Category Archives: Holidays

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Deal)*

Some photos from Leigh’s birthday trip to Kent… starting with a collection from Deal. All were taken using Hipstamatic for the iPhone 4S with the Doris lens and Sussex film. I think this is the perfect combo for Summer holidays.

Fishing Boats, Deal

Fishing Boats, Deal

The Just Reproach, Deal

The Just Reproach, Deal

The Just Reproach, Deal

The Just Reproach, Deal

Shovel, Deal

Shovel, Deal

The Pier, Deal

The Pier, Deal

The Pier, Deal

The Pier, Deal

Sally Joy, Deal

Sally Joy, Deal

Moss Rose, Deal

Moss Rose, Deal

Deal Castle

Deal Castle

Gimme Shelter, Walmer

Gimme Shelter, Walmer

Julie, Walmer

Julie, Walmer

The Time Ball Museum, Deal

The Time Ball Museum, Deal

The King's Head, Deal

The King’s Head, Deal

Carry On Camping, Deal

Carry On Camping, Deal

Rooftop Deal

Rooftop Deal

Seafront, Deal

Seafront, Deal

Seafront, Deal

Seafront, Deal

Gone Fishing, Deal Pier

Gone Fishing, Deal Pier

The Pier, Deal

The Pier, Deal

The Pier, Deal

The Pier, Deal

*Thanks to Brian Ross for the title inspiration and to Sylvester for this Disco classic.

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Muddle & Go Nowhere

Last weekend Leigh and I took Minnie for a couple of days in Norfolk… mainly for me to play trains and photograph the Diesel Weekend at the North Norfolk Railway. On the first day we hiked around Sheringham Park to the Gazebo for the classic shots with Weybourne and the windmill in the background.

EE 35bhp Diesel Shunter 12131 at Weybourne

EE 35bhp Diesel Shunter 12131 at Weybourne

Brush Type 2 D5631 heads for Sheringham

Brush Type 2 D5631 heads for Sheringham

D5631 Heads For Sheringham

D5631 Heads For Sheringham

Class 47 47367 on a DMU Drag

Class 47 47367 on a DMU Drag

One of the great things the NNR did was provide a DMU with a CCT ‘swinger’ for a DMU drag… recreating a reasonably common scenario of locos having to rescue a failed multiple unit.

English Electric Type 3 D6732 on a DMU Drag at Weybourne

English Electric Type 3 D6732 on a DMU Drag at Weybourne

Metropolitan-Cammell DMU M51192 at Weybourne

Metropolitan-Cammell DMU M51192 at Weybourne

EE 35bhp Diesel Shunter 12131 at Weybourne

EE 35bhp Diesel Shunter 12131 at Weybourne

Another popular event was using the English Electric Diesel Shunter 12131 to give Brake Van rides at Webourne. Fans of Dad’s Army might vaguely recognise Weybourne Station from The Royal Train, an episode from the sixth series first transmitted on 14 November 1973.

It looks a bit different today!

Weybourne Station Signal Box

Weybourne Station Signal Box

Waiting Time at Weybourne

Waiting Time at Weybourne

D5631 Waits to Depart Weybourne

D5631 Waits to Depart Weybourne

Some of the stock coupled with TOPS locos put me in mind of the Maroon Mk1 stock that Derby used to send out on holiday extras in the mid 1970s.

45113 Arrives at Weybourne

45113 Arrives at Weybourne

45113 Waits Time at Weybourne

45113 Waits Time at Weybourne

On the Sunday, I spent just over an hour by the A149 road bridge photographing passing trains.

25057 Descends Weybourne Bank towards Sheringham

25057 Descends Weybourne Bank towards Sheringham

25057 Descends Weybourne Bank towards Sheringham

25057 Descends Weybourne Bank towards Sheringham

45113 Climbs Towards Weybourne

45113 Climbs Towards Weybourne

45113 Climbs Towards Weybourne

45113 Climbs Towards Weybourne

47367 On A DMU Drag Heads For Weybourne

47367 On A DMU Drag Heads For Weybourne

47367 On A DMU Drag Heads For Weybourne

47367 On A DMU Drag Heads For Weybourne

The final shot is of a surviving M&GN Distant signal on the approaches to Sheringham.

Seems A Bit Distant

Seems A Bit Distant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Wherry, Be Happy

Last Friday Leigh, Minnie and I headed over to Norfolk for a long weekend. My main target was to photograph the Diesel Weekend on the North Norfolk Railway… more of that another day.

After a walk round Sheringham Park, including a trip to the Gazebo – think more a woodland tower than s bit of tarpaulin in the garden – we checked in at our B&B in Roughton. Barn Owl cottage if you’re interested. Following this we decided to try our luck for Swallowtail Butterfly at Catfield Fen. For a Butterfly Conservation reserve I have to say we didn’t see one butterfly actually on the reserve and I couldn’t see any foodplants for the Swallowtails either. We had better luck with Dragonflies including around five Hairy Dragonfly, one Four-spotted Chaser and two Norfolk Hawker. Sadly I couldn’t get a shot of any of these… next time I reckon I’ll go back to Strumpshaw Fen.

Catfield Fen

Catfield Fen

Again, off the reserve, there were good numbers of Variable Damselfly.

Variable Damselfly

Variable Damselfly

Back at base we took a walk to the New Inn in Roughton to enjoy a lovely Chinese/Malay meal washed down with a few of Woodforde’s finest… Don’t Wherry, Be Happy!

Woodforde's Wherry

Woodforde’s Wherry

There’ll Be Fireworks

After a night out at The Red Lion in Cromer, downing a few Woodeford’s beers as well as beers from the Grain brewery I was surprised to see the beach car park at Cromer filling up from 09.00. As the day progressed the crowds got bigger… surely the New Year fireworks weren’t that big a deal? They were. We struggled to find a decent vantage point by 16.45 but dropped down off the cliffs towards the beach to watch the display. Loads of oohing and aahing – with good reason. Just about the best display I’ve seen in Britain. These shots on my iPhone don’t really do it justice.

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Sevilla 2012

Well as we come to towards the end of a brilliant (almost) two weeks in Spain here’s a little taste of two nights in Seville right at the start of the holiday. A wonderful, noisy, fun city that I think we will surely be visiting again… maybe for a bit of Real Betis football action. Oh, and more wonderful tapas! And a sherry… just a small one.

Sevilla

The X Files

Isn’t it funny how things happen, and generally I’m not given much to spooky happenings, but today was just freaky and it felt like I’d discovered my very own X File. Leigh had been away in Edinburgh for the weekend and had apologised as some water had gotten into the old Nikon Coolpix P5100. Not to worry as I’m sure it would dry out – it did – and the photos would be safe on the SD card.

This afternoon after a couple of days drying out, I popped the battery back n and – yes – the camera worked. At this point there was no SD card in and as it had been off I had to reset the date and time. I then pushed the menu button and there were 20 odd photos on the camera memory… what an earth could they be of? I scrolled through…

Wind back almost two years and Leigh and I holidayed in the UK in Wiltshire and Pembrokeshire. Whilst in Wiltshire, we had visited Avebury on a very wet, dismal day. As the weather improved – a bit – we decided to visit the nearby Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill. I took a series of photos there in various weathers in and around the barrow… and then the camera threw a wobbly and all the images from there were lost. Really weird and we joked about Druids and the like messing with us for photographing around their sacred places…

Silbury Hill

… today those photos were returned! A real case for Mulder and Scully.

Silbury Hill

Kennet Long Barrow

Kennet Long Barrow

Kennet Long Barrow

There was plenty of wildlife around the barrow between the showers though I hadn’t taken the DLSR out due to the rain so the Corn Buntings went unrecorded.

Common Blue

7-spot Ladybird

White Campion

Ox-eye Daisy

Finally a bit of Catatonia… I love Cerys Matthews.

Anarchy In B.C.

I am an Antichrist, I am an Anarchist. Well I was on Anarchist – Anarchist Mountain to be more accurate. That’s my kind of mountain.

Here’s the view from the mountain looking down on our destination for the day, Osoyoos.

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