out and about

Stockgrove Winter

A favourite spot of mine is Stockgrove country park. I like to visit it and just wonder around,

Cameras can't swim!!

Actually, that's not true of all cameras. Some are rugged and waterproofed. Some have an underwater casing available and then you can swim with them using them as though you were above the water. My mobile phone is waterproof but my Canon isn't although it certainly has some weatherproofing.I guess by now you're thinking what is this buffoon talking about? I'll tell you and those of you with a delicate constitution should probably stop reading now.Last week, my work took me to Bradford, some 3.5 hours up the M1 along and tedious drive. I finished around 2.00pm and rather than drive home straig…

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Hailes Abbey

13th-century Cistercian abbey

Once a Cistercian abbey, founded in 1246 by Richard of Cornwall

Autumnal Blues?

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I can't kid myself any longer... Summer is officially over but that means the autumn is here! I know people from all around the world will probably same the same thing but there is no more beautiful country than England in the autumn. The land turns from greens to golds and browns. Forest landscapes that had been mostly uniform in colour suddenly vie with each other for which can display the brightest reds, yellows, browns and golds. The forest floor becomes a sea of colour. Early mornings will see the mushrooms and fungi pushin…

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Pre-Raphaelites and dreams of an analogue future

Recently, I was at the Tate Britain. I'd gone to visit an exhibition called "Painting with Light - Art and Photography from the pre-Raphaelites to the modern age". quite a mouthful! I think it's fair to say the line between traditional art and photography has never been more blurred than it is today. Everyone plus their uncle has some kind of digital camera with them pretty much all the time and the sheer number of pictures taken on a daily basis is mind boggling. It wasn't always the case and this exhibition really hammered it home. From the earliest images that were taken in moments of the…

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Hemlock Morris

Earlier this year at the Leighton Buzzard Canal Festival I chanced upon a slightly alternative Morris dancing troupe.

St Matthews Church

More usually known as Normanton Church, The church is a grade II listed building built in a classical style. The tower and western portico were built between 1826 and1829. The nave was completed in 1911. Once the private chapel of the Normanton estate, the building was saved from demolition as part of the resevoir construction following a public outcry. The lower half was filled with rubble and a concrete cap put in place,while an embankment was built around it to protect it from further flooding.

Which one's Morris?

Here we are and the year is nearly two thirds over. It's been an eventful year so far and I'm not sure the adventures are over yet. Since I last blogged I've been out and about with my camera mainly because the weather has improved thus making a random day out much more like a good idea. I found myself on the east coast in a aprt of the world I had never visited, living and growing up in west london we always headed south westwards... Sussex, Dorset or Devon. So visiting that part of the world was quite an eye opener for me. Of course simply being by the sea is often enough for me. I was a b…

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Sand, sea and concrete

Recently I found myself by the coast. I love being by the sea

Farmhouse

Out and about recently, I stumbled across these farm buildings

Very well....

I shall sit; be about your business, be quick about it!

Dolly 1

Dolly is her favourite toy but I'm afraid to say she really didn't get a look in!

Dolly 2

Sorry Dolly, you're out!

Dolly 3

The three "Dolly" pictures are lovely... I'm intending to turn them into a triptych, they tell such a great little story!

A hint of shy...

The one and only time she seemed a little unsure it didn't last long.

Boo!

She was full of beans and working those leg muscle like a champion!

Flying!

Come on, who doesn't like the swings?

Shiny...

I love the way the reflection from a brass plaque is colouring her face in this shot.

who are you?

loved the curiosity she displayed, she was so interested in the world around her.

It's May

I can't believe it's May already. May! Where has the first third of this year gone? More importantly, exactly one year ago today was my first full day in New Zealand. A month long trip to the other side of the world, I travelled top to bottom and then called in on Hong Kong on the way back.

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An incredible trip, I took some fantastic pictures, some of them I've shared here on my site others I've only shared with the people I spent the time with. It seems a long time ago and I suppose it was in a way; well a year anyway.

So this i…

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