last photo

Brian (aka Bushboy) is running a monthly challenge where he asks you to post the last photo on your SD card.

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for April.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”

James Stevens No 10 built in 1899 by Thames Ironworks and Engineering Company Ltd, Blackwall, London.

This 37½ foot rowing and sailing lifeboat carried a crew of 15 men who operated 12 oars and 3 sails. The lifeboat was often launched during fierce storms. Once she has been restored and back in St Ives harbour she will be the oldest and longest serving RNLI lifeboat that is still afloat.

I know Brian doesn’t require an explanation, but this photo came about because of where I was. The St Ives Rugby Club where this lifeboat is undergoing restoration. And not a location I often frequent. The reason for being at the rugby club was because it is being used as a vaccination centre for Covid-19. The OH had an appointment and so I drove him there, allowing extra time for the trucks and tractors and all the current roadworks happening around the area because of the G7 summit being held in nearby Carbis Bay next month. Lovely newly tarmacked roads all leading to the hotel being used to host the summit.

(I am wondering whether I should invite Boris et al to come and visit  my humble abode so I can get my pot-holed lane properly surfaced, but I suspect he/they won’t want to risk their limousines coming into contact with a true Cornish hedge).

Anyway, back to the rugby club. 15 minutes I was thinking, until we arrived and saw a long queue snaking around the grounds. Fortunately for those in the queue it wasn’t raining. Unfortunately it took an hour and 15 minutes before I saw the OH again. I was prepared for a wait, though not as long as this, and had taken a book to read. I also had time for a nice stroll up the hill and across one of the pitches to get a lovely view of Carbis Bay and the Godrevy Lighthouse, unfortunately the tall floodlights of another pitch spoiled any photo.

So I took a few shots of the lifeboat including this last, admittedly edited version (coloured pencil sketch), on my phone.


  1. bushboy says:

    Oh Jude and you take me to task on my indiscretions.
    It would have been good to see the unedited version as well. I guess I just have to wear your wonderfully changed photo and a story of a long wait. I wish the local Councillor still lived next door so our road was maintained more often. Thanks for joining in 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well to be fair BB, your rules only say “You don’t HAVE to give an explanation” so I figure the choice is ours 😉

      1. bushboy says:

        What about rule 2?

        1. Heyjude says:

          See my comment to Karen 😂

        2. bushboy says:

          Do you have a function on your photo that takes photos in different effects? You are the up market girl aren’t you 😀

        3. Heyjude says:

          Not quite, but when you edit an image it always ends up as the last photo and this was that. Saying that there are some options on my phone. A lot more on the camera.

        4. bushboy says:

          Hmmmm That is a stretch

        5. Heyjude says:

          And when I use the edit I overwrite the original as I try to save space when the photos upload to the cloud! Soz BB. Won’t happen again. 😥😰

        6. bushboy says:

          Oh Jude, now I feel bad. Just hope the last photo next time isn’t a fab photo you wish to play with 🙂

  2. I heard about the choice of Cornwall for the G7 summit and was a bit surprised, wondering how the locals see it. Sounds like an upside for Cornish roads then! And I also heard about the development of a new cycle path from Penzance, lots going on!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I wonder if the cycle path is the one going to Marazion (which is a pedestrian path too) or maybe something else. You seem to know more than I do and I live here!! 😂

      1. Obsessive listening to R4, a disease you get when you live abroad. It’s a new path that’s supposed to be adventurous with rough bits, quite long, am tempted but those hills!

  3. Suzanne says:

    I do like how photo turned out using the pencil sketch. The logistics using Cornwall for the G7 would be a nightmare for locals and visitors. Will be interesting to see how it goes.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suspect I won’t be going to the Tesco supermarket in Carbis Bay that week! Luckily I live just far enough away in the countryside not to get disturbed. I hope!

  4. restlessjo says:

    Your comments have been duly noted and passed to the right sources 🙂 🙂 And we actually had a 2 hour wait, but it was first day and they weren’t kwite ‘organised’. When we’ve passed recently the cues have gone…. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      At least your 2 hour wait resulted in you both getting a vaccine. I had the wait for nothing! Apparently they opened late, booked too many in each hour and people weren’t sticking to their time slots. Anyway, all done now until the boosters in September… 😨

  5. margaret21 says:

    Jude, Brian has to put up with my breaking all the rules too, but he seems a forgiving type, and I enjoyed your post and photo. Apart from one thing. I won’t call our Prime Minister just by his first name. That privilege is accorded to friends, and he’s no friend of mine – nor, I suspect, yours. 😉

    1. Haha, Margaret, from what I’m reading on news websites, your PM is losing more and more friends each day.

      1. Heyjude says:

        I read an interesting article in the Guardian about these privileged Eton boys – they are encouraged to curry favour, gain popularity, be part of the elite, achieve power through gaining a following, which may explain why our PM keeps chopping and changing as he doesn’t want to lose his friends. He lurches from one U-turn to another. Basically these posh men and their total lack of understanding of how people really live and work have none of the attributes that are needed to actually run a country. Not to mention the billions wasted on inefficient schemes which they seem to dismiss as unimportant.

        1. I read the same article! I’d quite like to live in one of those ivory towers. Such a happy, insulated place. Mind you, few AU politicians have been to Eton, and they’re not much better.

          The Guardian is my fave newspaper — although I can never forgive them for not hiring me when I applied for a job when I lived in London.

      2. margaret21 says:

        I wish it were true. He’s still worryingly popular – exactly because he’s affable and chaotic 😦

    2. Heyjude says:

      Rules are meant to be broken aren’t they? 🙄
      And I have a fondness for Boris.

      1. margaret21 says:

        So long as it’s Bovine Boris, not Bumbling Boris.

  6. Brian may not like the edited version (how daring you are!) but I really like it. 🙂
    I am (finally!!) booked in for my first jab, on the 27th. With vaccinations, we are way behind other countries here in Australia — but, thankfully, our situation is nowhere as bad as in some other countries, so I’m not too bothered. I actually have a timed appointment, but I do wonder just how much waiting there will turn out to really be!

    1. Heyjude says:

      To be fair the rules say “You don’t have to have any explanations” not that you mustn’t or shouldn’t, so I read that as if you want to post just an image that’s OK. We all have timed appointments, but they don’t always stick to them! Though to be fair the place I have used has been very good. I was in and out (including the 15 minutes wait afterwards to make sure there are no severe reactions) in 25 minutes.

      1. Sorry, it was the fact that you edited the photo that I thought breached the rules; I’m a great fan of explanations! 🙂
        Well done with your zippy vax outcome. Did you have AZ or Pfizer? (ye gods, we have come to comparing vaccines)

        1. Heyjude says:

          He wants the last photo and the edited version is the last photo. I am doing as I am told in that respect as I edit on the phone!

          I had Pfizer (a sore arm for a day or two and a bad case of diarhhoea 24 hours later with the second dose, nothing after the first except a bad migraine with blurred vision 4 days later, but that could have been a coincidence ) OH had AZ and he had a sore arm and some nausea with the first dose, just a sore arm with the second. They do say that the older you are the less after effects you have. My son had flu like symptoms for 24 hours and his friend was ill for 4 days (in their 40s). As he said, better than 3 months in hospital. It remains to be seen if one is better than the other or in fact if anything works once we are truly ‘back to normal’. I imagine we will find out this coming autumn and winter when the normal flu season arrives. Cynical? Moi?

        2. aha! I never thought of a phone edit!

          Thanks for the side-effects info. A friend in London who had AZ (which is what I’m getting) had similar effects to your OH. I think the attitude of “4 days beats 3 months” is spot on! I dread “long covid”. 😦

  7. beetleypete says:

    That was a long time to get vaccinated. Both times I went, I only had one person in front of me, and I was in and out in five minutes. (Advised to wait in the car for 15 minutes before driving home) Maybe the people in Norfolk are better behaved when it comes to turning up on time? 🙂
    I like lifeboats, and have been a member of RNLI Shoreline since the 1970s. I might have preferred the non-pencil sketch version, but it worked well with those colours.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      The none edited version isn’t much different, just brighter I guess. The Rugby Club was a fiasco, but hopefully won’t happen again. In my surgery we all had to wait in the waiting room after our jabs for 15 minutes with a timer. Safely seated apart of course! OH was allowed out as he wasn’t driving.

  8. Kasia says:

    Du hast zu deinem schönen Foto eine tolle, interessante Geschichte. Sehr gut gemacht 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Kasia, glad you like it.

  9. I’ve been wondering what you thought about this summit, it seems a crazy place to have it logistically. I don’t think you would want That Man in your house even if you did get your potholes fixed!

    1. Heyjude says:

      A lot of local people aren’t happy as roads will be closed and work has been done around the hotel without planning permission. It’s a beautiful spot, but such a small location for something like this. They meet in Glasgow later in the year don’t they?

      1. Yes, we have the big climate conference postponed from last year. Glasgow’s big enough to absorb it though.

        1. Heyjude says:

          True. I have no idea what they were thinking of coming here.

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