Taken as part of Guardian Cardiff’s June photography challenge.

Parking For Private Use Only

Sign found at the eastern end of Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.

Back and Neck Chiropractic Clinic

A simple but affective (if slightly vandalised) sign found at the eastern end of Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.

Sold

From the outside it looks like it needs a bit of work, but what a stunning-looking house someone’s gone and bought.

And The Speed Limit Is ...?

Can you work out which speed limit applies to that road, and which one doesn’t? 🙂

No Cycling Please

Sign spotted beside a very tempting-looking lane south of Beulah Road, Rhiwbina.

No Cycling, Please

A closer look at the no cycling sign. At this distance, we can see that somehow it has been dented.

Obscured Instructions

In leafy suburbs like Beulah Road, sometimes road traffic signs can get obscured. It doesn’t seem to cause any problems in practice, but it’s a shame that no-one seems to make sure that it doesn’t happen.

Muddy Bum Bikes

Is that one of the best names for a company, or what?

The Oldest Sign Of The Lot

This is the oldest sign that I could find on Beulah Road, on the side of Capel Beulah.

Fete of the Earth

Sign in a local shop window on Beulah Road, advertising a sustainable living event at Cardiff Central Library.

Gernant

This street sign is nestled comfortably into the very pretty hedgerow.

Church For Really Tall People

Spotted this sign trying its best to peek over a very tall hedge on Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.

Spray-Painted Sign

Found this vandalised sign on a sub-station just behind Beulah Road today. It’s been sprayed all sorts of funky colours, which makes it doubly interesting when converted to black and white 🙂

That No Cycling Sign Again

Clearly, there was something about the no cycling sign that really caught my eye during this walk up and down Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff!

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Menuki Up Close

Download the full-size picture to use as your desktop wallpaper.

My last desktop wallpaper this week concludes this week’s theme of the Japanese katana.

Tightly-held underneath the bindings of the tsuka-ito, you will normally find two menuki, one of either side of the hilt. Traditionally made from some kind of metal (often brass, but sometimes from precious metals such as silver), they range from plain to elaborately ornate in style. They sometimes match the other furniture on the sword, especially if you buy a blade made today, but that seems to be rarer amongst older blades with original fittings.

The menuki aren’t just ornamental, pretty though they can be; they also serve the purpose of improving the swordsman’s grip by making the tsuka fatter at the points where his hands go. This is one of the reasons why iaidoka (those who practice the art of drawing this beautiful sword) cringe so much when they watch Hollywood movies, where the big action stars grip their swords with their right hand jammed right up under the guard. Millions of dollars in film budgets, and they can’t get the basics right. Sheesh.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s theme. It was requested by the lovely Mrs H. If you have an idea for a desktop wallpaper theme, why not send me a message on Twitter (@stuphotos) and I’ll see what I can do.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back on Monday with another weekly theme of wallpaper to share.

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