Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Red Lion Veggie Pub

Deep in the heart of the Suffolk countryside is one of the best veggie restaurants I've ever been to. It's not as remote as it looks either, exactly have way between Ipswich and Sudbury (13.5 miles form each) and less than 25 miles from Bury St Edmunds.

It's called The Red Lion,

a pretty little place..

with a lovely garden....

...and food worth waiting for (not that we waited long, despite not having a booking)

After you've eaten there are two lovely byways either side of the pub with pretty walks through the Suffolk countryside

Check out their menu on their website. It's so nice to find a pub dedicated to us veggies, most of their food is also Vegan. Not only that but you can buy their meals ready frozen to take home and stock up your freezer. Highly recommended!

And the best bit about it all? Vegetarians/Vegans are not an afterthought on the menu, not a spinach lasagne or cheese sandwich to be seen.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Seals at Horsey in Norfolk

Who needs to pay for a boat trip to see seals when you can just walk along a beach to see a 100 or so basking in the windy sunshine and frolicking in the sea? Mind you it was a two hour drive into the wilds of Norfolk. Half a mile walk along windswept dunes ( a cold north easterly) another quarter of a mile along a cold and windy beach, temperatures in single figures....

But worth every minute to see these magnificent creatures. For those wondering how close we got - we all stayed around 10 feet away from them, any closer and they got restless.

What a great privilege it was to be able to photograph them.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Vintage Lenses

Some of the older lenses from the film era days produce superb results on a DSLR. These pictures were taken with a Pentax K-5 with one or the other of the following lenses attached: Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, a Takaumar 50mm 1:4 and a Pentacon 50mm 1:8. The latter two are screw fit, all three are manual focus. Just because something is old doesn't mean they aren't fun or usable any more, I have great fun with these lenses.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Hackney Wick Street Art

We recently decided to visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. The sun shone down on us for most of the day which was a welcome change. As is our wont we wandered around and then wandered out of the park towards Hackney Wick. What an eye opener it was, the place is absolutely full of street art. It's on old industrial buildings, abandoned houses, alongside the rivers and canals, in fact it's everywhere. It's also some of the best street art/graffiti that I've seen.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Nuts - Jays v Squirrels

Jumped on a train to Ipswich today in order to have a wander around Christchurch park. Mabel wasn't anywhere to be seen, nor were the mandarin ducks. However a pair of jays and a squirrel with half an ear missing kept me entertained.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Saffron Walden & Great Chesterton

Took a trip to Saffron Walden back in February, when the weather was sunnier and warmer than it is currently. On the way home we visited Great Chesterton - recent foray into genealogy has shown that some of my maternal ancestors lived hailed form that area.

Lenses I had with me were the Pentax SMC DA 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6, a good all purpose street lens and a manual focus lens, unfortunately I can't recall which of my 135mm I took with me and I don't think it's recorded anywhere in the Exif....

What follows is a random assortment of things that caught my eye.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

One Billion Rising - Norwich 2015

14th February is a global day of action to demand an end to violence against women. The United Nations estimate that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s one billion women. All around the world people drum, dance, rise and raise their voices to say ‘no more!' Just as this group of people in Norwich did, this is a revolution through dance. You can read more on the official web page