In Flanders Fields.

In memory of those that died on our behalf.

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Different uses?

Can you remember last using a telephone box? No I don’t suppose you can, I certainly can’t remember a specific instance. In fact I can probably remember using the “old type” with “A” and “B” buttons better than, what I refer to as the “new ones”.

The “old type” allowed you to call someone and only pay if it was the correct number. Pressing button B to get your money back. 4 old pennies I think. Pressing button A connected the call I believe.

Ah! heady days.

So, back to this post. Here I am going to refer to “new” phone boxes or perhaps newer ones than those at the beginning. Anyway, during a weekend break, I stumbled across two that had been put to different uses. One in the city centre and the other out in the country. Both seemed to offer very useful services and showed a degree of enterprise that one doesn’t see very often. Interestingly I saw a third option, but didn’t have my camera with me at the time. Perhaps I need to visit again. I’ll tell you what it was after the photographs.

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The one that got away had a small library installed.

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Muddy Walk

Certainly the past few weeks (months) have provided us with enormous amounts of water in the form of rain. This may mean that we won’t have hosepipe bans imposed on us in the summer (fingers crossed) but that does seem a long way off at present. On the positive side it has been very warm and created a false spring for many plants. Daffodils and snow drops are looking a picture at the moment. Lets just hope that there are many more to come!

Feeling the need to get out for a walk, regardless of the weather, it was decided to visit one of my favourite National Trust properties, Greys Court, in Oxfordshire. This property offers, not only, a wonderful house but superb grounds to walk in. One of the walks takes in open fields and woodland and meanders for some 1.75 miles (2.7 Kms) until arriving back at the cafe where you can enjoy a cup of tea (other drinks and food available).

So here goes on the “muddy trail”.

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Now we are near the end of the walk. Snow Drops greet us just before we climb the hill to the cafe and a well earned drink.


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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 470 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Just different!

As with anything these days it all depends on how you look at something. In actual fact it is more to do with your perception of what you are looking at than what you see. With these three shots the titles are slightly off to what you may be seeing. See what you think.

Cut backs!

Cut backs!

Through the gap!

Through the gap!

Rubbish or Graffiti?

Rubbish or Graffiti?

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Christmas in Ypres, Belgium, 2015

I was lucky enough to be offered a very short (24 hour) visit to Ypres in Belgium last week. Arriving in the late afternoon the sun was already low in the sky so it was decided to grab a cup of coffee and wait for it to set completely before setting out for a walk around the town.

This was my first opportunity to take some night shots with a new camera. Little did I know that the town square would be set up with a Christmas market and be bedecked with lights.

NOTE: No flash was used during this evenings outing so you will notice some graininess.

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Bracknell – During redevelopment.

Previously I have shown scenes of the demolition of the 3M building in Bracknell. Today I thought I would put together a few shots showing the type of things that are seen during the early stages of redevelopment.

I made a conscious decision to keep things in mono for this post as I feel it helps portray a feeling of starting again. (In my mind at least).

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Autumn colours.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times we view Autumn colours, they still excite the senses. Nature seems to understand exactly how to put on a show and by golly, this year, it has excelled itself.

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A day in the rain.

How often have you marvelled at the autumn display. Many times I’m sure and with varying reasons. As children we loved the “conker” season and all those wonderful leaves to run and play in. As adults it was more to do with the magnificence of the colours. With these thoughts in mind I arranged to spend the day at Winkworth Arboretum, in Surrey, to take in the colours and enjoy a walk in the countryside.

Although the weather forecast was for rain the opportunity was too good to miss. True to form the rain started on arrival. However, this minor setback simply added and extra dimension to the day out.

I include a few shots showing just how the sparkle of rain drops can add to the overall atmosphere created within the woodland.

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Jeeps away.

Back in late spring my son and his partner set off on an adventure in his customised “Jeep”.

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Meeting up with many other like minded people they embarked upon a weekend of thrills and spills.

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Not for the feint hearted, in fact some sections were only for the more experienced drivers.

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