It was very misty this morning, for the first time this year. I can never avoid pictures of trees against a foggy background, they always seem to paint such wonderful patterns.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Back to the sun and back to my youth and back to the archives. This photograph was taken during a holiday in the British Virgin Islands in the early 1980s. Isobel and I stayed on my brothers' boat which was moored in Maya Cove. Each morning I would row to the Tortola shore for breakfast.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Wonderful night last night at Chrissy's birthday dinner. This photograph of her was taken at some point during the evening and therefore constitutes her official birthday portrait. Happy birthday Chrissy ... and thanks for a memorable evening.
Friday, 23 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Scanning old negatives is a form of time travel : seeing an old negative again after 40 years can take you back faster than a Tardis. In some cases you are seeing a photograph for the first time since you rejected it when doing the original printing. Take this picture of Aunty Miriam : I cannot recall ever having seen a print of this before.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
After stuttering and stomping, creaking and crashing for the last fortnight, the new computer finally expired this morning. At some stage it is going to have to go into computer-hospital, but in the meantime I have reactivated - from a cryogenic state - my old Packard Bell. If you are reading this it means it is still functioning!
Each new phase of life seems to have its own milestones and now that Xan is at University the milestone I need to get used to is re-packing his bags ready for a new term. He went back today and this means that from now on the house will be tidy, the kitchen will be clean, the electricity bill will be smaller .... and I will miss him like crazy.
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Tomorrow we take Xan back to Sheffield so it is suitable that today's image comes from my time in Sheffield. It must have been taken in the 1980s and it clearly is Weston Park (the main building of Sheffield University can be seen in the background). From the banners it must have been some kind of religious gathering, possibly a Sunday School Parade. Do such things still take place?
Friday, 16 January 2009
There is a Duke Ellington/Russel Procope track called "Swamp Goo". I thought of it this morning as Amy and I walked alongside the Crematorium Swamp and emerged with dry feet and mudless boots. Last year at this time any attempt to walk the Crem Path resulted in your feet being sucked into the spreading bog, but the new boardwalk is a wonder.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Archive time. This goes back almost forty years. There are Isobel and Jane, both looking young and happy. Next up the staircase is Jane's mother, Barbara, and finally Issy's mum, Edith. I can still remember taking this picture at Shibden Park.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Now here is a strange thing. This morning I was reading a newspaper article which stated that a follow-up to A A Milne's "House At Pooh Corner" book had been commissioned. Vaguely thinking of this I set off on a walk with Amy. Within a few minutes a flock of birds flew overhead. Now I don't know about you, but to me they seem to be saying something!
Monday, 12 January 2009
On Saturday we visited Andy Thornton's Architectural Antiques Mill in West Vale, Halifax. After living within a couple of miles of it for many a year, it was my first visit. Her is a plaster statue of Jesus on the Bargain Rack, reduced to just £450. There is something about faith and credit crunch waiting to be said, but this old atheist can't work out what it is.
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
I took this photograph forty or so years ago. It was a garage in Elland which had been constructed largely of old advertising signs. If it still existed - and I assume it doesn't although I haven't checked - it would be a prime source of what are now called "architectural antiques".
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Monday, 5 January 2009
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Saturday, 3 January 2009
A dark, cold, grey day today and therefore a good time to dip into the archives of scanned photos. This picture of Isobel was taken some twenty-five years ago during a holiday in Greece. I assume it is in Athens, as we were based there and - if I am not mistaken - that is the Acropolis in the background.
Friday, 2 January 2009
Today I went in search of North Street, Keighley and whilst I was there I became re-acquainted with the outside of the Star Hotel which, surprisingly given the last pint I had there, is still open. Indeed, it looks as though it might have undergone a bit of a resurrection, so another visit to the inside is called for.