Frontline~ Part 2~ June 2018

PART 1 HERE On we go with some more pictures of the Vikings, or Northmen if you prefer, some more anglo–saxons I think. (Sometimes it’s hard to tell which are which). For the captions you need to have watched the TV series Vikings, sorry if you haven’t. (Really you haven’t ?? Have you been living under a rock?? Great TV programme, watch it now and then come back šŸ™‚ )                     That about wraps up the Vikings and Anglo-saxons, stay tooned for another journey into the past next time!    

Frontline Event- Hardwick Park – June 2018

The FrontlineĀ  event isĀ a 3 Day event, Friday being a free Living History event for the local community, and Saturday – Sunday a full Living History multiperiod event with arena battles/displays throughout the day.Ā  Phil and I went on the Saturday and it was a great day out.Ā  Lots of daft buggers dressed up in anglo-saxon/Viking/German/USA civil war & Roman gear/ plenty of re-enactment battles and a perfect day for photography. We’ll start with the medieval lot. They learnĀ Ā crafts such as cooking, bread making and butter churning, ale brewing, naalbinding, embroidery and Ā spinning as well as trainingĀ in combat, which may…

Beamish Museum WW1 Transport~ Part 4

Part 1 HEREĀ  Ā  Ā Part 2 HEREĀ  Ā Part 3Ā HEREĀ Ā  Coming to the end of our day out now and first off some WW1 Nurses There were quite a few horse-drawn buggies with WW1 re-enactors driving them           as well as the odd motor vehicle and a genuine WW1 airplane, though it might need some restoration yet We had lunch in one of the cafe’s   and rode on this bus to take ‘aerial’ shots šŸ™‚     They had some horses ploughing fields and I used my telephoto to take some pictures of the horses and…

Beamish Museum WW1 Transport ~ part 3

Part 1 HEREĀ  Part 2 HERE The museum is currently undergoing an Ā£18million expansion, to include a 1950s Town and coaching inn. Ā They have a huge store cupboard where they’re getting stuff together for it. This next shot is of a contraption that was used by hairdressers to perm ladies hair! apparently they would sometimes, catch fire, or blow up, and some ladies were severely burned or died! Wall to wall retro!           Well that’s it for a look round the museum’s store cupboard, not usually open when we’ve been before, can’t wait to see the…

Beamish Museum WW1 Transport ~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE We came across a lot of horses, and people whilst we wandered around the museum The 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, raised in 1759 and notable for its participation in the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. These chaps were acting the part.   They also had a WW1 canteen up and running   All images can be embiggened by clicking on them, where they look much bigger. And better. šŸ˜€ Stay tooned more to come. šŸ™‚ SaveSave

Beamish Museum ~ WW1 ~ Horses Edition ~ April 2018 ~ part 1

In April 2016 Sophie and I went along to the WW1 Vehicles & Steam fair at Beamish Museum. Ā On checking their website we found that this year they were doing horses of WW1. Ā The horses were not 100 years old of course, but there were people were all dressed up in period costume and showing how horses were used back then, so off we went to ride the trams and take photo’s of everything. The Circle is our favourite tram, and Sophie and I really want to sit on the balcony bit at the top there, but so far we…

Camel Parade South Shields~ Dec 2017 ~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE After the drummers finished it was time to walk down and find a good spot to set up the tripods for the firework display over the sea. On the way I took a couple of shots of the illuminated people and strange looking Father Christmases So on to the fireworks, which I only get to practice once a year at this event, so this is my 2nd ever attempt. Marginally better than my 1st attempt last year, but that’s not saying much! Full album HERE and a little video so you can hear the snap, crackle &…

Camel Parade~South Shields~ Dec 2017~ part 1

2017 saw the 4th year that the Camel Parade has been an event in South Shields, Sophie and I went for the first time last year a few photo’s of which I posted HERE, so this year we made a return trip knowing what to expect. Ā It involves 3 camels with their handlers and riders dressed up as wise men, parading the length of Ocean Road, which is quite a long old road, followed by stilt walkers and a drum group called Sparks! It’s been controversial as the animal rights group PETA, who I have a lot of time for…

The Diwali Festival~ Sunderland ~ Nov 2017~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE Bring on the dancing girls! And guys too. Not much to say except it was full of colour and joy and laughter. These guys were more fit than a fit thing on a fit stick! The lady dancers watching the chaps come down the stairs they got everyone they could up on the floor to dance with them After that it was the ladies groups turn to dance and a little solo artiste And then Sophie and I walked home as the sun went down. Over the bridge back through Keel Square and through the shopping area…