A Quick Drink!

It seems like I’ve tried to file my photographs into some sort of order for ever.

When you’re 54 years old and have been taking photographs since your teens there are a lot of photographs and a lot of filing to do.

What do you do with them though? I love taking photographs and documenting life and memories but (thankfully) social media wasn’t around for my 20’s and 30’s so most of my images from that era are just stored on my Mac. I’ve digitised the hard copy photographs that I’ve got in albums and the negs that I’ve had boxed up that go back even further, back to the days that my parents were in their youth. It seems a shame to leave them hidden so I’m jumping on the ‘Throwback Thursday’ train and I’ll stick a few of them on my blog.

Here’s the first – a very drunken night out that started as one of those legendary ‘quick drinks’ after work, sometime in the late nineties in Bertie’s Wine Bar in Wimbledon.

Cheers.

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Chipping Norton Museum

So, Chippy’s got a museum. We’ve been residents for a year and a half now so it was well overdue a visit to a little bit of local history.


It’s only £2 to get in with no time limit to how long you spend there, and the curator on the day we visited was full of information and enthusiasm. We weren’t there for long but it’s somewhere I could lose a few hours in the photograph albums they have there so I’ll be going back.

I didn’t know that Chippy was once the home of British Baseball…

In 1917, the first organised baseball competition was held at Churchill. Eight scout teams from Chipping Norton and the surrounding area competed for the Spalding Silver Cup. The Chipping Norton Pioneers won, and the cup is on display in the town’s museum. (Text Quoted from The Oxford Times,)

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Some of the mannequins were a little disturbing and it seems only fitting that my photographs from the visit are in Black & White. If you’re in town on a Saturday with some time to spare pop in and say hi to Chippy.

A Broad

Back in 2009 we hired a boat for a couple of days on the Norfolk Broads to celebrate Beck’s 30th Birthday. There Were 8 permanent residents on the boat for the weekend and a few extra guests who joined us for a night along the way.

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The boat was lovely, even if the sleeping quarters were a little snug!

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It was my first visit to the Broads and it’s a beautiful part of the country. I was going through an HDR phase at the time (that wore off pretty quickly 🙂 ) and came back with a lot of photographs of reeds and windmills which I tone mapped in photoshop and turned into faux HDR. In hindsight it’s not an effect I particularly like, there’s definitely a place for it and it’s used a lot in the media but I doubt that I’ll use it again.

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We travelled up and down the Broads, stopping at a few pubs on the way and celebrating Beck’s Birthday in the traditional way, food, fun, wine and of course… CAKE.

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Italy #4 Picnic

There is a lake within the fields of vines in Valdonica and it’s a perfect place to spend a couple of hours relaxing in the sunshine with a picnic. We had rolls and sandwiches from the local delicatessen and bakery, some fresh fruit and a bottle of wine. We opted for red wine as the weather was so gloriously hot that white wouldn’t have stayed cool and we didn’t want to carry a cooler with us (and the Valdonica reds are delicious). The hike to the lake isn’t too far but it is down some quite steep slopes and over uneven ground and of course once we got down we’d have to come back up again and the less we had to carry back up the better.

It was incredibly tranquil and relaxing, silent apart from a few birds and the faint hum of a distant tractor, tending to the vines. When we left the UK my job had me stressed to near breaking point but when we sat by the lake and tuned into the nature around us I felt all the anxiety slip away. A Perfect day.