The Hartlepool Report – Part 2

Thought I’d best get on and finish this, so on board the Trincomalee, Britain’s oldest fighting warship.

Mind your head
Mind your head
A canon in a Nikon :)
A canon in a Nikon 🙂
Master chef
Master chef

I thought the waxworks/dummies were done really well, I think they must have made latex masks of reall people to put on the dummies, they were very realistic.

Roland
Roland

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Deck hands
Deck hands
Officers Mess
Officers Mess
The Captains Table
The Captains Table
Top deck
Top deck

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fixtures and fittings
fixtures and fittings

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Steering wheel
Steering wheel

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W.E.L.C.O.M.E  T.O
W.E.L.C.O.M.E T.O
long way up
long way up

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way out
way out

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Trincomalee
Trincomalee
As she was built in India originally it's no surprise to find elephants on board.
As she was built in India originally it’s no surprise to find elephants on board.

After we got off the ship, we had a look round the museum and that was that.

anchor
anchor

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lightbulb :)
lightbulb 🙂

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Jiggle Joggle.

All in all a great day out, lots to see and learn. Am looking forward to more decent weather, it’s turned cold and rainy again here 😦 nevermind, spring is on the way!

laters gaters

😉

Eclipse & Tree of Birds Report

Eclipse
Eclipse

This morning Europe got a (nearly) total eclipse of the sun. So at 09.30hrs I stood in the back garden with my camera, but mostly all I could see was a cloudy sky. I held on though and the clouds thinned out enough for me to get some shots. I read up on shooting an eclipse, and you’re supposed to have solar filters and low ISO small aperture etc but my little compact Nikon S1 didn’t have any of that, I suppose the clouds were enough filter. Anyway I managed a few as the moon travelled across the sun, and that was cool to see. It didn’t go dark, the birds kept flying and tweeting, so not very dramatic here.

Also my Tree of Birds has had a few visitors, this little chappy has been coming for a few days and is usually too fast to catch, but today he sat on a branch a while and I got him.

Long Tail Tit
Long Tail Tit

Cute 🙂

A pair of Great Tits ( 😀 😀 😀  sorry ) have been visiting too, here’s one of them at the trough.

Great Tit
Great Tit

and the acrobatic blue tits also making use of the fast food emporium  on my tree.

Little Bluey
Little Bluey

The Sunday Fraggle report

Well I missed last Sunday as I only had 4 pictures, and as a result have now got too many, so lots to look at this week 🙂

The weather has not been kind, but I have had some long journeys to see clients, so have come across some quite lovely views, and my little Nikon S1 has been doing a cracking job. Last week I went to North Yorkshire again, and the sun was arguing with the clouds to see who would win out.

North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire~Nikon S1
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire~Nikon S1

On my way back I went through a village called Ravensworth and came across this ruined castle.The remains here date from the 14th Century, although it’s thought there has been a castle there since Norman times. The chap who built this one was Henry Baron FitzHugh. n 1391 he enclosed 200 acres (81 ha) around the castle, creating a park.The castle started to be pulled down in the 16th century, and the stone was used for other buildings in the area.

Ravensworth Castle
Ravensworth Castle~Nikon S1
Ravensworth Castle
Ravensworth Castle~Nikon S1

hmm blew the sky out a bit in t hat 2nd shot but I like the composition so all is not lost.

Last weekend Phil worked on Sunday and I spent a little while trying to get some decent shots of the birds in my garden, through the front window as it was too cold out.

Mrs.Blackbird
Mrs.Blackbird~Nikon S1
Mr.Robin
Sir.RobinZNikon S1
Mr.Robin
Sir.Robin~Nikon S1

I tried to get a decent shot of the Lady Robin too, but she’s a bit more bashful and quicker to jump back into the bushes out of sight as soon as she’s got something from the feeder.

This week I had a 3 hour drive over to the west go the country, visiting clients in Whitehaven on the West coast, Penrith,Dalston,and Kewick. Lots of long driving times, I set off at 7.15am and eventually got home at 6.30pm, but was hugely compensated by seeing the mountains and Lake Bassenthwaite on my travels.  It’s been quite a while since I had to go there, and it was lovely to visit old photo haunts and take new ones with snow in place.

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duvet cover :)~Nikkon S1
Cloud cover
Cloud cover~Nikkon S1
light and shade
light and shade~Nikkon S1
sheep
black sheep & white~Nikkon S1
Blue sky Mountain
Blue sky Mountain~Nikon S1
Skiddaw & Lake Bassenthwaite
Skiddaw & Lake Bassenthwaite~Nikon S1
Lake Bassenthwaite
Lake Bassenthwaite~Nikkon S1
View from my clients front driveway
View from my clients front driveway~Skiddaw~Nikkon S1

That was the photo highlight of the week really. I am very impressed with what the tiny Nikkon S1 can do, especially with the 11-27mm lens that it comes with which I used for the landscape shots, and I also used the little 300mm zoom I got for it, for taking the bird shots, to the point where I no longer take the big D700 out for work journeys and everyday use. It captures a fair amount of detail, granted that that has to be brought out in Lightroom, but at least it’s in there to begin with.

There are some jobs though that only the D700 can do, and one of those jobs was for me to take some decent photo’s of Phil’s bass guitars. (A commission no less!!) I decided I would shoot each one separately and use a light painting technique. This was a bit of a faff as of course the room has to be completely dark and the room I use is quite small so lots of bumping elbows and knees.  I had a black backdrop specially bought on Amazon,  it came all the way from china,worked really well and a was a bargain. The photo’s have come out really well, and I am going to do some close ups and arty farty shots to go with, here are a couple of the ones I took.

Fender Jazz ( mexican special edition)~Nikon D700
Fender Jazz ( mexican special edition)~Nikon D700
Can't spell this
Rickenbacker

and finally my shot for The Sunday challenge~ theme Gadgets….

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🙂

I can’t claim originality, I saw a similar picture way back when, and always fancied doing my own version.

And now it’s Sunday night, I’ve burned my fingers cooking Sunday dinner, spilled boiling milk on myself, sigh, but had a lush roast ham dinner. Shelley and Cal came for a visit and Cal fell over and bumped his head in 2 places at once for heaven’s sakes. I don’t think he will be someone who does things by halves, or even singles!  Now Phil’s practicing bass lines over a C maj 7th chord 🙂 and I am saying goodnight WordPressiverse,

laters gaters 😉

 

 

 

The Sunday Fraggle Report 25/1

Another week of cold temperatures but at last I got to see some snow! Had to go to North Yorkshire to visit a client and the hills were covered, managed to get a shot with a bit of sunshine lighting the landscape, that didn’t last long.

Leyburn North Yorkshire
Leyburn North Yorkshire

But the rest of my work days didn’t have much in the way of snow or views.

On Thursday Phil & I decided to go to Piero’s for our dinner and we had tomato & basil soup and then pasta, really yummy but filled us up too much!

P soup
P soup

We stayed home mostly this weekend, it was sunny for a couple of hours but cold, so stayed in and played with my camera.  Really upset that my new SX70 has stopped working, it got jammed, and won’t eject the photo’s and so will have to send it back for repair 😦 bit fed up as I’ve not even had it 2 months yet and I really like it. My Sunday challenge group this week had us find 3 same/identical items and shoot them so only one item is in focus, so I shot 3 buddha statues, 3 poker dice and 3 of my scale models that I used to paint before I got into photography. We also had to process the shots using past challenge techniques.

3 Buddhas and texture.
3 Buddhas and texture.
3 poker dice and selective colour
3 poker dice and selective colour
scale models & collage
scale models & collage

I saw a tiny little bird hopping around on our back lawn yesterday, I didn’t get a brilliant shot of it, but enough to find out it was a wren, which is new to my garden.

wren
wren

This afternoon mad~Cal and Shelley came for a visit and that was fun he cracks us up. And that’s another week gone by, not much ado,

laters gaters 😉

 

The Sunday Fraggle Report 18/1

It is so wintery here now, we’re trapped in a cold air bowl apparently because the damned jet stream has shot down the west side of us and then up the east and away, so goodbye to mild temperatures for a week or so. It has been snowing a lot too, but it hasn’t settled where we live, (no snowy pictures 😦 ) though other parts of the country have got a good layering of the white stuff. I haven’t taken many pictures as I haven’t had time while working, it’s been non stop between one client to the next. Phil’s been on holiday this week, doing house jobs and modelling and playing bass.  We’ve been to ASDA to do grocery shopping for a trip out haha, but mainly stayed in the warm.  On Saturday evening we had Cal for a sleepover, and that was fun as he’s bonkers and funny, and we’ve started watching Breaking Bad which everyone raved about but we missed the first time around. One of Phil’s work chums lent it to him. Well it’s OK, the acting is fine but I don’t  get the hype, the plot is downright silly. I’d still rather have The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones any day. Have been getting through a lot of books and can highly recommend Tom Wood and his series of books about an assassin called Victor, Andrew Taylor for his periodic novels and am currently reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, strange and wonderful and really well written. Have spent quite a bit of time redesigning my photo website over on Smug mug as they’ve added a carousel display function,and it’s looking mint, still got loads to do but I like faffing on it’s quite therapeutic and I get to remember my holiday visits and days out with Sophie and Mike on our photography trips. Can’t wait until some warm weather comes along and we can go exploring again. So only a couple of photo’s this week,

fish fingers
fish fingers

and a visitor to the garden today

I'm back
I’m back

Mr. & Mrs. Robin are back and enjoying my tree of treats. I also had to do some selective colouring for the Sunday Challenge group, am not a fan of this type of processing ( I mean, I don’t get why you would want to), but I suppose it’s ‘Art’ so I had a go.

Selective colour- rainbows
Selective colour- rainbows
selective colour~ lighthouse
selective colour~ lighthouse

I also managed another polaroid for my SX70 project, and also wasted 3 films in the attempt!

laters gaters 😉

The sunday Fraggle report 11/1/15

Christmas and New Year are well gone now, decorations are down and back to full on at work. The weather has been pretty meh so Monday- Wednesday were not inspiring for photo’s, but Thursday perked up with a clear blue sky and the sun out. It was cold though so I wrapped up warm and went for a walk on Littlehaven Beach at South Shields. This was my first chance to use the new polaroid outdoors, but like a twit I forgot to take a new film with me and only had 2 left in the camera. I did have my Iphone and the Nikon too so I got a fair few shots all in all.

So let me take you on my walk…

First through the dunes to the beach, taken with the VSCO camera app on Iphone.

pathway
pathway ~ iphone5

then looking left towards the groyne pier and lighthouse.

Littlehaven beach
Littlehaven beach ~ iphone5

walking towards the groyne, Tynemouth Priory in the distance

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Ocean Rover~Nikon D700

and then on to see the Herd Groyne Lighthouse..

Lighthouse
Lighthouse~iphone5
Herd Groyne Lighthouse
Herd Groyne Lighthouse ~ Iphone5

The lighthouse was built in 1882, and made of iron, the history of it is quite interesting ( and short!) so if anyone is interested CLICK HERE 🙂

Then I turned back to walk up the other way on the beach and to look for sea glass, which I’m collecting each time I go there, eventually when I retire I’ll hopefully have enough to make a mosiac garden table top or similar. Of course you can’t shoot directly into full sun and get a decent picture, but I took one anyway and processed the heck out of it!

into the sun
into the sun~Nikon D700

then along the beach looking for sea glass..

wiggley sand~Nikon D700
wiggley sand~Nikon D700
Harbour Mouth
Harbour Mouth~Nikon D700
seaglass! ~Nikon D700
seaglass! ~Nikon D700

Took a shot of the view back to the lighthouse..

lighthouse & gull ~Nikon D700
lighthouse & gull ~Nikon D700

and came across too old boys with a metal detector..

metal detectives
metal detectives~Nikon D700

I had a chat and asked them if they’d found anything, and they showed me some metal things and told me they were Roman tile holders. Wow I thought, how cool to find roman relics in the sand. When I got home and googled roman tile holders, they are not ancient roman relics at all, Roman is just a style name of some tile holders and you can buy them in any hardware store. Haha numpty me. 🙂

The Weebles live near Littlehaven beach so I went forf a quick visit, can never resist a few shots of them,

Weebles
Weebles~Nikon D700
they came for the sun...Nikon D700
they came for the sun…Nikon D700

and then I found a new sculpture that has been put up nearby..

The eye
The eye~Nikon D700
the Eye
the Eye~Nikon D700

I like the view to the sea side best. The words are from an old traditional Northumbrian folk song.

As I walked back to the car the sun was sinking low enough to backlight the long grass..

Nikon D700
Nikon D700
Nikon D700
Nikon D700

and that was the end of my walk.

And the weather has been atrocious ever since. But I did some more polaroids which I’ve put in my SX70 project, and today did a collage of ‘tools of my trade’ for the Sunday Challenge theme.

Audiology! ~Nikon D700
Audiology! ~Nikon D700

Phil’s been on nights all week, so have had a quiet week, and he’s got a week off now whilst I’m battling the howling winds going to work, I used to be very jealous he gets 6 weeks holiday a year and I get 2 if I’m lucky, but now I work part time it’s not so bad. I still call him Father Christmas though. 🙂

 

laters gaters 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Christmas Fraggle Report.

Well it’s been a while but December has been busy. Work has been hectic with trying to sort everyone out so they can hear The Queens speech on the TV 🙂 We had our grandson Callum to stay a couple of weekends ago, and last weekend I travelled down south to see Ben, Charlotte & Lewis. Managed a few pictures along the way so here we go..

Firstly another trip to see my clients who live near Finchale (pronounced Finkle) Abbey, and it was a nice day with the sun out but low in the sky.

Finchale Abbey
Finchale Abbey

That’s been a rare blue sky and grey days and rain have been a constant on my travels. This week I had to park and wait for a client and saw a rooftop gathering of pie fodder..

Pie Fodder
Pie Fodder

but 10 mins later..

rainbow
rainbow

the pigeons had left and a rainbow appeared bringing a bit of blue sky with it, that didn’t last long.

It was great fun having Callum to stop over and most fun was had with the ducks in the bath.

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Face!!
Face!!

And also lovely for me to see Ben & Lewis on my visit down south. Though not so brilliant for Ben who had a bad toothache, so painkillers and a visit to the dentist took up a fair amount of my first day,but eventually got him sorted.

on top of things
on top of things

 

Apart from a trip into town when it was dry but freezing, the weather was mostly raining so much staying indoors, keeping warm.

 

Daddy Cuddles
Daddy Cuddles

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So this week I only worked Monday & Tuesday and had Wednesday off to prepare for Christmas day lunch and do some tidying up. All accomplished quite easily 🙂

Christmas day was lovely, just me and my hubby so we opened our presents, I cooked dinner, and we played with our toys.

Analogue Christmas
Analogue Christmas

This was my present from Phil, a refurbished land camera, it’s a tricky beast to use and so far I’ve botched my 1st 3 attempts to get a photo out of it! Luckily I got a shed load of film too so hopefully I can get the hang of it soon and post some cool polaroids. In the meantime my last year present Polaroid 600 is still on the go and I took a couple with it. Not sure why they have a green cast, maybe because I didn’t store the film in the fridge.

Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree
Phil phoning.
Phil phoning.

I had Phil take a shot of me injecting the turkey with melted butter, it looks like our turkey is a junkie 😀

Turkey Addict
Turkey Addict

Got some fab new slippers from Shelley, they are SO warm and toasty, my feet are in love with them.

sparkle feet
sparkle feet

And my friend Kathy who I went to stay with in USA sent me a picture of Phil & I she had taken whilst we were there, and did her artistic stuff with it, awesome work.

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Kathy’s Picture

Phil got loads of blu-rays and whisky and I got some vodka liqueur with gold flecks in it and some champagne. Dinner was lush, Phil made the Yorkshire puddings, (we usually do ready-mades for normal Sunday lunch, but Christmas Lunch is too special for frozen stuff) and used the 3 glass measurement method!

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Christmas Lunch
Christmas Lunch

We were stuffed!

Always room for champers though 🙂

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and I have kept the corks from every bottle of champagne I’ve ever had with all the names of who shared them and what the date was written on them, it’s been a long time since I added to the collection!

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Phil has had an analogue Christmas too, as his friend Mick needed to get his record deck working, so gave it to Phil to do, so we have been listening to vinyl records!

Old Skool
Old Skool

and this is Phil taking pictures of his DAC that he got himself for Christmas about 2 months ago!!

oy that's MY job :)
oy that’s MY job 🙂

So that’s Christmas done, boxing day today so now to sort out Turkey & Veg Crumble!

Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas 🙂

Laters gaters 😉

 

 

 

The Sunday Fraggle Report

Winter is Coming…as the saying goes, or rather it’s here, and my photography has dropped, grey days and wet days so last week didn’t bring much in the way of pleasant views.

working life
working life

My work mornings and evenings have mostly consisted of the above, roadworks everywhere, traffic jams and queues, it gets wearing! Never mind, on my travels I meet other miserable creatures and I stopped and had a chat with this fellow..

Horse
Horse
wet horse
wet horse

gave him a handful of fresh grass and had a pat on his nose. He seemed lonely.

My lovely hubby had a few days off and did the grocery run, bought me some chocolates too, 🙂

Ferari chocs
Ferari chocs

This week hasn’t been any better with the weather or the traffic, but I managed a sunset when I was in MacDonalds carpark having a cappucino.

Sunset at MacD''s
Sunset at MacD”s

Also we had two really cold sharp nights and the moon is on our side of the world so I’ve been practising my astro photography.

Waxing Gibbous
Waxing Gibbous
Full Moon
Full Moon

I think they came out different colours because I left the WB on ‘shadey’  for the first one, but I like it as it is.

My Christmas present from Phil arrived this week 🙂 and I’ve been SO good not to open it, only 18 days to go!

wonder what it is? :)
wonder what it is? 🙂

Phil also got our new Christmas Tree from ASDA when he went to the supermarket, and couldn’t find a plain one so had to get one with integral lights, the instructions were not too bad and we managed to get it working this weekend.

Building the new tree
Building the new tree

and so it was time to get all the decorations out..

Mum's musical advent tree
Mum’s musical advent tree
looks like Christmas
looks like Christmas

and this is what the tree looks like now!

Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree

We also have a tree outside I got lights for a couple of years ago, poor Phil, I cajoled him into getting them on this year and he did them even though it was horrid outside.

putting up the lights
Health & Safety people look away now.

and it looks fab!

all lit up
all lit up

Today has been a nice quiet day, Shelly & Cal came over for a visit, and I cooked Sunday lunch for Phil and me, chicken breasts stuffed and wrapped in garlic and herb stuffing with glazed carrots, green beans and lush roasties.

Sunday dinner
Sunday dinner

and now I”M stuffed. Time to get ready for work and start all over again.

laters gaters 😉