Thursday, 30 July 2009

090730 Barbecue Summer

Some months ago, someone at the Met Office suggested that 2009 would be a barbecue summer. Now they are regretting their forecast. This was taken this morning on my balcony : a balcony I have been hardly able to use this year.

090729 Kirkheaton Church

Visiting Kirkheaton to call in at the Beaumont Arms (see my Great Yorkshire Pubs blog) I turned the camera around and took this picture of the lovely old stone church.

090728 Holme Moss

A rare day when the rain wasn't streaming down. This picture is taken from the top of Holme Moss looking north towards Huddersfield.

Monday, 27 July 2009

090727 Photoshop Harbour

I can't even remember where I took this photograph, or when. But clearly, at some stage, I have done some work on it with Photoshop. So it will just have to be Photoshop Harbour.

090726 Far Too Much Fun

On Saturday night we went over to Widnes and spent a marvellous evening with Dave and Debbie. Far too much wine was drunk, far too much good company, far too much stimulating conversation. Too much to take any photographs, so here is one I took earlier - as they say.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Friday, 24 July 2009

090724 : Black Clouds

My "Cloudspotter's Guide" arrived yesterday. It is somewhat disappointing in that, although it is full of illustrations of different types of clouds, these are all in black and white. It rather spoils the point of the whole thing. Here is a picture of the black and white clouds outside today. Miserable.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

090723 Scrap Yard

Scanning some old slides today and I came across this one. I took it in Halifax I think, about 45 years ago. The railway line in the background is the one which used to run from Halifax to Bradford via Queensbury. Now, long gone.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

090722 : Stanley And The Guardian

The latest member of our extended family came calling this morning. Stanley sat on his mothers' knee picked up my copy of the Guardian and started reading. His grandfather Rob and great uncle Dave will be horrified, not by his precociousness but by his choice of reading matter. For them if it is not written in the Daily Mail it isn't worth reading. But it looks like young Stanley is developing more cultivated reading habits.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

090721 Puerto Banus

Outside it is cold, dark and very wet. Even if I wanted to take a photograph, I can't see anyone wanting to look at it. So here is one I prepared earlier. Last month, in fact, when we were on our cruise. The blue skies and the ancient tower are in the Spanish resort of Puerto Banus.

Monday, 20 July 2009

090720 Markets

Again this is from the archives. From the negatives which are next to it, I am fairly certain that it was taken in Bath. Probably about 25 years ago.

090719 Where On The Rhine?

I am fairly sure that this picture shows the River Rhine. It is so long ago that I took it, I can't remember whether it is Basel or Cologne. I have been to both in my time and both are on the River Rhine.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

090718 Pointing My Camera Towards The Sky

I am still awaiting the arrival of my "Cloud Spotters Handbook" but I have already started pointing my camera skywards. In a few days I will be able to tell you what these clouds are.

Friday, 17 July 2009

090717 Whitby

I had a call today from a friend I haven't seen in a long time. He spoke about coming over to visit from Ireland where he lives. He said he very much wanted to visit Whitby. I have not been to Whitby for years. The last time I was there, I took this photo.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

090716 The Visitors

I am generally better with people than with places. I suspect this might have been taken at Bankfield House, Halifax but I can't be certain. It does show my good friend Janie (and that is her sister Katie almost hidden behind her), my wife-to-be Issy (with Janie's mother hidden behind her) and Issy's father and mother, Raymond and Edie. At a guess, it must have been taken about 1970.

090715 Woodside Fisheries

I'm normally pretty good at remembering where I took photographs some forty plus years after the event when I come to scan the negatives to add them to my digital collection. If I zoom in far enough I can just make out that at the bottom of the street is "Woodside Fisheries" which suggests it might have been taken in the Boothtown area of Halifax. I must have taken it, but for the life of me I can't remember.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

090714 We Prosecute

If there is anything guaranteed to make me want to break into a property and desecrate its' alabaster statues it is signs like this. The house is built next to the woods which the occupants can't see because they have surrounded it with a 12 foot high security fence. What a pathetic palace.

Monday, 13 July 2009

090713 Broken Angel

Spent a delightful hour or two at Bowling Cemetery, Bradford today. And did I find what I was looking for? You will have to read the News From Nowhere post to find out.

090712 Rod Mason - Large Man With A Small Sax

This picture was taken at last years' Festival and shows the wonderful Rod Mason, a stalwart of the Festival programme. This year Rod will be playing a couple of gigs including one with his own band, Elements.

090711 The Leader

As I have spent most of the weekend updating the Marsden Jazz Festival website it seems only appropriate that I illustrate it with a couple of the pictures I have taken at the Festival over the years. This - taken back in 2003 - is one of my favourites. It was a true "moment caught in time", un-posed and unplanned.

Friday, 10 July 2009

090710 Student Days In Black And White

Scanning old negatives is an on-going process. This one came up today and it shows Jane, Charlotte and Isobel some forty years ago. Although Charlotte now lives in America we almost all met up again last week, but the holidays didn't mesh. In another ten years it will be 50 years so perhaps then.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

090709 Worldport Modem

This is not a technical post nor is a nostalgic one. It is however an image of one of my first ever modems. Dating back fifteen years or more I have the feeling that it was horribly expensive and mind-blowingly slow. As an image however it captures the era : mixing together the modern, the technical and the exciting world of computers a couple of decades ago.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

090708 Crêpes O Mania

I spotted this van in Oxford last week. It just looks interesting, and gives rise to the kind of photograph which will be genuinely interesting in 50 years time. I accept that it might appear a bit dull until then, but do I care?

090707 Xan and Lucy

This picture is from last Saturday's multi-birthday party and shows my son, Alexander, and Dave and Debbie's daughter, Lucy. About 18 years ago I wrote a short story set many years in the future which culminated in Xan and Lucy meeting again in old age in an attempt to track down the meaning of an inscription Dave H wrote in a book he gave me for my birthday. Sadly, I seem to have lost the story.

Monday, 6 July 2009

090706 The Berry Pickers

Taken yesterday whilst we were on a visit to Huthwaite Hall. That's Chrissy on the left and Issy on the right. And in the dish is a pie in the making.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

090705 Hornby And Son

Scene from last night's Widnes Party. Jim - whose 18th party it was (along with his sisters' 21st and his mothers' 50th) - is singing and the guitarist at the back is none other than his father, Dave.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

090704 Happy Birthday Debbie

In a few hours time we will be setting out to Widnes and to the 50th Birthday Party of Debbie (3rd from left, above). This picture was taken so many years ago when we were all on holiday together in France.

Friday, 3 July 2009

090703 Pigeon In The Rain

A thunderstorm struck this morning and our local pigeon sat on the apple tree and protested at great length and considerable volume.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

090702 Sunny Paddington

I took this on Monday. Xan and I went to London for the day. The weather was glorious and we walked for miles and miles.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

090701 Keble College, Oxford

Keble College Oxford taken this morning in the glorious sun. Amy and I had just dropped Issy off at the gates. She headed into the third day of her conference on childhood infections and we went for a long walk in the University Park.