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.

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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Chatsworth International Horse Trials

One of my favourite events to photograph is the International Horse Trials. There are a number of events around the country but the setting doesn’t get much more spectacular than the magnificent Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

This year we managed the full three day event and really got chance to soak up the atmosphere. The event attracts top riders from around the world as well as the top horses. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many beautiful horses in one place at once.

The organisation is mind-blowing and you can’t fail to be impressed with the scale of things. Hundreds of temporary stables are erected for the horses and there are many more hundreds of horse boxes that come in for specific events. There are also hundreds of shops selling everything from clothes to artworks – in fact you could spend three days shopping if you wished!

The photographs below are a small selection of images from the weekend’s events.  The featured image above is Zara Tindall, the Queen’s granddaughter who had the kind of show jumping round she will probably want to forget. She later withdrew from the cross country altogether.

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British Scurry & Trials Driving at Chatsworth

One of the most exciting events of the Chatsworth International Horse Trials weekend is the scurry Driving. It involves ponies of various sizes pulling a four wheeled cart around a course with various obstacles.

They race against the clock and it’s surprising how close the race is between the smaller, more mobile units and the large more powerful ones.

It’s the type of event that  gets the crowd involved and I’m sure these competitors will be entertaining crowds at events around the country in the months ahead.  Here are a few photos…

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48 hours in York

The historic city of York is a popular tourist spot. Visitors descend on the City from all around the world.

Some come to learn about the city’s Roman and Viking past. Others come to marvel at the magnificent York Minster and to wander the narrow streets, including the famous Shambles area. It’s easy to imagine you have stepped back in time and the tourists love it. You can even book on one of the numerous ghost tours if you want to experience a bit more spooky history or visit the York Dungeons for the gory historic details.

One of the great things about York is that it is a compact city and you can easily make your way around it on foot. We were staying about 15 minute walk away, along the river or alternatively along the fortified walls into the city centre.

Among the highlights on our short stay in the city were the Minster, though it does seem a bit on the expensive side at £20 admission for two, though the tickets are valid for a year.

A different, but better value option for those on a budget, might be the National Railway Museum which is free, though a suggested £5 donation is encouraged.  I’m no train buff but I would rank this as one of the best value visitor attractions in the country. It’s huge and you could easily spend all day looking around if you wanted.

York is also blessed with numerous eating establishments and pubs, many with charming historic features. At weekend it appeared to be a popular destination for hen and stag parties and the numbers of people in the city noticeably swelled with visitors.

Here are a few photos from York…

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The Golden Fleece – York’s most haunted pub

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One of the many attractive places to eat

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Timepiece 

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On the city walls

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The Shambles

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York Minster

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York Railway Station

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The Chapter House, York Minster

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National Railway Museum

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Jude in black and white

My last blog post focused on our grandson, Alexander’s visit over Easter. This time I’m turning the camera on our other grandson Jude.

Jude is exactly six months younger than Alexander so he isn’t walking yet but he does do an amazingly fast bum shuffle! It’s hard to believe that come school age, they will both be in the same year.

These black and white photos were all taken on the Fuji X-T2 with 50mm lens.

 

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