I had an entirely different post planned for today ... but then I saw that Rinda was hosting a Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt Link-up party on her blog and I couldn't resist joining in.
She even suggested we blog a funny experience from our scavenger hunt ... and really, it's not like I even need that kind of encouragement is it? So, while I can't promise a laugh a minute ... I can certainly bring you a touch of mystery ...
The Case of the Missing Fountains or maybe even ... The Curious Incident of the Water in the Fountains.
Even if I do say so myself, I'm doing pretty [and surprisingly] well in my photo-hunting. So far I've blogged 10 out of the necessary 21 images on the list ... and I've ticked off lots of those in the last week including finding number 9. A Fountain on a day trip last weekend.
But the thing was ... it wasn't switched on. It didn't look truly fountain-y. And I wondered if I ought to keep looking until I found a 'proper' one.
But I took a photo anyway. As a spare to fall back on. Just in case.
Location: Kirkleatham Museum grounds
Fountain status: Off. Not on. Zero fountainy business here.
But I didn't give up hope, especially as this weekend we'd made plans to visit the town centre art gallery. A gallery which is located, handily, near a large open fountain. A spot which always makes for a good photo opportunity even when I'm not trying to cross things off a list!
I was convinced today would be my chance to finally capture a fountain doing that thing all good fountains should.
And yet this is what I found ...
Date: 04 August 2012
Location: Centre Square
Fountain status: Off. Not on. Once again zero fountainy business here.
You could speculate that this phenomena is like something from a Dr.Who episode. Or the X-Files. Stop All the Fountains. The Day the Fountains Stood Still. One of our Water Fountains is Missing.
Or else you could run with the explanation James came up with for today's most mysterious water-vanishing act: that the council had probably switched off the fountain so the people watching Olympic coverage on the giant screen in the square could hear the live commentary undisturbed by the usual wooshy water jets spraying up from the ground:
But, who knows. Maybe he's in on the Great Quiet Fountains Conspiracy of 2012 and that kind of practical explanation is what they want us to believe ...
Out of interest, and not wishing to scaremonger in the slightest ... , tell me my friends ... are the fountains near you working right now?
Are you sure?