Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Boring Holiday Blog Day 1

It has to be done doesn't it, holiday memories and photos shared with people who smile blankly and say "How nice." So here I am doing it - each and every day will be blogged.

Day 1
We left early so that we could spend the afternoon in Broadstairs, the sun shone as we left and was still shining as we arrived. Of course I took the opportunity to take some photos as soon as we arrived, you'll see quite a few Viking Bay and Harbour photos in the posts that follow this one simply because the place is so picturesque.

We then drove off to Margate, parked the car, had a brief wander around the old town area then had a bag of chips sitting overlooking the harbour, it's what you do when you are in Margate

We then went to collect our apartment keys from a nearby pub as arranged, walked to said apartment, let ourselves in and.... it obviously hadn't been cleaned from the last occupants! Frantic phone call to the cleaners, who's phone numbero I had been given. Seems there had been a mix up and they had been told we were arriving the following day. When they arrived they were very apologetic, and we were sent back to the pub for a free meal, it was a bit soon after those chips and a bit early but hey... it was free.

Eventually got ourselves settled in the apartment then I headed off out again hoping to catch the sunset, bit late for catching it fully over the Harbour arm but managed to get a few shots, Margate has such beautiful sunsets.

Day 1 photos

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

City Diversions Festival, Chelmsford 2015

Once again the streets of Chelmsford were filled with weird and wonderful creatures, machines and people. It's such a bizarre yet fun spectacle. Mind you, it's very surreal watching people go about their normal Saturday shopping whilst singing nuns, weird creatures and strange machines go whizzing by. All in all it was a very enjoyable day.

There's also some video on my Youtube Channel. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos...

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

1 Big Multicultural festival, Ipswich 2015

Once again the Ipswich Bangladeshi Support Centre put on a superb free festival in Alexandra park, Ipswich. Some great music and sport as well as information and food stalls.

There was a great atmosphere with lots of people who were so obviously enjoying themselves. I particularly enjoyed watching the Kabbadi matches, and trying my hand at photographing this fast moving game, with various degrees of success, as you can see

Just a shame we had to leave before the end, which means I missed some of the acts.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Colchester Free Festival 2015

29th of August, the first day of Colchester's free music and arts festival. We arrived early (too early for much to be happening.) stayed most of the day but had to leave just as things were getting interesting. I by no means caught all of the acts, not helped by the fact that things didn't always seem to run to time. But I did manage to catch the #TankertonTown residents #PollyPreacher #MattCalderbank #MonsterFlorence #TheDownsetters and more. (Do hashtags work on Blogs? I've no idea.)

A good time was had by all, from tiny tots to people like me. (Oh OK then, old people.) As usual I've tried to get the flavour of the event, including lots of the people who were there having fun.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Brick Lane, Street Art,Graffiti, and Street Photography

Recently visited London for the day. First stop Spitalfields Sunday market, described on the internet as "where art and craft meet fashion and food." Have to say that description is spot on, we enjoyed browsing the wide variety of stalls there, some of them not too pricey either.

We then walked to Brick Lane, another eclectic mix of stalls, galleries and shops. Brick Lane is also know for it's Street Art, the place is full of it, in every side street was a new discovery. It's not mere graffiti, it's art! Where possible I've added the artists name either in the title or in the tags.

Finally we walked through Petticoat lane market as we made our way back to the station, have to say we weren't so impressed here. But all in all we enjoyed our day, despite the rain.

All photos taken with a Pentax k5-iis and Pentax SMC-DA 18-135mm lens.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

A Day in Cambridge

The nice thing about the Internet is that you really can make friends there. Over the years I've made a few and met up with a few. One such is John Kortland, who is a superb street photographer. We recently got together again for a day in Cambridge in order to indulge in a bit of street photography (and a very nice lunch with cake!) A very enjoyable day indeed.
Johns work can be found on Flickr:

Friday, 7 August 2015

Kentwell Hall Tudor Midsummer 1588

Back in June, thanks to the generosity of Tamsin Lewis I got to spend a wonderful day at Kentwell Hall during their Tudor Recreation weekend. Have to admit I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. Loved how, wherever you went , there were people completely in character. A lovely place to visit, recommended!