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Phone Home

Thank God for Skype
(while I'm Stateside right now)!
Astrid and I have often said we would NOT be together without it.
And to think it's still FREE.

Iconic red phone booth at someone's house in Stoke on Trent, England.

Phone Home

Thank God for Skype
(while I'm Stateside right now)!
Astrid and I have often said we would NOT be together without it.
And to think it's still FREE.

Iconic red phone booth at someone's house in Stoke on Trent, England.

comments (58)

You can't fool me... it's the Doctor! smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Well, you may be right, Larry. grin
  • Cherise
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Apr 2010, 01:06
I know the feeling all too well, Ginnie! It made my long-distance relationship a lot easier. Hope you're having a great time!
Ginnie Hart: It's amazing what Skype can be credited for when you think about it, Cherise. I bet the stories are endless! And yes, I'm having a great time with my family...especially grandson Nicholas who is 9. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Apr 2010, 01:42
Every home should have an emergency change room for Superman...in this day and age we can never know when he might be needed.

[God invented Skype...must have been on the 7th day, when he didn't have much else on his fridge list...heh] [grin]
Ginnie Hart: God surely invented Skype, Ray, and the world became a more manageable place when God did! Wouldn't we love to see Superman walk out of one of these booths, right?!
  • alex
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2010, 02:44
Funny skype came up in your post, I used it just this morning to talk to my group of good friends from college. Very nice!
Ginnie Hart: How coincidental, Alex. I really do not know what I'd do without it. It's been quite a life saver, for sure. Thanks.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2010, 03:13
What a cool shot, I bet those old phone boxes get so little use these days, Glad Skype is enabling you and Astrid to keep in contact smile
Ginnie Hart: I think these phone booths are now relics to snatch up and pur in one's yard in memory of the good ol' days, JJ! smile And yes, Astrid and I rely so much on Skyping whenever we are separated. This is our first separation since early December!
  • martie
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2010, 04:56
I agree - Skype is fantastic. Don't you just love those phone boxes? Enjoy your stay and glad you were able to get out of Europe in spite of the volcanic dust!
Ginnie Hart: I still can't believe it's free, Martie, to be honest. Many of us are reaping the benefits of someone else's hard work/finances, for sure. But I guess it works for them to have us tag along, or they wouldn't be doing it, right?! And yes, I am so thankful I was able to get out when I did. Now I just hope I can get back in when I plan! smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2010, 05:05
Excellent selective coloring. I need to get skype one of these days. Didn't know it was free.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kay. Skype is incredible. It really is. And if you have family/friends elsewhere, it's a great way to stay in touch because you get to hear AND see them, at no cost!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Apr 2010, 05:53
Tracy will know this place so well...me too....that barking dog....gringrin
'Go Skype'...indeed our life line, even if it's only for 5 minutes like last night, just to kiss goodnight....wink
Great picture and a lovely light.
LOL @ Ray.......
Ginnie Hart: Tracy has a goldmine at her doorstep, doesn't she! And yes, I'm quite sure we would not be married today had it not been for Skype. They should publish a book with all the stories that could be told, I'm sure, from all over the world. Thank you, MLMAMV. Skype later??? smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Apr 2010, 06:09
It's one of the miracles of the modern world Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Chris. One of the cheapest ones! smile
Skype is a great idea Old Alexander Graham Bell could never have imagined what two cocoa tins and a bit of string would lead to
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bill. Surely he's turning over in his grave!
  • oscar
  • France
  • 26 Apr 2010, 07:38
super processing Ginnie. I like very much.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Oscar. smile
  • Tracy
  • Staff Moorlands
  • 26 Apr 2010, 08:10
Yeah I know just where this is lol Fernbank Farm in my village. Great shot Musketeer and yes skype is a wonderful thing. Hope your enjoying your time across the pond smilesmile
Ginnie Hart: As I just told Astrid, you have a goldmine there at your doorstep. I'll never forget your quaint village, Tracy. So much to see there. I can see why you love it...and stay! smile And yes, I'm enjoying my time with the family! Just yesterday I met another blogger (from my other blog) and had a great visit with her. So fun to meet up with people from all over the world. She's French but now lives in Atlanta. I met her online just as I was leaving for Holland and totally missed her till now. So fun.
great on the color/sepia combination Ginnie... two thums up dor todays photo, one of your best!!
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Chantal. Thank you for the compliment. It always amazes me what others like best. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 26 Apr 2010, 09:28
I love those red phone booths smile I have never tried Skype but perhaps some day.
Ginnie Hart: I love those phone booths, too, Frida. You see them everywhere in England, of course, and want to take pictures of them. It's a shame they're becoming relics of the past, but I guess that's true everywhere. If you have family/friends long distance that you'd love to stay in touch with, PLEASE try Skype. It will transform your life.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 26 Apr 2010, 09:39
Nicely handled Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Brian.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Apr 2010, 09:39
Yes, you are right- skyping is a wonderful modern way of communication for persons/families who are far away from each other! (But we shouldn't apply God for all things)- I like the old red phone boxes in England, too, and I could fight for their preservation!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, I think God created Skype, Philine, since it's free. grin I hope those red phone booths will be preserved like this, over time, by private parties that want them in their homes/yards. So fun to see them like this.
  • Nadiuska
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Apr 2010, 09:42
Hi Ginnie!
Skype is heavensent indeed! grin
Hope you're enjoying yourself,despite of the fact that you had to leave Astrid behind!
Ginnie Hart: Because of Skype, I can handle just about anything, Nadiuska. grin Astrid has been such a supporter of my spending time with my kids and grandson. She's been quite the trooper. We both rely on our e-mails...and Skype, which helps make the separation bearable. Thanks for knowing.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 26 Apr 2010, 09:50
Great use of selective colour Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tony. I do like to use it every once in awhile. smile
very funny!!! but how beautiful the old tradition.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Fabrizio. I hope none of these icons ever finds itself in a landfill one day. Let people snatch them us and keep them at home for old time's sake! smile
This was a perfect use of selective coloring. Enjoy your boy!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mary. My boy is growing up before my eyes but he sure loves his g'ma's back massages and her singing bowl!
This one looks in pristine condition. The selective colouring works a treat. Hope you're enjoying your stay and Skype is certainly a God send for these kinds of occasions.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Janet. Sometimes selective coloring does make sense, doesn't it! smile And yes. Skype is a god-send for times of separation like this. I don't know what we'd do without it. smile
Wonderfully processed Ginnie. Enjoy your stay in the States!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Richard. Merci!
I like the combination of sepia and color here,works great! and yes..Skype is the bestgrin
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sando, for stopping by and commenting. I love that others, too, know the benefits of Skype!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2010, 12:40
Yes..skype really is a life-saver. Hope you're enjoying your visit!! And - love this red phone booth (we don't see many of those around these days..smile)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie. I'm having a great time with my kids and grandson...almost like I never left. We just picked up from where we last left off, which is the beauty of it all. In the meantime, I rely on Skype for my connection to my Honey! smile

I do hope and pray none of these red icons will ever end up in a landfill! People need to snatch them up whenever and wherever they are available!
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2010, 12:52
Re your comment on the stream in my shot, there are lots of minerals in the water and the place smells strongly of Sulphur so it may not be that healthy, but there are spas and hot pools in the area that are
Ginnie Hart: Ahhhh. Makes sense, JJ. Thanks for the explanation. smile
  • blackdog
  • Ghost Train
  • 26 Apr 2010, 13:14
I bet if there was a free skype "terminal" in them they would be back in service in a flash ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Now THAT is an idea whose time has come, Mike?!?! Just think what could happen if you invented that!!!! It could be a Wifi terminal where only Skyping was possible?
  • david
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2010, 13:24
ooh, england!! i almost feel homesick!
Ginnie Hart: Maybe you could try snatching one of these booths and bringing it Stateside, David???
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Apr 2010, 13:50
A funky entry hall for this place. Great result. Skype is one of the reasons why a telephone call abroad cost half of what it did 20 years ago.

Tsk, I am getting old smile
Ginnie Hart: I guess Skype has changed things for a lot of companies, Louis. Here's another good one: I can call from our landline in Holland to my daughter's landline here in Atlanta for 1-cent/minute (but Skype is free, of course). It costs more for us to make that same call to Astrid's son in the next town! I don't get it! But it sure is a convenience in this day in age of instant communication. (We're both getting old!)
  • rian
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2010, 14:20
not only skype, there's a bunch more.. thank the internet for that.. lol! this is one cool find too.. nice shot.. grin
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing there's a slew of options out there now, Rian, giving Skype some competition! Thanks. smile
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 26 Apr 2010, 14:37
I half expect Superman to come running out of this phone booth any minute! smile
Ginnie Hart: I think he has already come and gone, Andy! grin I love it.
We do a lot of complaining about modern life but inventions such as Skype go a long way in contributing to our peace of mind. Your submission today is very appropriate, Ginnie; love the selective color.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Beverly. It's a reminder that the world is really small after all!
  • virginia
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2010, 15:12
What a great shot. I don't know how you did the sepia/rouge but it is a great effect.

Skype? Well I've only done it with my two blog friends in Geneva. They crack up when i can't make it work! I'm a tech nerd in so many ways.

I'm off to LA tomorrow. I've got to get a packing!
Ginnie Hart: Once you figure it out, Virginia, it's really very easy. Trust me, because I'm no techie. It's brilliant, whoever figured it out. Anyway, thanks for your vote of confidence and do have a great trip to LA. Say HI to Judy for me. smile
What a pity they don't make them like that any more!
Ginnie Hart: Make sure you grab one for yourself, Tom, before they're gone altogether!
Hi Ginnie. Hope you're ok.
Very iconnic yes ! Recognizable by all !
Skype and phone materials are very useful for lovers, isn't it Ginnie ? ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Very recognizable, indeed, Flo. And the rest of the world loves them. Skype indeed is for lovers (and everyone else!). Astrid and I would not be married today if it hadn't been for Skype! smile
Fantastic tones Ginnie and a great subject..smile Skype is brilliant, my daughter has a laptop and she carries me around her flat and we sit in the kitchen and drink tea Lol smile
Ginnie Hart: I love it, Linda. The world at our fingertips! Skype could publish a book with a thousand stories and make a pretty buck. smile
What's wrong with messages in a bottle ... anticipation is a wonderful emotion

Ha! richard ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Talk about a slow boat to China, Richard! No thanks. grin
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 26 Apr 2010, 17:13
what a beautiful phonebooth, i've never seen one like that, must be too young haha nice shot ginnie
Ginnie Hart: That iconic red phone booth is what England is all about, Elaine. But now that phone booths everywhere are going the way of obsolete, it, too, is suffering its demise. I bet you could buy one and have it shipped to you if you wanted one badly enough. grin Thanks.
  • Theys
  • Belgium
  • 26 Apr 2010, 18:09
An excellent photograph, good composition, superb , successful, well with you, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
Very nicely processed Ginnie...and those phone boxes were great..You could hear the speech, without putting your finger in your other ear.
Ginnie Hart: I guess you know all about these, Ron. I bet it feels sad to see them "losing touch" these days!
Ooooo, am i seeing selective focus??? This shot remind me of the new and up coming Dr. Who series.
Ginnie Hart: Guilty as charged, Brian. Gotta use it ever so often! smile Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 26 Apr 2010, 19:43
Superb capture with a very good framing. Have a lovely evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine. Merci.
A telephone for Tracys village,what next gas and electric.
Ginnie Hart: To come shortly, Mick. Will wonders never cease! grin
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 26 Apr 2010, 21:20
Insolite pour moi !
Cette photo représente l'Angleterre
Unusual for me!
This photo is england for me !

Ginnie Hart: It does indeed have ENGLAND written all over it, LoLO! smile
Perhaps Skype ought to commandeer all the original phone booths. Now wouldn't that be a good idea...
Ginnie Hart: Someone would make a killing, for sure, George! smile
some of modern technology is very good really, lovely shot here
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Derek. We've come a long way, baby! smile Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Apr 2010, 00:45
That is a great picture and I love the Sepia effect around the RED smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Cherie. Thank you.
what beautiful textures and colors!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Jen.
Wonderful selective desaturization here. Before I read that it was in England I thought "Nope, can't be in Atlanta" hahaha.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA is right, Mark. However, I'm guessing it's possible these days for someone Stateside to have one shipped over, if they really wanted to! smile Thanks.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 27 Apr 2010, 06:12
Cool contrast between the telephone booth and its surrounding !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sidney.
Great tones and light Ginnie! A wonderful image!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • tede
  • France
  • 27 Apr 2010, 12:11
Typical of England, it appears very well with this desaturation. Superb compo. Nice day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It's got England written all over it, Tede, yes. smile Thanks.
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 27 Apr 2010, 13:45
What a great shot, Ginnie! Love that red phone booth and the sepia tinted surroundings. Well done!
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Silvia. I love stuff like this. smile
  • Marie
  • France
  • 27 Apr 2010, 15:23
superbe !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 27 Apr 2010, 15:43
Skype is something of a miracle.
Ginnie Hart: I tend to agree with you, Kanyi!!! smile
Great shot. I like the composition colors/black and white. Bien vue à bientôt VAL
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Valérie. I have fun doing these. smile
Ah the Telephone box, I worked in many of these when I was an apprentice, maintaining the coinboxes. Happy memories.

The box was designed by the same person who designed Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. They can also be found in Malta, Bermuda and Gibraltar I believe.
Ginnie Hart: Wow. You are a font of information, I see, Sir Les. I love that about you. Thanks for the added trivia. smile
all the companies I've worked for have used skype...it's changed the world!
Ginnie Hart: I've not been around companies using Skype, Heather, so that's a new one for me. It sure makes sense. I'm sure it has transformed the role of salesmen, no matter what the product. (I used to work for a global computer company.)
The legendary British icon - the red telephone booth. Nice color treatment.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Quadosh, for stopping by and commenting. smile

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