Tynemouth Market ~ November 2018

Now and then due to busyness or bad weather, Sophie and I go to Tynemouth Market for a shorter excursion as it’s only 20 minutes away and there’s always stuff to photograph, and shop for!  The market is held at Tynemouth Metro Station, a Grade II listed building, and is on every Saturday and Sunday.

Things you could buy there..

Eyerolling cat.

 

Steampunk Topper

 

Hangover Tea

 

Skullptures

 

Nuts and bolts

 

Converted fire extinguishers

 

These might be sitting on my kitchen shelf now 🙂

 

Art Deco perfume bottle.

Things you might see there…

carving his wares

 

 

Illuminations

 

There are always lots of doggies

princess

 

Doggage à Trois

 

and sartorially elegant ladies

Golden Wonder

We had our lunch there..

 

and then went to have a quick look at the newly opened Spanish City, which I’ll do next time, so stay tooned!

Beamish Museum WW1 Transport~ Part 4

Part 1 HERE     Part 2 HERE   Part 3 HERE  

Coming to the end of our day out now and first off some WW1 Nurses

Nurses and Burgers

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 🙂

 

Quick March
Madam Formidable calls a taxi

 

They had some horses ploughing fields

not much scattering going on.

and I used my telephoto to take some pictures of the horses and owners

true love
Bored now
Chocolate Chip Cookies (the horse pinched one 🙂 )
smiley man

When we got off the bus we stood and watched everyone and everything go by

it’s a dog’s life..
Bus conductor-ess
The 114 to Byker

but mostly I just loved all the horses

 

and that’s about it, except for my award for most appropriately dressed person of the day goes to…

 

Geordie Shore 🙂

Well if you’ve got it, flaunt it! 😀

So that’s the end of our trip to Beamish this time, there’ll be others I’m sure as they have a lot of events on, and once you buy your ticket, you can go as many times a year as you want.

All pictures can be clicked on to embiggen where they look even better cos you can see more stuff in them. 🙂

The full album (which has a fair few more photo’s) can be found HERE

Stay tooned for the next adventure!

 

 

 

Beamish Museum WW1 Transport ~ part 3

Part 1 HERE  Part 2 HERE

The museum is currently undergoing an £18million expansion, to include a 1950s Town and coaching inn.  They have a huge store cupboard where they’re getting stuff together for it.

I have no idea what this is
A feed the baby race. 😳 (the x-box of it’s day 🤣 )

This next shot is of a contraption that was used by hairdressers to perm ladies hair!

perm machine (aka death’s head!)

apparently they would sometimes, catch fire, or blow up, and some ladies were severely burned or died!

Keep smiling!

Wall to wall retro!

 

 

 

 

 

a 1950’s icon
Still going strong today

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 1950’s town when it’s up and running.  Who remembers any of this stuff! Not me of course, I’m far too young! 🤣🤣

Stay tooned loads more to come!

All images can be embiggened for extended perusal of their magnificence 🤣

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Druridge Bay Vintage Rally~August 2017~finale

Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.  

Riley was a British motorcar and bicycle manufacturer from 1890. Riley became part of the Nuffield Organisation in 1938 and was merged into the British Leyland Motor Corporation in 1968. ln July 1969 British Leyland announced the immediate end of Riley production. My Mum had a lovely little blue Riley Elf when I was a kid, I have fond memories of that car, but haven’t seen one for ages now. At the rally they had a Riley one point five, which looked similar to the Elf from the front

but the Elf looked more like a mini from the side and rear. Nice to see this anyway.

The Triumph marque had its origins in 1885 when Siegfried Bettmann of Nuremberg formed S. Bettmann & Co and started importing bicycles from Europe and selling them under his own trade name in London. The trade name became “Triumph” the following year, and in 1887 Bettmann was joined by a partner, Moritz Schulte, also from Germany. In 1889, the businessmen started producing their own bicycles in Coventry, England. In 1930 the company’s name was changed to Triumph Motor Company. Triumph could not compete with the larger car companies for the mass market, so decided to produce expensive cars, and introduced the models Southern Cross and Gloria. When I was a trainee Nurse, my first car was a Triumph Herald. The key ignition didn’t work in it so every time I needed to start it I would lift the bonnet and push a rubber button which fired it up. Good times! These two shots are of the Southern Cross vehicles.

Not sure what this next one is, I should take notes really, but as it’s got a crank handle to start it up I think it’s one of the oldest we saw. As a by it’s also for sale, there’s a note on the side window advertising it for £10.500!

Jaguar is the luxury vehicle brand of Jaguar Land Rover, a British multinational car manufacturer with its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, England, owned by the Indian company Tata Motors since 2008. The 1960s Mark 2 became one of the most recognisable Jaguar models ever produced.

Seddon Atkinson Vehicles Limited, a manufacturer of large goods vehicles based in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, was formed in mid 1970 when Atkinson Vehicles Limited of Preston was acquired by Seddon Diesel Vehicles Limited of Oldham. In 1974 the firm was acquired by the American giant International Harvester, and in February 1983 it was purchased by the Spanish group ENASA which made it a subsidiary of Pegaso. In 1990 it became part of the international commercial vehicle concern Iveco who used the brand for various types of specialised vehicles in the United Kingdom. The range of models produced included EuroMover, Pacer and Strato, which are aimed at refuse collection, recycling and construction operators. The Oldham manufacturing facilities were shut-down in 2004, and the offices were closed at the end of 2006.

Merryweather & Sons of Clapham, later Greenwich, London, were builders of steam fire engines and steam tram engines. The founder was Moses Merryweather (1791–1872) of Clapham, who was joined by his son Richard Moses (1839–1877). The company celebrated their 362nd anniversary in 2008 and is still going strong as far as I can tell.

So that’s it for vintage vehicles, stay tooned for the next report which will feature dogs, sheep people and birds. 🙂

 

Druridge Bay Vintage Rally ~August 2017~ Part 2

Part 1

SO on to the vintage vehicles, am always amazed how people keep them in such great condition, labours of love I’m sure.

The Austin Motor Company Limited was a British manufacturer of motor vehicles, founded in 1905 by Herbert Austin. In 1952 it was merged with Morris Motors Limited in the new holding company British Motor Corporation (BMC) Limited, keeping its separate identity.

My Mum had one of these…

Bedford Vehicles, usually shortened to just Bedford, was a brand of vehicle produced by Vauxhall Motors, which was ultimately owned by General Motors (GM). Established in 1930 and constructing commercial vehicles, Bedford Vehicles was a leading international lorry brand, with substantial export sales of light, medium, and heavy lorries throughout the world. It was GM Europe’s most profitable venture for several years.

great to see cars from across the pond,

The Lincoln Town car marketed by the Lincoln division of the American automaker Ford Motor Company from 1981 to 2011. This one from 1994.

Not to be outdone though Cadillac is among the oldest automobile brands in the world, second in America only to fellow GM marque Buick. The firm was founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company in 1902. It was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Michigan. The Cadillac crest is based on his coat of arms. 1965 for this beauty.

and I’ll let the Americans finish up today with the Mercury, a defunct division of the American automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company. Marketed as an entry-level premium brand for nearly its entire existence, Mercury was created in 1938 by Edsel Ford. Forming half of the Lincoln-Mercury Division, the brand was intended to bridge the price gap between the Ford and Lincoln vehicle lines. Starting it’s life in 1974, this was the oldest American car there.

Hard to choose a favourite I think, and still more to come so stay tooned!

Fraggle Report ~ Druridge Bay Vintage Rally ~ August 2017

Sophie and I went off to visit Druridge Bay, a manmade lake, Watersport place and Nature reserve.  However when we got there we saw they were having a vintage rally so we decided to do that instead.  Lots of old cars and enginey things to look at and photograph.

Lots of dogs too of course

vintage tractors were popular

an old cow milker

not sure what this was for, didn’t like the look of the fluorescent liquid that was produced!

I guess it is some sort of pump, as is this next one

 

no idea what this one does

this one is easy

there was a vintage fairground game

and vintage tattoo’s

vintage bikes too, but that seat didn’t look comfortable!

next time we’ll see some of the cars and vans so stay tooned!

 

 

Beamish Museum Steam Fair & WW1 Vehicles, April 2016, part 2

Part 1 HERE

More old vehicles from days of yore

A 1910 Karrier

and his engine decoration

Vulcan

No idea what it is, but it’s big

Optimus Prime?

Anyone remember these?

Penny farthings

Ariel

Matchless

Perry 2 cylinder 1916

Day 273~366

Revolutions per minute (abbreviated rpm, RPM, rev/min, r/min) is a measure of the frequency of rotation, specifically the number of rotations around a fixed axis in one minute. It is used as a measure of rotational speed of a mechanical component. In the French language, tr/mn (tours par minute) is the common abbreviation. The German language uses the abbreviation U/min or u/min (Umdrehungen pro Minute).
A gramophone record (phonograph record in American English) or vinyl record, commonly known as a record, is an analogue sound storage medium in the form of a flat polyvinyl chloride(previously shellac) disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove. The groove usually starts near the periphery and ends near the center of the disc. Phonograph records are generally described by their diameter in inches (12″, 10″, 7″), the rotational speed in rpm at which they are played (16 2⁄3, 33 1⁄3, 45, 78), and their time capacity, determined by their diameter and speed (LP [long playing], 12-inch disc, 33 1⁄3 rpm; SP [single], 10-inch disc, 78 rpm, or 7-inch disc, 45 rpm; EP [extended play], 12-inch disc, 33 1⁄3 or 45 rpm); their reproductive quality, or level of fidelity(high-fidelity, orthophonic, full-range, etc.); and the number of audio channels (mono, stereo,quad, etc.).

The long playing (nicknamed the LP; in full a 33 1⁄3 rpm microgroove) record is a vinyl record format, an analog sound storage medium. Introduced by Columbia in 1948, it was soon adopted as a new standard by the entire record industry. Apart from relatively minor refinements and the important later addition of stereophonic sound, it has remained the standard format for vinyl albums. At the time the LP was introduced, nearly all phonograph records for home use were made of an abrasive (and therefore noisy) shellac compound, employed a much larger groove, and played at approximately 78 revolutions per minute (rpm), limiting the playing time of a 12-inch diameter record to less than five minutes per side. The new product was a 12- or 10-inch (30 or 25 cm) fine-grooved disc made of vinyl and played with a smaller-tipped “microgroove” stylus at a speed of 33 1⁄3 rpm. Each side of a 12-inch LP could play for more than 20 minutes. Only the microgroove standard was new, as both vinyl and the 33 1⁄3 rpm speed had been used for special purposes for many years, as well as in one unsuccessful earlier attempt to introduce a long-playing record for home use by RCA Victor.
Although the LP was suited to classical music because of its extended continuous playing time, it also allowed a collection of ten or more pop music recordings to be put on a single disc. Previously, such collections, as well as longer classical music broken up into several parts, had been sold as sets of 78 rpm records in a specially imprinted “record album” consisting of individual record sleeves bound together in book form. The use of the word “album” persisted for the one-disc LP equivalent.

The phonograph disc record was the primary medium used for music reproduction until late in the 20th century, replacing the phonograph cylinder record—with which it had co-existed from the late 1880s through to the 1920s—by the late 1920s. Records retained the largest market share even when new formats such as compact cassette were mass-marketed. By the late 1980s, digital media, in the form of the compact disc, had gained a larger market share, and the vinyl record left the mainstream in 1991. From the 1990s to the 2010s, records continued to be manufactured and sold on a much smaller scale, and were especially used by disc jockeys (DJ)s, released by artists in some genres, and listened to by a niche market of audiophiles. The phonograph record has made a niche resurgence in the early 21st century – 9.2 million records were sold in the U.S. in 2014, a 260% increase since 2009. Likewise, in the UK sales have increased five-fold from 2009 to 2014.

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Day 228~366

The meaning of colours 5~Blue

Blue has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other color. These can be easily explained by pinpointing by the specific shade of blue.
Bright blue: cleanliness, strength, dependability, coolness
(The origin of these meanings arise from the qualities of the ocean and inland waters, most of which are more tangible.)

Light (sky) blue: peace, serenity, ethereal, spiritual, infinity
(The origin of these meanings is the intangible aspects of the sky.)

Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding. On the other hand, blue evolved as symbol of depression in American culture. “Singing the blues” and feeling blue” are good examples of the complexity of color symbolism and how it has been evolved in different cultures.

Blue’s global similarities are significant:

Blue is the #1 favorite color of all people.

53% of the flags in the world contain blue.

Blue is the most commonly used color in corporate identity.

A dark blue suit is professional business attire.

Blue jeans are worn all over the world.

Aristocracy is blue-blooded in all European languages.

Unique Meanings of Blue in Different Cultures

Greeks believe that blue wards off “the evil eye.

The English “to feel blue” has no equivalent in other languages while in German “blau sein” (literally: to be blue) means to be drunk or in Russian “голубой” (literally: light blue) means to be homosexual.

Dark blue is the color of mourning in Korea.

The god Krishna has blue skin.

Shades of blue are described as shallow or deep instead of light or dark in China.

Blue is for a baby girl; pink for a baby boy in Belgium.

“Prince Charming” is called “The Blue Prince” in Italy and Spain.

(info from Colour Matters)

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and because she was there…

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Day 161~366

What exciting times here. Skye saw off an ‘intruder’ in the middle of the night. A neighbourhood cat came in through Skye’s cat flap, and Skye charged off downstairs and cornered the interloper in the lounge. Phil got up to see WTH was going on and when he got downstairs saw Skye hissing and spitting and growling at the other cat, Phil said it looked terrified, then it shot off back to the cat flap with Skye in hot pursuit and all fired up and ready to rumble glaring at the cat flap! Phil calmed her down and she’s probably quite chuffed with herself for being Top Cat.  I slept through most of it 🙂

Our weather has been strangely glorious as every day this week the weather forecast tells us we are under cloud with heavy showers, I must have missed them.  Today my shot is of Skye reflected in the twin lenses of my little Lubitel 166B.  Haven’t used it much as am concentrating on my 366, hopefully will have a bit more time soon. Its a b***h to focus!

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Day 93 ~366

Found this old pocket watch in Mum’s things when she died. I think it belonged to my Grandad, but it’s seen better days, no hands or inner workings. It must have looked fab when it was new.

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Day 90~366

I recently shot a couple of rolls of film on my Holga, and await their return with bated breath. It’s always hit and miss as to whether the photo’s will be in focus, exposed correctly, ruined by light leaks or accidental double exposures. There isn’t much control over the Holga! So I had a little look about the whole Lomo thing, and found out the next step up from a Holga would be a Lubitel 166B TLR, which has settings for aperture and shutter speed and looks like a poor man’s Rollieflex.  As I am a poor woman, it fits in my budget very nicely, and one arrived today. It’s going to be a steep learning curve, I got a roll in and on the go but looking down into a view finder is extremely weird and I haven’t got the hang of it, also there’s a lot more thinking about aperture and shutter speed which I’m not that used to, knowing the fuji will take care of that with an auto ISO setting while I just choose the aperture.  But I’m looking forward to learning, got a notebook to check what I’m doing so I can compare them with the shots I get back and will be posting the results when I get some shots developed. A cool square 🙂

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