Preston Carnival 2017 pictures

It was great to see the return of Preston’s Caribbean Carnival this year after a year off in 2016 due to financing problems. It was an absolute pleasure taking photos of the event again.  You can view the photos in slideshow view by clicking on any one of the photos.

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Beautiful St Ives

We normally try and visit St Ives in Cornwall at least one a year. It’s been one of our favourite holiday destinations for a number of years now.

From where we live in Lancashire, it can be a tiring drive down to the tip of Cornwall. This year we broke the journey with a stop off at Tewkesbury on the way down and at Broadway in the Cotswolds on the way back.

When it’s sunny St Ives is as good as any holiday destination in the world. Great beaches, the emerald green sea, quaint streets to explore with dinky fisherman’s cottages and a few traditional English pubs with character, plus some good restaurants.  It’s idyllic.

But this is Britain and you very rarely get a week of perfect weather.  On this occasion our weather ranged from sunshine to torrential rain and howling gales. At times it was so windy they had to close the beaches to bathers and surfers. Fortunately we did also see some sunshine and from a photographic point of view the mix of stormy skies and sunlit scenery can make for more dramatic pictures.

So, here is a small selection of pictures from St Ives. We are already planning to return again soon.

All pictures were taken on the Fuji XT2.

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A first birthday for Jude

It’s hard to believe a year has gone by so quickly but it has and our grandson Jude is one year old.

The weather for his big day was fantastic, if not a little too good. Lashings of sun cream were needed and shady spots in the garden were at a premium.  One of the highlights for Jude was a new paddling pool which provided some respite from the hot sun – he loved it.

For me, it was yet another excuse to take photos of Jude and I know I’m biased but he is exceptionally photogenic. That will be he grandad’s genes!

Here are a few pics from the day.

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