Light of the world

Today I love you iPhone 6s
Today I love you
iPhone 6s

Vibrant scenes and interesting art installations at MediaCityUK coupled to a tour of local festive lights in my own village this weekend highlighted to me that we sometimes miss the real meaning of Christmas, when it’s right there under our noses.

Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 24sec, f4.0 ISO 200
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

I was wondering around and about my village in the cold cold dark evening and it struck me that some of my neighbours have the most amazing Christmas light shows, lighting up their houses like beacons of celebration at this festive time.

Light of the world, Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 24sec, f4.0 ISO 200
Light of the world
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

The same can’t be said for the church, standing all forlorn and unlit in the sodium glow of the streetlights as the occasional car whispers past through the cold night.

Surely it should be the church that is lit up at this important time for Christians?

Light of the world Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 16 seconds, f4.0 ISO 200
Light of the world
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
16 seconds, f4.0 ISO 200

Light of the World

(Greek: φώς τοῦ κόσμου Phṓs tou kósmou) is a phrase Jesus used to describe himself and his disciples in the New Testament.[1] The phrase is recorded in the Gospel of John and again in the Gospel of Matthew. It is closely related to the parables of Salt and Light and Lamp under a bushel.

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Didn’t mean to be too philosophical on a Monday morning, but it seems to me that the actual meaning of Christmas gets lost amidst the constant rush for consumers to consume anything and everything in a frenzied rush against a corporate calendar leading to a peak of bloated exhaustion.

Light Installations, MediaCityUK
Light Installations, MediaCityUK
iPhone 6s

This holiday season, I want to be happy and healthy and spend time with my family; three things that I have not always achieved individually or collectively at various points over the last 12 months.

So let there be light in the world, lets get back to the meaning of Christmas and let’s follow the star as it shines in the East.

The star that shines in the East Leica M 240 Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH 24sec, f4.0 ISO 200
The star that shines in the East
Leica M 240
Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 ASPH
24sec, f4.0 ISO 200

A Proper London Day Out

It was always going to be a long day; so much to see and so much to do, we needed to plan carefully and with military precision.

We promised ourselves a proper London day out; and we definitely got one!

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A proper London day out!

The early morning train, tube ride and coffee stops on the way out East to the O2 Arena, Emirates airline to (nowhere really) and amazing views back towards the city and Canary wharf.

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The Emirates Air-Line is a pretty nifty cable car, it certainly gives you some height, rising straight up to 90m and a wonderful view of London.

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Looking down onto the river we had a change of plan and the Thames river clipper service was a great last minute idea, taking time to swoop around between piers.

We gained a real tourist’s eye view of London as we chugged from the O2, past the Isle of Dogs, to Canary Wharf, Royal Naval college at Greenwich and the the Cutty Sark and under Tower Bridge before getting off at a busy Tate Modern pier.

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After pizza and posing in Paternoster Square (Dinner Date), a walk around St Paul’s Cathedral and back over Blackfriars bridge,  the fun continued with a stroll along the embankment, past the OXO tower and sand sculptures of Kevin Spacey to the South Bank, National Theatre, skate-parks and eventually the London Eye amidst the thronging crowds and street performers.

A proper London Day Out
A proper London Day Out

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The London Eye never fails to impress – it’s at least ten years since I have been on this amazing cartwheel, and it’s as good now as it ever was.

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That’s enough for one day!

Onto the tube, up to Kings Cross, a drink or two and a train home, phew!

Beautiful Lincoln

Inside beautiful Lincoln Cathedral
Inside beautiful Lincoln Cathedral

Beautiful Lincoln indeed!

Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral

Another place I had never visited. Unlike Skegness, this is somewhere we will come back to! Our house was right in the centre of things, rented via Lincoln Town Houses, link here.

The weekend away - Lincoln was a great find!
The weekend away – Lincoln was a great find!

The traditional valentines weekend away with friends, their turn to choose location, and a pleasant surprise in the form of Lincoln; historic, beautiful, accessible, not too up-itself, but there is a bloody huge hill to walk up and down!

Away from it all, don't forget to post the valentine's card though!
Away from it all, don’t forget to post the valentine’s card though!

I hope you enjoy my monochrome shots, grouped into for key areas around this great historic city;

 

Lincoln Cathedral

Wherever you are in or around, approaching or driving away, you can always see this amazing gothic monstrosity towering over the landscape- the largest gothic building in Europe, an amazing statement that dominates the city and whole of Lincolnshire.

I know I took a lot of pictures of it, but it is truly remarkable and deserves them!

Inside beautiful Lincoln Cathedral
Inside beautiful Lincoln Cathedral

 

Castle and walk around the wall

This is a fantastic castle; it’s well worth getting up onto the castle wall with a 21-point audio guide, guaranteed history lesson and a fantastic value couple of hours all for £5 in the castle shop!

Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle

 

 

Up and down that hill

Lincoln has a famous hill that leads from the (rather boring, just like any other town) city at the bottom, with it’s formulaic shops, railway station and civic buildings, to the old city at the top of the hill; with the Cathedral, castle and historical centre. The mile long walk connecting the two has a fantastic array of independent shops, bars and café’s, if you need an altimeter from an RAF Nimrod, or some retro denim shorts, this is the place to be.

Out and about in Lincoln

Drinking beer is a good thing to do in Lincoln. The Cask bar is a lovely spot, and handy for a beer and pizza before trudging around the Cathedral. Another winner is the Wig & Mitre, food looked nice but didn’t have time to stay! But the best spot was the Lincoln Tap House, where a super selection of Friday night beers and food awaited us; well worth a visit.

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That’s another year of standing on one leg all Valentine’s weekend. Leyburn in Wensleydale, Ambleside in cumbria and now Lincoln in beautiful Lincolnshire; where to in 2017?

Another on-legged valentines weekend bites the dust
Another on-legged valentines weekend bites the dust

 

Skegness, Oh yes!

Skegness, Oh yes!

Skegness, Oh yes!
Skegness, Oh yes!
If it’s good enough for Peppa Pig then it’s good enough for me.

I had never been to Skegness before; when I got there I realised why.

Skegness, Oh yes!
Skegness, Oh yes!
Twinned with Bridlington, this is no Harrogate on Sea

Skegness, Oh yes! It’s horrible.

Skegness, Oh yes!
Skegness has something for everyone, that is, anyone who has never been anywhere else.

Situated 42 miles east of beautiful Lincoln on the East Lincolnshire coastline, battered by the relentless brown mass of the North Sea, looking out the icy wind at a sea of wind farms, generating enough energy to light up every amusement arcade along the strip, this really is the last place on earth.

Skegness beach
Skegness beach

Skegness, Oh yes!

I was looking forward to this trip out to the seaside. As every mile of A road twisted and turned towards our destination, I became less and less enthusiastic, the 42 miles took 90 precious minutes, in the face of a steady stream of vehicles escaping back to normality in the other direction, why are so many people coming away from this resort on a pleasant Saturday morning I thought; I can see why now.

Looking out to the North Sea at Skegness
Looking out to the North Sea at Skegness

Finally arrived, having driven out to a desolate car park at the Sea View Pullover on the edge of town next to a derelict Sun City Amusement Park, where a giant digger was noisily smashing up a huge fibreglass tyrannosaurus.

All the fun of the pier
All the fun of the pier

Windswept, everything closed, desolate; a long time since any fun was had here.

It’s time to don five layers of windproof clothing plus hat scarf and gloves, to climb down from the Discovery into a world that forty years ago was a thriving family holiday destination, the jewel in the crown of the Lincolnshire Riviera.

Skegness Pier
Skegness Pier

Immediately switched the Leica to Black and White; monochrome is the best method here I thought, everything is grey anyhow, 50 shades no doubt behind some of those closed doors.

Fun Fun Fun
Fun Fun Fun

The North beach itself is a beautiful if baron place, but it would be in February. Stretching for miles towards the distant Butlins encampment to the North, where thousands of caravans line up in Google maps to resemble a military encampment. We turned south and into the bracing wind, towards the pier; that’s the pier that mysteriously stops 300 yards before it meets the sea, seemingly not fancying its chances against the swirling waves battering the beach beyond it.

After a couple of miles taking in the lifeboat station and the South beach area it was time to turn inland and find a well-earned coffee; beautiful coffee aromas, Starbucks for a cinnamon swirl? Costa for a chocolate muffin? or Nero for a crisp biscotti?

Decisions decisions; time to consult the map…

Welcome to Skegness
Welcome to Skegness

Fat Chance! You are in Skegness, Oh yes!

It's Greggs or Greggs
It’s Greggs or Greggs

It’s Greggs, or Greggs. A tomato soup and three sausage rolls for £2 take it or leave it.

Plenty of retail therapy in Skeggy
Plenty of retail therapy in Skeggy

In fact, finding any ‘mainstream’ shopping experiences in town were a challenge; Harrogate on sea? I think not. It’s not everywhere that you can find a strip joint above an amusement arcade.

Lap dancing anyone?
Lap dancing anyone?

There are certainly many parallels with Bridlington, another favourite monochrome East coast town that time forgot. See my 2014 blog post here.

There is a charm to these places, if you can avoid being mugged, and have the luxury of escaping to normality; it is a true experience to savour their delights on a windy cold February Saturday.

But of course for their residents, there is a fierce pride and loyalty, get off our patch, leave us alone; we don’t want you here. The glare from the teenagers in Gregg’s, the growl from the pit-bulls on the beach, the  police van in the car park; the steamed-up cafe you didn’t dare to go in.

Skegness, Oh yes!

 

 

 

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Silver Swan. Over the last century this swan has become the icon of The Bowes Museum. The Silver Swan dates from 1773 and was first recorded in 1774 as a crowd puller in the Mechanical Museum of James Cox, a London showman and dealer.
The Silver Swan.
Over the last century this swan has become the icon of The Bowes Museum. The Silver Swan dates from 1773 and was first recorded in 1774 as a crowd puller in the Mechanical Museum of James Cox, a London showman and dealer.

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard is a lovely afternoon out, especially if it’s throwing it down outside and you are new in town – as we are today.

The Bowes Museum is situated in Castle Barnard, a true jewel in the landscape
The Bowes Museum is situated in Castle Barnard, a true jewel in the landscape

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

What an amazing treasure trove of art and many other beautiful things!

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Museum is a truly imposing building and houses a treasure trove of art, the background to this amazing collection is below – I would recommend anyone to pay a visit!

Background to the Bowes Museum

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New Light Exhibition and  Prize

We were lucky to get in and see the last day of the the New Light Prize Exhibition, which had opened in October 2015 at the Bowes Museum and now I think moves on to the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate and then onto London in June.

I only took a couple of snaps but found a link to this year’s Exhibition where all the work can be viewed on the What’s New page.

The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Art in the New Light Exhibition; The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
The Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibition on level two was an added bonus –

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

The magic in the muse is an interesting display that is on until April 2016; for any lover of Mapplethorpe, or great portrait photography, then this is a must also visit!

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

 

 

 

 

Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard
Robert Mapplethorpe at the Bowes Museum, Castle Barnard

You can see what’s on here Bowes Museum I can’t praise it highly enough, we bought a six month pass and will be back again very soon.

I hope you like my pictures and I am pleased the Bowes museum also have shared some of them, indeed feel free to spread the word!

Snowy Wensleydale

Snowy Wensleydale

Its’ my 53rd birthday today and no better place to be than a snowy Wensleydale. Castle Bolton to be precise.

Castle Bolton, Wensleydale
Castle Bolton, Wensleydale

Castle Bolton is one of my favourite spots and the prospect of parking up here for a five mile walk along the tops on a snowy Wensleydale Monday is about as good as it gets on your birthday!

The beautiful sheep guard the cold and empty Castle Bolton, Wensleydale
The beautiful sheep guard the cold and empty Castle Bolton, Wensleydale

We have done this walk before, Castle Bolton walk (March 2015) but not with the snow and the cold that we experienced today – and the conditions made it so much nicer, crunching through the snow rather than sloshing through the mud!

Castle Bolton opens to the public from Valentines weekend – we are making a vow to get there this year, it certainly looks like a place we should be visiting, although not being part of the National Trust, it has eluded us for many a year.

As one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles; originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land, the castle bears the scars of over 600 years of fascinating history. The castle is still in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, the direct descendant of the castle’s original owner Sir Richard le Scrope.

The countryside above Lower Wensleydale is beautiful; set off walking in a westerly direction from the castle and you can’t go wrong, today the views were beautiful, even with low heavy cloud, as we looked towards Askrigg and Aysgarth.

One day I would like to turn north and head up over the top to drop down into Muker and Swaledale; not today, but perhaps armed with a better map and some sunshine, that is something to aim for in the spring!

Anyhow, enjoy the view, there’s nothing better than a bit of snowy Yorkshire on a Monday; especially a Monday where you are a year older and wiser.

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Flamingo Land 1978

It’s good to start the year by looking back  -especially if you are looking right back to Flamingo Land 1978. Not something I intend to do a lot of – but when you find something old, it reminds you how important it is to think long term, invest in relationships and stay in touch with people even when you aren’t on facebook and are pretty rubbish at christmas cards.

Flamingo Land 1978

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

I just found these pictures, from a Flamingoland 1978 Roundhay School trip.

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
David Waring, Roundhay School.
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978

Taken in summer 1978 on a Kodak Instamatic; not bad to say they are nearly 40 years old – and have weathered the storm probably better than some of my classmates – I hope they are all happy and healthy; we had some great times and I remember this day as one of the best!

Roundhay School, 5th form class of ’79

I think this was the summer before our O Levels; probably all aged 14 or 15, some where to leave the following year, others to stay on and do A levels at Roundhay, leaving aged 18 in 1981.

Where are you now Paul Dowson, David Waring, Janet Williams, Nicky Hurst, Martin Smaller, Arthur, Louise and Anna?

Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978 on the train
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Flamingo Land School Trip 1978
Chris Broadbent and Paul Dowson – Flamingo Land Roundhay School Trip 1978

A Merry Ripon Christmas

A Merry Ripon Christmas!

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A very Merry Ripon Christmas to everyone out there, whoost so-ever you may be (to borrow Alan’s language). Indeed, a very merry Ripon Christmas to you all.

Boxing Day Pint at the Bull in West Tanfield; cheers!
Boxing Day Pint

What is Christmas all about?

The baby Jesus nativity scene, Christmas Eve, St Mary's church, North Stainley
The baby Jesus nativity scene, Christmas Eve, St Mary’s church, North Stainley

What is Christmas all about? It’s about the birth of the baby Jesus of course. But it’s also about a load of other stuff and if you don’t go to church much, there are a whole load of other reasons why it’s still the best time of the year!

Happy Christmas stories
Happy Christmas stories

Family. Staying healthy, and looking after those who are not so fortunate. That’s what Christmas is about – and there is nothing better than a happy Christmas story!

Finding your electric toothbrush!
Finding your electric toothbrush!

Going to church, seeing your neighbours and exchanging gifts with the ones you love – everyone in our house got a new electric toothbrush – except me, and I lost mine to boot, finding it in Salford only on the day before Christmas Eve. Woop!

It’s also about spending some quality time at home, in front of the fire, with a satsuma, some walnuts and a tonne of thornton’s continental chocolates.

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It’s also about stuffing as much food in as is absolutely possible in 48 hours

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….until the shops are open again!

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And then it’s about sitting back and relaxing, looking after those that need some TLC.

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Ripon Floods - The River Ure, Boxing Day 2015
Ripon Floods – The River Ure, Boxing Day 2015

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I look forward to being more creative with my blog photographs in 2016 – perhaps I may even get a 28mm lens that enables me to open things up a bit more….

A very Merry Ripon Christmas

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

I took these pictures at Fountains Abbey yesterday, they reminded me of the words to one of my favourite Frank Sinatra songs

“Autumn Leaves”

The falling leaves
Drift by my window
The falling leaves
Of red and gold

I see your lips
The summer kisses
The sunburned hands
I used to hold

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I’ll hear
Old winter’s song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I’ll hear
Old winter’s song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

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And that is the end to this musical blog post.

 

Ripley Castle in Monochrome

Ripley Castle in Monochrome
Ripley Castle in Monochrome

We popped to Ripley Casttle this afternoon and took some simple mono images, I hope you like them.

Ripley Castle in Monochrome.

I was messing around with mono filters and so have some different types of contract – let me know what you think?

Ripley Castle is a lovely spot, OK it’s a honey pot for tourists, but the guide was excellent and the gardens and deer paark are a joy; I just can’t wait for next year’s show….

http://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/

From their own website – Ripley Castle and Gardens, situated 3 miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location.

The Castle also makes the perfect setting for any corporate entertaining event whether it be a meeting or dinner. The setting is stunning, the service is friendly and efficient, and the catering is exceptional.

So here are my pictures, all taken on a rather overcast Sunday afternoon on a Leica M type 240, with Summilux 50mm 1:1.4 ASPH lens at ISO 800

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Knowing me knowing Stockholm

Knowing me knowing Stockholm; Ah Ha!

Ah Ha!
Ah Ha!

Knowing me, knowing Stockholm!

Knowing me knowing Stockholm
Knowing me knowing Stockholm – we found new jewels in the sunshine!

Or that’s what we thought – we know this place, returning here for our third time will be such a rewarding experience, especially as we will be here in the summer months with sunshine, a new experience – not the previous winter blasts of snow and ice.

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BBBrrrr……
Stockholm
30th December 2009
Nikon D200 AF-S DX VR 18-200 f3.5, 18mm, f7.1.0, 1/180 sec, ISO 1600

And we were right, this is an amazing place to visit, such a beautiful region and city, and the people are fantastic – but did we know it as well as we thought, probably because there was so much more to see and do; things that are just covered in snow and ice in the winter!

You need a big coat in Stockholm 30th December 2009 Nikon D200 AF-S DX VR 18-200 f3.5, 38mm, f11.0, 1/500 sec, ISO 1600
You need a big coat in Stockholm – looking out to City Hall
30th December 2009
Nikon D200 AF-S DX VR 18-200 f3.5, 38mm, f11.0, 1/500 sec, ISO 1600

So let’s get our bearings and get to know a sunny Aughust Stockholm, who knows after a few days it may all comes back to us just like a classic ABBA song!

A good way to start is always a boat trip under the ridges and around the many islands that make up Stockholm – as it is a tricky place to navigate around, being spread over so many connecting masses.

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After that, it’s time for a hot dog, some local beer and a glass of mini sausages in Gamla Stan, old town, just up from the underground station and looking out to the Hilton in Slussen where we have stayed before.

There is always time to fit in a hot dog

This whole area is to change with a major upgrading of the complicated road, rail and boat canal lock that intertwines with the connecting islands and bridges between Gamla Stan and Sodermalm.

Slussen and the Hilton
Slussen and the Hilton
Beers with a large dog are essential.....
Beers with a large dog are essential…..
A glass of sausages, overlooking Sodermalm withould the need of a huge coat…

Another feature of Sweden for the weary traveller, is how hard it can be to buy alcohol from a shop – I don’t want to sound like we have a drink problem, but it is very different to the UK in terms of purchasing.

The drink shop - not easy to find!
The drink shop – not easy to find!

The search for alcohol became an important part of the trip, with only two bottles of wine purchased in 7 days, certainly the state run hidden store strategy is working!

OK, time for one of my highlights for the week – a cycle sightseeing tour with bike Sweden

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Then it’s the Photografika museum for me

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And the Royal Palace and City Hall for Kay

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Then meet up and over to Moderna Museet, one of our favourites!

This is a very special museum with a great collection – many pieces I had seen before, especially good to be reunted with Robert Rauschenberg’s sheep – last seen at the Louvre in Paris…

http://www.modernamuseet.se/

Moderna Museet
Moderna Museet

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A special treat for Anniversary – the ABBA museum

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I also got a very special pair of socks….

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then a lovely lazy afternoon loving Stockholm, reflecting on this amazing place

You think you know somewhere?

Think again!

Knowing me knowing Stockholm has taught me that here especially. the climate makes Stockholm at least two cities….

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Knowing me knowing Stockholm
Knowing me knowing Stockholm

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I will need to add more comments/links and snaps, but just wanted to get it out there this morning before the next trip …

Travel dilema – where to today?

 

 

 

 

Ripley Show is a great day out

Ripley Show is a great day out!

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Held on the second Sunday in August; we were at Ripley Show today, Sunday 9th August 2015 from 9am till late,  and what a great time we had – Ripley Show is a great day out!

As always, the animals are beautiful, but it’s people watching that makes the day,  Yorkshire folk at their best; judging, relaxing, exhibiting and enjoying a day in the country, God’s finest indeed.

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The show venue is Ripley Castle Park, Harrogate HG3 3EA.

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The show is organised by The Ripley and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society, a member of the Yorkshire Federation of Show Societies.

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The show represents the local farming and country community and the organisers are very grateful to Sir Thomas Ingilby Bt for permission to hold the show in the beautiful grounds of Ripley Castle.

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There are many animals on show including the following classes – I hope you like some of my photos, and make a date for next year!

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Heavy Horses, Hunters M&M, Children’s Classes
(showing & jumping)

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Companion Dog Show, Dog Agility, Terrier Racing
(entries on the day)

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Jervaulx Abbey

Jervaulx Abbey. What a beautiful place this is.

Jervaulx Abbey
Jervaulx Abbey

We only live around the corner, but having moved back here a year ago, have driven past Jervaulx Abbey and Masham so many times, so glad we popped in today!

With a lovely tea room, a very helpful guide book for £2.50 and at £3 per person to look around the ruins of the Abbey, this is a fantastic venue for the afternoon

Many thanks, I hope you like my snaps, certainly everyone should visit this beautiful Abbey, the wild flowers and gardens are lovely, tranquil and rather more peaceful than other more famous places…..

Founded in 1156, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery

Plundered and pillaged during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the Abbey now stands as an enchanting, charming and atmospheric ruin, allowed to flourish by its private owners with wild flowers and plants freely exploring its many nooks and crannies.

Set in the midst of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Jervaulx Abbey’s dramatic and yet tranquil ambience has won the hearts of many of its visitors. We hope that this website presents a flavour of the Abbey’s special qualities and acts as a source of inspiration for past and future visitors.

Jervaulx Abbey, is open all year round, dawn till dusk and plays host to civil ceremonies, wedding receptions, charity events as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location, and is part of the Turner Trail.

I have put a link to their website here

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One image One day One life

One Image One Day One Life

This is my 2015 blog post where I add one Image one Day one Life – every day there will be a new image that is either taken that day or linked somehow through my back catalogue of images over the years.

i hope you enjoy it!

# One Image One Day One Life

Monday 29th June 2015

it’s a hot old day out there…

Wow it’s a hot one out there today. Leica M. Summilux 1:1.4/50 ASPH, f3.4, 1/1500 sec, ISO 400
Wow it’s a hot one out there today.
Leica M. Summilux 1:1.4/50 ASPH, f3.4, 1/1500 sec, ISO 400

Sunday 28th June 2015

sometimes its worth paying more for quality. Loake shoes are one of those times.

Quyality British Craftsmanship
Quyality British Craftsmanship

Saturday 27th June 2015

sometimes a bit of risotto just does the job…

Risotto with fresh green veg.
Risotto with fresh green veg.

Friday 26th June 2015

these cakes were intended as a bribe, i didn’t take it…..but I did eat a cream slice.

Bribery never pays off
Bribery never pays off
iphone 6

Thursday 25th June 2015

I was looking back over some pictures and thought you may like to revisit Fountains Abbey, one of the most spectacular national trust locations in the UK. Always stunning.

A view I love to photograph @fountainsabbey  Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f6.8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200
A view I love to photograph
@fountainsabbey
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f6.8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Wednesday 24th June 2015

 

It’s  been a long day, so here is a picture of a cornfield – North Yorkshire Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f16, 1/250, ISO 200

t’s been a long day Cornfield, North Yorkshire Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f16, 1/250, ISO 200
t’s been a long day
Cornfield, North Yorkshire
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f16, 1/250, ISO 200

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

It’s always good to toot that bugle when the sun comes out; that’s what this band were up to on the Friday afternoon; Parade de Pilots, Le Mans June 2015.

Toot that Bugle Le Mans, June 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f1.4 ASPH, f3.4, 1/750sec, ISO 400
Toot that Bugle
Le Mans, June 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f1.4 ASPH, f3.4, 1/750sec, ISO 400

Monday 22nd June 2015

It’s great to have a dog in the office, a proven way of reducing stress and improving on productivity. Thanks Jimmy, here is to Chewy!

It's always good to have Chewy the dog in the office - reducing stress and increasing productivity iphone6
It’s always good to have Chewy the dog in the office – reducing stress and increasing productivity
iphone6

Sunday 21st June 2015

Fathers Day today – later on I will raise a glass and toast the old fella – it’s what he would have wanted.

Happy father's day Dad. It's what he would have wanted; a glass of wine and a good laugh. Aberfeldy, Easter 2009 iphone
Happy father’s day Dad.
It’s what he would have wanted; a glass of wine and a good laugh.
Aberfeldy, Easter 2009
iphone

Saturday 20th June 2015

My fellow workers from the Birmingham office have climbed higher and higher today, making the summit of each of the highest 3 peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. Safe return you crazy guys!

Birnham Woods, Dunkeld, Perthshire Easter 2011 Nikon D200, 18-200mm lens, f4.0, 1/250 sec
Birnham Woods, Dunkeld, Perthshire
Easter 2011
Nikon D200, 18-200mm lens, f4.0, 1/250 sec

Friday 19th June 2015

Friday is always good news, especially when the sun is shining and there are some old Donkeys in a field next to a pub.

Some old donkeys in North Yorkshire Leica M 50mm ASPH Summilux f5.6, 1/750sec ISO 200

Thursday 18th June 2015

Well I did say there would be a blog post, and now there is….. An amazing museum this and two pictures for the day are quite apt – I sometimes wish I could go back five years, this was a great few days in Denmark, what an amazing Country!

Louisiana Museunm of Modern Art, Denmark June 2010 Nikon D200
Louisiana Museunm of Modern Art, Denmark
June 2010
Nikon D200

Wednesday 17th June 2015

Phew, it’s a busy one today, and such muggy weather – hot and humid like a day in June five years ago at the Louisiana Museum of Modern art in Denmark, what a great place that was!

This is a great Museum, i feel a blog post coming up Nikon D200
This is a great Museum, i feel a blog post coming up
Nikon D200

Tuesday 16th June 2015

That is the end of Le Mans for another year, i will revert to normal photographs for the remainder of June….11 consecutive days of pictures is about right, we are celebrating a Porsche win after all!

1926 Bentley 3 Litre
1926 Bentley 3 Litre
Le Mans, June 2015
Leica M, 50mm f1.4

Monday 15th June 2015

Monday 15th June I hope these guys didn’t lose each other out there

Where is Wally? Le mans, June 2015
Where is Wally?
Le mans, June 2015

Sunday 14th June 2015

On Sunday 14th June it was great to see a Porsche 1-2, but the 1926 Bentley was the real winner at  this year!

The real winner
The real winner

Saturday 13th June 2015

It’s normally the best day of the year; Champagne tent at Le Mans an hour before the start, Saturday 13th June 2015 – 25 hours from now we should be celebrating a famous Porsche victory!

The best day of the year Champagne tent, Le Mans Iphone 6
The best day of the year
Champagne tent, Le Mans
Iphone 6

Friday 12th June 2015

The old girl made it – and the bentley! Great to see Paul and his 90 year old motor down at Le Mans this year

The old girl made it
The old girl made it

Thursday 11th June 2015

And now we are here, Porsche qiualifying 1st, 2nd and 3rd down at Arnage tonight – final session underway, finishes at midnight, looks like pole position.

Paul's 1926 Bentley stole the show Le Mans 14th June 2015
Porsche indeed did go on to win… but Paul’s 1926 Bentley stole the show
Le Mans 14th June 2015

 

 

Wednesday 10th June 2015

Another day of Le Mans trivia…setting off on that pilgrimage today.

Dusk falls over the Dunlop curves, June 2011
Dusk falls over the Dunlop curves, June 2011

Tuesday 9th June 2015

There’s always lots to see at anything from a ’73 Porsche 911 2.7 RS, to a Mankini, so I have made this my picture of the day today – as some things never go out of style.

There’s always lots to see at #LeMans24 anything from a ’73 Porsche 911 2.7 RS, to a Mankini
There’s always lots to see at #LeMans24 anything from a ’73 Porsche 911 2.7 RS, to a Mankini

 

Monday 8th June 2015

It’s Le Mans this week, so let’s embrace it…

Dusk at Le Mans Dunlop Bridge, June 2011 Nikon D200
Dusk at Le Mans
Dunlop Bridge, June 2011
Nikon D200

Sunday 7th June 2015

There is nothing like the smell of Le Mans early on the Sunday morning, here is Flying Lizards leading Porsche 911 under the Dunlop bridge on the morning os Sunday 14th June 2009. What a way to start the day….

Flying Lizards in the morning, Porsche 911 #80 Dunlop Bridge, Le Mans June 2009 Nikon D200, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF, 130mm,  f8.0, 1/640 sec, ISO 200
Flying Lizards in the morning, Porsche 911 #80
Dunlop Bridge, Le Mans June 2009
Nikon D200, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF, 130mm, f8.0, 1/640 sec, ISO 200

Saturday 6th June 2015

One week from now, at about this time, a lot of fuel will be consumed in the Le Man area. Thi week we will be picking a favourite image each day from each of the last eight out of nine years that I have been at this special weekend, as we count down to the Porsche winning weekend!

Winning Porsche in GT2 Class, Le Mans, June 2007 car76 GT2 WIN  IMSA Matmut Raymond Narac Richard Lietz & Patrick Long Porsche 997 GT3-RSR  Nikon Coolpix L3, 15mm, F4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 50
Winning Porsche in GT2 Class, Le Mans, June 2007 car76 GT2 WIN
IMSA Matmut Raymond Narac Richard Lietz
& Patrick Long Porsche 997 GT3-RSR
Nikon Coolpix L3, 15mm, F4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 50

Friday 5th June 2015

The Manchester skyline is always a thing to behold, especially on a Friday with a hangover.

Manchester Skyline iPhone6
Manchester Skyline
iPhone6

Thursday 4th June 2015

Declan retires from media after 30 years, Great John Street Hotel, Manchester

End of asn era, Declan retires and that's 30 years of media Manchester, June 2015, iPhone6
End of asn era, Declan retires and that’s 30 years of media
Manchester, June 2015, iPhone6

Wednesday 3rd June 2015

I like this shot of the famous Buttertubs Pass, taken from a walk along part of Pennine Way, above Muker in Swaledale, before dropping down into the Dale.

Buttertubs Pass from Muker in Swaledale Leica M 50mm ASPH Summilux f4.0 1/2000 sec ISO 200
Buttertubs Pass from Muker in Swaledale
Leica M 50mm ASPH Summilux f4.0 1/2000 sec ISO 200

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Oiling the wheels of indusrty, this little oil can used to be my Grandpa’s so I donated it to the new trendy shelves in our MBA department.

Oiling the wheels of Industry iPhone 6
Oiling the wheels of Industry
iPhone 6

Monday 1st June 2015

Hooray, we made it through the first five months of the year; now the sun comes out and we grow for the future – seven more months of pictures, so lets look at some green fields and see them go golden over the coming weeks

Cornfields near Snape North Yorkshire May 2015  Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f16, 1/45 sec, ISO 400
Cornfields near Snape
North Yorkshire May 2015
Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f16, 1/45 sec, ISO 400

Sunday 31st May 2015

Churchyards are always peaceful resting places, this one at Muker in Swaledale is beautiful, shooting in monochrome I carefully strolled around and wondered who EM had been here.

St Mary's Churchyard, Muker, Swaledale North Yorkshire May 2015  Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/4,000 sec, ISO 200
St Mary’s Churchyard, Muker, Swaledale
North Yorkshire May 2015
Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/4,000 sec, ISO 200

Saturday 30th May 2015

I like these geometric shapes formed by simple steps in Kew Gardens

Some nice steps Kew Gardens, London, May 2015  Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/2,000 sec, ISO 200
Some nice steps
Kew Gardens, London, May 2015
Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/2,000 sec, ISO 200

Friday 29th May 2015

Why does North Yorkshire still seem to have many old style phone boxes?

Toilets and a red telephone box opposite the general stores. Muker, Swaledale North Yorkshire May 2015  Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 200
Toilets and a red telephone box opposite the general stores.
Muker, Swaledale
North Yorkshire May 2015
Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

 

Thursday 28th May 2015

It’s always nice to go to a wedding, especially some very old freinds having a go at it on a Thursday afternoon in Manchester…

Andrea and Kevin wedding 28th May 2015 Great John Street Hotel, Manchester iPhone 6
Andrea and Kevin wedding 28th May 2015
Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
iPhone 6

Wednesday 27th May 2015

Still thinking of what to put up there as an image for today, let’s go back to some sunshine in Barcelona 2006, enjoy!

Barcelona 2006, Nikon Coolpix L3, f5.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 200
Barcelona 2006, Nikon Coolpix L3, f5.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 200

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Camping in beautiful Swaledale, now that was a great weekend. I will be uploading some of my better images to a new blog post around Muker and beautiful Swaledale

Usha Gap campsite, Muker, Swaledale North Yorkshire May 2015  Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200
Usha Gap campsite, Muker, Swaledale
North Yorkshire May 2015
Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200

 

Monday 25th May 2015

Bank Holiday picture has now been inserted below – it says everything about a Bank Holiday, and also reminds me of so many holidays, the Dirty Martini cocktail is a must. hic.

Nothing better than a Dirty Martini, my new fave drink. iPhone 6
Nothing better than a Dirty Martini, my new fave drink.
iPhone 6

Sunday 24th May 2015

Campind is very good for you, that is if you can survive no sleep, insect bites and a long walk to the loo.

Camping is good for you Swaledale, May 2015 iPhone 6
Camping is good for you
Swaledale, May 2015
iPhone 6

Saturday 23rd May 2015

This picture of a small ice cream on Ilkley Moor near the Cow and Calf, was taken on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, enjoying the moors with our old mates and their dogs out for the afternoon. A great 99 flake!

Ice Cream at Cow and Calf
Ice cream at the Cow and Calf, Ilkley, West Yorkshire May 2015 iPhone 6

Friday 22nd May 2015

Sometimes you have to just insert a half-baked picture of a half-finished office, ho hum, it’s all about one image one day one life

Half finished room Holbeck, Leeds, May 2015 Iphone 6
Half finished room
Holbeck, Leeds, May 2015
Iphone 6

Thursday 21st May 2015

I had no picture on twitter, due to technical issues last week, this has now been resolved so here is a back dated picture of some ducks in Scotland last easter to enjoy!

Ducks in Aberfeldy Scotland, May 2015 Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200
Ducks in Aberfeldy
Scotland, May 2014
Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200

Wednesday 20th May 2015

Saddle and horns, North Stainley picture, has been put on twitter, sadly delayed getting it up to work here due to wordpress/photos compatability issues!

Saddle and brakes make a lovely stag head...
a lot of bike riding this week has left me with a sore rear….glad I was not on this bike though.

Tuesday 19th May 2015

This is the Gefion Fountain, standing proudly at the harbour entrance in Copenhagen, Denmark. I was sat here on a sunny day five years ago, visiting some friends and having a great time…

Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen, Denmark June 2010 Nikon D200, 200mm f4.0, 1/250 sec , ISO 200
Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen, Denmark
June 2010 Nikon D200, 200mm f4.0, 1/250 sec , ISO 200

Monday 18th May 2015

This is the Cathedral of the Assumption, in the Kremin, Moscow – one of many Cathedrals in this amazing place, and the ooldest in the Kremlin & seat of Russian Orthodox Church since 1326. I am sticking with the Kremlin today as it’s worth staying somewhere for two days sometimes…

Cathedral of the Assumption oldest in the Kremlin & seat of Russian Orthodox Church since 1326
Cathedral of the Assumption oldest in the Kremlin & seat of Russian Orthodox Church since 1326

Sunday 17th May 2015

I was here two years ago, it was amazing, would really like to go back to Moscow, amazing place and well worth all the red tape admin and cost it required to get us there.

Moscow Kremlin Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin Cathedral

Saturday 16th May 2015

My Mum is 78 today, so just popping north of the border to surprise her and have a nice dinner out in Perthshire, Scotland. It’s a 250 mile drive so had better get a move on; no chance the suprise will be compromised as she does not ‘do the internet’ so I look forward to showing her this image on my blog later with a gin and tonic. happy Birthday Mum!

Happy Birthday Mum! Aberfeldy, Perthshire 16th May 2015 Leica X2, 24mm, f5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 200
Happy Birthday Mum!
Aberfeldy, Perthshire
16th May 2015
Leica X2, 24mm, f5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 200

Friday 15th May 2015

Well, it is Friday!

This picture was taken on 15th December 2013, as our new cats helped us put the Christmas decorations up…it’s a pity they did not help me focus the pesky Leica X2, i managed to miss Eva’s face and got her shiny coat in focus instead….even at 1600 ISO, I hated that autofocus on the X2.

It's Friday lunchtime, everybody loves  a cat in a basket Leica X2 f2.8 1/125 sec, ISO 1600
It’s Friday lunchtime, everybody loves a cat in a basket
Leica X2 f2.8 1/125 sec, ISO 1600

Thursday 14th May 2015

This is what it’s all about – 24 hours of full on Motor Sport. This is where all the best people will be one month from today – I have been sat under this large banner eating a hot dog with a beer for an hour on the second Saturday in June for at least eight of the last ten years!

24 Hours of full on Motor Sport Le Mans, France June 2010 Nilon D200, 24mm Nikkor, f5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 400
24 Hours of full on Motor Sport
Le Mans, France
June 2010
Nilon D200, 24mm Nikkor, f5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 400

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Today is all about getting a good start, no alcohol, bike, porridge, work, health food, sleep. And that is that.

Start the day with a bike ride and some Porridge
Start the day with a bike ride and some Porridge

Tuesday 12th May 2015

Made a pretty big commitment to cycle five thousand kilometres this year – that’s about a three and a bit thousand miles, and I only have 8 months left to do it. It’s all this chap’s fault…

Skinny Robin at the Strid Woods tearoom, Bolton Anbbey
Skinny Robin at the Strid Woods tearoom, Bolton Anbbey

Monday 11th May 2015

Nipped up to Scotland for this shot of a deer family at Blair Atholl, in the grounds of the castle on a snowy day in April 2008, I remember it well, a lovely picnic and a bit of fun. Thes beautiful creatures had seen it all before of course…

Stag and family, Blair Castle, Perthshire, Nikon D200, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF, 120mm, f5.3, 1/60 sec, ISO 125
Stag and family, Blair Castle, Perthshire     Nikon D200, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF            120mm, f5.3, 1/60 sec, ISO 125

Sunday 10th May 2015

To complete my hat-trick of Vancouver shots, I am looking at the Blackcomb mountain range at Whistler in British Columbia. A couple of shots to remind us how amazing this part of the world is. I want to go back there as soon as possible!

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Saturday 9th May 2015

I love the weekends, sunshine, bike rides, nice food and wine, having your mates round, cricket on the village pitch, breakfast cooked on the bbq, what is not to love? Well, i supose you could be out cruising around Vancouver Island in british Columbia, watching the dolphins and whales as they swim alongside the boat…

Vancouver Island ferry, 2009
Vancouver Island ferry, 2009

Friday 8th May 2015

This is a man riding a bike around Vancouver harbour area. Probably a lot warmer than the 60 miles we will be doing around Yorkshire tomorrow

Vancouver bike ride
Vancouver bike ride, 2009

Thursday 7th May 2015

Today is a big day. Today the great British people will vote at the polling stations up and down the UK and elect a government via the democratic process. That is a good thing, and let’s hope that whoever wins, we can afford to put some food on the table of every family up and down the land.

Putting food on the table for working families Election Day, Thu 7th May 2015 North of England Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f2.8, 1/45 sec, ISO 800
Putting food on the table for working families
Election Day, Thu 7th May 2015
North of England
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f2.8, 1/45 sec, ISO 800

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Yummy it’s Leeds Indie Food Festival this week #LIF2015 so lets get eating!

Yummy it's #LIF15 in Leeds
Yummy it’s #LIF15 in Leeds

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Back at work today and a far cry from Chiswick, not a salmon en croute in sight, in fact not even a tin of pilchards; it’s soup at your desk and back to it, as for a designer kitchen, then let’s live in hope of more fun by the weekend.

Nice bulbs make all the difference Chiswick, Sunday 3rd May 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f3.4. 1/125 sec, ISO 800
Nice bulbs make all the difference
Chiswick, Sunday 3rd May 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f3.4. 1/125 sec, ISO 800

Monday 4th May 2015

Kew is a beautiful spot to spend a sunny afternoon in London. So much to see, tree top walks, endless greenhouses and more flora and forna than you can shake a stick at. Nice.

Water lillies at Kew Gardens Sunday 3rd May 2015 Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/1,000 sec, ISO 200
Water lillies at Kew Gardens
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/1,000 sec, ISO 200

Sunday 3rd May 2015

Wow! We have been treated to some fantastic hospitality this weekend, here is a man who should be on Masterchef – scallops with black pudding and bacon, salmon en croute and a salty caramel chocolate masterpiece. Well done Steve! And all put together in the best professional kitchen in West London.

Here is a man who know's how to entertain Here is a man who cooks a mean salmon en croute
Here is a man who know’s how to entertain
Here is a man who cooks a mean salmon en croute
London W4, Saturday 2nd May 2015
Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f2.0, 1/180 sec, ISO 800

 

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Off to foggy London town today, visiting family and really looking forward to some quality time, food, drink and banter in the capital. It seemed appropriate to clebrate with a very London image; but I don’t have any on this MacBook Air, so here is a lady lazing around in Paris – another park, another statue, another city.

Some lady lazing around in Paris October 2006 Nikon Coolpix L3, 12.7mm, f4.2,  1/140 sec, ISO 50
Some lady lazing around in Paris
October 2006
Nikon Coolpix L3, 12.7mm, f4.2, 1/140 sec, ISO 50

Friday 1st May 2015

Life is for living, and these two certainly are doing that.

Sharron and Jill are 100 years old between them, those girls know how to party! Thanks for a great swinging 60’s do last night in Ripon, I hope your heads are not too bad this morning!

Sharron and Jill, 100 years of carnage between them
Sharron and Jill, 100 years of carnage between them

Thursday 30th April 2015

We went to Bridlington, Flamborough and Bempton, Yorkshire today and sent off Uncle Alan, A.C.E. Jordan. He would have enjoyed that magical Chapel tea at the Methodist church, Rest In Peace Alan we will all miss you.

Bridlington on a nasty day 30th November 2014 Leica M, Summilux 50mm, f1.4, 1/250 sec, ISO 200
Bridlington on a nasty day
30th November 2014
Leica M, Summilux 50mm, f1.4, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Wednesday 29th April 2015

I went to the doctors this week, just to get my 50+ check and make sure everything is working. It’s a funny thing getting older, you think you are falling apart and need somebody to take things in hand and reasure you that in fact you are only normal, just a little older.

A trip to the doctor always pays off
A trip to the doctor always pays off

Tuesday 28th April 2015

Was out on my bike last night, speeding through the yellow fields of rapeseed; it’s everywhere you look at the moment, around 60 million tons of rapeseed are produced in the world each year, In Europe, rapeseed is primarily cultivated for animal feed, owing to its very high lipid and medium protein content. I have been out taking some snaps and will be posting a blog on it later…

Speeding through the fields of Rapeseed A6108 near Ripon Monday 27th April 2015 iPhone 6
Speeding through the fields of Rapeseed
A6108 near Ripon
Monday 27th April 2015
iPhone 6

Monday 27th April 2015

Another beautiful day, at this time of theyear it's always good to see the wildlife outin the fields enjoying the spring sunshine, these lambs were watching me very carefully
from the cricket pitch at West Tanfield yesterday.
Lambs in West Tanfield Sunday 26th April 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux f1.4 ASPH, f5.6, 1/750 sec, ISO 200
Lambs in West Tanfield
Sunday 26th April 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux f1.4 ASPH, f5.6, 1/750 sec, ISO 200

Sunday 26th April 2015

What a beautuful day! get out there and make the most of it, today will not come round again, life is for living. Just do it, sniff the flowers.
St Peters Basilica, Rome August 2014 Leica X2, 24mm, f2.8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200
St Peters Basilica, Rome
August 2014
Leica X2, 24mm, f2.8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Saturday 25th April 2015

Been out on my bike with three new mates today, a lovely leisurely 85k from North      Stainley into Ripon, across to Boroughbridge, up to Linton on Ouse, across the old     Aldwark toll bridge and on to Benningbrough Hall for a spot of lunch at the farm shop before cycling back and taking in Ripon Races as we passed. What is not to love, 
Yorkshire, a Trek Carbon road bike, some mates and a fe hours to amble along, love it.

Serious photography will resume soon!
Great day for 85k on the road with my new mates! Outside Ripon races, 25th April 2015 iPhone 6
Great day for 85k on the road with my new mates!
Outside Ripon races, 25th April 2015
iPhone 6

Friday 24th April 2015

My daughter is 24 years old today, imageine how old that makes me feel! Happy Birthday
to everyone who was born on this glorious sunny Yorkshire Day!
Somebody is 24 today; here is the same day last year. MediaCityUK 24th April 2014 Apple iPhone 5, f2.4, 4.1mm, 1/20 sec ISO 160
Somebody is 24 today; here is the same day last year.
MediaCityUK
24th April 2014
Apple iPhone 5, f2.4, 4.1mm, 1/20 sec ISO 160

Thursday 23rd April 2015

I was in London on this very day one year ago, and this fishy lunch was beautiful.
Nice to see an anchovy atop the insalate caprese.
A Fishy lunch, London
A Fishy lunch, London

 

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

It was a year ago that we were moving home, and of course when you dig around in the   cupboards and drawers, you will always find some interesting always means stuf. 

And being the fat controler, showing off your rolling stock is what it is all about...
The Fat Controller 28h April 2014 Apple iPhone 5, f2.4, 4.1mm, 1/20 sec ISO 160
The Fat Controller
28h April 2014
Apple iPhone 5, f2.4, 4.1mm, 1/20 sec ISO 160

 

Tuesday 21st April 2015

A year ago this week, we were busy moving house. I liked driving that van!
I liked driving that van!
I liked driving that van!

 

Monday 20th April 2015

Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, inScotland. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1890s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification from the earliest times. Sunday 19th April 2015.

The view from Stirling castle May 29th 2006 Nikon Coolpix L3 ƒ/3.2  6.3 mm 1/356 sec  ISO 50
The view from Stirling castle
May 29th 2006
Nikon Coolpix L3
ƒ/3.2 6.3 mm 1/356 sec ISO 50

Sunday 19th April 2015

I love a nice ice cream, especially from a van like this on the beach – this snap was taken on Blackpool beach in 2006 when everyone was a lot younger, simple pleasures are all you need in this life. Sun, sea, sand, ice cream.

Ice Cream Van Blackpool beach, June 2006 Nikon Coolpix L3 ƒ/5.3  19.2 mm 1/417 sec, ISO 50
Ice Cream Van
Blackpool beach, June 2006
Nikon Coolpix L3
ƒ/5.3 19.2 mm 1/417 sec, ISO 50

Saturday 18th April 2015

I thought we all deserved a stay at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver.

Vancouver’s glittering city skyline against mountainous backdrops

As you tuck into a sumptuous breakfast, a sweeping view of the vibrant metropolis that is Vancouver unfolds before you. Settling into your tastefully furnished surroundings, you catch a glimpse of the majestic firs of Stanley Park in the distance. A leisurely stroll along the sapphire blue waters of its lakes would be heavenly. Nestled between the Coast Mountain Range and Pacific Ocean, there is certainly plenty to do in this urban oasis. You plan to take it a day at a time. For now, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver, beckons.

 

Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver August 2009, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Leica C-LUX 2 ƒ/2.8  4.6 mm 1/160 sec ISO  100
Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver
August 2009, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Leica C-LUX 2
ƒ/2.8 4.6 mm 1/160 sec ISO
100

Friday 17th April 2015

I think I am getting my San Fransisco and my Vancouver Pride events mixed up, who cares? Summer 2007 and 2009 were two of the best summer holidays you could ever hope to have, and this guy was enjoying the Californian sunshine as much as anyone else.
This guy was having a lot of fun on a float in Vancouver Summer 2007 Nikon D200 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ƒ/8.0  130.7 mm 1/250  ISO 200
This guy was having a lot of fun on a float in Vancouver Summer 2007
Nikon D200
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
ƒ/8.0 130.7 mm 1/250 ISO 200

Thursday 16th April 2015

This man was very happy to see everyone; and why not, he was out there and proud of it.This was Pride Day in San Francisco, Summer 2007, a great weekend with my old D200.
San Francisco Pride Day July 2007 Nikon D200 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ƒ/9.0  18.3 mm, 1/320 sec,  ISO 200
San Francisco Pride Day
July 2009
Nikon D200
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
ƒ/9.0 18.3 mm, 1/320 sec, ISO 200

Wednesday 15th April 2015

A year ago my son bought me a fantastic birthday present that I only got to enjoy a few months later with him - a Brewery Tour of the Bollington brewing Company, followed by pie and chips in the Vale Inn, washed down with a few pints of Bollington Best!
This was a great night out enjoyed by us both - thanks a lot Will!
Pie and Chips at the Vale Inn, Bollington March, 2014  Apple iPhone 5, f2.4, 4.1mm, 1/20 sec ISO 160
Pie and Chips at the Vale Inn, Bollington
March, 2014
Apple iPhone 5, f2.4, 4.1mm, 1/20 sec ISO 160

 

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Holbeck is an area of urban regeneration.     
This much is clear... 
A lot of further investment is needed; but you can get tyres for £10.
Holbeck, urban regeneration. Leeds, Feb 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f4.8. 1/360 sec, ISO 400
Holbeck, urban regeneration.
Leeds, Feb 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f4.8. 1/360 sec, ISO 400

Monday 13th April 2015

I like these 3 little silver birch trees, they brighten up the landscape in our villageI may as well do a full blog post on them, they are interesting to me
Three Silver Birch trees North Stainley, Ripon March 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f11.0. 1/500 sec, ISO 200
Three Silver Birch trees
North Stainley, Ripon
March 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f4.0. 1/500 sec, ISO 100

Sunday 12th April 2015

I looked in the mirror and did not like what I saw...to be honest, it was all my own   fault. i don't have a leg to stand on your honour, please take me now!
The week ahead can only improve, let's get back on the bike and tick off some of those
objectives for the year eh!
Mirror Image 28th March 2015 Gleneagles, Perthshire Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f2.4, 1/24 sec, ISO 800
Mirror Image
28th March 2015
Gleneagles, Perthshire
Leica M, Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH, f2.4, 1/24 sec, ISO 800

Saturday 11th April 2015

Two years ago, it was snowing, now the sun is shining big style  -but I still want to  own a large off road car.
Snow and a Yeti
Snow and a Yeti

Friday 10th April 2015

Carrying on the theme of work from yesterday, why am I sat at my Macbook in the        kitchen, not being able to sleep and reflecting on all those things that go around in 
your head in the middle of the night?

What is it about the modern world that means we are never really 100% at work or at    rest or even at play, just always somewhere suspended between them all, not being able to do any one of the three funtions justice, or is it just me?
Work Rest and Play - is it harder than ever to compartmentalize each area of your life, or is it just me? Hedge outside Fountains Hall, Studley Royal gardens. April 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f11.0. 1/90 sec, ISO 200
Work Rest and Play – is it harder than ever to compartmentalize each area of your life, or is it just me?
Hedge outside Fountains Hall, Studley Royal gardens.
April 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f11.0. 1/90 sec, ISO 200

Thursday 9th April 2015

This is an old one, I am not entirely sure where this picture was taken, I guess it wasin York at British Rail Engineering works, designing bridges for the railway, around   the late 1950's or early 1960's.
I do know that my dad's first job offer letter was dated 9th September 1957, to train  as an Engineer under the chief civil engineer, British Railways, York; telling him to  bring a setsquare, pen and ink on his first day of work, so I would like to think that it was around that time 60 or so years ago.
Dad in a Drawing Office Not entirely sure where this picture was taken, I guess it was in York at British Rail Engineering works, designing bridges for the railway, around late 1950's or early 1960's Camera TBC
Dad in a Drawing Office Not entirely sure where this picture was taken, I guess it was in York at British Rail Engineering works, designing bridges for the railway, around late 1950’s or early 1960’s Camera TBC

 

 

Wednesday 8th April 2015

A pleasant pheasant today, I chased this chap around for ages, and still could not get a super crisp image. More than happy to throw themselves at cars though?
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Studley Royal, North Yorkshire Saturday 4th April 2015. Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f4.0 1/125 sec, ISO 200
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Studley Royal, North Yorkshire
Saturday 4th April 2015.
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f4.0 1/125 sec, ISO 200

Tuesday 7th April 2015

Sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees. Studley Royal, North Yorkshire Saturday 4th April 2015. Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f6.8. 1/125 sec, ISO 200
Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees.
Studley Royal, North Yorkshire
Saturday 4th April 2015.
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f6.8. 1/125 sec, ISO 200

Monday 6th April 2015

It's a Bank Holiday, there is a car boot sale on in the village and the Queen says its OK for us all to have a day off and not go to work. Now that has to be worth           celebrating.
Sit and watch the world go by.  Benningbrough Hall, Saturday 4th April 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f2.8. 1/750 sec, ISO 800
Sit and watch the world go by.
Benningbrough Hall, Saturday 4th April 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f2.8. 1/750 sec, ISO 800

Sunday 5th April 2015

It's Easter Sunday, have a lovely day everyone. 
Ripon Cathedral, Easter eggs, roast lamb, cats, walking to West Tanfield for a pint andeverything else that is Easter.
Happy Easter Ripon, North Yorkshire Easter Sunday 5th April 2015 Iphone 6
Happy Easter
Ripon, North Yorkshire
Easter Sunday 5th April 2015
Iphone 6

Saturday 4th April 2015

Have always had a soft spot for yourk station, as a kid it was a great place with a    huge Christmas tree and a present for everyone when my dad worked in something to do with railways....

It's good to go back and snap this roof, it's always been a beauty, but I need to buy  that 28mm f2.0 really, 50mm is not wide enough to do it justice!
York Station has a propper roof on it. York station, Good Friday, 3rd April 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f2.4. 1/2,000 sec, ISO 800
York Station has a propper roof on it.
York station, Good Friday, 3rd April 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f2.4. 1/2,000 sec, ISO 800

 

GOOD FRIDAY 3rd April 2015

A good day for a swim in the Med from a pebble beach, Elvis has left the beach and     this is Nice, the south of France, a great few days with ITV back in the good old days.
Nice, Elvis has left the beach,  Nice, France September 2005 Panasonic DMC-FX7 17.4mm, F5.0, 1/80 sec, ISO 100
Nice, Elvis has left the beach, Nice, France
September 2005
Panasonic DMC-FX7 17.4mm, F5.0, 1/80 sec, ISO 100

Thursday 2nd April 2015

My picture of the day today in the #OneImageOneDayOneLife series is a ceramic glaze    test, again under the supervision of the amazing Mrs Broadbent and her wonderful world of Art.
Chun over Barium Blue. A ceramic glaze test, again under the sipervision of the amazing Mrs Broadbent and her wonderful world of Art. Cheshire, May 2007. Nikon Coolpix L3, 10.8mm, f3.9, 1/114 sec, ISO 50

Chun over Barium Blue.
A ceramic glaze test, again under the sipervision of the amazing Mrs Broadbent and her wonderful world of Art.
Cheshire, May 2007.
Nikon Coolpix L3, 10.8mm, f3.9, 1/114 sec, ISO 50

 

Wednesday 1st April 2015

This is not an april fool, it's some of my wife's lovely art from her degree back in 2007.In fact there is a lot more, I may well do ablog post about it one day...
My wife's Art. Macclesfield College, Cheshire 7th June 2007 Nikon Coolpix L3 12.7mm, f4.2, 1/58 sec, ISO 50
My wife’s Art.
Macclesfield College, Cheshire
7th June 2007
Nikon Coolpix L3
12.7mm, f4.2, 1/58 sec, ISO 50

Tuesday 31st March 2015

So that's it, we have reached one quarter distance in the year, three months gone,     ninety days exactly. And where did we get to? 

Well a lot of places actually, everywhere from Copenhagen to Moscow, California to     Lapland, Yorkshire to Perthshire, Yosemite to Bridlington. 

So let's celebrate with three Lamborghini Gallardo's queueing up to get into the       circuit de la Sarthe on the morning of the Le Mans 24hr race, June 2007. 
All the better for being snapped from the window of a Nissan Note.
Lamborghini Gallardo anyone? Le Mans, France 16th June 2007 Nikon Coolpix L3 6.3mm, f3.2, 1/162 sec, ISO 50
Lamborghini Gallardo anyone?
Le Mans, France
16th June 2007
Nikon Coolpix L3
6.3mm, f3.2, 1/162 sec, ISO 50

Monday 30th March 2015

My picture today is some houses in Stockholm old town, taken on New year's Eve, 2011.  Nothing too exciting, just thought a cold day in March deserved a cold looking picture.

The fact that it has a great big wire across it and is taken at a poor angle and perspective reinforces that I am a tourist with a camera and not a professional!
Stockholm Houses 31 December 2011 Leica C-Lux 2 4.6mm f2.8,  1/100 sec, ISO 100
Stockholm Houses, Sweden
31 December 2011
Leica C-Lux 2
4.6mm f2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

 

Sunday 29th March 2015

I saw these sheep on a farm near my home, they were rounded up and ready fr shearing I think, so I snapped them on my phone, simple as that.
Yorkshire Sheep Ripon Sunday 28th March 2015 Iphone 6
Yorkshire Sheep
Ripon
Sunday 28th March 2015
Iphone 6

Saturday 28th March 2015

Gleneagles is one of the most fantastic places I have had the pleasure of visiting and staying at - the bar is beautiful, a lovely place to spend the afternoon with a bloody mary and some old women to chat with.
Friends in great places - Gleneagles, Perthshire 28th March 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f2.0, 1/30 sec, ISO 200
Friends in great places – Gleneagles, Perthshire
Saturday 28th March 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f2.0, 1/30 sec, ISO 200

Friday 27th March 2015

This picture is eight years old, but it holds true today as a reflection of the        importance of families, travel and the imagination. So I dug it out and used it as partof a blog post compeetition entry to hopefully get me a trip to Silicon valley         - never stop trying these things eh?
Everything is connected in Silicon Valley. San Fransisco Bay, 2007 Nikon Coolpix L3
Everything is connected in Silicon Valley.
San Francisco Bay, 2007
Nikon Coolpix L3

 

Thursday 26th March 2015

Bed time, never been more tired.
tired
tired

Wednesday 25th March 2015

Got a new bike, it's amazing! Super lightweight carbon, essential while balancing 105 kg fat bloke on top. Bring on those long rides!
My new bike, that's all there is to it
My new bike, that’s all there is to it
Wed 25th March 2015
iphone 6

Tuesday 24th March 2015

Let's stay in Paris, I loved these Colonnes de   Buren at Palais-Royal, sadly these shots are fro
a few years ago and the columns where not there  last time I looked... 

Colonnes de Buren at  Palais-Royal, Oaris October 2006 Nikon Coolpix L3 19mm, f5.3, 1/40 sec, ISO 50
Colonnes de Buren at
Palais-Royal, Oaris
October 2006
Nikon Coolpix L3
19mm, f5.3, 1/40 sec, ISO 50

Monday 23rd March 2015

This shot was taken in October 2006 on a blustery day in Paris outside the Louvre. I   have always liked the way it looks monochrome but is not, in fact it was taken on a    small Nikon compact, a Coolpix L3. That was a belter of a little camera. 
And Paris was just  as much fun then as it always is now.
Louvre, Paris, October 2006 Nikon Coolpix L3 6.3mm, f6.4, 1/286 sec, ISO 50
Louvre, Paris, October 2006
Nikon Coolpix L3
6.3mm, f6.4, 1/286 sec, ISO 50

Sunday 22nd March 2015

Enjoy that beautiful sunshine today! North Staainley, Ripon, Yorkshire, or anywhere youfancy. Just get out there!

Enjoy that Beautiful Morning! Sunday 22nd March 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f1.4, 1/4000 sec, ISO 200

Saturday 21st March 2015

Ilkley town centre, a nice May afternoon, the band are playing in the bandstand gardensacross the road from Betty's and everyone has an ice cream, what's not to love?
Welcome to Yorkshire!
Sunday afternoon at Ilkley bandstand, opposite Betty's tea shop 30th May 2010 Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX  18-55mm, 55mm, f5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 200
Sunday afternoon at Ilkley bandstand, opposite Betty’s tea shop
30th May 2010
Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm, 55mm, f5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 200

Friday 20th March 2015

To finish off my week of teeth and faces, I took this shot of my son's amazing brace in November 2008 on my first Leica, a C-LUX 2. His teeth are still perfect, unlike my    photography, which has become more blurred as the cameras have become more             sophisticated.
My son's amazing brace November 2008 Leica C-LUX-2 4.6mm, f2.8 1/30 sec, ISO 100
My son’s amazing brace
November 2008
Leica C-LUX-2
4.6mm, f2.8 1/30 sec, ISO 100

Thursday 19th March 2015

This little chap escaped under the table with a piece of cake at a christening. My     theme this week seems to have evolved from teeth and faces to lunches of joy. Which    reminds me - steak today please...
Ben under the table with a cake Poynton, 25th May 2013 Leica X2, 24mm, f2.8, 1/30 sec, ISO 640
Ben under the table with a cake
Poynton, 25th May 2013
Leica X2, 24mm, f2.8, 1/30 sec, ISO 640

Wednesday 18th March 2015

A good day to do some monkeying around. OK, no teeth showing, but could not resist this picture of this happy lady having her lunch in the sunshine, something I would like to do today!
Monkey lunch in the sun Trentham Gardens, Monkey World 7th October 2007 Nikon D200 18-200mm, 200mm, f5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 200
Monkey lunch in the sun
Trentham Gardens, Monkey World
7th October 2007
Nikon D200 18-200mm, 200mm, f5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 200

Tuesday 17th March 2015

OK it's six months too early, but here are some more teeth from eight years ago. Sadly the kids are all grown up now, but we still always have a pumpkin at Halloween.
These pumpkin faces were sat in the kitchen in Bollington, Halloween, 3rd November 2007 Nikon D200 18-200mmNikkor, 40mm, f7.1, 1.3 seconds exposure, ISO 400
These pumpkin faces were sat in the kitchen in Bollington, Halloween, 3rd November 2007
Nikon D200 18-200mmNikkor, 40mm, f7.1, 1.3 seconds exposure, ISO 400

Monday 16th March 2015

It's all about the mouth this week.  What goes into yours?
It's all about the mouth this week A mouth full of teeth 18th December 2006 Nikon Coolpix L3, 19.2mm, f10.6, 1/60th sec, ISO 50
It’s all about the mouth this week
A mouth full of teeth
18th December 2006
Nikon Coolpix L3, 19.2mm, f10.6, 1/60th sec, ISO 50

Sunday 15th March 2015

Final day of my week of beautiful skies, and what a week it has been. From Bollington  to Ripon with Yeosemite, MediaCityUK, Salford, Brimham Rocks and lots more in-between.  
The sky is amazing and always worth taking five minutes out of your day, to stop, look up and give thanks; for being alive and well on this crazy planet.
White Nancy at Dusk Bollington, Cheshire 6th May 2008 RIM Blackberry 8310
White Nancy at Dusk
Bollington, Cheshire
6th May 2008
RIM Blackberry 8310

Saturday 14th March 2015

It's the weekend, two more days of skies to gaze at. Penultimate shot this week has to be from Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This Henry Moore sky shot was taken in 2009 and 
reminds me of a fantastic new exhibition at YSP this month.
Henry Moore - Back to a Land.
7th March- 6th September 2015.
Underground Gallery and open air
Born in Castleford, West Yorkshire, Henry Moore (1898–1986) is one of the most         important artists of the 20th century. This major exhibition, in collaboration with TheHenry Moore Foundation, takes a fresh approach to Moore’s work by considering his      profound relationship with land, which was fundamental to his practice and fuelled his visual vocabulary.
Henry Moore, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 24th May 2009 Nikon D200,18-200mm f3.5-5.6, 25.9mm, f9.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 100
Henry Moore, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
24th May 2009
Nikon D200,18-200mm f3.5-5.6, 25.9mm, f9.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

Friday 13th March 2015

Good morning from Ordsall Hall, Salford. This yarn bomb project in November 2012 was a great exercise bringing the local community together with this amazing building, which had just undergone a major restoration. Get down there on a sunny day!
Ordsall Hall.
Ordsall Hall Yarn Bomb 2012 Sunny Salford iPhone4S, 4.2mm, f2.4, 1/1,314 sec, ISO 50
Ordsall Hall Yarn Bomb 2012
Sunny Salford
iPhone4S, 4.2mm, f2.4, 1/1,314 sec, ISO 50

Thursday 12th March 2015

Let;s carry on that sky theme for the week. Good morning campers! We all love a        National Park; and Yosemite National Park, California, USA is about as good a National Park as you can get!
We all love a National Park. And Yosemite National Park, California, USA is about as good a National Park as you can get!
We all love a National Park.
And Yosemite National Park, California, USA is about as good a National Park as you can get!
25th July 2007, Yosemite, USA
Nikon Coolpix L3, 12.7mm f4.2, 1/119 sec, ISO 50

Wednesday 11th March 2015

Let's stick with skies, it's a beautiful day in Salford, MediacityUK. here is my view looking out over Manchester, bring on another day in the mad city.
Good morning from MediacityUK Salford Wednesday 11th March 2015, 6.55am Nice skies this morning, looking out across Manchester iPhone6 4.15mm f2.2, 1,2,198 sec, ISO 32
Good morning from MediacityUK Salford
Wednesday 11th March 2015, 6.55am
Nice skies this morning, looking out across Manchester
iPhone6 4.15mm f2.2, 1,2,198 sec, ISO 32

Tuesday 10th March 2015

Today we are looking up to the skies - it's a beautiful day, so get out there and enjoy it!
Look up to the skies, it's a beautiful day! 10th March 2015 Iphone6, 4.3mm, f2.4, 1/554 sec, ISO 50
Look up to the skies, it’s a beautiful day!
10th March 2015
Iphone6, 4.3mm, f2.4, 1/554 sec, ISO 50

Monday 9th March 2015

I used to come here as a kid, a fantastic place in Yorkshire of course. Everyone should go and see there amazing rock formations for themselves.
Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire Sunday 8th March 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f4.0. 1/360 sec, ISO 100
Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire
Sunday 8th March 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux, f4.0. 1/360 sec, ISO 100

Sunday 8th March 2015

It's International Women's day and next week it's Mothers Day, so lets celebrate with a picture today of my mum in Leyburn, Wensleydale, last October, one of a few I managed to get in focus with that new 50mm lens!
My Mother in Wensleydale :eyburn shawl, 18th October 2014 Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f1.7, 1/750 sec, ISO 200
My Mother in Wensleydale
Leyburn shawl, 18th October 2014
Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f1.7, 1/750 sec, ISO 200

Saturday 7th March 2015

Walking in Wensleydale around Bolton castle and Aysgarth, a wonderful place to be on a Saturday. I am going to write a blog post now around this lovely 8 mile walk.
A walk around Aysgarth, Castle Bolton and Caperby
A walk around Aysgarth, Castle Bolton and Caperby

Friday 6th March 2015

Well, it is Friday, and on a Friday you should always try and have some fish. There is no better place to do this than in Bridlington, Yorkshire, and 'Fish and Chips at 149' specifically.
Fish and Chips at 149 Friday is allways about Fish and Chips Bridlington, 12th May 2011 iPhone 3GS, 3.85mm, f2.8, 1/15 sec, ISO 125
Fish and Chips at 149
Friday is allways about Fish and Chips
Bridlington, 12th May 2011
iPhone 3GS, 3.85mm, f2.8, 1/15 sec, ISO 125

Thursday 5th March 2015

These significant snacks are playing havoc with my twitter stats - the more I tweet    food, the less followers I have, time to get back to a location based menu I think!
forget snacks, get back to photography!
Roast Peppers are the best! These were captured in Cheshire, May 2012 Apple iphone 4
Roast Peppers are the best!
These were captured in Cheshire, May 2012
Apple iphone 4

Wednesday 4th March 2015

Let's continue that snack theme, Cheesecake anyone?
Cheesecake in paradise
Cheesecake in paradise

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Today has been a great day. Ripon, Bradford, Salford, Venice (with Portillo), MediaCitySnow, hail, sun & rain. Pie, pint, salad & wine. Work, rest & play.
Every day in this business in fun - we are very lucky to enjoy our jobs.

Monday 2nd March 2015

There is no better breakfast, two perfect poached eggs, some brown toast.
And some HP sauce.
Start the day with an egg Breakfast, Yorkshire, Nov 2013 Leica M 50mm f1.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200
Start the day with an egg
Breakfast, Yorkshire, Nov 2013
Leica M 50mm f1.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

Sunday 1st March 2015

Welcome to Spring 2015 - 1st of March, North Stainley, North Yorkshire. Here comes     the sun...
Welcome toNorth Stainley, welcome to North Yorkshire, and welcome to Spring 2015! North Stainley, 1st March 2015 Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/4,000 sec, ISO 200
Welcome toNorth Stainley, welcome to North Yorkshire, and welcome to Spring 2015!
North Stainley, 1st March 2015
Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f1.4, 1/4,000 sec, ISO 200

Saturday 28th February 2015

Moved from Bollington back to native Yorkshire six months ago and forget what a great place it was to live, miss the snowy winters and the walks along the canal sometimes, so here is a reminder!
A snowy day on the canal Bollington, Cheshire, 20th December 2009 Nikon D200, 46mm f4.5, 1/160 sec, ISO 400
A snowy day on the canal
Bollington, Cheshire, 20th December 2009
Nikon D200, 46mm f4.5, 1/160 sec, ISO 400

 

Friday 27th February 2015

Popping back to Bridlington today, the land that time forgot, love looking out at the 
North Sea from this bleak spot, out of season is best in black and white, but will 
return in the summer for tourists and some colour. Funland will still be no fun.
Funland, Bridlington Yorkshire 30th November 2014 Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f1.7, 1/360 sec, ISO 200
Funland, Bridlington Yorkshire
30th November 2014
Leica M, 50mm Summilux 1:1.4 ASPH, f1.7, 1/360 sec, ISO 200

 

Thursday 26th February 2015

Contining with the coastal town theme this week, it's back to majestic Whitby in 2005  
for a family trip staying in Rosedale. You have to love Whitby, it's a cut above the   
other seaside towns with the best fish and chips in Yorkshire.
Whity is the place to be September 2005 Samsung Digimax 401, 5.1mm, f8.0, 1/127 sec, ISO 100
Whitby is the place to be
September 2005
Samsung Digimax 401, 5.1mm, f8.0, 1/127 sec, ISO 100

Wednesday 25th February 2015

An early start and a good excuse to go to Another Place - a piece of modern sculpture 
by Antony Gormley. It consists of 100 [1]cast iron sculptures of the artist's own body, facing towards the sea.
After being displayed at several locations in Europe, it become permanently erected at Crosby Beach in northwestern England. The work was controversial in the local area due to issues such as possible economic gain or environmental damage from tourism. 
A meeting on 7 March 2007 by Sefton Council accepted proposals that would allow the 
sculptures to be kept permanently at Crosby Beach in place of being moved to 
New York.[2][3]
Another Place, Anthony Gormley Crosby Beach, 2007 Nikon Coolpix, 19mm, f5.3 1/225 sec, ISO 50
Another Place, Anthony Gormley
Crosby Beach, 2007
Nikon Coolpix, 19mm, f5.3 1/225 sec, ISO 50

Tuesday 24th February 2015

Liverpool is somewhere that I love, just not been there enough of late. 
Two years ago this week we were stood next to the 23,000-ton helicopter carrier 
HMS Illustrious, berthed at the Cruise Liner Terminal on Liverpool’s waterfront. 
Wow!
HMS Illustrious Liverpool, Feb 2013 Iphone 5
HMS Illustrious
Liverpool, Feb 2013
Iphone 5

Monday 23rd February 2015

The sun will rise every morning, if we are ready for it, or not...
The sun will come up again tomorrow
The sun will come up again tomorrow
Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Monday 23rd Feb 2015, 7.10am
iphone 6

Sunday 22nd February 2015

Eric Morecambe will not be happy with his present day surroundings – there is a serious need for investment in Morecambe, and he deserves better!

Eric Morecambe Statue by Grham Ibbeson, Morecambe June 2011 Nikon D40 1-24mm f3.5, 10mm, f5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 360, flash
Eric Morecambe Statue by Grham Ibbeson, Morecambe June 2011
Nikon D40 1-24mm f3.5, 10mm, f5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 360, flash

Saturday 21st February 2015

It seems Moscow is in the news for all the wrong reasons at the moment, I have been there and can share the experience with you all....
A Moscow minx with a furry hat Moscow, May 2013 Apple iPhone 5
A Moscow minx with a furry hat
Moscow, May 2013
Apple iPhone 5

Friday 20th February 2015

Better late than never, tonight we are in Copenhagen, not Walford.
This is a great place to be, stylish, chic and scandinavian of course.
It is everything Easteners is not.
Copenhagen
Copenhagen

Thursday 19th February 2015

Today we are in Lapland, Karesuvanto, Finland to be precise, living in the middle of 
nowhere in the dark, no phones and no internet. Nice.
We loved living in the middle of nowhere! Lapland, Finland, January 2013 Nikon D200, 10-24mm, 10mm, f3.5, 1/6 sec, ISO 1600
We loved living in the middle of nowhere!
Lapland, Finland, January 2013
Nikon D200, 10-24mm, 10mm, f3.5, 1/6 sec, ISO 1600

Wednesday 18th February

Continuing with our Stockholm theme, I have posted a lot of photos from visits there in 2009 and 2011, a fantastic city that always inspires. Start with the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace.
BBBrrrr...... Stockholm 30th December 2009 Nikon D200 AF-S DX VR 18-200 f3.5, 18mm, f7.1.0, 1/180 sec, ISO 1600
BBBrrrr……
Stockholm
30th December 2009
Nikon D200 AF-S DX VR 18-200 f3.5, 18mm, f7.1.0, 1/180 sec, ISO 1600

Tuesday 17th February

Now we are in Scandinavia! Stockholm to be precise, so bring a big coat!
You need a big coat in Stockholm 30th December 2009 Nikon D200 AF-S DX VR 18-200 f3.5, 38mm, f11.0, 1/500 sec, ISO 1600
You need a big coat in Stockholm
30th December 2009
Nikon D200 AF-S DX VR 18-200 f3.5, 38mm, f11.0, 1/500 sec, ISO 1600

Monday 16th February

No need to go to Scandinavia just yet! I am going to revise this Blog post and re-organise things to enable me to keep posting a fresh picture here every day, as well as link to posts further afield.
The main thing is, we have it all, here in Yorkshire.
I am going to post pictures from Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lapland, Finland and Moscow forthe rest of the week, but sometimes you don't need to walk far to see real beauty!
North Yorkshire Sky, near Ripon, Monday 16th Feb 2015 iPhone 6 4.15mm f2.2 1/120 sec ISO 50
North Yorkshire Sky, near Ripon,
Monday 16th Feb 2015
iPhone 6 4.15mm f2.2 1/120 sec ISO 50

#OneImageOneDayOneLife

Sunday 15th February 2015

This is what happens when you are in the Langdale Pikes with one leg and your mates. Langdale, Cumbria, 15th Feb 2015 ipnone 6
This is what happens when you are in the Langdale Pikes with one leg and your mates.
Langdale, Cumbria, 15th Feb 2015
ipnone 6

 

Saturday 14th February 2015

Forget the background, get me in focus! The picture is a rare one, taken by Mrs Bwhile I try and help her focus a manual focus 50mm f1.4 at 10 paces, not easy!
Rydal Water, Cumbria February 2015 Iphone6
Rydal Water, Cumbria
February 2015
Iphone6

 Friday 13th February 2015

 Its great to get away with your mates, especially when you have been having a tough time with broken legs, car crashes, parental death and other horrors to start the year. Three days of walking and talking with a couple of pints of Timothy Taylor's Landlord pale ale is always good.
Clowning about in Ambleside, 13th Feb 2015 iPhone 6 4.15mm f2.2 ISO 320
Clowning about in Ambleside, 13th Feb 2015
iPhone 6 4.15mm f2.2 ISO 320

Thursday 12th February 2015

Eze is a beautiful place, especially when you are sat in a miserable wet Manchester.   This picture was taken from the balcony of a lovely appartment overlooking the med     early evening before dinner one night.
Beautiful Eze, South of France May 2011 Nikon D200, 24mm f8.0, 2.0 seconds, ISO 200
Beautiful Eze, South of France
May 2011
Nikon D200, 24mm f8.0, 2.0 seconds, ISO 200

Wednesday 11th February 2015

I miss the A537 Cat and Fiddle road, and my 964

To be honest, if you were to ask me what I miss most about my old Porsche 964, it would be caning it through some French countryside on the way to Le Mans, or more likely,   sliding it round some beautiful bends on the infamous A537 Buxton to Macclesfield      ‘Cat and Fiddle’ road.
Porsche 964 and Cat & Fiddle road February 2009 Nikon D200, 24-48mm 24mm f8.0, 1/125 sec, ISO 400
Porsche 964 and Cat & Fiddle road February 2009 Nikon D200, 24-48mm 24mm f8.0, 1/125 sec, ISO 400

 

Tuesday 10th February 2014

Boeing Factory, Seattle

Now this is a propper boys day out, yes we had to hire a car to get out there 
from downtown Seattle, but it was worth it, to tour the largest building in the world!

The Boeing factory in Seattle

 

Monday 9th February 2015

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens.
Glorious gardens surround this baroque mansion with National Portrait Gallery paintings – ands it’s number 2 of 18 National Trust locations we will visit in Yorkshire this   year.
Beautiful Beningbrough Hall 11th Feb 2014 ipnone 5
Beautiful Beningbrough Hall
February 2015
ipnone 5

Sunday 8th February 2015

This picture was taken at the base of the amazing space needle in Seattle, wow that structure was ahead of its time - a bit like this blog!

The Space Needle

The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and a symbol of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators.

Saturday 7th February 2015

sometimes a picture says so much more than words ever can.
Tigers, North Berwick, the Open.
Tigers on the beach
Tigers on the beach, North Berwick, July 2013, The Open Championship. iphone 5

 

Friday 6th February 2015

#OneImageOneDayOneLife

Madrid and the Museo del Prado

Madrid (/məˈdrɪd/, Spanish: [maˈðɾið], locally: [maˈðɾiθ, -ˈðɾi]) is the capital and largest city of Spain. The population of the city is almost 3.2 million[4] and that of the Madrid metropolitan area, around 6.3 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London andParis.[5][6][7][8] The city spans a total of 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi).[9]
The city is located on the Manzanares River in the centre of both the country and theCommunity of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages); this community is bordered by theautonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, andresidenceof the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain.[10]The current mayor is Ana Botella from the People’s Party (PP).
Museo Del Prado  Madrid  May 2013 Leica X2 in the rain
Museo Del Prado
Madrid
May 2013
Leica X2 in the rain

Thursday 5th February 2015

Setting off from the waters of Vancouver harbour in a six seat floatplane to Whistler,
British Columbia, was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had 
- there is no better way to go from A to B, everyone should try this once!
If you have about $1,500 dollars to spare (2009 prices, may have gone up a bit!) then there is no better way to transport your loved ones from downtown Vancouver harbout, up through 120 km. of amazing countryside to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
I guarantee you willl not regret this investment – charter your own pilot and plane with Whistler Air, it is an experience that will stay with you forever!
This man will fly you in a floatplane from Vancouver up to Whistler!
This man will fly you in a floatplane from Vancouver up to Whistler!
Vancouver harbour, July 2009
Nikon D200 18-200mm, f8.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Wednesday 4th February 2015

Now we pop over to Dublin to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, this was a great family   day out!

Dublin, Feb 2008, Museum of Modern Art You have to hand it to him Nikon D200, 55mm, f4.5. 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Today we are at a famous place to buy fish - Pike Place Market, Seattle. I thought this
was fitting as I am going to Bridlington this morning to finalise funeral arrangements
for the Nana.
Pike Place Market, Seattle 25th July 2009 Nikon D200, 180200mm Nikkor, f22.0 18.3mm, 1/250 sec, ISO 250
Pike Place Market, Seattle
25th July 2009
Nikon D200, 180200mm Nikkor, f22.0 18.3mm, 1/250 sec, ISO 250

Monday 2nd February 2015

Second of Feb, switched to individual blog post per day here for #oneimageonedayonelife – not sure if it’s the right strategy to be honest!

Changing my formats today after advice from Blogger chums, #oneimageonedayonelife 
will become a daily post as from February, so keep an eye out for me!

This shot was taken at a rooftop pool in Barcelona around 2007, the Hotel has become 
quite famous i think - it was nice back then and we stayed a few times!
http://www.grandhotelcentral.com/ 
Barcelona Swimming Pool, c. 2007
Barcelona Swimming Pool, c. 2007

Sunday 1st February 2015

Hello February, this picture puts me in a reflective mood, the water gardens of
Studley Royal, Fountains Abbey of course. Let's have a happy healthy Feb eh?
Water gardens of Studley Royal, Fountains Abbey Saturday 31st January 2015 Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f3.4 1/1,000 sec, ISO 800
Water gardens of Studley Royal, Fountains Abbey
Saturday 31st January 2015
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f3.4
1/1,000 sec, ISO 800

Saturday 31st January 2015

Always good to wave goodbye to January, the year is really up and running now and there
is no better way to see off the month than with a walk at Fountains Abbey, beautiful,
cold and fresh. We love this place.
Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, Saturday 31st January 2015 Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f3.4 1/2,000 sec, ISO 800
Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire,
Saturday 31st January 2015
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f3.4, 1/2,000 sec, ISO 800

Friday 30th January 2015

This old fire escape leads to some of the greatest media minds in the world.
Or you can always take the lift; either way it's a stairway to MediaCom heaven.
Marshall Mill, Holbeck, stairway to MediaCom
Marshall Mill, Holbeck, stairway to MediaCom
Tuesday 27th Jan 2015
Marshalls Mill, Holbeck, Leeds
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f3.4, 1/250 sec, ISO 400

Thursday 29th January 2015

This is Hank, he is a top cat, he lives in Leeds and  is now fully fit after a battle
with some fleas, Hank likes to hang out with his pal Rocky in the garden.
Hank is a great cat, and a pleasure to photograph.
Hank the Cat Bollington, Cheshire, May 2013 Leica X2, 24.0mm, 1/125 sec, f2.8, ISO 400
Hank the Cat
Bollington, Cheshire, May 2013
Leica X2, 24.0mm, 1/125 sec, f2.8, ISO 400

Wednesday 28th January 2015

Temple Mill is a Grade I listed building built by Ignatious Bonomi between the years 
1838 – 1843 for John Marshall and Company for use as a flax spinning mill.
The building represents the zenith of the Marshall Mills flax business in Leeds and 
had acquired a legendary reputation within a few years of its construction.
The Egyptian design has been attributed to the Egyptologist Joseph Bonomi, the 
architect's brother, Egypt having an important flax industry in the ancient world.

Holbeck, home to the Industrial Revolution
Holbeck, home to the Industrial Revolution
Tuesday 27th Jan 2015
Marshalls Mill, Holbeck, Leeds
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f2.8
1/750 sec, ISO 800

 

Tuesday 27th January 2015

Everybody needs a Jane. A colleague who genuinely cares and listens, somebody who puts
people first and understands how a little help goes a long way.
The world is a better place because of Jane.
Everybody needs a Jane
Everybody needs a Jane
Tuesday 27th Jan 2015
Marshalls Mill, Holbeck, Leeds
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f2.4
1/400 sec, ISO 1600

Monday 26th January 2015

Two seconds of exposure. That's all it takes.
This is the Manchester skyline from my MediaCityUK appartment, December 2014
Love Manchester and those crazy nights.
Manchester Skyline from MediaCityUK
Manchester Skyline from MediaCityUK
10th December  2014
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH
f4.0, 2.0 seconds exposure, ISO 400

Sunday 25th January 2015

I have nearly built it, construction will halt tonight, so the real thing deserves a
mention on #oneimageonedayonelife.
Moscow is an amazing city, I would love to go back. 
This square and St Basil's are one of my fave places on the planet.
St Basil's, Red Square, Moscow May 2013 iPnone 5
St Basil’s, Red Square, Moscow
May 2013
iPnone 5

Saturday 24th January 2015

Snow, mountains, Loch Tay and the Glens, perfect environment for the rear drive heavy 
Mercedes, time for some Aberfeldy ice skating
Aberfeldy Ice Skating Saturday 24th January 2015 Aberfeldy, Perthshire Apple iPhone5, 4.2mm, f2.4, 1/1,869 sec, ISO 50
Aberfeldy Ice Skating
Saturday 24th January 2015
Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Apple iPhone5, 4.2mm, f2.4, 1/1,869 sec, ISO 50

Friday 23rd January 2015

A year has gone by since my dad left us. We are up in Aberfeldy to remember him and
spend some time with him and mum in the snow.
Pat and Steve Aberfeldy, 23rd January 2015 Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f1.4 1/125 sec, ISO 1600
Pat and Steve
Aberfeldy, 23rd January 2015
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f1.4
1/125 sec, ISO 1600

Thursday 22nd January 2015

There is one place I know where you always get a hearty Scottish snack from Tunnock's.
Our boardroom in MediaCom Scotland, Leith.
Tunnock's Milk Chocolate Mallow and Tunnock's caramel, Leith, 22nd jan 2015
Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Mallow and Tunnock’s caramel, Leith, 22nd jan 2015
iPhone5

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Another day, another tune to dance to.
I used to play the Saxophone, this Yamaha YSS 62 Soprano was a fine instrument - I owned it for 20 + years, then sold it for £3,000 to fund a family trip to Sweden. A wise move.
Yamaha YSS 62 Soprano Sax, Leica C-LUX 2, 4.6mm, f2.8, 1/25 sec, ISO 200
Yamaha YSS 62 Soprano Sax,
Leica C-LUX 2, 4.6mm, f2.8, 1/25 sec, ISO 200

Tuesday 20th January 2015

And it won't get much warmer tomorrow, I love taking photo's in really cold conditions
- this trip to Lapland was a real challenge, often around -20 degrees and no warm shops
to sit around in.
The shopping centre of the universe, Lapland, Finland Nikon D200, 10-24mm  @12mm, f3.8,  1/30 sec, ISO 1600
The shopping centre of the universe, Lapland, Finland
Nikon D200, 10-24mm @12mm, f3.8, 1/30 sec, ISO 1600

Monday 19th January 2015

This is how cold it feels in Ripon tonight, wrap up warm.
Silent Night, Holy Night, Lapland, Finland Nikon D200, 10-24mm  @24mm, f3.5, 3.6 seconds, ISO 1600
Silent Night, Holy Night, Lapland, Finland
Nikon D200, 10-24mm @24mm, f3.5, 3.6 seconds, ISO 1600

52 today!

Sunday 18th January 2015

Birthdays are special, so for today's #oneimageonedayonelife we are celebrating life,
jumping for joy and looking back to 1986 (aged 23) and 1974 (aged 11), when I was a bit
fitter than I am today - inspiration for the year ahead!

Spetses, Greece Summer 1986 Nilon FM, 50mm f1.8, 1/500 sec ISO 100
Spetses, Greece
Age 23, not a care in the world, Summer 1986
Nilon FM, 50mm f1.8, 1/500 sec ISO 100

Jump for Joy!   Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall, Summer 1974 (probably Kodak Instamatic)
Jump for Joy!
Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall, Summer 1974
(probably Kodak Instamatic)

Saturday 17th January 2015

Good morning world.
An early picture today,to match an early start. Outside the Vatican, Rome, July2013, waiting for a guided tour to start, before the bin-men get up.
I love the early morning light, after the second coffee.
Early morning Rome, waiting for a Vatican tour to start 23rd July 2013 Leica X2 24mm, f5.0, 1/320 sec, ISO100
Early morning Rome, waiting for a Vatican tour to start
23rd July 2013
Leica X2 24mm, f5.0, 1/320 sec, ISO100

Friday 16th January 2015

This was a long time ago, Dublin 2008, you have to hand it to him.
Taken at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, a fantastic place to visit if you
are ever at a loose end in Dublin, it's handy.
Dublin, Feb 2008, Museum of Modern Art You have to hand it to him Nikon D200, 55mm, f4.5. 1/250 sec, ISO 200
Dublin, Feb 2008, Irish Museum of Modern Art
You have to hand it to him
Nikon D200, 55mm, f4.5. 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Thursday 15th January 2015

My picture today is about the old times, it's always good to look back, but not in anger.
Don't look back in anger.
Don’t look back in anger.
Kirsten, Sandra, Louse, Brad, Matt & I, Brilliant 2008
iPhone TBC

Wednesday 14th January 2015

It's good to talk. 
We used to have to stand in a smelly red box at the end of the street to talk to people; those days are gone. 
Now we all have one of these in our pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?
Red Telephone Box, Ripon 25th October 2014 Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f1.7 1/45 sec, ISO 500
Red Telephone Box, Ripon
25th October 2014
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f1.7, 1/45 sec, ISO 500

Tuesday 13th January 2015

Love of my life, that's all I have to say about that.
Love of my life Leyburn shawl, Wensleydale 18th October 2014 Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f2.4,  1/500 sec, ISO 200
Love of my life
Leyburn shawl, Wensleydale 18th October 2014
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f2.4, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

Monday 12th January 2015

Today we are going back to California, the sun is shining, the views are awe-inspiring,there is a bear cub in a tree, and we are all sitting in the shade of a huge rock.
We could only be in Yosemite.
Family relaxing on a very hot day Yosemite National Park, California, 25th July 2007 Nikon D40, 18-55mm, f11.0, 1/500 sec, ISO 200
Family relaxing on a very hot day
Yosemite National Park, California, 25th July 2007
Nikon D40, 18-55mm, f11.0, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

Sunday 11th January 2015

Families are important, even if they can drive you mad. My picture today is of somebody
who is very ill this weekend and who we all want to make a speedy recovery, looking 
back at Easter 2006, we had some good times when we were all younger.
The nana, who is not very well this week Easter, 16th April 2006, Bollington Nikon coolpix L3, 6.3mm, f3.2 1/60 sec, ISO 50
The nana, who is not very well this week
Easter, 16th April 2006, Bollington
Nikon coolpix L3, 6.3mm, f3.2 1/60 sec, ISO 50

Saturday 10th January 2015

Bolton Castle is well worth a visit once it reopens next month, beautiful Wensleydale
at its best, lots of activities and fun for all the family in god's county!

An Englishman's home is his castle. Never more true than today, pull up your drawbridge
tend to the sick and put another log on the fire; its a day for making good and staying
put!
Bolton Castle, Wensleydale, Yorkshire 6th December 2014 Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f1.7, 1/250 sec, ISO 200
Bolton Castle, Wensleydale, Yorkshire
6th December 2014
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f1.7, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Friday 9th January 2015

On a windy day like today it's good to look out across the beach and think of all those
brave souls risking their lives on the high seas. Or on dry land for that matter, it 
has not been a good day across the world, lets hope for calmer waters soon.
South beach from the promenade, Bridlington 30th November 2014 Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f2.8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200
South beach from the promenade, Bridlington
30th November 2014
Leica M, Summilux 1:1.4/50mm ASPH, f2.8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Thursday 8th January 2015

Lyme Park in Cheshire is one of hundreds of fantastic houses & open spaces across England
run by the National Trust. This year I'm going to visit every NT property in Yorkshire.
Get out there, sniff the flowers.
Lyme Park Cage, NT, Cheshire
Lyme Park Cage, NT, Cheshire
12th May 2013
Leica X2, 24mm, f4.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Wednesday 7th January 2015

Pets can bring a lot of joy, and when things around you are not going well, they are 
your best friends. This is Eva a year ago, a black rescue cat, along with her brother
Clint, they have brought much fun to our family.
Eva the rescue cat as a kitten 15th December 2013, Cheshire Leica X2, 24mm, f2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600
Eva the rescue cat as a kitten
15th December 2013, Cheshire
Leica X2, 24mm, f2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600

Tuesday 6th January 2015

Being pulled along by six wild husky dogs through the freezing lapland snow on a 
wooden sleigh in Lapland was one of the best experiences I have had outdoors - 
certainly better than going nowhere on a swivel chair behind a desk, 2 years on...
Lapland Huskies, on this day 2 years ago, Finland , 6th January 2013
Lapland Huskies, on this day 2 years ago, Finland , 6th January 2013
Apple iPhone 5, f2.4, 1/240 sec, ISO 100

 

Monday 5th January 2015

Being back at work is never easy after a holiday, if you look carefully you may see my senior
colleagues hiding in the shadows of the old flax mill in Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds.
Back to the grindstone, at the height of the Industrial revolution, 1,400 children worked in 
this dark, satanic mill.
Monday 5th January 2015, Back to the workhouse! Apple iPhone5
Monday 5th January 2015
Back to the workhouse!
Apple iPhone5, f 2.4, 1/847 sec, ISO 50

 

Sunday 4th January 2015

Frogs in a pond, back in Cheshire. I will miss these little chaps, croaking away and 
starting the sring off every year - until the cats jumped in and ate them, perhaps theyare safer now and will thrive in 2015, l hope so!
Frogs in a pond, Bollington Cheshire 2nd March 2008 Nikon D200, 200mm f7.1, 1/180 sec, ISO 200
Frogs in a pond, Bollington Cheshire
2nd March 2008
Nikon D200, 200mm f7.1, 1/180 sec, ISO 200

Saturday 3rd January 2015

The UK has some of the most amazing scenery in the world if you can be bothered to find
it. This image was taken in beautiful Northumberland, late one afternoon, October 2007.I like the beaches with nobody on them.
Late afternoon, October 27th, 2007 Beadnell Bay, Northumberland Nikon D200, f4.5, 18mm, 1/750 sec, ISO 200
Late afternoon, October 27th, 2007.  Beadnell Bay, Northumberland
Nikon D200, 18-200mm Nikkor, f4.5, 18mm, 1/750 sec, ISO 200

 

Friday 2nd January 2015

Second image of the year, and another old one, this time it's the current Mr & Mrs, 
taken on Statue of Liberty Island, New York, USA, August 2005.
Travel is so important, never miss the opportunity to take a trip, anywhere is good.
August 3rd, 2005 Family trip to New York, USA Samsung Digimax 401, f 2.9 5.1mm, 1/148 sec.
August 3rd, 2005
Family trip to New York, USA
Samsung Digimax 401, f 2.9,  5.1mm, 1/148 sec, ISO 100

Hello 2015.

I want this year to be positive and filled with fun, so I thought of a blogging activity that would pose both a practical and mental challenge for the 365 days ahead, as well as being a showcase for my photographs, old and new.

I am going to post and tweet one image each day of this year. One image, one day, one life.

Every image will mean something to me, and I hope bring some happiness to you, here is to looking forward in 2015, Happy New Year indeed.

Thursday 1st January 2015

I don't know much about this photo, other than it was taken by a friend of my parents in the late 50's before they were married, I guess they would be about the age of our children now, which makes you think.
Thursday 1st January Mother and Father camera tbc, c.1957
Mum and Dad before their marriage, c. 1957 Possibly Cheltenham, Glos. Camera TBC

 

 

King Henry of Brentford

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We went on a family trip to London to see some important relatives; there was an undisputed star of the show – and he was crowned, King Henry of Brentford

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It would seem that he is the very latest in a long line of royals, who have given their respective families a right royal run-around.

Henry in the Right Royal Botanical gardens, Kew

Looking at the statistics, he is indeed in good Royal company…

8 in England, of whom the last departed in 1537 and is rather well-known

5 in France, the last Henry V being around as recently as 1830

17 Dukes of Bavaria, Henry XV11 cavorting between 1483 and 1512 to be precise.

A full list of rulers named Henry can be found here courtesy of Wikipedia.

And now we have the 1st King of Brentford to add to the history books, born in 2014 and wreaking havoc across West London for the last 14 months, intensifying his activities since learning to walk in early 2015

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Get out of my room!

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Storming the battlements at Kew

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Eating and drinking and merry-making at the royal court

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Ticking off one of the royal cour staff

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…but most of all, being a good King, and a worthy heir to the throne for his mum and dad!

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Thanks for looking in, we will revisit henry in years to come I am sure!

The End

 

Gleneagles is worth a visit

Gleneagles is worth a visit

I had never been to Gleneagles before, I am now asking myself, why I had to wait 52 years to come to this hotel in rural Perthshire, Scotland

… It’s amazing.

Gleneagles is worth a visit; in fact I would say it’s a hotel worthy of the group it belongs to; ‘ One of the leading hotels of the world’

Says it all...
Says it all…

The hotel is traditional, formal, relaxed and modern, all at the same time; the staff are so good, you want to take them home and have them organise the week ahead…

An amazing hotel, by any stretch of the imagination.
An amazing hotel, by any stretch of the imagination.

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The food is amazing, especially the breakfast, best savoured with your friends on a lazy weekend morning…

The Hattons and Bramwells, guests of Kinetic for the S.O.A.G. Balll, a night to remeber!
The Hattons and Bramwells, guests of Kinetic for the S.O.A.G. Ball, a night to remember!
OK we had to have one colour shot for those Duck Eggs!!

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The Rooms are amazing

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The bar is amazing, before dinner or after, with or without a dinner suit, the fantastic staff are on hand; and they really know how to make a lively Bloody Mary.

A special place for special people
Time for a spicy bloody mary…

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GleneaglesAnd I never even took the golf clubs, with my handicap it would have been an insult to the truly beautiful surroundings.

Of course any trip is really made by the people you are with, and in this case our hosts were fantastic. Thank-you so much for a lovely 24 hours of total decadence.

 

Waiting for the 11.00am all clear on the Centenary course
Stunning Perthshire countryside beyond the three championship golf courses…
Everyone was queueing up to play the Ryder Cup course, it’s the lovely established King and Queens courses that do it for me.

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To finish, this is truly a special hotel, I have driven past it so many times, I cannot believe I have now found it.

We will be back.

Once you enter through these doors, you become rather relaxed.
Once you enter through these doors, you become rather relaxed.

In the short time you have on this earth, irrespective of whether you play golf or indeed do not; everyone should go and stay at Gleneagles for at least a nightL1001831 L1001827 L1001824 – it truly is well worth a visit!

 

 

Some tigers on the beach in North Berwick

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In July 2013, our annual golf pilgrimage took us to Muirfield, East Lothian.

Golf anyone?
Golf anyone?

After a fantastic day on the course, the tigers were spotted on the beach in nearby North Berwick, as the sun came down, the fun continued.

Some tigers on the beach at North Berwick

Having been to Barcelona, Seattle, Dublin, Whistler in British Columbia and then Madrid all in one week, I thought it was time to come closer to home and reflect at the weekend on domestic sporting events of epic proportions – and nothing comes close to the British Open Golf Championship; especially if you are dressed as a tiger for the weekend.

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Tigers on the beach
Tigers on the beach
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The Lion sleeps tonight – not.

 

It has to be said that this was a special day!

East Lothian Local constabulary working with the gamekeepers to round up the tigers and one stray lion.

East Lothian Police rounding up the Tigers... Muirfield, July 2013 Apple iphone5
East Lothian Police rounding up the Tigers…
Muirfield, July 2013
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The golf was amazing, but sadly Tiger was not up to scratch – even with our support he never delivered the result we were all hoping for.

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Tigers in the long grass, Muirfield
Tigers in the long grass, Muirfield

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Pike Place Market, Seattle

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Today we are at a famous place to buy fish - Pike Place Market, Seattle. I thought this
was fitting as I am going to Bridlington this morning to finalise funeral arrangements
for the Nana.
Pike Place Market, Seattle 25th July 2009 Nikon D200, 180200mm Nikkor, f22.0 18.3mm, 1/250 sec, ISO 250
Pike Place Market, Seattle
25th July 2009
Nikon D200, 180200mm Nikkor, f22.0 18.3mm, 1/250 sec, ISO 250

 

Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street, and remains one of Seattle’s most popular tourist destinations.

The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill, and consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of unique shops such as antique dealers, comic book and collectible shops, small family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops in Seattle. The upper street level contains fishmongers, fresh produce stands and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades. Local farmers and craftspeople sell year-round in the arcades from tables they rent from the Market on a daily basis, in accordance with the Market’s mission and founding goal: allowing consumers to “Meet the Producer”.

Pike Place Market is home to nearly 500 residents who live in 8 different buildings throughout the Market. Most of these buildings have been low income housing in the past; however, some of them no longer are, such as the Livingston Baker apartments. The Market is run by the quasi-government Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA). The Pike Place Market sees 10 million visitors annually.

Hotel Grand Central, Barcelona

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Changing my formats today after advice from Blogger chums, #oneimageonedayonelife 
will become a daily post as from February, so keep an eye out for me!

This shot was taken at a rooftop pool in Barcelona around 2007, the Hotel has become 
quite famous i think - it was nice back then and we stayed a few times!
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Barcelona Swimming Pool, c. 2007
Barcelona Swimming Pool, c. 2007