Captain Haddock in the bindweed

Captain Haddock in bindweed “Blistering Barnacles! I’m involved in convolvulus!”

This week’s photo is a kerb-side stenciled image of Tintin character Captain Haddock involved in convolvulus. Bound up in bindweed. He doesn’t look happy, does he? I published this originally on GBG365 on 20th June 2013 and I took the photo earlier that same day.

Not spontaneous

It wasn’t spontaneous though. I’d been keeping an eye out for weeks. I can’t remember when I first spotted the stencil, but it must have been in the winter because I’d tried to photograph it before. But I was always disappointed at the way those shots turned out. It seems Captain Haddock really needs something to be annoyed about, a bare gutter won’t do. Then along came the spring and the summer quickly behind – as happens in Sweden – and there were the bindweed flowers.

If you want to see the spot for yourself, go to Inlandsgatan just where it makes a dog’s-leg climbing around Ramberget up from Lundbyleden as you head up to the roundabout before Gropegårdsgatan. Google Streetview says it’s at Inlandsgatan 21. An unnamed driveway. Just at present there’s a streetview image with a man pushing a bike up the hill. Look beyond the man to the low coping wall at the drive’s opening. You’ll see the Captain is still there.

Captain Haddock is still there

Comments are always welcome!