Opening Night at The Larder Cafe

Just over a month ago I was asked to take a few photographs at the Larder Cafe in Preston for a magazine feature. The Larder is a ‘not for profit’ organisation which has a focus on sustainable, locally sourced food and is well worth a visit.

The event to mark the opening took place just prior to the cafe opening to the public. There was music, food critics, the Mayor, plenty of people who had been involved in getting the venture off the ground and a couple dogs – this is also a dog friendly cafe!

I was taking the photographs for a feature in Live Preston and Fylde magazine which has now hit the streets so am happy to share more shots from the night here. Click on any picture to view larger.

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In Pictures: Preston shivers

The end of January brought some wintry weather to Preston. A flurry of snow and ice, nothing too serious but enough to cause travel problems.  For most countries this level of cold and snow is not noteworthy but in the UK every year we seem ill-prepared for any bad weather.  Perhaps it was the wrong type of snow and ice or maybe, more likely, the wrong type of tyres but at least it looked nice for the photos!

These pictures were taken on a walk along the Lancaster Canal and down along the Ribble Link.

A trip to the moon

This weekend the ‘Museum of the Moon’ exhibition landed at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston and I went along to check it out.

The main attraction is the impressive looking 23 foot high moon model which is suspended in the centre of the Grade 1 listed building but there is more to see in the adjoining gallery.  Children will love the life sized astronaut model and the detailed space rocket models on display.

No doubt about it though the huge Moon is the star of the show. There’s also a soundtrack by award winning composer Dan Jones which plays unobtrusively while you stand and gaze at the Moon in all its detail. The moon model is by British artist Luke Jerram and it’s bound to prove popular with the Preston public. Check the Harris Museum for details of special Moon related events during the exhibition.

Here are a few photos of the installation.  The moon is visible in Preston until 24th February. 

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An icy and foggy Brockholes – in pictures

According to the weather forecast it was going to be a sunny but cold day.What they forgot to mention was that you wouldn’t be able to see the sun for the freezing fog! 

There was however, something hauntingly beautiful about wondering around Brockholes nature reserve in the icy-cold conditions. The photo below were all taken within the space of about two hours. Some come from the walks around the reserve, others show the visitor centre itself.

Here are the pictures…

A January visit to the Fylde coast

It’s not far to the beach at St Annes from Preston and at anytime of year it’s good to experience the wide-open spaces that the coast provides.  Over recent years there has been a good deal of conservation work taking place to try and protect the sand dunes here from erosion. One of the measures involves planting out old Christmas trees along the front edge of the Dunes. 

A popular and well photographed view is of the old wooden pier on the beach. I’d hoped to get a stunning sunset but whilst that didn’t happen, I’m still happy with how the photo turned out in the end. See this pic and a few more from my visit to Lytham St Annes below…

 

The return of Ribble buses to Preston

At weekend the Harris Museum and Library in Preston launched an exhibition to commemorate 100 years since the foundation of the Ribble Motor Company. 

Red Ribble buses had been a familiar sight around Lancashire for many years and four vintage vehicles proved popular as they parked up on the Flag Market in front of The Harris to mark the occasion.  Here are a few photos I took for Blog Preston. Click on any picture to view larger.