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
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
Thursday, 24 June 2010
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
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
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 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
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
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
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
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.