Sue and I had been talking for a while about going up to Northumberland and visiting Holy Island, Alnwick, Bamburgh and Seahouses, to look at the castles & churches and to take a walk along the beaches. The few days we chose weren’t very friendly weatherwise but at least it was just overcast rather than persisting it down.

The trip across to Holy Island was relatively uneventful and we had a decent walk around and lunch at one of the local hotels. After lunch, a visit to Bamburgh Castle completed the day. Next day we went into Alnwick and went around the Alnwick Garden which were well presented. We decided not to venture into the castle as well but to go into Alnwick to look at Barters, the huge second hand book shop there – amazing! We then dropped down to the coast to walk on the beach at Alnmouth. On the final day we went to Howick Hall gardens and had a wander for an eternity. Some lovely woodland walks, a big pond, church and a small private garden reserved for the Lady of the House – but open that day.

Good luck to Rob and Tegan at the St Aidan’s Hotel in Seahouses – great sea views and lovely breakfasts. Shame we missed their bistro but it’s only open from Thursday evening through the week-end and we were only there Monday till Thursday morning.

Here’s a few images from our little break :-



RAF Holmpton – Visitthebunker

I won’t bore anyone with the reason I’ve not posted for a while, suffice to say I can almost walk properly again so can get out with the camera.

My f4 Photographic chums and I went for an evening to RAF Holmpton to Visit the Bunker.  To quote their website “A simple bungalow hides the entrance to an underground nuclear bunker. Descend the stairs and venture along the 120 metre long tunnel, pass through the blast doors to find yourself immersed in the once secret world of cold war defence.” The bungalow certainly hides what lies beneath – there are 59 rooms, all dedicated to the defence of the Country and it was absolutely fascinating. We were well looked after by John, Carl & Sylvia who gave us an insight into what happened there. It is WELL worth a visit – we’ll be back again, thanks guys.


Queen Victoria Square

We decided to take a wander around the Ferens Art Gallery as it has recently re-opened. Splendid job they’ve done too. I thought the standard of exhibits in the 2017 Open Exhibition was particularly good. I hadn’t put anything in this year but I’ll make an effort next year again. The sculpture in the entrance hall was very striking and I expected it to start moving at any time. Whilst my assistant was shopping, I took the opportunity to take a few images of the Blade again, using a couple of buildings as reference points. It’s strange to think how many folk were in the square just a few weeks ago for the projection extravaganza – it felt quite empty.

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.

London City Break

I took a break with LightandLand which was fronted by Doug Chinnery and Terry. There were 7 of us plus the two guys. The tour appealed to me because I had no prior photographic experience in London and I wanted to get some iconic shots of London under my belt. We visited a good amount of sites, had a fair bit of walking to do (easy stuff though) and ate at a couple of lovely restaurants. The Thai one was spectacular I have to say. I really enjoyed Borough Market on the last day and had a brilliant bambiburger, washed down by some local beer in the pub nearby. All in all, I’d really recommend the tour and will book for another hopefully sooner rather than later.

Here’s a few from Borough Market :-


Doors in Madeira

“The historical centre of the city of Funchal, better known as the “Zona Velha” (Old Town), presents the Painted Doors Project that transforms this area into a permanent art gallery.”

The above is an extract taken from the Visit Madeira website and represents an accurate picture of what is going on here.

We recently visited Madeira and it was after an absence of 13 years – what a change Funchal has undergone. The Zona Velha was really run down the last time we were there. It is now a vibrant bustling cafe and restaurant filled area that is really pleasant to walk round. Here are a sample of the doors we passed – only 25 out of 100+.

The Annison Building & Courtyard

The Annison Building & Courtyard very kindly opened up for photographers yesterday afternoon. Here is a link to their Facebook page.

I heard about it via an ex college friend, Cheryl Jagger, who was going along with another ex college friend, Heather Ross, so I arranged to go with them.

We were taken round by Mike & Jacob and then left to our own devices for a while. The building has other open days for ghost walks etc and is worth a look round. The weather was atrocious but we braved the elements and took a few images. Here are a few, including the obligatory door 🙂 , and one that looks suspiciously like it was from the spirit world….

Ghostly Pulley on wall The bike in the stable The old boiler The stables Unhinged