Monday, 31 August 2009

090831 R.C.M.T. Presentation

Family party this weekend - hence the posting pause - and during the party the presentation of the Rhoda Cuthill Memorial Trophy took place. The newly introduced trophy is the prize in a golf competition played between members of the family. The winner was, appropriately enough, Dave Cuthill (2nd from the left) Rhoda's son. The other players pictured above are from the left Alexander Burnett (3rd), Zac Garforth (4th), and Lee Garforth (2nd). These were the only four peoples who played. Family members who would have posed a competitive threat to this cabal were sent to another golf course and those who don't know one end of a golf stick from the other were just not invited. Needless to say I fell into the latter category.

Friday, 28 August 2009

090828 The Moors

Here in West Yorkshire, the moors are never far away. What may seem like gentle pasture can suddenly change into wild moorland. Meadows give way to peat bogs and heather and there is a touch of Catherine Earnshaw in the air.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

090827 Emley Moor

We were celebrating the birthday of one of my best friends last night and both families met for a meal at the Three Acres in Emley, West Yorkshire. This grand pub is a short distance from the Emley Moor television transmitter which is the tallest freestanding structure in the United Kingdom (and a Grade II listed building). The photograph was taken at dusk and some of the colours are beginning to look tired, but it gives you an idea of the scale of the mast.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

090826 Lower Old Hall, Norland

It is wet and miserable today so another photograph from yesterday's walk around Norland. This is Norland Old Hall which was built in 1634. It is typical of many such stone-built halls in the area (there are another two in Norland alone) with its powerful shape and lack of adornments.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

090825 Blue Ball, Norland

It was a lovely morning this morning and I made a unilateral decision that Amy and I would take our walk in Norland which is a few miles from where we live. It is high on the top of the valley with glorious views over Halifax and Sowerby Bridge. The white building in the middle distance is the Blue Ball Inn which I am determined to add to my Great Yorkshire Pubs blog before the month is over.

Monday, 24 August 2009

090824 Vibrant

As we were sat enjoying a cup of tea in the garden of our good friends M&C yesterday, I glanced up and saw so many shades of brown, green and yellow in the trees that I had to get my camera and try to record the scene. The picture doesn't do it justice. But if ever you had wanted a visual definition of the word "vibrant", you should have been in that garden yesterday.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

090820 Here's Some For You Abe

Many of my American friends have been complaining about the lack of rain recently. The other day I promised Abe Lincoln that I would try and send him some clouds over. A whole group of suitably dark and rain-filled clouds came by this morning so I have arranged for the jet-stream to reverse and blow them your way.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

090819 Black And White Swan II

When I was in Tadcaster yesterday I bought a book called "Tadcaster Photo Album" which has been published by the Tadcaster Civic Society. In it there is this rather grainy picture of the White Swan (see the post from yesterday) which must have been taken in the early years of the twentieth century. It is interesting to note that it looked somewhat disreputable even in those days - and it survived. So maybe it will live long and prosper after all. (And before anyone asks, no I did not take this photograph. The general rule that the photographs in this blog are my own had to have certain exceptions).

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

090818 Black And White Swan

Went pubbing in Tadcaster today but this was not one of the establishments I visited. I thought it looked quite sad : it probably used to be a decent local pub and now you get the feeling that it is a bit of a dump. I might be wrong, it might be beautiful inside, but I am not too keen to find out.

Monday, 17 August 2009

090817 Morgan Super Sports

I took this picture of a Morgan Super Sports at the Halifax Show the other week. It is a somewhat special car as my father used to have one of these back in the 1930s. He didn't have it for long however : on his first trip out in it with my mother sat by his side, the single back wheel got stuck in the tram lines at Bull Green in Halifax and the car turned upside-down. My parents were unhurt, but my mother refused point blank to ever travel in the car again so a week later my father had to sell his pride and joy. That's love for you.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

090816 Focus On Sheep

I can't remember if I have used this picture on the Daily Photo Blog before. If I have it was a long time ago so it is due another outing. It is a good example of what to do with a picture when it turns out to be out of focus. A little photoshopping and you end up with something better than you had before.

Friday, 14 August 2009

090814 The Fancy Birds

Still working my way through the photographs I took at the Agriculture Show last weekend. Here is one taken inside the "Fancy Birds" tent. It did exactly as it said on the tin : it was full of birds and they were very fancy.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

090813 Big Man With A Small Horn

Over on my News From Nowhere Blog I am participating in this week's Theme Thursday which is based on the theme of Festivals. This picture was taken at the 2008 Marsden Jazz Festival and it shows my mate Rod Mason playing the soprano sax.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

090812 Bike And Shadows

I took this a few weeks ago when we were on holiday and passing through Corfu. There is something about the interplay between the bike and the shadows I just liked.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

090811 Monochrome Tractors

Although this picture was taken in colour I have converted it into monochrome. The lack of colour seems to complement the boldness of the tyre tread and the starkness of the number plates. I love the two men at the centre of the photograph with their hands folded. You can while away the hours imagining their conversation.

Monday, 10 August 2009

090810 Happy Birthday Molly

This is for Molly whose eighth birthday party I had the pleasure of attending yesterday. Happy birthday Molly.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

090809 Waiting Exhibitors

This is one of the shots I took at the Halifax Show yesterday and it has a group of exhibitors with their goats waiting to go out into the parade ring. There is something about those nervous moments before stepping out into the limelight (or the sunlight) that must be the same whether you are Madonna or a goat farmer.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

090808 Walking Stick Man

I took this shot earlier today during a visit to the Halifax Agriculture Show. There was something about this man who was selling walking sticks : a seriousness which suggests he was not a man to barter with.

Friday, 7 August 2009

090806 Mill Fold

I took this photograph earlier today and it shows a wonderful cottage in Ripponden just north of Halifax. There is something about the diversity of shape which is so attractive. And the drying bed sheet seems to add to the jumble and save it from being cute and biscuit-tinny.

090805 Miles To

A curious old mile post. Almost looks as though it could be used to post variable distances : just as though it would be 5 miles to Halifax one day but only 3 miles on alternate Saturdays. But there again, maybe that is just my rather strange mind at work.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

090804 Flight

I took this a few weeks ago when we were on holiday in Dubrovnik. There was a market. There were birds. The Church bells started to ring. A few of the birds took to the air. The children started to run.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

090803 Branching Out

I know it probably had to be cut off for health and safety reasons. If there were high winds in a particular direction coupled with high tides in Bridlington 60 miles away there might be a high risk potential of it falling off and injuring a passing snail. I accept the risk assessment didn't come down in its favour. But the branch is now gone. Forever.

Monday, 3 August 2009

090802 Dead Frog

On our evening walk, Amy and I discovered this small dead frog. It was on the path far from any water. Poor thing.

090801 Crematorium Corner

Each day my dog, Amy, takes me for a walk through the Crematorium (perhaps she is hinting something). The daily excursion allows me to see the paths and trees in a variety of conditions, and with each changing season or weather front there is always something new to see. Today it was a rarity : strong sunlight and blue skies.

090731 The Butterfly And The Bee

I took this picture of a bee and a butterfly today. I was feeling quite proud of it. And then I looked on Abe Lincoln's wonderful Pick A Peck Of Pixels site and saw what he had done with his stunning photograph of a Monarch Butterfly and things fell into perspective. I've some way to go yet!