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.
What is Christmas all about?
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!
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!
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.
It’s also about stuffing as much food in as is absolutely possible in 48 hours
….until the shops are open again!
And then it’s about sitting back and relaxing, looking after those that need some TLC.
And keeping out of floods, the sales and outdoors generally….
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….
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…
Sunday 28th June 2015
sometimes its worth paying more for quality. Loake shoes are one of those times.
Saturday 27th June 2015
sometimes a bit of risotto just does the job…
Friday 26th June 2015
these cakes were intended as a bribe, i didn’t take it…..but I did eat a cream slice.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
On Sunday 14th June it was great to see a Porsche 1-2, but the 1926 Bentley was the real winner at #LeMans24 this year!
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!
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
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.
Wednesday 10th June 2015
Another day of Le Mans trivia…setting off on that pilgrimage today.
Tuesday 9th June 2015
There’s always lots to see at #LeMans24 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.
Monday 8th June 2015
It’s Le Mans this week, so let’s embrace it…
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….
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!
Friday 5th June 2015
The Manchester skyline is always a thing to behold, especially on a Friday with a hangover.
Thursday 4th June 2015
Declan retires from media after 30 years, Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
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.
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.
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
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.
Saturday 30th May 2015
I like these geometric shapes formed by simple steps in Kew Gardens
Friday 29th May 2015
Why does North Yorkshire still seem to have many old style phone boxes?
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…
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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…
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…
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.
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!
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.
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!
Wednesday 13th May 2015
Today is all about getting a good start, no alcohol, bike, porridge, work, health food, sleep. And that is that.
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…
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…
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!
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…
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
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.
Wednesday 6th May 2015
Yummy it’s Leeds Indie Food Festival this week #LIF2015 so lets get eating!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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...
Tuesday 21st April 2015
A year ago this week, we were busy moving house. 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 intrusivecrag, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
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?
Tuesday 7th April 2015
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
Thursday 26th March 2015
Bed time, never been more 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!
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...
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.
Sunday 22nd March 2015
Enjoy that beautiful sunshine today! North Staainley, Ripon, Yorkshire, or anywhere youfancy. Just get out there!
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!
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.
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...
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!
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
Monday 16th March 2015
It's all about the mouth this week. What goes into yours?
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.
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 airBorn 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.
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!
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!
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.
Tuesday 10th March 2015
Today we are looking up to the skies - it's a beautiful day, so get out there and enjoy it!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Wednesday 4th March 2015
Let's continue that snack theme, Cheesecake anyone?
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.
Sunday 1st March 2015
Welcome to Spring 2015 - 1st of March, North Stainley, North Yorkshire. Here comes the sun...
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!
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Monday 23rd February 2015
The sun will rise every morning, if we are ready for it, or not...
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!
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....
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 17th February
Now we are in Scandinavia! Stockholm to be precise, so bring a big coat!
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!
Sunday 15th February 2015
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Wednesday 4th February 2015
Now we pop over to Dublin to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, this was a great family day out!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday 19th January 2015
This is how cold it feels in Ripon tonight, wrap up warm.
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!
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.
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.
Thursday 15th January 2015
My picture today is about the old times, it's always good to look back, but not in anger.
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?
Tuesday 13th January 2015
Love of my life, that's all I have to say about that.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
But now, it is more famous for Chiswick salmon en croute.
And this is the man that made it famous…
Historic figures who lived in Chiswick include the poet Alexander Pope, the Italian revolutionary Ugo Foscolo, the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and the novelist E. M. Forster; none of these can hold a candle to our family members, who in their own Gavi-fuelled way have contributed far more to the cultural fabric of the local community.
And here they are…
Chiswick occupies a meander of the River Thames which is heavily used for competitive and recreational rowing, and Chiswick itself is home to several clubs. The finishing post for the Boat Race is just downstream of Chiswick Bridge.
I don’t know if salmon swim in these waters, I suspect that is rather unlikely – we are not in the highlands of Scotland here, none the less, Waitrose down the road is stocked with our aquatic friends, and they can be purchased and wrapped in pastry to form the infamous national dish of W4; Chiswick Salmon en Croute.
And the kitchen environment is so important if you are serving up a masterpiece….
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
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.
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
Get out of my room!
Storming the battlements at Kew
Eating and drinking and merry-making at the royal court
Ticking off one of the royal cour staff
…but most of all, being a good King, and a worthy heir to the throne for his mum and dad!
Thanks for looking in, we will revisit henry in years to come I am sure!
We visited the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew this week.
It was everything we were hoping it would be, and more besides.
Located near to family, it seemed an afternoon strolling through the gardens, greenhouses and grasslands of Kew would be the perfect activity for our group, young and old, o a sunny Sunday afternoon in West London.
Kew Gardens is the world’s largest collection of living plants. Founded in 1840 from the exotic garden at Kew Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, UK, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens. The library contains more than 750,000 volumes, and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants. It is one of London’s top tourist attractions. In 2003, the gardens were put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The Kew site, which has been dated as formally starting in 1759, though can be traced back to the exotic garden at Kew Park, formed by Lord Capel John of Tewkesbury, consists of 121 hectares (300 acres) of gardens and botanical glasshouses, four Grade I listed buildings and 36 Grade II listed structures, all set in an internationally significant landscape.
Kew is a fabulous place to enjoy an afternoon with family.
The treetop walk gave a fantastic view across to the large greenhouses that were being renovated. As well as providing a viewing platform for the constant bombardment of huge jets cruising down into Heathrow, 10 miles beyond.
The lillies lillies in this greenhouse were amazing
Some wildlife was also on hand to observe proceedings
The cacti in the Prince of Wales Greenhouse were stunning
To cap off the trip, a nice cuppa and slice of cheesecake in the Kew cafe is highly recommended after all that walking.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I will be adding some more plants when I have sifted through all my pictures from a fabulous weekend
Plans for the factory were first announced in 1966 for it to be the site of the construction of the 747 after Boeing was awarded a $525 million contract from Pan American World Airways to build 25 747s. It purchased 780 acres north of the then little-used Paine Field, which was operated by the US Army in World War II. Boeing had an Everett presence since 1943 In 1968 it began offering factory tours with the first roll out of the 747.
You are not allowed to take photos on the tour, but I have a few from the day and our wider trip to Seattle, so here are some of the memories that take me back.
Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle by elevators that travel at 10 miles per hour (4.5 m/s). The trip takes 41 seconds. On windy days, the elevators slow to 5 miles per hour (2.2 m/s). On April 19, 1999, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board designated it a historic landmark.
Its pretty cool, very old and atmospheric – you can imagine it being cutting edge all those years ago, but now it feels rather tired and from a bygone era. We loved it!
I have been to Dublin numerous times, and it must be time to return there soon.
A city that can teach you a thing or two, always a tourist destination to tick off the list, I have rounded up some tips and pictures from previous visits to remind me of this amazing place.
Trinity College, Dublin
Worth a look, this is what Wikipedia has to say.
Trinity College (Irish: Coláiste na Tríonóide), known in full as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, is a research university and the soleconstituent college of the University of Dublin in Ireland.
Originally established outside the city walls of Dublin in the buildings of the dissolved AugustinianPriory of All Hallows, Trinity College was set up in part to consolidate the rule of the Tudormonarchyin Ireland, and it was seen as the university of the Protestant Ascendancy for much of its history. Although Catholics and Dissenters had been permitted to enter as early as 1793, certain restrictions on their membership of the college remained until 1873 (professorships, fellowships and scholarships were reserved for Protestants), and the Catholic Church in Ireland forbade its adherents, without permission from their bishop, from attending until 1970. Women were first admitted to the college as full members in 1904.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) aims in all its activities to create for the public an enjoyable and engaging experience of contemporary art. It achieves this through a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions and education programmes based in its home at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and working with partners nationally and internationally. As the national institution for contemporary art IMMA is committed to supporting artists’ work, and works with artists and partners to support the development, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art in Ireland.
Dublin, Feb 2008, Museum of Modern Art
You have to hand it to him
Nikon D200, 55mm, f4.5. 1/250 sec, ISO 200
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. The Royal Hospital was founded in 1684 by James Butler, Duke of Ormonde and Viceroy to Charles II, as a home for retired soldiers and continued in that use for almost 250 years.
The style is based on Les Invalides in Paris with a formal facade and a large elegant courtyard. The Royal Hospital in Chelsea was completed two years later and also contains many similarities in style. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was restored by the Government in 1984 and opened as the Irish Museum of Modern Art in May 1991. For further information on the heritage of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Gullane Bents is a beautiful setting for an early morning or early evening walk.
The combination of a sweeping long beach coupled to undulating dunes looking out over
to Fife and the Firth of Forth, is a real treat as well as a mouthful at sunrise or sunset.
A place I have visited so many times, as a kid, as a grown-up, a brother, a son, an uncle and a silly old man with a rangefinder camera; Bridlington is inextricably linked to my family; it is a place that evokes strong memories and continues to divide loyalties with so many conflicting views on the land that time forgot.
Bridlington is not always viewed favourably and is seen at best as ‘a cultural magnet to the rich and famous’ indeed you could argue that it fully deserves the title Bridlington; the land that time forgot.
http://www.timeout.com/travel/features/595/britains-other-best-towns. Once home to the largest Lada car park in Western Europe, Bridlington now has a world-class marina only a few feet from a medieval old town jammed with convivial hostelries. Alan Bennett comes here for fish and chips in the shadow of Flamborough Head’s chalk cliffs and David Hockney is in residence. Hockney’s recent paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds publicised the area’s understated beauty.
and at worst as ‘The Chav Capital of the UK’
http://www.ilivehere.co.uk/bridlington-chav-capital-of-the-uk-without-doubt.html. A random patchwork of violent council estates and traveller sites by the murky waters of the North Sea makes this town one of the worst places to live in England even before the extra bonus of the entire Giro cashing population of Hull, Sheffield & Doncaster (three of the nastiest towns in the north) decamping here for the summer months.
Whatever the view, and whatever the weather, Bridlington is an amazing place to take some photos that truly reflect the state our nation has got itself into. I will let my Leica and the sea breeze do the talking.
Let me have your views on my photos and these comments, good and bad, I would love to compare notes on this rarest of places.