1. ””Not.Scafel Pike!”
    Yesterday my brother Iain and I should have been heading up for a late summer scramble onto England’s highest peak Scafel Pike in the Lake district.BUT the weather didn’t play ball.
    It was a pretty awful forecast of high winds and heavy rain plus a low cloud base..same for Snowdonia! So much for a late summer walk it was bloody autumn…late autumn by the feel of it, somebody had fast forwarded the year by two months !!!!!

    So it was Plan C.We had an afternoon walking onto Moel Famau and then swung hard to Port and headed towards the coast and Moel Arthur on the Clwydian hills.

    Turned out to be wet and blustery which was actually quite good because there was nobody up there!
    Despite the rather shitty weather there was plenty of vibrant colour as the heather moorland was in colour,vast carpets of purple flowers which Lola my dog loved running and mooching in.
    We clocked up about 7 miles and feeling invigorated we headed home and called in at “The Wheatsheaf” pub in Raby for refreshments

    Not Scafel but better the have a plan C than do nothing at all.

  2. At the beach. on Flickr.Just having a sort of my flickr account and came across this image I took a while a go…I wish I had a card to have given her with my email address or a link to flickr  so she could have a copy. 
But such is society these days Firstly I actually felt uncomfortable asking a young girl for a photo and secondly even if I had a card it could be misconstrued as ‘grooming’  by some people. Modern life ..what a sad state of affairs.

    At the beach. on Flickr.

    Just having a sort of my flickr account and came across this image I took a while a go…I wish I had a card to have given her with my email address or a link to flickr so she could have a copy. But such is society these days Firstly I actually felt uncomfortable asking a young girl for a photo and secondly even if I had a card it could be misconstrued as ‘grooming’ by some people. Modern life ..what a sad state of affairs.

  3. Out of date vintage Fuji Reala film:
    These images are of the Tour de France taken back in July passing through ilkley,Yorkshire on the Grand Depart. I decided to buy some well out date discontinued Fuji Reala negative film off Ebay (evil-bay) and didn’t hold out much hope and was quite surprised with the result and colours.
    I’m a bit of a black and white film kinda of dude really but have recently bought some Kodak Ektar and portra to bring some vibrance to my film images.

    Leica M3 ,Summicron 50mm rigid with Fuji Reala 100

  4. Cornwall August 2014
    My wife Fiona and I along with our son James headed down to the most western area of Cornwall for a wedding near Redruth, then stayed down there to make a break of it. Too far to go for a weekend ..T Shirts,shorts and bikes packed we headed South.
    The cycling was hilly,hard work,scenic but enjoyable . ,weather and beaches superb.
    Lizard peninsula was great and found some off the beaten track old pubs.
    Coverack was the highlight ,a lovely little place, St Agnes near Perranporth was also fab.
    Cornwall was so good we may have to go again in September the trick is to stay away from the St Ives and Newquay’s of the world.
    Stayed at ‘The Old Farm campsite”in Praa sands ..highly recommended place to stay.

    Only shit bit………………… The M6 motorway, coming home!

    How could I ever forget to mention the bizarre spectacle of the Morvah pasty and music festival .. Bonkers ..pasty good ,music shite!

  5. North Wirral coast:

    After last nights gales and torrential rain thanks to Bertha, a fresh day dawned on The Wirral coast the sea was still quite lively so I was greeted this morning with eight,forty something guys getting down and wet on their boards .Looked a lot of fun if I was honest.

  6. Scorrier House,Cornwall
    Loved the wedding and location ,HOWEVER strangest thing ever regrading the wedding photographs The Bride and Groom thought it was a better idea to dispense with a proper photographer….Provide a free bar ,start letting the guests take photographs at 1930 because “They would get better natural looking photographs”. As they would be more at ease ..Aye fucking great idea that! Something to regret at leisure!
    I took only a few images on digital and a dozen of my wife and son with my Leica and Ektar 100..I really couldn’t be arsed with the attitude towards the photographs.

    Added an image of my wife’s nephew Sam he was genuinely interested in the “film camera” It was actually pleasing to tell him about I am hoping he will start using some film now.

  7. Portland,Chesil Beach: Almost time to go back to work I have spent the vast portion of my leave on the South Coast of England ,firstly diving off Portland Bill ,Dorset ..and secondly at a Wedding in Cornwall and stayed for a week !!
    The weather has been immense (except for today hence time on the laptop instead of being out doing something more enjoyable !
    Anyway a couple of images whilst post dive chilling on Chesil beach with angry skies.

  8. A Chilled but hot afternoon on Yr Aran

    Sometimes I have an agenda in the hills, exploring somewhere new ,hoping to get a decent image in moody conditions, clear my head or just walk the dog etc,etc
    Occasionally in the summer on a warm day I like nothing more than find a quiet hill top and spent an hour or so there,kick off my boots lie back watch the clouds swirl about and listen to the gusts of the wind.Its all very therapeutic.
    That happened yesterday,In fact I nodded off.
    It was a slog in the heat going up ..as fast as I was drinking water I was leaking it out ..but a nice coolish breeze awaited on the summit of Yr Aran.
    Bright sunshine is usually not very good weather to take images in the hills ..I much prefer autumn,however quite liked the cumulus clouds over Snowdon.

  9. Leica M3 2nd Test roll Various shots.
    I had light leakage on my first roll of film with the M3 and decided to tape the rear door up which has appeared to cure it although there is something going on with the glass plate on a couple of shots..So its gone in for a service.
    Still very impressed with the camera ,now looking forward to getting it back and using it properly instead of taking shots that I can afford to lose.
    On a side note I love the detail of Fujifilms Neopan 100 film , brilliant :-) just highlights why I am a big fan of it.

    Configuration: Leica M3 ,Summicron 50mm rigid,Neopan 100

  10. Grand depart:Yorkshire 2014
    Last week we spent five days in Yorkshire dales camping combining a bit of a break with watching the Tour de France spending three days in Appletreewick and two in Ilkley.
    There has been lots written by the media about the TdF whilst in Yorkshire,all I’ll say it was fucking brilliant!
    I took my bike and it was a pleasure to ride in the Yorkshire dales on some of the nicest roads I have ever ridden on ..tho not sure pleasure is the right word to describe how I felt riding up a near 20% gradient ….offtttt I can still feel that burning sensation in my legs and lungs.