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Castle CottageThis year Shirley and I took a trip to Lundy Island to celebrate our Anniversary. We stayed in the wonderful Castle Cottage which has a picture window that overlooks the harbour.

I have always been fascinated with Puffins and was hoping to catch a glimpse of some and cross another item of the Bucket List. Unfortunately that was not to be but there was plenty to see and do and the trip was a great success. All except the boat journey across to the island which was pretty rough. Most of the passengers seemed to be hanging over the edge, me included, or have their face thrust into a paper bag…

One bonus was that I managed to spot a couple of dolphins while hanging over the side of the boat. Not sure what they were though. They seemed to be spotted dolphins rather than common dolphins but not sure if you actually get them in our waters?

The journey back was quite smooth though which was a relief. Anyway here is a collection of some photos we took while on the island.

My wife was fortunate enough to win 2 tickets to this years Chelsea Flower Show. Neither of us has ever been before so we were not really sure what to expect. The weather was perfect on the day we went which made the whole thing a pretty amazing experience.

As we got the tickets at the last minute we decided to get the coach up to London. This cost under £40 for both of us with Berrys London Superfast service. We did look at getting the train but at short notice the tickets were closer to £200 which I find utterly ridiculous. How can they charge so much for a day return?

Anyway let’s get back to the flower show. As we were on foot we decided to pack light so I didn’t take my camera. Instead Shirley took our little IXUS which we shared, taking it in turns to snap away at the spectacular displays. To be honest the majority of these photos were taken by her…

Pembrey 001Every year Shirley and I try and take the whole family away for a week. Last year we went down to Cornwall. This year we rented a huge cottage near Carmarthen in Wales.

The cottage was connected to the Three Rivers Hotel & Spa so we even had the use of their swimming pool, sauna and gym. This was a great little bonus even though the walk back up the hill afterwards was a bit of a killer…

The weather held out again and I think it’s fair to say we all had a great time…

Here are a handful of photos from the trip showing off some of the wonderful places close to where we were staying. I know this post is a bit late but what with the distraction of the Royal Wedding I didn’t want to rush things…

Riverbed No Longer DryLast week I put up some photos from our recent trip to Lanzarote. I decided to leave out the fact that it rained for a lot of the holiday!

Don’t get me wrong there were some clear spells but there was also a lot of rain. Today’s post is going to show the other side of our holiday…

I don’t mind the occasional rain shower but some of the rain was quite heavy. Lucky I had my waterproof coat really and it was required a few times…

Supposedly it was some of the heaviest rain they have had in 15 years!

It was still a lot warmer than back in good old Blighty though…

Soaking Up The SunMy wife and I recently went on holiday to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some of the photos from the trip.

We booked our holiday to the Canary Islands from Alpharooms.com which turned out to have the cheapest on offer. We stayed at a place called Los Ficus in Costa Teguise.

We didn’t do too much sightseeing as this holiday was purely meant for rest and recuperation. I did manage to cross something off my Bucket List though which was great fun…

I have started experimenting with uploading my photos to Flickr so you should be able to click through and view larger versions if you want. Please let me know if you have any issues viewing the pictures.

There is even an option to view these photos as a slideshow. Just bear in mind this is new to me so there may well be a few teething problems…

Trevi Fountain SmallBack in July I did a post about Married Life. I mentioned that I had just got back from a trip to Rome for a few days with my lovely wife, to celebrate our Anniversary, and that I would post some photos of the trip.

Well it is now December and I have at last started editing the photos. I am by no means finished but I have selected a handful of the best ones and thought it about time I put them up for you all to see.

I am getting a bit behind with the editing of my photos. It has got to the stage where I am trying not to get my camera out until I have caught up with the photos already waiting to be edited…

I think I need to have another look at my workflow and look at ways of speeding it up a bit. At least that way I can catch up on the backlog quickly.

Anyway hope you enjoy the pics!

MumI thought it would be good to get together a few photos of my Mum, Cris, who unfortunately passed away 5 years ago, almost to the day. Sadly Mum didn’t like having her picture taken and so there are not that many photos of her, especially after my brother and I had grown up.

There are a few things I have been putting off subconsciously for a while now. However, I feel that looking back helps me deal with the grief. There were lots of boxes of Mum’s things in the garage and I have only recently started to go through them. In some of those boxes were some old photos which gave me the idea for this post. I am now able to look back with a smile on my face instead of tears in my eyes…

Mum meant the world to me. We were very close and we were always in contact even when I was on the other side of the world. Dealing with a loss like that is pretty tough and you come out the other side a slightly different person. I wrote a post a little while ago about some of the effects of grief and looking back I think this was when I realised that I was getting over the worst of it. I think that is why I am so determined to make the most of the time I have…

Vancouver From AboveAbout this time last year my wife and I were in Canada. When I first started this blog I had intended to write a sort of diary with a post for what we got up to. A whole year has passed and I never managed to get to it so instead I thought I would write a single post with the highlights of the trip.

We flew in to Vancouver, drove around Vancouver Island, then back to the mainland, through the mountains and eventually flew back from Calgary. Here is a Google Map to show the complete route of our trip, where we stayed and any points of interest.

Along the way we saw Grizzly and Black Bears, Humpback Whales, Bald Eagles and many other creatures all in the wild as well as taking trips on a helicopter, ski-lifts and gondolas, sea planes and boats of all differing sizes.

Anyway with all the pictures this post grown into a bit of a monster so lets get to it…

Stroking The TurtleWhile I was backpacking around the world I had the wonderful opportunity of watching a Loggerhead Turtle lay her eggs before crawling back to the water. It was a pretty amazing experience and one that I am very proud to have witnessed.

I saw this turtle at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg, in Australia. I visited there back in December 1999. It was a long night as I didn’t get back to my room till 05:30 the following morning but it was well worth it.

The monumental effort involved for the turtle to drag herself up the beach, dig a nest and lay the clutch of eggs almost seems to much to handle. That is only half the battle though as she still has to cover the nest back up with sand and then crawl all the way back to the ocean before swimming off back to her natural habitat.

As this item is on my bucket list I thought it might be nice to upload some of my photos. I hope one day to return and watch some turtles hatch and make their way to the sea for the first time so that is also on the list.

Wedding AftermathI have started the editing process for my step-daughter’s wedding so I thought it time to share some of the photos from the day. I am by no means finished but at least I have made a start.

Overall I am quite pleased with the quality of these photos. There are, however, definitely a few points I want to raise in case there is another amateur photography reading who is thinking about photographing a wedding. Or even to help me if I am asked to photograph another wedding.

So, just to explain, this post is a collection of photos from the wedding of Lianne & Kev, along with some points raised after my second attempt at wedding photography.

This is only a very small selection of the photos taken. The images shown are specifically designed for display on this web site and are not big enough to be printed. So if you are a friend or family member of the happy couple you will have to wait a little bit longer until I have finished editing the images. Don’t worry though that shouldn’t be too much longer…