Monthly Archives: August 2009

James Morrison

James Morrison
The Missus went to see James Morrison at the Royal Albert Hall back in March, and, as expected, she did nothing with the photos. I think photos should be on display, so here are two from the gig. Big respect for smuggling in a Nikon D50 with 18-200mm VR lens attached – that’s no mean feat in itself. The pics aint too shabby either.

Across the White Cliffs

Across the White Cliffs
Finally got round to doing another of the walks that form part of a personal project I am doing. This walk was 5.5 miles across the cliffs at Dover. The other photos from this walk can be found here: Across the White Cliffs. The project page is here.

Across the White Cliffs

Some weeks have passed since our last walk; basically life has gotten in the way. Amazingly for a Bank Holiday weekend, the weather started nicely, so we gave my parents a call and decided to try Walk 1: Across the White Cliffs, which basically runs from Dover to St. Margaret’s and back along the Saxon Shore Way, traversing the famous White Cliffs.

I must have misread the AA book as I was convinced this was an easy walk of 4 miles, but in fact it is 5.5 miles with a difficulty rating of 2 (of 3) and proved to be quite hilly. There are alternative paths that are away from the cliff edge and are less prone to peaks and troughs – this was vital on the way back as I hit the proverbial wall and nearly had a snooze to regain both energy and enthusiasm.

The walk starts at the National Trust car park at the start of Langdon Cliffs, which has a great view of Dover docks.

The cliffs were even visible in France as the weather was so nice.

The Coast Guard Station is interesting. From an architectural point of view it doesn’t exactly fit in with rolling fields and chalk cliffs, but I don’t mind the occasional futuristic building.

It is possible to go right to the cliff edge, if you so desire. Personally that sort of thing freaks me out…

… though some people are clearly insane.

The half way point is St.Margaret’s, but just before you reach the village the walk takes you past South Foreland Lighthouse. The National Trust has the following to say about it:

A striking landmark on the White Cliffs of Dover, this beautiful and historic building was the first to have an electrically powered signal and was used in experiments by Faraday and Marconi. Today, visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy views across east Kent and the Channel.

The National Trust continues to graze the chalk downland along the cliff top using Exmoor Ponies. In other areas, where grazing is not possible, a hay cut is taken for the benefit of the chalk downland. It was nice to see some, even if they were right at the end of the walk!

Another great walk all in all. The scenery is stunning (on a good day) and the area is well worth a visit even if you are not doing the full walk. It is a great location just to see how busy the English Channel is. Go, enjoy and look at boats.

 

Nanny

Nanny
My Nan hates having her photo taken, but I took it anyway, That’s what grandsons with cameras do. I am just a rebel who doesn’t respect my elders. Wicked child.

Orangey

Orangey
Popped in to see My Nan at my Aunt’s last weekend and this was the table decoration. Nice bit of orange.

Chillin’

Chillin'
What can I say? I love Hoverflies. I probably shoot them too much. Actually, I know I do.

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake
A wedding cake is the traditional cake served to the guests at a wedding reception (or in parts of England, at a wedding breakfast) after a wedding. In modern Western culture, it is usually a large cake, multi-layered or tiered, and heavily decorated with icing, occasionally over a layer of marzipan or fondant, topped with a small statue representing the couple. Achieving a dense, strong cake that can support the decorations while remaining edible can be considered the epitome of the baker’s art and skill. But you all knew that, right?

Scroby Sands

Scroby Sands
The Scroby Sands wind farm is a wind farm located in the North Sea, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) off the coast of Great Yarmouth in eastern England, United Kingdom, and erected in 2003-4.
The farm was commissioned by Powergen Renewables Offshore, a division of one of the UK’s major electricity producing companies (now called E.ON UK), and is expected to produce up to a maximum of 60 megawatts of power, enough for 41,000 homes.

The Smiths

The Smiths
The Smiths at the King’s wedding evening do thingy. They are sat near a large pile of savoury eggs. I like savoury eggs and I like the Smiths.

Maori Carving

Maori Carving
This has been hanging on our wall for a year now as a 30inch x 20inch print, so it was about time it got an airing online. Taken by my other half in Rotorua.