Category Archives: Olympus EPL1

In The Garden Today

Thought I would spend the day pottering around the garden, having a slight hangover I thought the fresh air would do me good. It was a lovely sunny day but the wind was cold.

Reason For The Hangover!
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 I really enjoy seeing this band they are called “The Moonlights”, and the venue had 2 beers I hadn’t tried before, well that’s my excuse.

I used my Olympus EPL1 with an old Helios 58mm lens and extension tube. It was quite tricky getting the shots because of the breezy conditions and really narrow depth of field. It’s lovely to see the signs of spring well underway in the garden, not so good to see the amount of work I need to do.

Thursday Doors

13-04-17

Managed a short visit to Oakham in Rutland this week, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutland) the weather forecast was reasonable and it’s only two stops down the line from my hometown. It’s been a long time since I visited Oakham for sightseeing, used to go there 2 or 3 times a month for business when I still worked. It’s a lovely old market town and most importantly has a fine selection of doors for my contribution to the excellent Norm 2.0 “Thursday Doors” Blog.

Oakham Cemetery
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You can see the cemetery from the railway as you enter Oakham, it looked interesting so went straight there from the station. I know it’s not really a door but it’s a lovely building and entrance way. The lodge is Grade-II listed.

Oakham Cemetery Chapel
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On the High Street
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Partial selfie !

The Dentists Door !
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Can’t have too many Blue doors.

All Saints Church
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The Post Office
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From The Side Streets
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There are some lovely cottages along the side streets, a lot of them are constructed from the local stone and many have thatched roofs. Really enjoyed the visit to Oakham.

Thursday Doors

30-03-17

It really should be Thursday Gates for my contribution to Norm’s excellent Norm 2.0 blog. The weather has been really temperamental in my part of the UK but I managed to gather a few gates on my travels over the last few weeks.

Some Attention Needed
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This one belongs to a pub, a good real ale house.

Faded
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I liked the colour and the bars above this gate.

Well Protected
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Scissors
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Victorian Filigree
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24 Hour Access
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I actually took this image 2 years ago, but have been looking for a reason to post it.

Ecclesiastical Gates
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From my visit to Stamford Lincolnshire last week.

Thursday Doors

23-03-17

Here’s my contribution to “Thursday Doors” on the  Norm 2.0 blog, some great contributions over there, worth checking out.

It’s been over 20 years since I visited Stamford in Lincolnshire so on Tuesday I jumped on a train, and 3 stops and 40 minutes later I arrived at Stamford. It was a lovely sunny day but cold.

Candlesticks
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The first door that caught my eye was this curved restaurant door. The menu looked really good, including a bottle of wine for £650.oo ! The food prices were far more reasonable.

The Blossoms Were Out
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Georgian
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Most of the buildings in Stamford are constructed using this lovely honey coloured stone.

The Pub Door
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Broad & Slim
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Pink or Cerise ?
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A Bit Of Symmetry
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Red & Stone
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I thought this door had quite an unusual design.

Moon Door
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Green & Stone
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Wall Clock
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St John The Baptist Church Door
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Really enjoyed the visit to Stamford, the people were very friendly and I had some of the best Fish & Chips I’ve had in a long time. Definitely be going back.

Thursday Doors

09-03-17

Here’s my contribution to the excellent Thursday Doors blog over at Norm 2.0 blog.

My theme for this week is Grotty Industrial

Blake Street
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The sign on the lamp post says this is a conservation area, I hope so. There’s a great pub at the end of this street, I used to drink there in the late 1970’s when It was rather eccentric for want of a better word, but that’s another story.

I Love You
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Around The Back
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Corah Building
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This was the largest hosiery factory in Leicester at one time. There’s a short history of Corah on Wikipedia. It’s sad to see the factory in this condition.

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End of The Line
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And just a couple of streets away these two Victorian gems
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It’s only a mile away #2

Part 2 of the visit to the Botanic Gardens. There is a bit of history about the gardens on the Leicester University website  Botanic Gardens

Cacti and Succulents Greenhouse
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I do like the word succulent, I’m sure there must be a cure!

Golden Acer & Crocus
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Looking forward to the warmer weather as there are lots of parts to this garden where you can while away the time and take the weight off.
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Lush
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A Few Blooms
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