Archive for April, 2013

Mobile phones can be cameras too

Hello All!

Well, judging by the activity of late, hello a couple of people. I know I haven’t posted for a while but this has mainly been due to days off and busyness at work, so my apologies for that.

Instead of raiding my camera this time, I decided to go a little out on a limb and post some pictures that I have taken from my phone as I have zipped around the county. These are mainly pictures that I have snapped early on in work during the recent icy winter we had but also some unusual stuff I hope that you may say…oooh, never seen that before.

Anyway to begin, a fairly standard sunset trip over to Newgale with one of the few times I was passing without my camera. Typically, there were some nice clouds about and things got nice towards the end but I managed to take a few snaps on the phone. Firstly this strange cloud moved over the beach….

A strange clooud looming over the beach in Newgale

A strange cloud looming over the beach in Newgale

Things settled after that into a nice normal sunset although it did stay just yellow like you see here, no pinks or reds this time so not great loss that I was just using the phone!

A good bright sunset, shame it was about 0C at the time of taking this!

A good bright sunset, shame it was about 0C at the time of taking this!

The next few pictures I took were on my very early starts when I was back and forth to Bridgend for work. If anyone looked at the videos I posted regards the snow, it was about this time I took the following. In the first instance, there was an ice halo around the sun; always amazing to see the sheer lack of reaction when you see these. After all, it’s not all that common but people don’t even bother to have a glance…in fact most looked at me taking pictures like I was mad.

Yes it's a bit blurry and covered in spots but it was taken through the window of a moving train on a phone. I'm not that good!

Yes it’s a bit blurry and covered in spots but it was taken through the window of a moving train on a phone. I’m not that good!

Moving on, it’s amazing what you can see when you look close enough. This ice was on the lid of a bin I was stood next too on the platform one morning.

A little forest of ice, soon to disappear in the sun

A little forest of ice, soon to disappear in the sun

Back to the beloved car, which has since moved on to the forecourt of my local Ford dealer as I now have the new one. Later on in the cold but the sun was still not that strong I parked up one morning to see the sun showing some lovely patterns in the frost on my roof. Again, look close enough and you can see lots of interesting stuff!

Frost feathers now lit by the sun that i didn't even notice getting in the car

Frost feathers now lit by the sun that i didn’t even notice getting in the car

Finally, this was an image a took on the way to the Aberystwyth office one day; the videos I posted of the waves on the sea front? This is the aftermath around the bandstand. You may be able to see a little bit of the steps to the beach just poking out but now all covered in sand and gravel. A pretty good illustration why you should never mess with the sea.

A partially swamped Bandstand in Aberystwyth...still, it makes beach access a bit easier if you hate steps!

A partially swamped Bandstand in Aberystwyth…still, it makes beach access a bit easier if you hate steps!

Talking of messing with the sea, I am doing just that tomorrow as the yacht is back in the water and I have been prodded into being crew again. Hopefully this time it won’t be quite as cold as the sun is higher, the days longer and not quite so wet. Maybe. You can never predict anything can you? I am reliably informed that this boat is faster (for faster, read smaller and harder to move around in/on) and there is a chance we may actually win something this year but that’s not really my aim, I enjoy the fresh air and the different perspective more.

Hope there was some interesting stuff that you hadn’t seen before as I said, thanks for dropping in, see you soon.

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Once more unto the archives!

Hello Everyone,

What a disappointing week. Not only has work been so busy it’s silly but when I took the day off to collect my new super dooper pocket rocket, it was broken so I couldn’t drive it. Well, the windscreen is broken and for those of you (if there are any) who aren’t familiar with the law in the UK, this means it is illegal to drive the car as it obscures my view…or something. Officer.

“Why not get a new screen?” I hear you ask. This is fine in theory but for one point…..Ford haven’t started making spare windscreens for this car yet!!! Quite what I would have done if I was driving and damaged the windscreen myself I’m not sure. Abandoned the car at the side of the road by all accounts it appears. However, I can’t complain about the dealer who is very apologetic and giving me a free replacement car until the problem is fixed (not of the sort I wanted though), money off and vouchers. So, you have been spared pictures of cars this week, you’ll just have to put up with my old stuff, seeing there are 35 mph blustery winds and rain today and I can’t even get outside! Should this continue, I may just download my card early.

Anyway, to the subject matter this week, even though it’s a few years old. Some of you may gathered that I live in a fairly rural place judging by previous rants about buses and snow, but I haven’t shown you many of the local animals, apart from the cat (who is currently asleep on my fish-tank, very wise). Our local council provides us with recycling for food waste, but with this guy around, it isn’t necessary…

Cat stares out fox. Well, they always seemed to get on pretty well actually

Cat stares out fox. Well, they always seemed to get on pretty well actually

We haven’t actually seen the fox in the flesh for some time and we can’t ask Mischief who appeared to have quite a close relationship, but we know we do have badgers now, so I dare say that if he is still about, he is keeping his distance as those badgers can be a nasty sort. However, they do the same job and food recycling is still not required.

All done! Back same time in a few days when the plate has filled up again I dare say

All done! Back same time in a few days when the plate has filled up again I dare say

There’s a name for this kind of thing…isn’t it symbiosis? Not sure, but they may as well benefit from our waste rather than it being shoved in a hole somewhere. However, Dad is heard to swear when the badger digs up the lawn looking for more!

On to my usual subject matter now, a good local walk, this time to Wolfscastle, on the way to Fishguard. You may be able to imagine the stories to lead to the name of this place, but there are no wolves anymore and it a tall outcrop of rocks, not a castle. One of my friends was disappointed on seeing the rocks from the road but we have plenty of castles, so I thought a climb up some rocks would have been refreshing. Seems I was wrong in that instance.

View up towards one of the Wolfscastle outcrops (there are a fair few) from the Fishguard Road

View up towards one of the Wolfscastle outcrops (there are a fair few) from the Fishguard Road

It’s not great distance up to the rocks, but a lovely walk (although a little steep in places) along the path with plenty of things to look at, as you can see. I had to crop this following image a bit, so apologies if it’s a bit blocky.

A flutterby amongst the bluebells! Seeing fewer and fewr of these this year due to the cold and rain

A flutterby amongst the bluebells! Seeing fewer and fewer of these this year due to the cold and rain

Once at the top, it’s quite a view I think you will agree. In the distance you can see the Preseli Hills (fat chance of seeing them today with all this rain) and it almost feels as though you could fly in a straight line to them. I must admit that I have no idea how similar the heights are, but it gives a feeling of satisfaction thinking you have climbed the equivalent distance.

The view from the top. In the far distance are the Preseli Hills, off to the left is Fishguard and the local gateway to Ireland

The view from the top. In the far distance are the Preseli Hills, off to the left is Fishguard and the local gateway to Ireland

Well, that’s this weeks instalment of pictures, but before I go I must share with you a short I was sent on YouTube. No, don’t worry, it’s not one of my boring ones. Come back!

Those who know me well will know I love zombie films, The Walking Dead and such so I had to have a look and hope you do too. It’s not overly gory or full of shock value but very touching and I challenge any of you who watch it not to have a lump in your throat at the end.

Please have a look, it was made by a small team who reached the finals of the film competition they were in (Tropfest Australia) and they would surely welcome encouragement in the form of oodles of views to churn out more fantastic stuff like this; here’s the link to “Cargo” http://youtu.be/gryenlQKTbE

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Some pictures for a change

I did promise some pictures, so here I am with a few.

Although the weather has perked up a considerable amount and the temperature has reached the dizzy heights of 10C (there is technically a drought here too), there still haven’t been many trips out as I’m working when the nice weather is about. No great cirrus cloud at sunset either, just a few nice colours now the days have lengthened, so there are a few new images to come. This being the case, I’m afraid I have had to delve into the archives 🙂

However, same theme as before and hopefully I haven’t posted any of these before..my records of saved images that I keep would appear to say that I haven’t. Firstly, going back a good few years, New Years 2010 with my ex-girlfriend (who isn’t appearing in any images before you ask). We decided to go away and spent the evening or at least the weekend in gay Paris. The Eiffel Tower looked pretty cool that night..

Can you imagine the electricity that takes...let alone the wiring!

Can you imagine the electricity that takes…let alone the wiring!

Now back to my favourite type of images. Sunsets! Well, one of my favourite types..I haven’t yet found a waterfall I can take a picture of at sunset! Ironically and I didn’t realise this until I posted it, this was taken from the ex-girlfriends flat. Fancy that. One of the best I have in my file of sunsets though, I can tell you. No changes on this one at all apart from a change in shutter speed to darken the pinks & yellows.

Again with the industrial beauty card I'm afraid but come one, it's pretty good

Again with the industrial beauty card I’m afraid but come one, it’s pretty good

Next, a good old beach wander. I was trying to date this in my head, but all I can do is say that it wasn’t taken in the holiday season as there are no people on the sand or rockpooling which is the main use of this beach once it becomes “less cold” as the local weather reports call it. Mind you, I agree, it is pretty awesome to explore and some of the rockpools are more like swimming pools, but I don’t get to “magpie” pretty shells or stones like I do on my North Pembrokeshire beaches.

Feel tempted for a swim? I wouldn’t. There is a set of currents off the shore which is nick-named “The Bitches” (the name suggests that these are baaaaaad) and even pretty large boats that ferry people to the nearby island won’t go near them..

Marloes beach with no-one on it. A rare site indeed

Marloes beach with no-one on it. A rare site indeed

Finally, a good hazy sunset. Typically, I have taken pictures of the clouds and ignored any foreground silhouettes, so I’m afraid I have no idea where this is, although I can tell you one thing, the foreground was obviously crap, otherwise I would have put it in, I’m picky like that 🙂

A nice layered hazy sunset. More of these in the next few weeks please!

A nice layered hazy sunset. More of these in the next few weeks please!

That’s the lot for this week. I may be completely off topic with my post next week as I’m getting a new car which I am super excited about as it’s my first “hot hatch” at nearly 200 hp. I am now officially a boy racer; hold on, can I be a boy in my 30’s? I guess so.

BUT, I am a responsible, safe and defensive driver….Officer. See you soon!

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Still cold and grey out, so another video :(

Hello everyone!

Yes, I know, still rubbish weather here. Can you believe it?! I know most people who reside here can’t; however, in defence of Mother Nature, the temperatures are moving towards double figures during the day and the frosts are beginning to recede. Last night I even though there would be a nice sunset, but I was wrong.

Dad and I braved the cold yesterday for a touch of garden maintenance but a few hours is about all you can stand with the easterly wind blowing…from Siberia it seems. We got done what we needed to get done anyhow.

Seeing as I have been home for the Easter holidays taking medication for my self-inflicted injury of late, the cat has become an integral part of my entertainment (don’t get me wrong, I have left the house, just not taken many pictures). This being the case, please find following a video that’s been posted on my channel (no-one has subscribed yet!) of him attacking a grape. Yes, a grape.

He is “a bear of very little brain” so the saying goes…http://youtu.be/Fsd4xHUVoRg

Next post there will be pictures I promise, even if they are older ones!

Thanks for bearing with me.

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