Monday, 29 October 2007

Elland Skyline

This was taken in Elland about thirty years ago. The combination of the cast-iron chimney pots, the TV aerials and the statue make for a wonderful photo. I must go and investigate whether they are all still there.

Neddy


It seems ages since we dipped into the archives. This one must date back about 25 years or so. Both Isobel and our good friends Mark and Chrissy are looking young and comparatively carefree. But the real star of the photo is Neddy the car. What memories.

Haworth Cottage


This was just a little cottage on the main street in Haworth. The coming of winter and the lack of a garden doesn't stop a magnificent display.

Haworth, West Yorkshire


Another shot from the Haworth visit. Black and white quite suits the stone cottages and cobbled streets.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

A Pint At The Black Bull


A visit to Haworth meant I could grab a pint in the Black Bull and add it to my collection for the 100 pint challenge. I also added it to my Blog of Great Yorkshire Pubs.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

The Sun And The Crematorium

Looking back over the past nine months of this blog there must be dozens of pictures of the Crematorium that Amy and I walk through most days. There are enough seasonal photos amongst them to easily produce a calendar. "A Year In The Huddersfield Crematorium", I can see it now on the Christmas shop shelves.

Soft Coated Wheaten Leaves

At this time of year it is easy to lose Amy, our soft-coated wheaten terrier. The gold and brown leaves provide perfect cover. Sometimes she will stand perfectly still and you need to screw your eyes up looking for her. And then a squirrel will climb a tree and she is off like the wind and the leaves fly into the sky as she leaps towards her pray. Unsuccessfully I am glad to say.

Mist And Sun

The combination of mist and sun at this time of the year gives some wonderful results. It is my favourite time of the year for taking photographs.

The Cow And The Motorway

During our walk this morning, this cow caught my eye. It was stood on a small hill overlooking the motorway. Unfortunately, in this shot, the motorway doesn't come out very well so I will need to revisit the scene.

Leaves


These leaves were simply picked from whatever carnivore is growing all up the back wall of our house. The colours seem more extreme than usual this year.

Makeover

Dave came around for some photos for his new bus pass the other day. Couldn't help including this in the batch. We decided we would pin it up in the pub and ask for suitable slogans. The best so far is : "Dave realised he had probably made a mistake in going to that new Taliban shop when he decided to have a make-over".

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Pub Sign, Heath Common


This was the sign at the Kings Arms, Heath Common, which is near Wakefield. An absolutely delightful pub, captured for my series on Great Yorkshire pubs.

Sun Through The Fence

The sun was unusually strong and sharp today turning this fence into a thing of some beauty.

Sun Through The Trees

I must have done this photograph a hundred times but I never tire of the subject. The Autumn sun seeps through the trees.

MJF 4 : Marquee On The Bridge

This picture seems to sum up much of what Marsden is. The river, the ducks, the marquee and the young musicians playing for the sheer joy of it. It was a good Festival.

MJF 3 - Dennis Rollins


The Festival was brought to a spectacular conclusion on Sunday by our weekend guest, Denni Rollins, taking the stage with Badbone. Superb.

MJF 2 : Guitarist

The Saturday evening Mechanics gig brought Liane Carroll to Marsden. This was her guitarist whose name I didn't catch.

MJF 1 - Chris Barber


Day 1 of the 2007 Marsden Jazz Festival. The Friday concert at the Mechanics featured Chris Barber, still going strong after all these years.

The Shapes and Colours of Autumn

The leaves are in full fall now, carpeting every available surface. There is not only a colour to Autumn but also a shape. The American's are lucky, the have the descriptive term "the Fall" which is perfect.

She Ain't Heavy ... She's My Sister

This great ball of fur was carried into my room this evening by Alexander. Despite the sentiment, she is heavy. We need to start some serious walking again.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Hot Hands

Still at last weekend's Scarborough Jazz Festival, the real star of which was a young American percussionist called Richie Barshay. This is him getting the audience involved is some very complex clapping rhythms.

Hot Mallets

I seem to recall that it was the great American vibraphone player Lionel Hampton who had an LP entitled "Hot Mallets". The title could now be deservedly handed on to the young British player, Jim Hart, who was superb at the 2007 Scarborough Jazz Festival.