Spots and dots and dots and spots

Spots and dots. That’s the Lens Artists Photo-Challenge this week, as requested by Ann-Christine. What to choose?

I thought immediately of the year we came back from France, 2014. That was the year too when the Tour de France came to Yorkshire. We went Tour de France mad, and some people even decorated their houses in red spots in honour of the King of the Mountains.

I remembered Brian, the dog my elder daughter had. No dog is spottier than a Dalmatian.


I thought of a bubble-producer extraordinaire we met in London once, delighting children of all ages.

There was that extraordinary murmuration of starlings that took place over our house. It’s an annual treat round here. Thousands and thousands of starlings polka-dot the sky. And afterwards, leave the car spotted and dotted.

Or what about Seville orange trees with glowing orange fruits brightening the winter Spanish streets – and then lying discarded as the season ends: until we come along and bag up a kilo or two to transform into marmalade back at home?

But then I thought about spots and dots in the here and now. Spots and dots in England mean rain on the window, rain on the windscreen. So I begin and end my post with weather, English style.

A frequent view from the bedroom window

But … one more thing. No rain = no welly-boots. No welly-boots = no cheery whimsical feature in a garden just down the road.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

59 thoughts on “Spots and dots and dots and spots”

  1. πŸ€“ I saw the light in these images ❗️ now all I see is spots πŸ™‚ marmalade is good, when ‘mother nature’ life on earth gives me lemons I make lemon-ade 🍹 ~ πŸ˜‰

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  2. For a moment there I thought my goodness does a spotty house need planning permission in a heritage area? Then I read it was for the Tour and realised the dots were temporary. But maybe I am wrong and the locals would welcome a little permanent zaniness. After all you’ve shown spots and dots add interest to the world.

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  3. Oh my goodness Margaret – the welly wheel is the BEST ever!!! rain was your friend for this one for sure 😊. Motley is the last thing I’d call your fun dots post

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  4. What fun pictures, Margaret. I loved the red dotted building and the rain boot wreath. Every picture made me smile. Isn’t that what this is all about? Having fun and sharing it?

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