Theme Life


Welcome to Theme Life

Walking around Sandwich and the surrounding countryside as l do daily, weekly and monthly, I take several thousand photographs. More authentic reflections of quantity might be closer to 3500 assorted photos digitally taken monthly once all the poorer quality ‘click images’ are extracted.

Of this figure, ten to fifteen per cent, are held back in folders and will be used in the blog’s gallery features, prompts, or published articles.

My main focus is wildlife, so flora and fauna mostly, but also l have a hankering sometimes for unusual shots, or things of a quirky nature. 

It appeals to my sense of humour, and sometimes these ‘strange’ shots are edited and kept for a ‘rainy day’ gallery or a prompt in the future or because l just like them, and they might make for an interesting themed gallery, pretty much like this series. 

Not all the galleries here will be specifically themed all the time. They might focus on specific events or moments that were happen chanced upon or simply hold a fascination for me.

Hope you enjoy the series

Music Score – ContemplateMorning Light Music


Chim Chim Cher-ee
Song by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Chim chiminey, chim chiminey

I have been fascinated with chimneys since l was a child, which is even odder considering l didn’t have much to do with them until l moved back to the UK with my parents in 1977 after living abroad in Australia and Malaysia for twelve years.

Admittedly my first proper introduction to chimneys was in 1970 when my parents holidayed in England before moving back to Australia after two and half years in Malaysia. There is an eclectic range of chimneys in Sandwich Town.

The chimney is a vertical channelled structure made from various materials but usually masonry, clays or metals, which sits on top of a building and is generally positioned above a fireplace. It works to control the practices of a burning fire and smoke by drawing the fumes away.

The main types of the chimney are standard or stone or brick, metal, prefabricated or factory, air-cooled, wood-burning stove, freestanding, double walled and air-insulated concrete blocks.

The first domestic chimneys appeared on dwellings in northern Europe in the 12th century.

The Feature image to this episode of Theme Life displays the great chimneys of The Salutation. The main entrance to this grade II listed house is located at the end of Upper Strand Street and Knightrider Street, whilst St Clement’s Church finds other parts of the building and its vast 3.7 acres of flint, brick and stone walled garden lies to the south and the Quay and the River Stour to the north side of the building. The Salutation earned its name after an inn that used to sit on the grounds. It was designed by British Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and built between 1911 to 1912 in a Queen Anne style.


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Howdy Folks, Earthly Comforts is a broad niche wildlife journaling scrapbook focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, also known as ‘worm farming and photography too.

5 thoughts on “Theme Life

  1. Very nicely gathered and displayed. I love the different perspectives and angles. Seeing something living, such as birds, against striking architecture is intriguing and thoughtful contrast. ☺️

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    1. Hey Suzanne, many thanks – the chimneys especially here in the town seem to be one of the main perches for the bird life, and more so the likes of the gulls.

      Science backs this up saying that ‘seagulls’ should simply be referred to as just ‘gulls’ now due to there at times being more inland gulls in town than there are on the coast.

      Climate control and environmental stresses have reduced their natural hunting grounds.

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