Just as June 2017's principal new adventure (cricket-watching in Chelmsford) saw me spreading my horizons beyond the West Midlands for a while, so my recent Flickr photostream updates have had their own fixation with matters further afield...
Exploration Extra has been to the fore this month with a variety of arrivals from here, there and not quite everywhere. Banbury makes an impression to begin with, showcasing pictures from the Festive Forage outing I did with Nick last Christmas. A football club sign accompanies two pub offerings (the Elephant & Castle, Ye Olde Reine Deer) but perhaps the most memorable addition is one where the word 'forage' actually appears courtesy of a charming old agricultural shopfront.
Another major June contributor has been my Kent holiday last summer. A scattering of starter photos here include a Whitstable seagull, a fishing boat at Deal and some Broadstairs bits and pieces (most notably of the seafront bandstand with a brass band performance in full flow). Canterbury supplies a cathedral arrow and some Shepherd Neame signage (the Bishops Finger) whereas Faversham is represented by the Phoenix Tavern. I must also mention a Margate mural featuring everyone's favourite comedy character, Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses.
One of my Kent highlights was of course a cricketing interlude at Canterbury, referenced initially by a shot of the Lime Tree Cafe at the St Lawrence Spitfire Ground. The cricket theme continues in my Taunton album care of the Colin Atkinson Pavilion at Somerset. Other Taunton tasters to make an appearance are a Hatch Green route 97 bus, a couple of platform peeks from the town's railway station, and a look at the Shepherds Rest pub in Galmington.
Staying somewhat south-westerly, I can report a Brixham boost for my Torquay 2011 collection care of the Golden Hind replica ship. The 22 bus at Kingswear's Banjo bus stop is keen to make its presence felt, as is Torquay's Hole in the Wall watering hole, an atmospheric place historically associated with smuggling. Rally remnants and running boards flesh things out a little more for now.
Elsewhere there are Nottingham Area nuggets from a July 2016 Nick Tram Tour, calling at Wilford Village for the Ferry Inn followed by Beeston Lock on a bright summer's evening. Showbus 2010 squeezes in a couple more buses, one of which is a Midland Red Leyland Leopard seemingly bound for Shrewsbury, and finally there is banner bounty from the People's History Museum as I document some social history about poll tax protests, women workers and Wigan's Cotton Operatives. July looks set to return my focus closer to home so in the meantime enjoy the photos!