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Nigel

Red Squirrels

They don’t stay still very long and they’re very cute – so they make for a great day out. Up in Hawes again with red squirrels. The last time I was here, the weather in Hawes car park started off at -1°C. Fortunately it was very pleasant on Sunday morning, despite having not slept very well. Excellent Dales breakfast at the Cornlee Guest House with my mate Pete Stockton set us up for the day. Superb pies for lunch which Pete brought from Stokesley – yummy!

 

 

North Yorkshire Waterfalls+

My friend Pete Stockton and I, decided to have a day photographing red squirrels in Hawes – that post comes later. We needed something to fill our first day so naturally, waterfalls and landscapes were the order of the day. We started fairly late after brunch in Leyburn and then went up to West Burton. Not as much water there as we thought – considering there had been a stack of water the preceding day, not too far away where Pete lives. Nevertheless, we had a good couple of hours there, then moved on to Cotter Force and finally up to Keld where we saw a good barn with a few clouds, so here are some images from our excursion :-

RPS/Line & Light architectural Photography day

I looked at the email from the Royal Photographic Society and thought – “I’ve not been on a course for a while” – so I paid the money and charged my batteries. A day of architectural photography with Martine Hamilton Knight down at Nottingham Trent University. I had been told that the park and ride/tram into Nottingham was the easiest way in and it really was simple. Park at Phoenix Park, return tram fare for the day £4 and just simple.

Trent University is a great building with lots of lines and light (maybe why Martine chose it) and after an introduction to the subject we were let loose. Some images inside and some outside. Here are a selection from the day. If you get chance to take this course – go on it – Martine is an excellent tutor and a real pleasure to be with. I hope these images do the day justice.

North Wales

We decided to visit Llandudno for a few days as the weather was mainly forecast to be on our side. The first afternoon was a bit dull but we managed a fair walk and were set up for more on Monday. We tried a new restaurant, nearly next door to Sue’s brother who lives there. Carlo’s – brilliant food and service so we’ll go again sometime.

Monday morning and it’s chucking it down with rain but we’ve got a decent sized brolly so we’ll brave the elements. We decided on the west shore and set off in light drizzle. 200 yards down the road and the heavens opened. We had to point the brolly into the wind and hope. Well we stopped at a bus stop for a bit of shelter and by this time our jeans were soaked from the knees down. A bit further on the wind got worse and the brolly blew inside out but cleverly we turned head on into the wind and it went the right way but with a broken strut. Wringing wet we squelched home and got dried out. In the afternoon we drove down to one of our favourite gardens, Bodnant – it was lovely and we had a good trek around. There was a new bit called Far End, which we’d not seen before. It includes a boat house, a lake and other features such as a small picnic area and cafe. It has taken staff 5 years to restore and has extended the walk considerably.

The next day was a joy and we walked up the Little Orme. The sun was out and we nearly had the place to ourselves. We stayed up on the top for quite some time and just enjoyed the sun after the dismal showing the morning before. The image below is taken from the trig point on top of the Little Orme. We had booked a table at another restaurant we’d not been to before, The Seahorse – again excellent food and service.

The final morning was spent walking along the promenade at Rhos on Sea where we used to walk with Sue’s mum when she was alive. The tide was out – we haven’t seen that often when we’ve been to Rhos. That meant people on the beach enjoying themselves, buckets and spades, splashing about and all the usual seaside stuff. Before leaving, we dropped into Colwyn Bay to Porth Eirias restaurant for lunch. Third new place, third good meal.

Llandudno from the Little Orme

 

 

Hull – UK City of Culture 2017

I thought it might be a good idea to try and help to make our City of Culture year a success in whatever small way I could – so I volunteered to be a … volunteer. So, a couple of training sessions later I’m a little more knowledgeable and looking forward to whatever comes my way.

One of the sessions included a walking tour of the old town with Guide, Paul Schofield. I’d never thought about a walking tour of Hull or what it might entail but it was both informative and entertaining. I took the opportunity to take the GX8 around with me and so here are a few images from the morning.

 

The Sesh, Hull, 2016

As well as the band related images I took, here are a selection of “general” images, ranging from the wonderful pastries outside 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, to first thing in the morning – setting up the gin bar outside The Minerva, to one of the sound engineers on stage rolling up his trousers for some fresh air – either that or he thought the Hokey Cokey was about to start. On a more serious note, a first responder cycle ready for action, reminding us of the brilliant job the emergency services do for us all. Then – the MAN himself, first thing in the morning on walkabout just before Pavey Ark kicked off on the Minerva stage.

 

Sunderland Air Show – beach assault

In a break from the air display, we were treated to a battle re-enactment by troops from HMS Bulwark. The story was that reconnaissance had been carried out by troops from the Ship and commandos had sent a couple of advance commandos ashore in order to gather information as to how they should take the beach position under defence from artillery. Two inflatable craft were sent to recover the commandos and then after plans were drawn up, they attacked the beach position and captured it. One of the beach party tried to evade capture by dressing up as a blonde but the troops were sharply onto her/him. I think the hairy legs gave it away.

After the re-enactment, the troops sent a party onto the beach to make it safe and blow up any unexploded shells. Very loud and very watchable.

 

Fosse Hill Jetski & Caravan Park

There was an event on at Fosse Hill on Saturday and I took the opportunity to practise a bit of sport photography on the site. There were a number of competitions, novice riders, including John – a young at heart 62, and more experienced riders later, followed by the “Show us your best trick” competition. I had to leave before the results were announced but here’s a sample of what went on :-

Sunderland Air Show 2016

My fellow photographer Pete Stockton asked me if I wanted to go to the Sunderland air show. It’s a free show held on the seafront and had a great programme of events so I said yes.

The weather was awful – the sky was either grey or white or both and it was raining most of the day. I got wet, he got wet, the cameras got wet, despite having raincoats on them and we stood from 9:00am until shortly after 4 when the show finished. Sensibly, the organisers had brought the flying displays forward in an effort to try and dodge some of the rain.

I wasn’t entirely successful with my images on the day and therefore we’re going to have another attempt later in the year – nevertheless, here are a few from the outing :-

Woodhall Spa 40’s event

I’d seen this event advertised a long while ago and decided to go take a look. I then saw a post from an f4 chum, Dave Robson, who had said that he was going as his girlfriend Tina lives there. The drive through Lincolnshire countryside was peaceful apart from the numerous motorbikes on the winding roads – I’m sure they enjoyed it too.

Once in Woodhall Spa I parked up in a field and asked how far the walk was into town – “400 yards” he said. Well according to the iPhone app, nearly a mile and a half later I arrived where I needed to be and grabbed a coffee and waited for Dave & Tina. I took a seat on the lawn at the Petwood Hotel, home of the Dambusters. If I’d been a Dambuster I’d have lived there myself. What a charming hotel. I sat and listened to Heather Marie singing war era songs very well and dozed a bit in the lovely sunshine. There had been talk of the Lancaster flying over but it had only just been repaired from an engine fire some time ago and it was thought unlikely. However, it was being put through it’s paces in the sky although a long way up and away from the village – just being careful I guess. Someone near me said he thought that it probably wouldn’t have the necessary paperwork in place to enable it to fly at a display yet.

I decided to take a wander across the road into the park and look at everything going on there. US tanks and vehicles, 40’s fire engines and a huge number of folk in period costume which looked spectacular. Had a text from Dave saying they’d had a late night at the Kinema in the Woods – they arrived a while later and we had breakfast/lunch.

There was a war re-enactment at the Petwood but as we were having lunch – we missed it, although we heard the explosions of course. In any event, there was another re-enactment at the Golf Hotel just round the corner later, so we went to that one instead. One the way there, we saw Mr Churchill just getting into his Humber motorcar on the way to address his public at the Golf Hotel. After the Golf Hotel I decided to make a move in order to avoid the traffic. The flypast advertised for 2pm hadn’t happened so I assumed it wasn’t going to. Just as we stood up to go, a throaty Merlin engine noise came from above and we saw a beautiful Spitfire fly over.I waited just in case anything else came but it didn’t so off I went. I’d just got in the car and put everything away when another plane came over and I missed it – never mind, I’d had such a great day. Not many images to show for it but I hope you like them. Taken with the Panasonic Lumix GX8 – it’s light and portable to walk around with. PS – if anyone recognises the two ladies taking a selfie at the Petwood, if they contact me I’ll let them have a copy of the image.