. I’m having fun replenishing my stock of photos of this & that.  


The Old Me Is The New Me

Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? You can choose to by anyone, alive today or someone gone long ago. If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.Photographers, artists, poets: show us METAMORPHOSIS.

Great topic.  I dont really want to be anybody else, it’s been hard enough getting to be me. Plus, I’ve learned that everybody has a cross to bear, we all suffer from grief and illness one way or another. I’m looking forward to being me…. the old me. My recovery has been slow, but here I am. There’s some newness too. I hope to be more considerate, more forgiving and less self centred.

Having said that, there’s the blog… self centred or what?  Since I began in March I’ve had 3200 views, almost 1500 likes and 140 followers.  Thanks guys! It’s been appreciated. I’ve had lots of nice comments… I dont always reply, but I’ve loved them all. Have a good New Year….. I know it will be better than the last one!

What better to put here than a door?  A beautiful old portal into another new world.