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Mainly about, photography from around the world and comments on everyday life. Also check out my website here and many of my travel and other various photos here on Flickr. The map below shows you where we have been over the past few years.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

ABC Wednesday "S"

Thought I would keep the wildlife theme going at the moment plus a local beauty spot and a strange building in Skagway Alaska.

Firstly there a couple of photographs of a stag recently taken in Cannock Chase an area of outstanding natural beauty just on my doorstep, literally, I mean, just turn right out of my house go to the end of the road and there it is.

This first one shows the stag looking dark and mysterious

This one looking curiously back at me and saying "watch it pal"

My third offering is that of a soaring kestrel, it may not be the sharpest picture but I had to be quick to take it and out of the car as well.

Moving on here are a couple of photographs of another local beauty spot, this is Shardlow, taken not too long ago, I really love the canal villages.

I really like the contrasting colours in the 1st photo, the reds green and blues and there are 2 great pubs right on the towpath as well.

Here is the second one of Shardlow.

Finally a photograph taken in Skagway in Alaska. This place is great a real cowboy come pioneer town

This is the Arctic Brotherhood Building, this was built 1899, the outside of the building is covered entirely in driftwood.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Two weeks at work in the new job and need a holiday already. Oh! Good we have booked one

Two weeks into the new job and I already need a holiday. Fortunately we have just booked the next cruise. It is a while away though, we set sail on the 10th October 2008. We are going somewhere a little warmer than our last cruise which was to to Canada and Alaska.

It will be a great trip for both of us as Lyn will be going to somewhere she has not been to before. I have already visited several of the places we are going to, however, this was quite a few years ago on a back packing expedition but it will be nice to see what changes have taken place in the various destinations.

The cruise itinerary is as follows:

Day 1
Friday, Liverpool - UK
Day 2
Saturday, Ship at Sea
Day 3
Sunday, Ship at Sea
Day 4
Monday, Lisbon - PORTUGAL 08:00 - 15:00
Day 5
Tuesday, Cadiz - SPAIN 09:00 - 20:00
Day 6
Wednesday, Malaga - SPAIN 09:00 - 20:00
Day 7
Thursday, Gibraltar - GIBRALTAR 08:00 - 19:00
Day 8
Friday, Casablanca - MOROCCO 08:00 - 19:00
Day 9
Saturday, Portimao* - PORTUGAL 09:00 - 15:00
Day 10
Sunday, Porto - PORTUGAL 11:00 - 18:00
Day 11
Monday, La Coruna - SPAIN 08:00 - 18:00
Day 12
Tuesday, Ship at Sea
Day 13
Wednesday, Dublin - IRELAND 08:00 - 20:00
Day 14
Thursday, Liverpool - UK

Yes, this is a long time away but before that we have Christmas at Rothley in Leicestershire - see here then in May/June next year a week at the Derwentwater Hotel in the Lake District. I think we may also be going to Northumberland before the cruise. Might throw in a couple of days in London as well.

Just before I go here is a photo of a Robin taken at the same time as the post for ABC Wednesday "Q".

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

ABC Wednesday "R" For A Right Old Mixed Bag

A bit of a mixed bag this week I am afraid. I have struggled a little to get some up to date photos as I am dealing with a new job, drinking and the fact that someone ran into the back of my motorcycle on Saturday night while me and Lyn were on it. Thankfully we are ok and the driver of the offending vehicle is ok too. Not much damage I hope but I will have to have it checked out for any unseen damage.

So my "R's" in order are:-

1 A Russian Dancer taken at a St. Petersburg folk event

2 The Redmore, a local pub taken just after it snowed a couple or 3 years ago

3 A Rude Gorilla, this was taken again 3 or 4 years ago at a zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, just managed to catch him at the perfect moment

4 The Coliseum in Rome, this is one of my favourite shots of ancient ruins

5 Finally, a street scene in Rothenburg, Germany, taken a couple of years ago. I love the colours of the buildings here, although it was a dull day, I think it still came out OK.

I have my serious thinking head on for The X, Y and Z additions, although I have to get a S, T, U, V, and a W, It's all good fun and gets you out.

Monday, 12 November 2007

ABC Wednesday, Quarry and a Quiet place

I thought "Q" was going to prove quite difficult but it quickly became apparent that I could do something Quirky. Question was, what was it? So I quizzed myself a few times and found I could get out of this quandry. I thought I would show a couple of photos of a local quarry and a few photos of a a hairy wee beasty and some feathered friends and a couple of deer, photographed in a quiet place on Cannock Chase.

Inquedible, I thought i would be stuck.


To Me the 3rd photo looks like a moonscape

Quiet place for some of our animal and bird friends

In order:- Deer, A squirrel, Jay, Yellow Hammer, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Sparrow, Coal Tit


Grey Squirrel


Yellow Hammer



Great Tit

Sparrow (well I thought it was but I have been informed that it is a Dunnock, thanks to anon)

Coal Tit

Hope you like my feathered and furry friends in my Quiet place

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

ABC Wednesday. "P" Is For Places and Parts Of The World

Today my fellow ABC Wednesday bloggers I thought I would make "P" parts and places in the world, so here is a selection of recent places we have visited. All on a theme of "P".

The Philippaeon Olympia, Greece

Monastary Of John The Theologan Chora Patmos

Parliament Building Budapest

The Astronomical Clock Starometska Namesti Prague

The Pollio Fountain Ephesus Turkey

The Golden House Ulica Dluga Gdansk Poland

PeterHof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

"P" For Place In St. Petersburg, Russia

Peyto Lake, Canada

Pooley Bridge, Ullswater, Cumbria

Park Gate Staffordshire with Dumpy From Dumpy's Rusty Nuts

Hope you like the variations on a theme.