Tall Ships at Sunderland ~ July 2018 ~ Part 3

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE Finishing up our day visiting the tall ships, here are a few more random pictures I took on the day.             Actually the handstand man was part of a shoreside kind of play where himself and a couple of totties ran around half a ships deck, but I have no idea what that was all about.     I think though, my fave shot of the day was looking up at the grey block of flats overlooking the river and seeing this   Stay tooned for a visit to…

Tall Ships at Sunderland ~ July 2018~ part 1

The History Bit The Tall Ships Races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles and a “cruise in company” between the legs. Over one half  of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people. After World War II, tall ships were a dying breed, having lost out to steam-powered ships several decades before. It was a retired solicitor from London, Bernard Morgan, who first dreamed up the…

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…

The Diwali Festival~ Sunderland~ Nov 2017~ Part 1

Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair,  and it is also celebrated by  Jains, Sikhs and Newar Buddhists to mark different historical events and stories. It is a five-day festival in many regions of India, with Diwali night centering on the new moon – the darkest night – at the end of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin and the start of the month of Kartika. In the Common Era calendar, Diwali typically falls towards the end of October, or first…

Sunderland ~ November 2017

Sophie lives in Sunderland and had spotted the signs for the Diwali Festival so we decided that would be a cool thing to attend with our cameras. We knew parking would be a bit of a nightmare so we  walked to the Festival which was being held at the National Glass Centre. Of course I took pictures along the way, so before we get to the festival, this post will be of our walk on the way. The old Fire Station on Station Road West is a wonderful Edwardian building, with immense heritage value and importance. It has lain derelict…

Fraggle Report~Washington Wildfowl Trust~March 2017

One of the first outings Sophie and I had this year, was to visit the wildfowl trust at Washington, a reasonably regular haunt as the birds there are cool to see. First though we went to see the building of the new bridge across the River Wear in Sunderland.  It’s a bit of a behemoth and will link up Castletown to Pallion, or, as my hubby says, will link up one shit~hole to another shit~hole 🙂 I think they must be trying to have an iconic bridge, as Newcastle has 7 beautiful ones, and the other Sunderland bridges are pig…

Day 54~366

I was working in Sunderland today, managed a couple of pictures. Firstly I stopped for lunch in a carpark and saw a Mum and her teenager on top of a car, Later in the afternoon I had to park up on the sea front at Seaham, while I waited for a client to get home from her bowling match, it was a bit wild and windy, so just took a couple of shots. The beach and the safety belt, Think I like that one most, so that is for the daily shot!