Stuff: Top Ten Blog Posts 2015

As with my other blogs I am looking at the ten most read postings over 2015.

The tenth most read post on this blog was posted in the last two weeks of 2015, and was about WHSmith. At WHSmith you can afford to give them anything but the ordinary this Christmas contained an old advert from the high street store.

I visited Legoland in 2013 and felt that it was A bit tired and this was the ninth post in this top ten. Certainly when we went this year in 2015 there were some new models in Mainland.

Legoland

You have entered the Quiet Zone! was eighth most read post and I asked what’s the point of the Quiet Zone Carriage?

Back to Legoland for number seven, Legoland Miniland.

The sixth most read post was on Ten Incredible Sand Sculptures that have been on the beach at Weston-super-Mare over the last ten years.

Ten Incredible Sand Sculptures

The post at number 5 was from the Cinematic Advent Calendar which I posted back before Christmas in 2012. The post in question was #24 – Back to the Future and as 2015 was the year in which Marty McFly went to in the film series, it’s quite apt that it in this year’s top ten.

Back to the Future DeLorean

More Lego at number 4 with The Bat Cave in Lego.

The third most popular post was “the cafe on tv at weston super mare is it real” and the answer is, it isn’t!

Over 2015 there were seventy Shaun the Sheep sculptures places all across Bristol and the top two posts on the blog were about these Sheep. At number two was Ten out of Seventy and the most read post was about all seventy sheep, Shaun in the City.

42. Sgt. Shepherd - Shaun the Sheep

Happy New Year for 2016.


…and then some more

Though the Shauns have now left the centre of Bristol, I am still catching up posting my photographs of the ones I managed to capture with my camera.

We were passing by 40. On the Waterfront when I managed to find us a parking place, and over we went to get a photograph.

40. On the Waterfront - Shaun the Sheep

Reminding us of the waterfront with pictures of the docks, this Shaun was very much at home next to the water.

40. On the Waterfront - Shaun the Sheep

40. On the Waterfront - Shaun the Sheep

This was a very shiny sheep, 46. Shaun Bean was covered in chrome and was next to the Arnolfini.

46. Shaun Bean - Shaun the Sheep

Not sure of the connection with Sean Bean though.

46. Shaun Bean - Shaun the Sheep

46. Shaun Bean - Shaun the Sheep

Looking very much like Johnny Depp, 45. The Pirate Captain had a tricorne, flintlocks and a cutlass.

45. The Pirate Captain - Shaun the Sheep

He was guarding the M Shed, or was he looking for buried treasure?

45. The Pirate Captain - Shaun the Sheep

Over on the other side of the water, looking rather lonesome was 39. Air Fleece.

39. Air Fleece - Shaun the Sheep

Very much a Red Arrows sheep, bright red and RAF symbols all over.

39. Air Fleece - Shaun the Sheep

The ones that got away…

Out of the 70 Shauns across Bristol we managed to capture 62 of them.

These are the eight we missed. Luckily other people managed to capture them on film.

We did in fact find 12. Bumble but we were driving pass and decided it wasn’t safe to stop and we would go back at some point, we never did.

Bumble

Over on Henleaze Road was 14. The Tale of Peter Rabbit™ a somewhat scary looking rabbit-sheep hybrid.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The very 1970s looking 15. Groovy Baby!

Groovy Baby!

We had intended to visit Ashton Court to see 16. Buttercup and 17. Flora but it was pouring with rain on the two days we thought we might have time to do this. So both sheep were missed. Buttercup was in the courtyard next to the cafe.

Buttercup

17. Flora was also at Ashton Court, up by the Golf Club.

Flora

32. Sparkles the Unicorn was hiding away on Horfield Common, what stopped us was the sheer amount of traffic around Bristol, on what should have been a quiet day for vehicles.

Sparkles the Unicorn

Looking very tasty is 33. Star Bake next to the Boston Tea Party on the Gloucester Road,

Star Bake

Another one where the amount of traffic contributed to missing them, this time it was 34. Primrose at St Werburgh’s City Farm.

Primrose

Photographs by Mary Kelly on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 who managed to capture all seventy.

In the end we ran out of time…

Yesterday saw the end of the great Shaun the Sheep hunt.

In the end we managed to find and photograph 62 out of 70.

A combination of weather and traffic in the end stopped us from completing the challenge. Thoiugh we did do it, it wasn’t that much fun to trudge through the rain and the mud finding Shauns. Also we had to go to Bristol to do it, and the M5 was too often a slow moving car park.

Over the next week or so I will post the photographs of the Shauns we did managed to capture.

There is an opportunity to see them all (with the London Shauns) in both Bristol and Covent Garden over September.

They’re everywhere…

Though the Shauns have now left the centre of Bristol, I am still catching up posting my photographs of the ones I managed to capture with my camera.

They seemed to get everywhere, outside the Bus Station was 53. Lamb Chop, a clever Shaun, similar to the diagrams you find in recipe books, but all the “cuts of meat” are named after areas of Bristol.

53. Lamb Chop - Shaun the Sheep

I thought Southveal was clever, as was Westbury on Trymmings.

53. Lamb Chop - Shaun the Sheep

Outside the Children’s Hospital was 52. Maisy and Friends covered in pictures from the Maisy books.

52. Maisy and Friends - Shaun the Sheep

52. Maisy and Friends - Shaun the Sheep

52. Maisy and Friends - Shaun the Sheep

The 62. Honey was next to St Stephen’s Church, and was surrounded by mud.

61. Honey - Shaun the Sheep

It has also started to rain, so a quick photo, which I think could have been better.

61. Honey - Shaun the Sheep

What more soggy Shauns?

As you can see from the fair few blog posts, last Sunday in the rain we managed to find and photograph a fair few Shaun the Sheeps.

Outside the Victoria Rooms was 31. Flock ‘n Roll, a celebration of British music and pop culture.

31. Flock ‘n Roll - Shaun the Sheep

31. Flock ‘n Roll - Shaun the Sheep

As well as the union jack paintwork, this Shaun has some badges on him as well.

31. Flock ‘n Roll - Shaun the Sheep

31. Flock ‘n Roll - Shaun the Sheep

See a page with all the Shauns we have seen so far.

Some more soggy Shauns

Despite the rain we went hunting Shauns last Sunday.

Over by the back of Park Row next to the Bristol Grammar School we have 29. Thunderbirds Are Go, with Shaun masquerading as Thunderbird 2.

29. Thunderbirds Are Go - Shaun the Sheep

This Shaun has blue LEDs that light up at night, as we were there in the day we didn’t see them. This Shaun is surrounded by mirrors, not sure why, as there aren’t that many hidden details. I like the pointed nose though, which is strange as Thunderbird 2’s nose isn’t pointed!

29. Thunderbirds Are Go - Shaun the Sheep

Outside the Royal West of England Academy we have 30. Rex. This is either Shaun dressed up as a dinosaur…

30. Rex - Shaun the Sheep

…or is it a dinosaur which has swallowed Shaun!

30. Rex - Shaun the Sheep

Up on Brandon Hill is 26. From Dusk ‘til Shaun who, as it was quite wet, was surrounded by mud. He is very bight and colourful taking in both night and day imagery.

26. From Dusk ‘til Shaun - Shaun the Sheep

43. Lotus is outside the offices of the place which started all of this so long ago…

43. Lotus - Shaun the Sheep

…of course we’re talking about Aardman Animations. Looking very much like a Chinese Ming vase, this ornate blue and white Shaun stands guard outside the very offices of the company that created him.

43. Lotus - Shaun the Sheep

See all the Shauns we have seen so far.

In the museum

In Bristol Museum is probably one of my favourite Shauns, 27. Baaack to the
DrawingBoard.

27. Baaack to the Drawing Board - Shaun the Sheep

As you can see, this Shaun is covered in storyboards from the original Wallace and Gromit tale which starred Shaun the Sheep, before he went off and got his own TV show.

27. Baaack to the Drawing Board - Shaun the Sheep

You could spend ages looking at this Shaun, which you couldn’t as everyone was waiting to take photographs of it….

27. Baaack to the Drawing Board - Shaun the Sheep

27. Baaack to the Drawing Board - Shaun the Sheep

In the entrance foyer is 28. Arabian Lights, and like some other Shauns this one has lights.

28. Arabian Lights - Shaun the Sheep

Didn’t think much of this one myself, difficult to photograph too with the windows behind it.

28. Arabian Lights - Shaun the Sheep

28. Arabian Lights - Shaun the Sheep

See all the Shauns we have seen so far.

Starstruck in Bristol (Parkway)

The first few Shauns (about 15)  in the full list of 70 are scattered around Bristol. There are three at Cribbs Causeway whilst number four is at Bristol Parkway Station up in the north of the city. This is 4. Starstruck, a blue Shaun covered in white stars.

4. Starstruck - Shaun the Sheep

4. Starstruck - Shaun the Sheep

This is quite a challenging Shaun to photograph, partly as you really need to drive to find it (or go by train I guess) and the short term car park is full of people not just picking and dropping off rail passengers, but also lots of people like us photographing and visiting the Shaun.

See all the Shauns we have seen so far.

More Soggy Shauns

Despite the rain we went hunting Shauns last Sunday. This time we headed to south Bristol and in my previous post we found two by Ashton Gate and the Riverside Garden Centre. It was then onto the South Bristol Swimming Pool in Bedminster to find 50. Shear-lock Holmes.

To be honest though I lived for five years in Bedminster and Southville back in the 1990s, I didn’t realise or know there was a swimming pool here. So this was my first visit, and we weren’t even going swimming.

50. Shear-lock Holmes - Shaun the Sheep

There are some really nice details on this Shaun, I liked the pictorial links to Sherlock Holmes, the violin, the pipes and the London themes that are all over the sheep. Very cleverly done.

50. Shear-lock Holmes - Shaun the Sheep

I did like Shear-lock Holmes, though not entirely sure about the connection with swimming? Sometimes the Shauns seem very much linked to the sponsor or their location, such as 47. Championsheep, however this one, no idea what the link is.

50. Shear-lock Holmes - Shaun the Sheep

Over in North Street is the bright orange 48. Jasmine.

48. Jasmine - Shaun the Sheep

Like some other Shauns this one is in quite a quiet remote part of Bristol.

48. Jasmine - Shaun the Sheep

See all the Shuans we have seen so far.