Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Ferret Show

Hi folks,
well now for something completely different. Today (Saturday) Sue and I visited the Harrietsham Ferret Rescue Show to meet Ken of the famous Daisy Diary and of course Holly and the stars of the blog Miss Snowflake and Mr Brambles.
Now this is one of the worst senario for a photographer with poor lighting, ferrets that either run about at 100mph or laid asleep in cages which have bars in front of them. Still being up for a challenge I went for it, some of what I took below.

First one in its cage.

These two were out of their cage

Behind bars.

Miss Snowflake below in Kens hand

 and Mr Brambles getting a cuddle.

The last four were taken in their cages through the bars

Well that was exhausting, thanks for looking, Mike

Friday, 27 March 2015

The Queen at Canterbury

Hi folks,
well after the unveiling on Thursday and Sue working in Canterbury on Friday I had to go and look at the statues. You can see that they are new with them both gleaming in the sunlight

Lets have a closer look.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip together.

To make up a trio, Elizabeth I a bit darker due to the age of the statue.

On the left hand side of the West Door we have Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.

Looking skywards and thinking of Vickie, Pat and James across the pond.

More statues to the left of the door, you can just see restoration work going on at the side.

Last look at the outside with the restoration of the South window.

Last look inside as we say goodbye to Canterbury Cathedral.

Just a tip when viewing the pictures, click on any image and it will blow up into a larger set. At the bottom of the screen will be all the images which you can click along and view. To go back to the blog click the cross in the top right hand corner.
Thanks for looking, Mike

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Surprise Visitor to Canterbury Cathedral

Hi folks,
a few more of the inside before the arrival of the "special guest", I wonder if you all got who it was? The second image of the last blog gave it away.

Another shot of the ceiling with the supporting pillar to one side to give a bit more height.

Note the candle.

Lastly the West Door with a statue/s to be unveiled today by GUESS WHO? on the left is Albert and Victoria just to give you a clue.

Thanks for looking, Mike

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Inside Canterbury Cathedral

Hi folks,
Sue was working in the city today so I thought I would tag along and play around with the camera in the Cathedral.

Enjoyed the day, I wonder if you can spot the special shot.


Monday, 23 March 2015

Back again with Dave and Frank

Hi folks,

somebody (not to mention her name) has nagged me about not doing blogs so rather than getting told off again I thought I had better do one. This blog does not have a chimney in sight! lol.

I have got to play catch up now so back in February we, that is Sue and I went to a club meet in Appledore, Kent with our good friends Winnie and Dave.

As the field was a bit waterlogged we had to park in a line on the road which was a bit different.

Dave our Minion did the driving.

Dave was a one off from the Dockside Outlet in Chatham and was standing all alone on the shelf so I took pity on him

On the Sunday morning it was St Davids Day so Frank a club member got out his Welsh Flag. We are not going to mention Saturday as it chucked it down with rain all day.

Lastly outside on the road is a bridge going into Appledore with the Royal Military Canal running under it. The campsite is on the left.

Short and sweet bit at least I have started again, so I need inspiration and a lot of comments to keep me going.


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Riverside with Sue and Margaret

Hi folks,

yesterday was a trip to Hempstead to buy some shoes for Sue, luckily I took her little gem of a camera as we ended up at Gillingham Riverside. It was a fantastic afternoon and with the help of her little camera I got these.

This is the Waterloo, a boat wreck which at every tide fills up with water and it trickles out of this hole leaving a nice set of colours

 You can just see the hole by the propeller shaft.

A bit of rust on the boat.

We walked on to Horrid Hill and the cloud formations said it all.

Walking back to the car park.

Last one before we left.

Just goes to show, never leave the camera at home.

All the best, Mike

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Broadstairs in the Sun and Sue

Hi folks,

just a few more of last weeks trip.

Lunch in the Royal Albion Hotel, not really swish just fish and chips.

Magnificent Victorian clock above the shelter.

In the town I spied these from Star Wars, trapped behind a first floor window.

and the Pub facard looked in keeping.

Just had to put this one in with it's double meaning.

Lastly from me an Apex above a pub in the high street.

Then Sue's, she is learning fast and is very good at pointing out various scenes and angles for me and has the eye for it so i thought that as I bought her a camera for Christmas she should use it. The Camera is a Panasonic Lumix GM5, very small and is mirrorless just like my GH4. The idea is that I can nick it on my walks and also fit my lenses on it, I ain't stupid. It has a viewfinder as well so can be used in bright light.

Here she is with it in action.

Below are her shots with the camera and I think you will agree she has done really well.

Her theme was " Waiting for Summer".

Last one, I love this shot and I am proud she is my wife, well done.

Thanks and that's it from our joint trip to Broadstairs, I hope you enjoyed it.

Mike and Sue