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 […]

Postcards

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We recently paid another visit to the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire, and readers of my blogs will be aware that it’s a part of the world to which we frequently return. The Horse Trials in May is a common feature on our calendar and we are also drawn by the fabulous countryside and historic locations, such as Hardwick Hall. The link between Chatsworth and Hardwick is of course Bess of Hardwick, notably following her marriage (Bess’s third) to William Cavendish in 1552. Their son William became the first Earl of Devonshire, and Chatsworth has of course been the home of […]

Seductive Shades of Grey(scale)

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People that know me and visitors to my website will be aware that we have a love for Italy, and we are lucky enough to make frequent trips to enjoy the sites, sights, landscape, culture, people, food and wine of that amazing Country, especially the region of Tuscany. The colours of Italy are vibrant and lend themselves to “contrasty” images. But that also means that those red, blue and green channels can look pretty captivating in shades of grey.

A tribute to a dear friend

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Some might say that a blog post on a photographers website is not the appropriate place for a reminder about the devastating effects of Cancer and a request for people to remember to donate to those organisations and charities that are working to eradicate the disease. Well, having just attended the funeral of a dear friend, and with memories of similar occurrences over the last couple of years, I felt compelled to use this ”platform” to put something out there. Many of us had photographs of our good friend Mike, and one thing I knew I could do with them […]

Hardwick Hall ~ A memorable place created by an formidable lady

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Derbyshire, History, National Trust, Reviews, Slideshow, Travel

This is my review bit Whenever we are in Derbyshire, notably for the Chatsworth Horse Trials, or to visit some friends who live in this great part of the world, we always try and make sure a visit to Hardwick Hall is on our itinerary. National Trust membership (or being married to someone who works for the Trust 😊 ) provides free entry to Hardwick Hall and all its wonders, including the Old Hall even though is now under the care of English Heritage. We always enjoy our visits to Hardwick as there are so many things to see, and […]

Another trip to Sydney would be a great idea

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Sydney Slideshow (just click on the white play button, and then maximise the screen) Having reviewed the many photographs taken during our recent trip it comes as no great surprise that there is a keenness to return some day. In the meantime there is conciliation in looking through the many images and reminiscing. To make the task easier I’ve put together a slideshow of a few favourite shots. Rather than making the slideshow to cumbersome it seemed a good idea to divide the images, and so a visit to the New South Wales Art Gallery is recorded in one show […]

Our first visit to Australia ~ and it won’t be our last

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Our 2018 odyssey to the Southern Hemisphere was a long awaited and eagerly anticipated trip to New Zealand, with a first port-of-call being Sydney Australia. There will be many blog posts and associated photograph galleries relating to our tour of New Zealand, but Sydney deserves a post or two of its own, as our visit proved to be a fabulous way to start our Antipodean adventure. It also confirmed that we need to see more of Australia and will be planning to be back for more. On a purely practical note a few days in Sydney was the ideal way […]

Friendly greetings and a fabulous image-filled trip to New Zealand

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Readers of my blogs or visitors to this website might have been wondering why there had been no activity from me recently. I hadn’t fallen of the earth, I’d just travelled to the other side of it for a fabulous trip taking in a stay in Sydney, Australia and then a tour of the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The cameras were active as there was so much to see, and do, and record. So I’ve got lots of photographs and now begins the job of reviewing and selecting images for a New Zealand gallery. The Country is […]

Are you a lover of Gin?

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It will not have escaped your notice that there is an increasing fascination and an expanding popularity for Gin. Once upon a time it may have been considered the drink of choice for middle-aged, Jaguar- driving golfers, but now it’s the drink of choice for many people in fashionable bars, pubs and clubs, there is a growing range of producers and distillers, and an ever-increasing selection of enticing bottles on the shelves of shops and supermarkets. I can recall (and it’s not THAT long ago) when my mother’s drink of choice was a Gin & Tonic and it was invariably […]