The 2019 Christmas message

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It seems that I have created a tradition. Some years ago I noticed how quite a few friends and family would insert a note or even a newsletter in their Christmas Card outlining events and happenings that have taken place during that year. It seemed like a good idea to let people know what’s been going on, and when  started doing this I discovered that, with a bit of time and forethought, I could add a bit of sparkle and originality to the message by creating it in rhyming verses.  This has been going on for quite a while now, […]

Another visit to Chatsworth

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It seems like a long time since I added anything to my Blog, and without searching for excuses (like blaming George) I thought I’d update my website with a few photos and a slideshow from this years’ visit to the fabulous Chatsworth Horse Trials. This return to one of our favourite places was an enjoyable excursion, particularly as we were now able to include George in our adventures. A fabulous and dog-friendly cottage in the Chatsworth Estate was our home for a few days, and inevitably I was able to add to the many photos of Chatsworth, and of this […]

What’s in a name?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Chipping Campden, Cotswolds, History, Photography

We are lucky enough to live in Chipping Campden, a Cotswold town with captivating architecture, charismatic locations, an engaging community and a rich history. It’s a town I’m proud to call home (even if we have lived here only 18 years) and a place that “lends” itself to being photographed, as so many welcome visitors will testify. To learn more about the history of this fascinating town, the best place to look is the Chipping Campden History Society  (CCHS)  http://www.chippingcampdenhistory.org.uk/, where it is easy to get engrossed in the background accounts, memoires and images chronicling the evolution of Chipping Campden. […]

A new adventure called George

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Combining “uncomplicated” with new adventures and photographic opportunities My earlier posts, festive season verses and assorted messages to family and friends attest to the pursuit of the “uncomplicated”. A life enjoyed while we have the capacity to enjoy it. A life seeking the avoidance of challenges and uninvited stresses. A fulfilling life with some adventures and experiences, but without undue pressures or hassle. My wife and I pleased to report that, post careers, these ambitions are ongoing and being achieved. Some would say that balancing fulfilling adventure whilst reducing complication is an over-ambitious goal. Those same people would also say […]

A Christmas present to discover a Christmas past

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Christmas is a time for traditions and for meeting friends and family. It’s also, traditionally, a time for eating and drinking more than you might normally consume at any other times of the year. Coupled with that, it’s a time for visiting, reacquainting and often learning (even if it is only a quiz or two whilst endulging!). So, this Christmas season we found the ideal way of combining all of these things this Christmas with a visit to Lanhydrock, near Bodmin in Cornwall. Now owned and run by the National Trust, Lanhydrock is a magnificent late Victorian Country House and […]

Brochures and printed promotional material

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In preparation for a forthcoming event I set about preparing an updated tri-fold brochure. I enjoyed the process and, as you will be aware, I also enjoy making a Slideshow. So, with apparently shameless self-aggrandisement I created a double-whammy of a promotional slideshow promoting some printed promotional material 😊. It’s been a while since I had produced any printed promotional literature, as was evident when I went to my cupboard to find any of my old brochures and realised that it was time to create an update. There was a need for fresh material, more recent images, updated logos and […]

The outdoor sculpture exhibition in Autumn at Chatsworth

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We are frequent visitors to Chatsworth in Derbyshire. We love this part of the world and Chatsworth has so many captivating features, locations and of course places to stay in all the villages encompassed by the Duke of Devonshire’s Estate. On this occasion we spent a few days staying at one of our favourite places and taking in the “Sculpture Outdoors” Exhibition with the added benefit of amazing Autumn colours boosted by fabulous sunny weather. There have been many Sculpture exhibitions in the garden but this one combines contemporary and classical works in the Chatsworth collection positioned around the stunning […]

The winning Morgan pedigree

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Morgan Motor Company is a family-owned car manufacturer based in Pickersleigh Road Malvern that hand-builds iconic British sports cars, famous the world over for their unique blend of craftmanship and charisma married with innovation and cutting-edge technology. The Company was established in 1909 by H.F.S. Morgan with the design of the now iconic Morgan Three-Wheeler. This was followed in 1936 by the Morgan 4-4, which continues to be produced today, and is the longest running production car in the world. Every Morgan is expertly crafted using three high quality core materials: ash, aluminium and leather coupled with the latest drive-train […]

Our love affair with Chatsworth continues

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One of the special occasions that takes place every year at the fabulous Chatsworth Estate is the Country Fair. This year (2018) the 37th fair it was held on Friday 31st August, Saturday 1st September and Sunday 2nd September, and whilst we would have loved to have attended each day, we visited this year on the Saturday embellished with an enjoyable stay at one of the Devonshire Arms. I have prepared a slideshow using a selection of my photographs taken that day giving a sample of the many and varied events we were lucky enough to see and enjoy. The […]

Sites and sights in Le Marche Italy

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Our annual (and sometimes biannual ) visit(s) to fabulous Tuscany continue, resulting in much pleasure, consumption of great food and wine and of course a plethora of photographs. Our stay in Tuscany this summer was preceded by a few days staying in the Le Marche region of Italy, the calf muscle (or “gastrocnemius” ) in the boot of Italy. We stayed in Ancona and also visited Senigallia to its north and Loreto to its south, before heading back westwards through Perugia to our home-from-home Castellina-in-Chianti . Our visit to Le Marche was predicated on three main ideas. First, we wanted […]