Category Archives: Holidays

Some comments on recent holidays.

Spain Day 1 – Travel & Granada

Today was the first day of my trip to Granada and the Alpujarras in Spain. The flight was quick and efficient, taking off from London City Airport which meant I saw the sights of the Capital from above. There were also some lovely clouds along the way:

Up In The Clouds
Up In The Clouds

Once I had checked into my hotel I took a walk around the streets of Granada looking for some geocaches. I also found some interesting graffiti:

Graffiti Colour
Graffiti Colour

The sun was shining and the architecture was always worth a look, especially these attractive railings in front of an old church:

Trapped Shadows
Trapped Shadows

I found another intriguing church thanks to looking for one cache – the Basílica de San Juan de Dios – decorated with gold from top to toe. Quite incredible!

The Pulpit
The Pulpit

My mono image for the day features some Shadows On The Corner. Here are a few more shots from the day:

July ’13 – Review

It’s been another productive month, and July has been hot and sunny for much of the time. The first photowalk of the month was in Writtle GNPC (and made the mono shot Under Lock & Key). The duck pond and church provided plenty of picture opportunities. A fortnight later another GNPC outing was to old favourite Heybridge Basin (also seeing a Shadowy Wooden Wall).

Peace At The Pond
Peace At The Pond
Cogs And Gears
Cogs And Gears

The final GNPC outing for the month was another repeat visit, Back To Brick Lane for some more urban and people shots. I also found Skylight Shapes And Flagstones then Stripes And Stripes during another couple of trips up to town later on.

Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash

Of course, I was still posting the backlog of Face Down Tuesdays from the BBC, showing the Blue Peter Garden EditionTC8 Edition and BBC Canteen Edition. During the month I also found another five [email protected]’s of varied subjects, #27#28#29#30 and #31.

The last week of July saw me have a mini break away, starting off with A Stroll In Bracknell:

South Hill Park Gardens
South Hill Park Gardens

It was then onto the old familiar Blackpool for a long weekend around BarCamp Blackpool. There was plenty to see both day and night:

The Town Hall Is On Fire!
The Town Hall Is On Fire!
The Wet Look At Queen's Parade
The Wet Look At Queen’s Parade

Of course, Alistair and I went on geocaching Rambles In Fleetwood too, where he learned to fly! I made several mono images too, North Shore ShadowsPaddle In The Irish SeaShapely Shadows In The Sand and Swans A’ Swimming.

He Leaps, He Flies!
He Leaps, He Flies!

After leaving Blackpool, I detoured on the way home via the North Norfolk Coast for a couple of days, visiting Happisbugh, Cromer and Sheringham during my visit, where I also spotted Five Steps and No Dogs.

The Happisburgh Lighthouse
The Happisburgh Lighthouse
Pulled Up On Shore
Pulled Up On Shore
The Overlook
The Overlook, Cromer Pier

I’m looking forward to seeing what August has to offer now.

Norfolk Coast Visit

On my way home from Blackpool, I had arranged to stay for a couple of nights in north Norfolk so I could have a look around. I met up with local photographer @markescapes for a morning photowalk in Happisburgh.

Drama In The Clouds
Drama In The Clouds

After parting, I then enjoyed the afternoon and evening exploring Cromer. The weather was kind and I was pleased with the images I made.

Low Tide Under The Pier
Low Tide Under The Pier

The next day dawned rather grey and blustery and only got worse, the drizzle set in while I had a walk around Sheringham, so I didn’t stay much beyond mid-afternoon but decided to return home. It was still an enjoyable trip.

Cafe Mural
Cafe Mural

Here are the rest of the images from my Norfolk stay:

Back In Blackpool

The New Trams Are Dull!
The New Trams Are Dull!

Last weekend I was back in Blackpool for BarCamp Blackpool 2013. I had not been to the 2012 event so my last visit was in October 2011. I met up with Alistair who had travelled over from Newcastle and when we weren’t BarCamping we indulged in a bit of geocaching, as usual.

Our biggest disappointment was that they’ve got rid of most of their lovely old trams and now have new, fast, sleek ones prowling up and down the prom. Efficient? Yes. Full of character? No! What a shame that progress sweeps aside the heritage of bygone days. 🙁

Monster Strawberry Milkshake
Monster Strawberry Milkshake
Alistair Introduces Basil  Brush
Alistair Introduces Basil Brush

Even though the Illuminations Season doesn’t start until the Autumn evenings draw in, there were still plenty of preparations happening for the displays.

Alistair met up with a friend from childhood – none other than Basil Brush – BOOM! BOOM!

And we might have indulged in a huge milkshake at the café in Stanley Park during a particularly thirsty caching trip!

Here are the rest of the images from around Blackpool:

We also had a long walk around Fleetwood, the first time we had been that far north on the Peninsula, which had plenty of sand and unexpected sunshine!

Rambles In Fleetwood

Sunday was grey and blustery but the forecast was for better things. So Alistair and I headed to Fleetwood for a walk to find some tupperware. It turned out to be quite warm and sunny so we enjoyed the stroll.

Two Pebbles And A Feather
Two Pebbles And A Feather
Fleetwood Offshore Survival Centre
Fleetwood Offshore Survival Centre

The long stretches of sand provided ample opportunity for a bit of Beachcombing, both by us and the Cybermen! Here are the rest of the images from the day: