Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Storm of Passing

We had a nice storm last night, so a good excuse to get outside and go storm watching. Although it was missing our town, it was appearing around us, enjoyably so out at sea. We don't get many storms here. Statistically you get more lightning inland rather than on the coast, but these were building up over France and just heading straight north to us, with a slight eastward drift. In hope I took the mini-tripod (fits in a smallish rucksack) along with two lenses; the Nikon 50-200 and the Nikon 50mm. In retrospect a wide angle would have been useful as the storm got closer. The Nikon 50mm is fairly cheap to buy but is one of the sharpest lenses there is, and these were taken with that one.

Very nice to sit in a field half way up a hill and watch all this approaching. Though I have to get up early and get lots of work done tomorrow this storm comes first. Then it's my friend Dogs funeral, which begins with a Mardee Gras procession through the town with accompanying brass, then to the rugby club, the crematorium and then back to the rugby club. I was thinking of the man when watching the lightning. A big rock music fan, as well as other things, last night seemed an appropriate send off for him. You can't get any more rock'n'roll than a lightning storm.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Slowly working through all my old blogposts updating them with photos that work again. I've got as far as the end of 2012 and it's turning into a mammoth and tedious task, though it has re-acquainted me with lots of old photos that I haven't seen for a long while. Busy time here, the summer, lots of work to do and a funeral to go to on Thursday. I don't know if anyone remembers the lovely happy couple who's wedding I put up here back in 2012, well the husband died of throat cancer last Friday. He was a legend in this town so it will be a huge occasion, but a real shame and a great friend is now lost.

Sunday, July 09, 2017


Bad news on the blog front for me. I looked at my blog on Friday to be confronted with an image informing me that I have to update my account to enable third party hosting. Checking online I discovered that Photobucket, where I store and link my photos from had decided overnight that they will no longer provide their service for free and want something like $400 per year. So about 1,800 photos on my blog reaching back until 2010 over about 400 blog posts have become invisible. I'm unwilling to stump up the money and am not sure if I have the time or the will to go back through all the blog posts and sort them out by uploading the photos to blogspot. Frankly I don't know what I'm going to do. Worse things happen but I'm a bit unhappy about having lost so much work and the prospect of sorting it all out again.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Saturday, July 01, 2017