Monday, 29 November 2010

Cambridge At Dusk


I spent a splendid couple of days in Cambridge at the end of last week. This picture was taken on Friday evening on King's Parade : midway between our pub crawl and our meal in the wonderful Cambridge Chop House. My thanks to Mark for the treat and to Tim for being such a convivial host.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 12 : Barbados


Time to bring this selection of holiday snaps to an end. So here is the Good Lady Wife and myself sat on board a catamaran, heading for a secluded bay in order to go swimming with all sorts of tropical fish and turtles. For once I was not taking the photograph, so my thanks to Elaine for doing such a good job.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 11 : Sculpture in Dominica


Our diversion to Dominica proved to be a lucky diversion : my brother Roger lives on the island and with just 12 hours notice I was able to arrange a reunion. We went up to his house, high in the mountains, surrounded by a tropical jungle. Roger is a noted artist and sculptor and his house, studio and gardens incorporate several pieces of his own work.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 10 : Dominica


We sailed into Roseau, the capital of Dominica. Dramatic clouds, mountains and volcanoes. You can just make out the town, clinging to the coastline.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 8 : Saint Maarten


The kind of idyllic scene you associate with the Caribbean. This particular take is on the island of Saint Maarten.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 7 : Refueling


I normally steer clear of those Filter buttons on Photoshop but this time I gave into temptation. The "Poster Edge" filter just seems to add something to this view of refueling whilst in port in St Maarten.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 6 : Road Town, Tortola


We were sat in this pub in Road Town on the Island of Tortola, drinking beers and chatting to some Americans whose catamaran was tied up to the dock behind the pub. We talked about where we had sailed from and where we were going to next. "Which is your boat?", they asked nodding in the direction of the little yachts tied up to the dock. "That one over there", I answered pointing across the harbour.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 5 : Long Bay, Tortola


Still on Tortola. Here is Harry (H) capturing the beauty of a near deserted Caribbean beach. We were having lunch at a restaurant that backed straight onto the beach (my photograph is taken from the table where we sat). Gorgeous place.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 4 : Tortola


We have now crossed the Atlantic and arrived in our first stop in the Caribbean, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. We were met off the boat by my nephew and niece (Nat and Di) and this photograph was taken from the balcony of their house. The islands you can see in the distance are (I think) Ginger Island, Cooper Island and Salt Island.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 3 : Tenerife Orchid Gardens


Still in the Orchid Gardens in Tenerife. As soon as I noticed this lady collecting admission fees, I knew there was a photograph there somewhere but struggled to get it right. It needed to be done somewhat surreptitiously otherwise the woman might start waving or shouting. It's still not quite right : it is a little out of focus; but there is something about it I like. Agatha Christie was a visitor to the gardens and her book "The Amazing Mr Quin" is supposed to be set there. Perhaps its the fact that the woman is so like an Agatha Christie character that makes the image memorable.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 2 : Tenerife Orchid Gardens


The Orchid Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz on the island of Tenerife. A wonderful jumble of colour.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Holiday Snaps 1 : Puerto de la Cruz


I still belong to the generation which would return from holiday with an envelope of "Holiday Snaps". Before the days of digital photo albums and mobile phone picture messages, these would be the main means by which you could bore your friends and family and provide yourself with a modicum of recompense for having to return to a cold and cheerless home. So stand back, switch off, and get ready for my 2010 Holiday Snaps. Today we are looking down on Puerto de la Cruz on the island of Tenerife.