Thursday, 23 October 2008

23 October : Old Friends

Parties are very much the thing at the moment. Last weekend it was Samir's 30th. This coming weekend it is dph's 50th birthday party (yes, he does exist) and next week it is Brian Duerden's retirement party. Trying to put together a card for dph means scanning through some old photographs. This is one of my favourites. It was taken on a holiday to La Rochelle in France.

22 October : Samir and Bader

Again from the birthday party, this picture of Samir with his father, my good friend Bader.

21 October : Samir At Thirty

On Saturday night we went to Sheffield to our friend Samir's thirtieth birthday party. He was back from New York for the occasion and the theme of the evening was Indian. Isobel managed a kaftan, whereas I was wearing ... well the advantage of always taking the photographs is that nobody will ever know.

20 October : The Power Of The Moon

Occasionally the October clouds clear and you have blazing blue skies. This was taken mid-morning but the moon was still up, framed by the electricity pylon.

19 October : Marsden Duck Race

The last of the Marsden shots shows a skip, a JCV and the River Colne. What you can't see is the hundreds of plastic ducks inside the skip. The are about to be dumped into the River for the start of the great Marsden Duck Race.

18 October : The Anchormen on the Bridge

Saturday was a dull and drizzly day, but Sunday was gorgeous. The Anchormen played on the Marquee on the Bridge and the sound swept down the valley. It was a wonderful experience.

17 October : Unfurl at the Legion

One of my trips up to the British Legion was to see Unfurl, one of the "Hot New Bands at the Legion". Olivia Moore played violin in a haunting manner. The one thing I love about this picture is the composition - the way your eye is taken on a tour around the canvas.

16 October : Colonel Alexander Hitchcock Galloway

The Temperance Seven were one of our guests on the Friday evening. Of course there are eight members of the band, the eighth being pictured above. To quote from the band's website : "Colonel Alexander Hitchcock Galloway - Second-In-Command and Megaphonic Refrain. The Colonel is best known for his Gargantuan Appetite and answers to the Soubriquet “Trencherman” within the Ranks of the Orchestra. Silver Medallist at the Prince Phillip National Flatulence Championships, the Colonel lists his Hobbies as Fasting and Flagellation".

15 October : Stoking Up

The full set of Marsden photographs is available in one of my on-line Picasa albums. Not all the photographs are in that album and this category includes this picture of Rod Mason preparing for his evening gig with Ben Crosland and Dave O'Higgins.

14 October : Marsden Mill

For some reason over the Festival weekend I kept walking from the centre of the village up to the British Legion. I must have done the journey half a dozen times. The walk takes you past Marsden Mill, much of which now lies empty. For some reason it missed out on the mill conversion programme, and now it is perhaps too late.

13 October : Plotting and Planning

A photograph taken on the day the 2008 Marsden Jazz Festival started. The first event is still some hours away but Eric and Barney take on refreshments in anticipation of the stress to come.

12 October : Rock Of Ages

Rock of ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee. But not for much longer. My rock of ages - the Rock Inn, Upper Edge Elland, is due to close in the coming few days. Could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, such a pub I'll never know.

11 October : From The Window

From the window of the Chequers. Such an English village scene. It's all there - the kettle, the telephone box, the green.

10 October : The Chequers Inn

After visiting Lee in Garforth we called in at the Chequers Inn at Ledsham for lunch. A lovely pub set in a beautiful village.

09 October : Amy The Dog

Amy the dog - captures whilst she was having a snooze. It isn't hard catching Amy having a snooze. She spends most of the day having a snooze. At night, however, she sleeps.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

08 October : Lee The Greengrocer

Lee and Louise moved into their new shop last week and today half the family drove over to Garforth for a visit. And what a superb shop it is - everything you could want from a quality greengrocers and much more.

07 October : Corn

I think this is corn, but I have never been any good with crops and earth and stuff. Anyway it was green and growing and in a field Amy and I walked past.

Monday, 6 October 2008

06 October : Broad Street, Oxford

One of those photographs which never match the actual vision. It was late afternoon and the sky was clouding over. The stone of the college buildings was turned dark by the sinking sun but the shops higher up Broad Street were still colourful and almost shone. The picture doesn't catch it so you will just have to imagine it.

05 October : Abingdon Letters

Staying with our day out in Abingdon, this was an old corn merchant's shop which had been converted into an estate agents or something similarly transient. The lettering above the shop window remains and it is quite beautiful.

04 October : The Brewery Tap

On our drive into Abingdon I spotted the Brewery Tap and walked back to pay it a visit later. In fact it was only the tap for Morland's Brewery for about three years, having been created from a row of brewery offices. And just as it came the brewery went, so it remains a tap without a tank. so to speak.

03 October : Abingdon Brewery

Abingdon was once the home of Morland's Brewery until 2000 when, following a takeover by Greene King, the brewery was closed down and turned into a housing development. The colourful wall-plates are a sad reminder of better days.

02 October : Abingdon County Hall

A few days in Oxford and we visit Abingdon. A strange baroque County Hall dominates what is largely a dull red-brick shopping centre.

01 October : The First Supper

Alexander is now at University but only twenty-odd miles separate him from home and therefore we are able to meet up fairly regularly. Our first meeting was one with M&C and the boys for a meal out at the Loch Fyne in Sheffield.