Wednesday, 30 June 2010

A Seaside Ballet


At Weymouth, there was a firm but well-intentioned sea-breeze, just enough to inspire the deck chairs into a kind of choreographed ballet.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Our Heritage Under 24 Hour Surveillance


Weymouth Beach. Tradition. Professor Mark Poulton's Punch and Judy Show. Tradition. And if you read the card in the booth carefully - "Under 25 hour CCTV surveillance". In my day you didn't need CCTV, Mr Punch would hit you over the head with a hammer if you interfered with his booth.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Friday, 25 June 2010

Splicing The Yardarm


Still in Weymouth and focusing in on that sailing ship you can see in yesterday's photograph. This shot shows a couple of nautical types splicing the yardarm or climbing the mainbrace ... or something or other.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Ship Shape And Weymouth Fashion


On Tuesday we were on the road, our first stop was Weymouth. In the harbour were a collection of ships of all shapes and sizes : from the old three-masted schooner to the ultra modern hydrofoil you can just see in the background. The latter provides one of the main fast ferry services between the mainland and the Channel Islands.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Crumble Cottage, Ansty


Still in the delightful Dorset village of Ansty. This is the equally delightful Crumble Cottage. Good enough to eat.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

The Weather Is Fine and Victoria Reigns


Back from our short holiday and for the next week or so I will be featuring some of the photographs I took whilst away. Let's start with this one which was taken in the Dorset village of Ansty. The is something archetypically English about the scene : the village notice board, the old post box with the VR (Victoria Reigns) embellishment and empty space where the timetable of the village bus used to be displayed. It is Budget Day here in Britain, and the way things are looking, there will be few village bus services survive the budgetary axe.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Amy In Motion


Amy this morning. I always like my pictures of Amy to be out of focus. That is how I think of her : too active, too busy sniffing and licking and digging and chasing to have time for focus. That is the way it should be. Amy (accompanied by myself and the Good Lady Wife) will be sniffing around the south of England next week so expect a break from postings. I will try and take enough photographs to keep us going until the next big holiday in October.

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Thursday, 10 June 2010

It Wet And Cold - It's Halifax Gala


Outside it is still raining. It is still cold. It is still miserable. To anyone from Halifax, West Yorkshire, this can only mean one thing - the Halifax Charity Gala will take place this weekend. My friend Tony Zimnoch recently introduced me to a Facebook Group called Old Photos of Halifax, and the above is my first contribution to the group. I must have taken it about 1962 and the location is the top of Woolshops, Halifax.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

A Wet Weekend


Outside it is dark. It is wet. It is cold. It is miserable. I have just calculated that I am now at the midpoint between my last holiday and my next. If ever I was wanting to recall those glorious beaches of Nicaragua, it is now. We will be going away for a few days next week, but if the weather continues like it is at the moment it will be, a somewhat ended, wet weekend.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Stating The Obvious


As I post this I am half watching the news and a report which states that, due to spending cuts, all new public spending will need to be justified on a case-by-case basis. What a shame that the erection of this sign did not have to be justified.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Roots


Taken this morning in Judy Woods (which is a place and not a person!). You don't quite get the gradient from this photograph, but the roots sliver down the hillside like rivulets of woody lava.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Victorian Photographs : Old Ale And Cameras


This little Carte de Visite shows a woman in typical Victorian dress and must date from the 1870s or 1880s. The credits on the reverse of the photograph states that it was photographed by John Cooper of Harrogate Street, Wigan. Cooper was an early pioneers of photography (some of his work features in the Tate Britain exhibition, "How We Are - Photographing Britain 1840 - 1900") and he is listed in one of the late 19th century trade directories as being a "innkeeper and photographer". Now that is a combination I admire.