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UK 2011

This picture appeared in print on the cover of a camping brochure and on the Tiso website as an advertisement.

UK June 2011 – Day 30. Out of focus? Possibly, but if it is, tough. Today I showed Ginger the benefits of a working public transportation system. We started the day dropping off the hire car. First piece of good news – they weren’t going to charge us for the extra day we had, and …

Ginger and Gary on the beach (365:195) Read More »

UK June 2011 – Day 29. What a truly appalling picture. I could have used the safety shot I took during our afternoon walk around Farlington Marshes, but that seems like a bit of a betrayal of my family. So this picture will have to do. Tonight we had a family curry and took this …

Oh dear! (365:194) Read More »

UK June 2011 – Day 28. Yet more curry! We spent the day buying gifts and stuff to take back with us – including a trip to Gilbert’s sweet shop, which someone had told me, erroneously as it transpired, had closed. We also visited the chandlers to get stainless ‘D’ ring fixings for our kayaks, …

Photo-lethargy strikes yet again (365:193) Read More »

UK June 2011 – Day 26. Last week we were Scottish Episcopalians, this week we reverted to CofE, and made a final visit to St Margaret’s. Where (if you’ve been paying attention) I was Christened, as were my two sons, and my brother. I and my brother got married there, and both my parents funerals were …

Late at night sitting on my brother’s kitchen floor (365:191) Read More »

UK June 2011 – Day 20. Today I met an old friend, it was the first time we’d seen each other in nearly forty years. Russell and I had said our goodbyes back when we left school in July 1972, exchanged a couple of letters and then lost contact. Thanks to the joys of the …

Enjoying the scenery by Loch Bad a’Ghaill Read More »

UK June 2011 – Day 19. This might have been my favorite photo of the entire holiday, but the autofocus didn’t work properly so it’s a bit blurred. I’ve now worked out what the problem is, see the very end of this post for my conclusions. We were up early and elected to postpone breakfast …

Looking out over Gruinard Bay, Scotland (365:184) Read More »

UK June 2011 – Day 17. It was a long hike. Our day started early and with a choice. Hike up into the valley to the West of the one we came down last night or take the long route around by road. We didn’t know how good the other path was – it might …

At the end of the hike (365:182) Read More »

This Larchwood path was part of our Comrie hike. I remember as a kid larchwoods being depicted as dark and spooky. They are! This is one image of three that I am thinking of printing as a triptych.

View from the near the road near Largs Scotland across the Firth of Clyde twoards Great Cumrae and Bute. Color Photograph

Looking across the Firth of Clyde towards Great Cumbrae and Bute. Taken from near Largs, Scotland.

UK June 2011 – Day 13. Today we had a longish drive, by UK standards anyway. Birmingham to Cumbernauld (North East of Glasgow). It looked like we’d arrive at Glasgow just as the commuter traffic got heavy so we detoured to Kilmarnock and the west coast for a bit of scenery while everybody drove home. …

On the beach near West Kilbride (365:178) Read More »

UK June 2011 – Day 8. Today we didn’t do a lot. We had a ‘down day’ which involved nothing much which was very nice. By the way – I’m deliberately not the focal point of this picture, I guess I could have gone for a higher ISO setting and brought us both into focus, …

Rest day (365:173) Read More »

UK June 2011 – Day 7. A day out in London We took the train to London and spent most of the day looking around the Tate Modern, which is where I took today’s picture. By the time we’d finished at the Tate Modern it was too late to do much else. So we walked …

Gary and Ginger at the Tate Modern (365:172) Read More »

Encased staircase with Floor 4 marking at the Tate Modern, London UK

The Tate Modern is one of my favorite art galleries. I try to make time for a visit whenever I’m in London.

Visitors to the Tate Modern (London UK) study a huge pile of porcelain sunflower seeds

I wish I’d been able to seen the full installation. Unfortunately it had finished before we got to the UK. It is difficult to imagine what the complete installation of 100 million sunflower seeds would have looked like. Even more difficult to comprehend is that each seed was hand painted. I wanted to capture the …

Porcelain Sunflower Seeds – Ai Weiwei Read More »

Dinner with Robert and Mel (365:171) [6 pictures]

UK June 2011 – Day 3. To be more precise a whole day with Mick. Despite changing time zones we had to be up early to get the broken camera lens to the repair shop before my childhood friend Mick arrived to take us to meet up with his parents, who I’ve not seen in …

An evening with Mick (365:168) Read More »

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