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Hello All…and a Happy New Year,
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog. Clever monkey!
Have a butcher’s hook if you like…
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 720 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.
Hope to keep seeing you all in 2016, I have many more pictures to post and intend to keep going!
Oooh, well, things are quiet on here aren’t they?
Sorry, I just can’t seem to find a whole heap of time to sit down and put together decent entries and edit photos of late, what with a full time job (long story about what’s happening there though I shan’t go into detail…), cycling, a new girlfriend and lovely summer jaunts in the car seem to be taking up my time!
Hopefully, you all miss me?! I have my archive still and plenty to post if you wish me to but I feel patience is the name of the game here. I hope to sit down sometime soon to do this, feel free to join me if you can.
Thanks for bearing with me and once the days get shorter, I’m sure I will be back on with my usual gobble-de-gook. However, in the meantime, the Weathernet photo competition has been on my list of things to do and I have popped in a few pictures to see if I can get on the 2016 calendar. I will let you know if I hear good news!
See you soon…
Yes, I’m not dead. Cancel the search parties and like. I am here!
Usual thing, apologies for not being on here of late but of recently, I have been a little busy and, I must be honest, this has slipped to the bottom of the pile on a few occasions! With the warmer weather, I have been on my bike and spending time out and about in Wales and recently I took a trip to Manchester. If anyone is thinking of going, I recommend it…maybe not the hotel I stayed in (but that’s another story) but overall, it was a nice weekend. also, I am seeing a lady locally so spending time with her sits above time on the PC!
I have taken a few pictures on my travels, they are from my phone, so you will excuse the quality but bear with me…firstly is a charming little bay that I found with Sarah, near St Davids. A stones throw from the road but I never even knew it was there!
Secondly, a couple of pictures I took in Manchester. I can’t say enough in the way of good things about the Metro they have there, apart from the fact they are expanding it and the place looks like a building site at the minute, this was the view from the Deansgate-Castlefield stop bridge, down on the canals. Really worth wandering around there for the pubs and the Comedy Club. Excellent value for money…
Talking of value for money, a meal from an Ethiopian restaurant on Sackville Street in the city centre. Filling, spicy and delicious all at the same time! If you are ever in the area, go. That’s an order! Just ask for a taster, they know what to do. The plate is actually fermented bread and there are no pieces of cutlery 🙂
Well, I have a barbecue to clean, looks although the weather will hold decent for the weekend, so I have decided I will give the grill an outing. Wish me luck!
If anyone wants me to explain the mechanics of a storm cell (which is the next set of pictures I seem to have looking in my archive), please let me know in the comments, I shall pop back on when my rides are rained off to do it.
In the meantime, thanks to those whose minds I’ve crossed, hope to see you again shortly;y!
Firstly, I’d like to apologise to everyone if this post looks in any way different. WordPress has sprung and update on me and it took me a few minutes to get my bearings! All the buttons are here, there and everywhere when I thought that the previous version was perfectly acceptable. Onward and upwards I guess…I do a get this for free I suppose. However, I’d love the option of UK spell-check, I don’t like automatic corrections to the wrong spelling. Apologise does not have a Z in.
Enough grizzling. This is yuletide! In advance, just in case I forget, I shall just wish you all a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. Has everyone bought way too much stuff that they or the recipient doesn’t strictly need? Good. That’s how it should be. I plan to buy a new bike in the new Year as my cheap “let’s see if I can still ride” bike has travelled nigh on 1000 miles now and is beginning to creak a little….literally. It’s off to be fettled over the Christmas period then Mr Gumtree will assist me in selling it. Unless anyone’s in the market? I will give you “mates rates” if you mention the blog!
On to the pictures. as the title above alludes to, this was one of the final few trips I took around Bruges indulging in people watching, the odd museum, the occasional beer, a waffle or two and such. I don’t think that I have ever had a holiday where I don’t wander…I must have itchy feet. I remember a holiday once to Tenerife, a hulking great volcano in the Atlantic disguised as an island. Surrounded by such natural wonder and all that goes with it, what did my mother opt to do? Sit on the beach. Because, of course, she had been in the proximity of a live volcano that may one day wipe out the eastern sea-board of the US. I forgot.
Firstly, a bit of a random picture. I like stuff like this. I glanced over along the canal and what did I see? Why, a relaxing dog lying in the window of a 18th century house of course…bless.
Talking of dogs, I was in a shop this morning where I made a fan. A springer spaniel who would not leave me be. Mind you, she was a fantastically obedient and well-trained gun dog but she was so affectionate…kept staring at me whilst pretty much climbing up my leg. It must be my aura. I did actually say to the owner that she probably wouldn’t fuss if I put her in the boot of my car! This may well have been the case but apparently as soon as the “work” switch was thrown she was a very focussed gun dog. Amazing. My kind of dog…not like the lazy one above!
Moving on, I was taking advantage of the beautiful sunny weather to take a few wide building shots with lovely natural light as I walked around. In case you don’t recognise this area, it’s the lagoon where I took some of my night shots…..
I continued up the side of the canal past all the chocolate shops and sweet smell of roasting coffee to get to the gates of the city and the main canal that is used by the larger traffic nowadays. My first stop was the gate, I believe that this is Gentepoort (the gate from the direction of Ghent)….
As you might be able to see by looking down to the left corner, it’s not used for traffic as the others I posted images of were. In fact, the road passes to the left of the main gateway and the gate itself is used for a cycle path. Watch out for those bikes, they have right of way in most places and they don’t often slow down!
Up through the long narrow park running alongside the canal now and I was just in time to catch a picture of this big old bruiser of a river cruiser. On a recent holiday to Germany (this Summer) I saw more and larger versions of these moored and moving on the Rhine and Mosel. The prices for these are pretty steep and it seemed a shame for the passengers as they never even got out, the cruiser just chugs on through.
Anyway, I was fortunate enough to be able to review things at a slower pace. Much like this fisherman on the canal just along from the city centre. Not being able to speak Flemish (the most popular language in Bruges) I didn’t dare approach him to ask if he had caught anything, but the hunched shoulder and look of boredom gave me a good guess. I can’t say I would have eaten his catch myself but I suspect he was just there for the sport. Maybe.
Back to the main square in town now and look, blue sky! Time for a dizzying upward sky shot including the steeples of the old churches. Hurrah. That and the fact that there are clouds included; you all know my love of clouds by now (more coming on that soon).
I had a good wander around the grounds this time too and found that there was a small open museum in the bowels of the building. Alas, the signs were in French and Flemish so i could only glean a bit of information but it appeared that the area and the garden was a reconstruction of the area put aside as a medieval pharmacy that was used by the church for hundreds of years.
Inside there was a sign saying that I wasn’t able to take pictures but, hey, rules are made to be broken aren’t they so I snapped one for you all. What an awesome place. Just imagine all the smells of the herbs and such when they were being measured and mixed by the monks. Even if they didn’t cure your illness, at least you smelt good whilst you lay in bed! There was a security guard sat in front of a small herb garden so I couldn’t push that one; you need to just close your eyes and picture that.
Well, there we have it. Last post before Christmas. As I said before, have a good Christmas. I hope everyone gets what they wanted and if you don’t….well, you should have been more specific! Not too many mince pies and booze now but, having said that, I will have a bike for sale in the New year for you to lose the weight with, so, feel free 🙂
Happy Christmas. See you in 2015
It’s been a few weeks since I have popped on so my apologies for that; this has been through a mix of holidays, family and the need to get out of the house into the garden as the weather is good! I shall be fishing some pictures out of my archive tonight, so tune back soon.
However, in the meantime, I have a question to ask. My father seems to believe that my pictures are good enough for a competition, the Landscape Photographer of the Year, which you can find at this address…http://www.take-a-view.co.uk/
What I want to know is, what do you think? Have a look through the sections (I think I am a Classic View kinda person) and to get an opinion, I have attempted to construct a poll, which I hope works properly, and would be very grateful if you could give me an idea if I should spend the £10 to £25 to send images to the judges. Your votes would be very much appreciated.
I shall leave you to it and get back to finding the next pictures! Thanks in advance.
Apologies for the silence of late. I have meant to come on here to post some pictures for a little while but this has been delayed due to a number of reasons, mainly….
1) I was on holiday out of the country and
2) it was my birthday when I was
3) whisked away for a weekend in Somerset.
Due to this I have been away from the PC a fair amount. I also had prioritised the sending of images to a competition in the last couple of days, as there was a deadline attached.
I am, this evening, going to figure out what I am posting on the next entry but thanks for sticking with it, I shall be posting in the next few days.
It’s been a while since I posted on here I’m afraid. What with work and the longer evenings I’ve wanted to be out either walking or riding more than I’ve wanted to be stuck in front of a PC again!
However, now things will hopefully bit a bit less hectic I should be able to get around to a few posts now and again. Keep this frequency clear!
Well, here it is, I hope it looks okay. Thanks to those lovely people at WordPress I now have my first blog. Don’t expect anything too flashy as it’s a learning process but any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Once I’m more sure, I’ll post a few pictures from near where I live. Maybe some chit chat too. Possibly less of that though.
Thanks for dropping in!