Back in the 1990s I visited the Pembrokeshire Motor Museum near Haverfordwest. This was a small museum, but very much a labour of love for the owner.
I took those images with my film SLR back then and recently scanned the photographs.
In those days, using film, I would conserve the number of shots I would take, as I would ration the 36 frames I had for each film. Whereas with today’s high capacity memory cards, I have been known to shoot hundreds of photographs in a single day.
Sadly memory and time, as well as a lack of information on the web, means I have no real idea about which types of cars these are. Even googling the number plates doesn’t bring up much info.
Okay from 2008, really seven years ago, this video from Grand Central Station in New York still makes me smile.
Back then these things were really viral and went around the internet tubes very quickly. Of course they only went around places like Twitter and Facebook in the first place, but back then very few people were using these services (unlike today). Then they moved to e-mail, and these were sent round like to everyone.
Over the weekend, taking advantage of the good weather we went for a picnic on the Downs in Bristol. As well as having some nice food and fun in the sun, we also took the opportunity to hunt down some more of the Shaun the Sheeps dotted across the city. A previous post shows the Shauns we found on the Downs, and there is a page with all the Shauns we have seen so far.
After venturing from the Downs and down Whiteladies Road, we parked in Clifton Village. As it was Sunday it was easy and free to find parking, we ventured over the first of the Shauns, 23. Bloomin’ Gorge-ous which sits on the grass on the other side of the road to Christ Church.
Looking up at the butterfly on his head, this is quite a calming Shaun. We liked the flowers growing up his legs.
Then we hiked over the Suspension Bridge to find 18. Isambaaard guarding one side of the suspension bridge, complete with Brunel’s quintessential top hat.
Back over the bridge and climb up quite a steep path to the Clifton Observatory to find 19. A Sheep’s Eye View. Another shade of blue this one, with the kinds of views you would expect from the Observatory painted on the side. This Shaun had a watering can and a flower, no idea why.
There are some fantastic views of Bristol and the Suspension Bridge from the Clifton Observatory, so the (short) steep climb is worthwhile. We were tempted to go into the Observatory and down into the caves, but we were on a mission to find more Shauns, so back down the steep path and a short walk to Sion Hill. Here was 20. Baa-lloon!
Covered in flying hot air balloons, this Shaun celebrates the annual International Bristol Balloon Fiesta (which takes place from today (6th August)).
The next Shaun was on the Terrace of the Avon Gorge Hotel, 21. Wish Ewe Were Here. Quite challenging to find and take a photograph as the Terrace was packed with people enjoying a drink in the warm afternoon sun.
The Mall Gardens, which after working out how to get in we found 22. The Shear Speed Helter Skelter.
With a classic funfair look, this was cleverly done.
There are two more Shauns in the Ashton Court Estate, which we didn’t get to, mainly as it was getting late, we were getting tired, and to be honest we’ll probably make a day of it visiting Ashton Course some time (or visit them during the Balloon Fiesta at the weekend.
Over the weekend, taking advantage of the good weather we went for a picnic on the Downs in Bristol. As well as having some nice food and fun in the sun, we also took the opportunity to hunt down some more of the Shaun the Sheeps dotted across the city.
The first one was quite a challenge to find, as we stopped the car on our way to the Downs on Canford Lane. We didn’t find the Shaun at first, but after seeing that the Shaun was at 25 Canford Lane, we realised we needed to go further down the road. This we did and we found number 13. Bristol Beauty.
This was simplistic Shaun, pink and blue and covered in Bristol place names. his one was outside the C J Hole estate agents up in Westbury on Trym, a bizarre location we thought at first until we realised that this Shaun had been sponsored by C J Hole.
We drove past 12. Bumble and didn’t stop as we were driving along a busy road, but parked in the Downs intending to walk back Bumble, but we didn’t, so we walked the other way across the Downs to 10. Ram-ble.
Very bright green, this Shaun was very easy to spot from across the Downs, it was also surrounded by people, like us, taking photographs.
The next Shaun was a little challenging to find, as it was hidden away in the entrance drive to the University of Bristol’s Botanical Gardens. 11. Shaun of the Jungle.
Beautifully painted, lots of lovely detail and hidden in the shade, this is one Shaun well worth finding and taking the time to view.
If you are finding this one, be aware (at weekends at least) there is parking within the Botanical Gardens site, so you can safely drive in, park, take your photographs, check off the app, make a donation to the gardens. We chatted with the volunteer by the Shaun and made the decision that we would make a return visit one day to view the gardens.
After a picnic on the Downs and an explore, we started driving over to Clifton village where there are six, we stopped on the way to get a picture of 9. Tutti Frutti.
This was a bizarre looking Shaun, almost zombie’sque in appearance with those tomatoes for eyes. Clever combination of painting of fruit and vegetables. This was a very busy street, so only time for a quick view, a quick photo and a quick sales pitch from the staff at the Kitchens Cookshop, which did sponsor this Shaun and of course where the Shaun is located.
Getting back into the car, we headed off to Clifton Village to find those Shauns on the Brunel Trial, but that’s another story…
Up on the top of Victoria Hill in the park (by the coffee bar) is Shaun the Sheep 51. Shaunus Romanus.
My name is Shaunus Romanus, commander of the flocks of the North, General of the Aries Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Gromiticus. Father to a murdered lamb, husband to a murdered ewe. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
It had been raining, so the ground and Shaun were a little damp. I was impressed with how this one had been done, the metal helmet, shield and armour were nice touches.
…and so to the beginning of the Shaun the Sheep trail. This required a visit up to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway to see the three Shauns that are in situ around the North Bristol out of town shopping centre. You also get the chance to visit the Shaun the Sheep shop at the Mall too.
Set out in the front, this ice cream flavoured Shaun the Sheep is perfect for summer, complete with a ’99 My Whippy and a FAB iced lolly.
2. Shrek Shaun
On first sight I didn’t think this was a Shaun, what with the Shrek-esque ears. One of the few Shauns that has its own backdrop and scenery. You find this one in the Shaun the Sheep shop, along with lots of other smaller Shauns painted by local school children.
This Shaun has extra bling and bees.
These have been added to my page of Shauns and as they are numbered one to three at least that page looks like it has stuff on it, and it isn’t just a list of numbers.
Well the new trailer for the new James Bond film has been released and I am somewhat a little bit excited for this new instalment.
Spectre is of course the name of the original bad guys who were outside the traditional government spy agencies. I recently rewatched From Russian with Love with Sean Connery where the bad guys were Spectre, as James Bond steals a KGB encoding machine from the Russians, not realising that this was all part of a Spectre plan.0
The new film, looks like it will build on the foundations laid down by the previous Bond films, but will reboot Spectre in the same way they have with other aspects of the Bond universe in the other Daniel Craig films.