Best free stock images

As internet speeds generally continue to increase, the trend to have full screen background images continues.  I like to have full screen images on splash screens and landing pages, so here are some of the best (free) image resources I have found online:

  • - 10 new completely free hi quality photos every 10 days. Lots of great photography, with nice landscape/outdoors stuff (archive)
  • Death to the stock photo - an email based subscription, where original high quality shots are sent to you via email
  • The Pattern Library - I love this, not stock photography, but an art project of background textures/patterns. Just scroll down to check them out. This is my favourite.
  • Subtle Patterns - Similar to above, not stock photos, but nice, free to use textures. Simpler than the pattern library, but lots of nice backgrounds to use.
  • Free Images (formerly stock.exchg) - If you can ignore the site design & adverts, and wade through the 90s style stock graphics, there are still alot of nice images to use.
  • Pic Jumbo - More high quality, large images


On to the next one: 2014's quick dry rub

Something a little different this time.

Last year, most of my bbq involved my variation on Kansas-city dry rub (will dig out the recipe and post that sometime). And a few weeks ago, I decided to make a new dry rub for this summer - but was in the mood for something more herb-y. Initially I planned to experiment with jamming in some oregano, thyme etc - but in the end, on discovering I didn't really have any of these things to hand, and finding a jar of this:

It was due to expire later this year, so I decided to cheat and just stick that in, and see how it worked out (ingredients listed were: Sage, Marjoram, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Basil  - no mention of ratios though).

It was pretty good - I based the measurements purely on the amount of the mixed herbs I had left, and made about a jar.


  • 3 table spoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 table spoon salt
  • 1 table spoon smoked paprika
  • 4 table spoons sainsburys mixed herbs
  • 1/2 table spoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 table spoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 table spoon light brown sugar

Basically, just measure the ingredients in a bowl, mix them up and stick them in a jar.

It tasted pretty good - a nice mix of sweet but herb-y.  I have since used it on an adhoc roast-potato/tomato/bake thing as well, which worked pretty well (generally, I have found most dry rubs work well as adhoc seasoning of potato wedges/chips/etc.) and of course a mandatory bbq'd chicken (left half new rub, right half the old kansas city variation):