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In The Garden

Well it’s taken me a long time to shake off my man flu but I felt much better yesterday, the weather helped, it was actually sunny and quite warm for a change. So a catch up on the garden chores were desperately needed.

I read a few weeks ago much to my disbelief and dismay that garden plants from many DIY stores and nurseries have been treated with insecticides that can be deadly to bees. I really don’t understand this, one of the reasons I buy plants is to attract wildlife, not kill it. But it makes money for big chemical corporations I guess !!!!!!!!!!!. The film “Idiocracy” comes to mind. The good news is one of the biggest DIY chains in the UK is no longer going to sell plants treated with insecticides, hopefully the others will follow their lead.

After the lawn was mowed and shrubs were pruned I took the camera into the garden to get a few images of some of the flowers, they have had a hard time this year with the cold and rain.

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Bright November Day

28-11-16

It was a lovely sunny day in my part of the UK, I got up early (ish) and walked into town, dropped a film in for processing and went down to the canal. I had the Sigma DP1 in the camera bag, the light was harsh so I bracketed some shots and processed them through Lightroom and Easy HDR.

Apartment Shadows
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Old Sluice Gates
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Blackberries In November
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Hips
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Six Geese A Swimming
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Reflections
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Sharp Rust
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What a dull day today

15/11/16

Needed to escape the chaos of the house, what with the decorating and a general clear out, can’t believe the amount of stuff I’ve accumulated !!!!

The weather wasn’t very promising, dull and flat, and it was a bit muggy, but I put the Sigma DP1 in the bag, not really the best camera for these conditions as it doesn’t perform all that well above 400asa.

Strange Creature
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They certainly were.

Lovely Green Door
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I must of passed by this door so many times without noticing it.

Salvation
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Park Keepers Store

I have a thing about doors, I spotted this a few weeks ago on a visit to a city park.

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Olympus 1S2000 – Fomapan 400 asa – Kodak D76

I also really liked the faded colour.
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Sigma DP1 – 3 shot HDR

I wonder what they keep in that store.

Friday trip to town

23-09-2016

Actually took the bus to town this time so I could walk out to an area I haven’t visited for years, Leicester’s Abbey Park.

Bat Brolly 
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Well it looked bat like to me.

Abbey of St Mary of the Meadows
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According to the information board the Abbey was founded in about 1143 and closed in 1538 by Henry v111 (who else !) so it lasted for nearly 400 years.

The Abbey Church ruins
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The Gate House
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I then got besotted with a modernish door I found just behind the Gate House !
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I also took along a film camera with me, hopefully should have processed the film by tomorrow (Sunday).

(Hot) Walk to Town

Apparently it was the hottest September day in some parts of the UK since 1911, it certainly felt like it on my walk. I wanted to see how the building work on the canal was coming on.

New Kid in the Block
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I wondered who was going to occupy this building.

Looking for food !
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More Student Accommodation
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Restoring the old Donisthorpe Mill (founded in 1739)
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Looking good.

Bridge over the weir
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Just been resurfaced.

Last few from Latvia visit

I was hoping to post some images from my replacement Olympus OM40 that I bought a couple of months ago, I scanned the negs and when I opened them in Photoshop there were dust specs all over them. I am a man of patience but… so I will re-scan them later in the week.

So here are the last images from my Latvia visit.

Wild flowers at the family cemetery.
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Grandfather, Grandmother and my Mum
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Half of my Mums ashes are buried in Latvia the other half in the UK.

Three Trees
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On the family farmland, one tree planted for each of my Mums brothers.

Sigulda National Park from Turaida Castle
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Sigulda is a beautiful park, looking forward to visiting it again.

River Gauja
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We stopped off here early evening on the way back to Riga, it’s a popular swimming and fishing spot.

Russian Orthodox Nativity Cathedral (recently restored)
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Latvian Freedom Monument
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Can’t wait for my next visit.

Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Just on the edge of Riga is the Ethnographic Museum, I first visited the site in 1993, at that time it was just getting started so it was really good to go back and see how it has come along. They have lots of exhibitions, festivals, and craft fairs throughout the year, not to mention an excellent shop/cafe that sells lovely food and Latvian beer.

Here are a few photographs from the museum site, as usual could have spent a lot longer looking around.

Old Wooden Mill
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Roof Detail
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Bee Hive
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Mossy roof on this old farm building
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While we were waiting for my relatives at the end of our visit this lovely affectionate cat came and sat by us demanding lots of fuss, a great way to end our day.
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