Fraggle Report~ Bolam Lake~September 2017

Now the Road Trip is done, I can go back to reporting on the lovely scenery that Sophie and I got to see on our day trips this year.  Back in September, just before Autumn turned up, we had a sunny day and headed off to Bolam Lake. Although I’ve been before a few years ago, Sophie hadn’t so off we went. Warning: short attention span~ners leave now, long post with lots of pretty photo’s 🙂 The lake was constructed c.1817 for Lord Decies of Bolam. John Dobson was commissioned to lay out the grounds in 1816, including the 25-acre…

Bridges Over the River Tyne ~ Part 3

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE After we got to the end of the High Level Bridge it was time to go to lunch, and we found a fab little cafe called Long Play Cafe, as well as serving great food and coffee, they have a record deck and loads of music on vinyl which you can play if your sitting next to the deck After lunch we walked to the Swing Bridge and went across it and back again. The hydraulic power still used to move the bridge is today derived from electrically driven pumps. These feed a…

Day 365~366

Tonight Phil came with me to photograph the bridges over the Tyne. I’ve seen loads from other people, and it probably doesn’t look any different to those, but this is mine and I’m chuffed it turned out so well.   I took a few others so here are they, The millennium bridge and The Baltic   The millennium bridge and The Sage   The Sage and my shot of the day.. ta da!  

Day 347~366

Phil’s on night shift this week, and the temperature is quite mild, so took a trip into South Shields and shot the Port of Tyne from our side of the river, lots of pretty lights and reflections. Better if you click on the picture to embiggen it I think.  

Day 332~366

A busy day today and the weather was pants, so just messed about with flowers and floating the balls :). Might have gone a bit OTT. 😀 Am away early tomorrow morning, off to Manchester on a train, and back again on Tuesday.   I haven’t been on a train for years so am quite excited. I will be taking the ball of course 🙂

Day 331~366

This afternoon I went for a walk on Cleadon Hills, hadn’t been there before, but thought I might catch the sunset as it’s high up.  I managed to park in the wrong place and ended up walking up a really steep muddy hill to get to the top, as opposed to the gentle incline I could have taken if I’d just driven a bit further down the road.  No matter, I survived (though my leg muscles may not forgive me tomorrow) and it was worth it for the views.  I walked a lot further than intended and realised I’d have…

Day 326~366

Ooh only 40 days to go! Anyways today we have had atrocious weather, it’s been very dark grey skies, lots of rain and now the wind has really picked up too. It’s horrid out there. I did not fancy going out with the ball, and the dull light indoors wasn’t very inspiring, so I waited until proper dark, (would have said night but proper dark  happened at 4.30 in the afternoon!) and messed about with flowers and candles. I quite like the result.

Day 320~366

We had a bit of blue sky until mid afternoon so I toddled off to the beach at South Shields with the ball and took a few shots. Photographing a crystal ball in sunlight is not the best because you get a lot of reflections on the surface of the ball, but it’s do~able if you shoot at the right angle.   There was plenty of shade amongst the rocks too so took some there as well. I got photobombed by a Rottweiler! Just as I took the shot he bounded up and started digging a hole. this next one…