An old buddy of mine suggested that we visit the Triumph motorcycle museum at the factory, it’s not very far away and I’d never been before. I took my Olympus EPL1 with me but it was quite dark inside the museum and I had to set the camera to 1600 asa, the Olympus is quite an old model and not too good in low lighting.
Marlon – Wild One
I had a Triumph Thunderbird in 1970 with a sidecar (purple painted box) attached, it contained a heavy duty battery and a bag of cement to help keep the sidecar on the road when going round corners. I sold it to buy an electric cooker !!!!!!
Bonneville Record Breaker
Steve McQueen – The Great Escape
This is the actual bike Steve McQueen used in the film.
It was a great day out, I would love to see the production line but it’s booked up until August. The cafe was good, served excellent coffee and eats.
The skies turned a soft Orange colour today, it’s the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia. Fortunately the wind speeds are not too high in my part of the UK, but other parts of the country have not been so lucky. The Orange skies are apparently being caused by the debris and dust from forest fires in Portugal and Spain.
I had just cut the lawn for (hopefully) the last time this year, the camera’s white balance had a bit of a job getting it right.
The fungi are quite orange in colour anyway but the light gave them a lovely glow.
Went out with the photowalk buddies today, met up in a coffee shop and then we walked over to Abbey Park, as the name suggests the site of a former abbey. I was using mainly film cameras, and if they come out OK (it was a dull day) I’ll post some of the images. On the way back to town (via another coffee shop) I took a few digital images, unaware the camera was set at 800 asa ! According to my phone app I had walked 8.5 miles, hence the aching feet.
Here’s my contribution to the excellent “Thursday Doors” blog over at Norm 2.0
Met up with my photowalk buddies this Tuesday, and the weather was really good for once. We walked over to the St Margaret’s area of the city and the parish church.
St Margaret’s Church
A Tucked Away Side Door
I have always admired the architecture of this church but it wasn’t until I read up about it’s history (on Wikipedia – Click Through) how far back it dates, parts of it to the 12th and 13th century. I would like to have a look at the interior sometime.
Just around the corner is this lovely old factory building, slowly declining into disrepair.
It has some art deco features, but I can’t find any historical information about the building. A visit to the reference library is needed.
I Couldn’t Resist This One
Not strictly a door in the true sense, but I like the colours.
An old friend of mine (whom I’ve known since I was 8 years old) and his wife very kindly took me me on a visit to Stanford Hall, Leicestershire for the annual Founders Day motorcycle event on the 23 July. It must be 20 years or more since I last visited, and that was for the Classic VW show. I had a thing about Beetles at that time, wish I still had one. The weather has been a bit patchy over the last week or so but we were lucky yesterday, it kept dry and we even had some sunshine. I took my Olympus EPL1 with me to get a few shots of the bikes, didn’t take too many as it can be quite boring for people who aren’t taking photo’s.
BSA Golden Flash
BSA V Twin Sidecar Outfit
The BSA was immaculate
I would love one of these !
All in all a great day out with good company.
I’ve been sorting out some digital files on my portable hard drive and found some images taken at Ruddington, Great Central Railway, Nottingham about 3 years ago. I had only just bought my Olympus EPL1, and thought it would be a good location to test it out.
Here’s my “Thursday Doors” contribution for the excellent Norm 2.0 blog.
I went into town today to meet up with my photo walk buddies not really intending to do a door walk. The weather was cold and drizzly (nearly turned the heating back on) so not that good for taking photographs, but after a cup of coffee and a catch up we made our way to the old castle area of the town and the Newarke Houses museum.
Museum Gateway & Entrance
I used to visit this museum as a young kid, mainly to see the Daniel Lambert exhibit, he was once the heaviest person in England. Next Friday they are having a talk about historic Leicester so we are going to combine this with another photo walk.
Museum Door Detail
They think the gateway dates from the fourteenth century. The furthest building you can see through the gateway used to be a courthouse, when I was at printing college we went to the public gallery to watch a hearing as part of social studies.
Houses Through The Gateway (and doors)
St Mary De Castro Church
There’s some interesting history about the church here. There used to be a spire on the church but it had to be taken down when it became unsafe.
After this shot the battery in my camera gave out so I had to use my mobile for the next few.
Around The Graveyard
The walls are part of the old castle and apparently the holes are where they used to point canons (armory not ecclesiastical) through.
Finally I couldn’t resist this gate at the side of the museum.