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There are some pictures that I take - or Lisa
takes - and I say "wow" and publish them on our
web site - just because they ARE wow!
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|1986||Walk to Bowerhill|
I walked out - just a very short distance - to Bowerhill drop off the post earlier today. A fine, crisp, frost bedecked trip; here is a selection of the pictures as these articles have got very technical of late!
The Old Spa houses, on the very edge of Melksham, still look out over fields
|3990||Stripes of Snow|
The snow of a week ago lingered long, but is now mostly gone. In the field behind our home, it still lies on some of the ridges that are normally so subtle that they're unnoticed. ...
|3925||Red sky at night|
No Shepherds around to be delighted (or is it warned), but a lovely sunset over The Spa!
No Shepherds around to be delighted (or is it warned), but a lovely sunset over The Spa. ...
There are those afternoons when the weather makes the picture.
Behind Melksham Spa, walking the dogs. ...
|3894||A wet Saturday|
A Wet Saturday ... where am I?
Ah yes - Melksham ...
|3846||Signs of Autumn|
The evenings are drawing in ... with the view over Melksham from Sandridge Hill.
The wheat has been harvested
And there are still strawberries at Well House Manor ... whether you want them as part of a cream tea, or over cereal! ...
|3837||Evening behind Melksham Spa|
The evenings are starting to draw in, and in the cool at the end of the day it's lovely to walk in the fields behind The Spa. Spectacular skies and open speces.
|3713||Verticals ... last month|
Well House Manor, Bristol Temple Meads, Oliver Cromwell, Billy and Gypsy, Great Haywood, and an update on the Wilts & Berks Canal, Melksham Link, and a frosty spring morning. ...
|3678||Potteries and Staffordshire in the Sunshine|
We've been up to The Potteries today to collect something connected with a potty for The Well House Collection. There's a story to be told there. And we took our half Staffie to Staffordshire in the process. A truely lovely (and underrated) part of the country. Picture the funfare at Trentham gardens, ...
|3655||Sights and scenes - more London trip pictures|
Two days in London - with a start on the 05:44 Bradford-on-Avon to Paddington train on Wednesday, and on Thursday a finish that's not yet happened and we're actually into Friday morning. But I'll admit I love being busy. And I'm very thankful for the lifts from Lisa at the extreme ends of the ...
|3616||Bus top - colours of London|
Scenes from the top of the No. 205 - from Paddington to Bow Church, via The Angel
On Euston Road
Regent's Park ...
|3562||Christmas Day - for unique pictures|
Christmas Day is ... an opportunity to take some pictures that would be impossible for the rest of the year. Early in the morning, and in the evening, streets are uniquely empty. I drove up to Devizes to pick up Dad during the morning, took him back up there in the evening, and took the opportunity ...
|3473||Picture - Havant Station at Dusk|
"Havant Station at Dusk" ... Taken last night as I walked around the town that I'm training near to for a few days. No particular significance in the location or picture - I just enjoyed the lines and the lighting in the picture - a "lucky shot". It look better bigger - click on the image to see it ...
|3356||Holiday patterns - just the art, not the content|
We're on the homeward run at the end of our holiday ... a cup running over with experiences. It's good they say that "a change is as good as a rest" as the past 10 days haven't been particularly restful - "if it's Wednesday it must be Portugal" style, with a harbour in the morning and a hillside in ...
|3350||A set of pictures without point|
Walking around yesterday, snapping pictures with lots of other folks, I found myself wondering "what can I DO with these picture?" ...
These are ones that I quite liked ...here for no other point ... please click on any of them to enlarge them in a new window if you like them.
Open Source, ...
|3289||New Camera - very first picture, and next from first films|
What was the very first picture you took with your camera?
Over the last few weeks, I've borrowed Lisa's camera on a couple of occasions, and found that I've been able to get more vibrant pictures with it than I can with my own. That the zoom has been more powerful than I've had (in fact the camera ...
|3241||Spring in the countryside near Melksham|
After spending a few hour inside Christie Miller looking, enjoying the model railway exhibition, we took a walk in the countryside near Melksham. Downstream of the bypass bridge, the river meanders through open countryside accompanied by the TransWilts railway line just to the north. We're in the season ...
|3220||Panasonic Lumix TZ20|
Lisa has a new camera ... which I got a chance to test drive in the field behind our house this evening. Here are some samples, taking in the lower light of the late afternoon, and seeing how the extremes of the zoom work.
Click on the individual pictures to see them larger. ...
|3195||Sunny day - Clanger and Picket Woods, Shearwater, and Westbury|
Delene's mum Nellie returns to South Africa during this week, so we took the opportunity of a sunny day to go out quite near to home, and see Westbury, Warminster, Heytesbury, Shearwater, and the back of the Longleat Estate. Some pictures ...
All things you can see (and there's ...
|2140||Beware - giving copyright away when you upload a picture - Dogs Trust|
We've signed up to add pictures of the hound to "DoggySnaps" - run / sponsored by the Dog's Trust from where Gypsy arrived. Yes, we paid Gypsy's kennel costs. Yes, we made a donation ... but we want to encourage them more and help them with things like a vibrant web site (which it is). But - goodness ...
|3096||Contrast in pictures|
I need to learn a bit more about some of the special settings on my camera ... and to re-train myself to think "settings" as I take pictures; at present, I just snap away with either the regular setup, or "available light" which gives me nighttime pictures that would have been regarded as miracles ...
|3101||The week before Christmas|
The canal at Devizes earlier today as we passed through. You'll see from the ice that we weren't passing through by boat, nor was anyone else
From the Perl for larger projects training course - a diagram to illustrate the problem of "diamond relationships". This is where a module "a" loads a module ...
It's that time of year once again when an early start means scraping ice off the car, and a start in the dark and perhaps the fog. But living at 51 degrees north gives us the variety of seasons and the dampness that causes the fog also causes the whole country to be so green, as you have seen in yesterday's ...
|2989||Oddballs in Plymouth|
I've been staying in Plymouth this week - and some evenings I've had a brief opportunity to walk around and see some of the sights of the city. Here are some of the more "oddball" pictures ... not quote the standard tourist views of the Hoe and the Barbican.
This has been a tough week ...
On this week's PHP course, one of the applications we're looking at is an image library - and that's given me an opportunity to go back through a few old snaps; I've just looked at a handful so far, but I couldn't resist uploading and sharing this one. I suspect I've never shared it before as it's ...
In each case, click on the link for a whole page of larger pictures!
Bath Spa University. Pictures of the University at Newton St Loe, taken at Kimberly's Graduation
Foxhangers, Kennet and Avon Canal. Pictures taken on a walk with the dog the other day!
Sway, near Lymington, Hampshire Taken when I ...
|2819||Some more pictures ...|
There's a lot of things to take pictures of in Wiltshire - and I have libraries of them which have rarely seen the light of day.
I've added another directory - currently around two dozen picture - from earlier this year and last. No real theme, other than you might enjoy running them as a slide show ...
|2767||Back from a Python course in Glasgow|
Only 24 hours ago I got back from Glasgow - a lovely evening drive, and into the early hours, and a chance to stop at my favourite motorway service area.
Glasgow is a city of contrasts - the "ancient and modern" - it seems especially noticeable there.
Here's a further example - the very old and the ...
|2760||Views of Scotland|
Early morning over Annadale Water ... an overnight stop on my way up to ...
Glasgow, where I am training this week. What a contrast! ...
|2756||Same subject - different pictures|
It looks to be a quiet day at the Lincoln memorial, looking up the Reflecting pool to the Washington Monument.
But the it's a lovely spring day, and there are rather more people around
In fact there are so many people around that the park guards are out keeping an eye on things.
I find it interesting ...
|2677||Blowing out the winter cobwebs|
Spring was here for the first time this weekend - and Sunday afternoon was an opportunity to blow out the cobwebs a few miles from home on the Westbury White Horse. ...
|2611||Sunday Evening, City of London|
I'm training in London for the next few days, and travelled up late this afternoon. Even on a Sunday night, there are pictures to take.
The course is a Ruby one ... I expect I'll get technical again tomorrow. ...
|2582||Starting to arrange the picture library|
"Yes - but what do you DO with all those old pictures" ... in the past, so many photographs were put away in the bottom draw never to be seen again; these days, they're not even printed - just a quick look and perhaps not much more.
And yet, over the years, some of us gather such a magnificent set of ...
|2553||On a short walk from home|
The days of the Christmas Holiday, with no courses to give, are a chance to catch up with family and friends, to catch up with sleep, to catch up with paperwork ... and also to take things just a little easier. For me, that really does NOT mean sitting in front of the TV; this year, with a ...
|2549||Christmas Day ...|
... in pictures
|2518||Through the arches|
Melksham Town Hall from The Tavern
What's happening in Melksham?
The Tavern from The Art Cafe
What businesses are there in Melksham?
Guests at Well House Manor
Where can I stay in Melksham?
"What is there to see in Melksham?" ... so asked a lady I was talking to on the phone on Friday ... and I ...
|2464||Beauty in pictures|
Top picture - Well House Manor
Bottom Picture - an orange pepper ...
|2412||Autumn Fruits and Bristol Old Station|
Where can we go today?
There's a wide choice of places on offer ...
... some of which have a chequered and interesting history (and those of you who know something about your history of Bristol will recognise that this covered car park was once the gateway to the City
But it's autumn, and it's ...
|2404||Low Sun - Autumn is here|
The days are rapidly getting shorter - as we head for Michaelmas, when there's 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark ... then on towards the time of the year with the shortest days at Christmas. Goodness - I'm talking "Christmas" already.
This afternoon, I took a short walk in the fields behind ...
|360||Spring turns to Summer|
Taken yesterday in the Herefordshire countryside - a little further from home than most of the pictures that I put up on "The Horse's Mouth". This will be forming part of my "clickable map" demo - where I'm putting up pictures from all around the UK.
See ... Work in progress (Click on map ;-) ... ...
|2298||Melksham Carnival Parade - the people|
Carnival is all about people ... people in the carnival, and people watching the carnival.
Melksham Carnival and Party in the Park, 18th July 2009. ...
Six trains ... a bus ... four walks ... and a day's work too. Still - as you can see from above, a wide variety of places! ...
I was struck by the brightenss of colours this early evening in Whitehead and Carrickfergus - I'm going to let the pictures speak for themselves.
But let's not forget the brightness of natural colours too - the vibrant greens taken on Island Magee, just a few minutes earlier, nor the power of black ...
|2168||In honour of the photograph, I present ... a walk from Reybridge to Lacock|
A walk from Reybridge to Lacock where William Henry Fox Talbot took the first reversal process photograph. 2 miles beside the river, across fields, past the abbey, through the village and back via the paths. Some ...
|2146||An evening excursion to Devizes and Avebury|
It's the time of year when days are longer ... and after a training course, delegates (sometimes with the tutor acting as tour guide) gat a chance to see a little of Wiltshire. Midweek, early evening ... and places are quiet but the scenes and scenery remain magnificent.
As well as delegates on courses, ...
|2121||Out in the Vale of Pewsey|
On Saturday, we took the day off / out. We've been holed up too long at home working on accounts, web sites, and all the other stuff that comes with our business so that - although we are not short of things to do - we needed a refresh.
I have often driven through Pewsey ... but never stopped. So on ...
|2101||A B C D of GA and TN|
Pictures from this weekend ...
Blue Ridge, Georgia
more pictures ...
|2098||A room without a view|
Lisa and I are staying at the Comfort Inn, in Blue Ridge. It's on a road called the "Outlook" and there are views from both sides of the hotel - on the ridge - to the mountains.
What a pity that some tw*t decided to build an oversized awning over the entrance to the hotel and block the view from ...
The lines in a photograph lead the eye to the distant point where they converge. Try that out with some recent pictures I have taken
Power lines cross the fields behind our HQ in Melksham - and the eye follows to where they meet the horizon
The hedge, the amphibian barrier, and the fence around ...
|2034||Through Snow and Flood to Linux and Tomcat|
I arrived in Milton Keynes on Sunday night ... to find at 9 p.m. a hotel where they had closed the restaurant early for lack of customers, and after an appalling drive the advertised meal was not to be had. The final 3 staff took pity on me - one of few customers around, and the only one not in his ...
I've been very 'technical' of late ... a lot of good material that I didn't want to melt away from my mind as I moved on from Tomcat to learning to program, C, C++ and - next week - Python. But I did think these two pictures above, taken last Thursday and Friday, are an interesting contrast between ...
It's bitterly cold here in Wiltshire at the moment (and the "Global Warming folks are hibernating, it seems!), but how to express that in pictures? A slight sprinkling of snow, ice on the driveway gives something of a clue:
In words, I can tell you of feeling cold (that's unusual for me!) and of ...
|1931||Frosty Morning, foggy evening|
A frosty morning here in Melksham. This is actually yesterday's picture - taken in our garden with the Christmas berries and the haw frost - headed for Bath and the Christmas Market
A long day - back on a delayed evening bus (25 minutes late from Bath - good Ole First!) that dropped us at the end of ...
We're moving from Autumn to Winter; the picture with the bright leaves on the trees is less than a month old, but it seems like an age ago. The bare tree was taken at Wilcot on Saturday. And this morning I was scraping ice off the car here in Cambridge.
Back to Melksham tomorrow night ... Friday is ...
|1854||Three Seasonal Pictures|
I've not labelled them individually, as each of them stands as a picture on its own. But if you want to know more, the first is Oliver's Castle, near Devizes, Wiltshire and the second was taken in Oxford a couple of weeks ago. The third picture shows me between a chap who's seeking ...
|1838||Oxford in Pictures|
So warm in October that no-one needed a coat. So calm that not a leaf blew in the breeze. So bright that a stop of just two and a half hours lead to a plethora of pictures.Please click on any picture for a larger copy in another window. ...
Lisa's doing new staff badges for us all - both ID badges and swipe cards - and they're personalised.
We have our own picture on our ID cards so that customers can recognise us, and they're to a fixed Well House Manor format. But we have a choice with swipe cards of - more or less - anthing. And I ...
|1770||3 hours from Milton Keynes|
I finished training at the end of Friday in Milton Keynes ... with a 2 to 3 hour drive home through the traffic travelling to start the Bank Holiday. Why rush it? I kept off the motorways, and stopped on the way to take a picture or two. Here are some of the images from the beside road from Milton ...
With a course in London this week, I've had an opportunity in the early morning and early evening to walk across town and take a few pictures. A quiz for those of you who are at all familiar with London (most will be VERY easy for native Londoners!), can you place the pictures? ...
|412||Bristol Balloon Festival|
It's the Bristol Balloon Fiesta this weekend ... and the skys above the city are filled with balloons that take off from Long Ashton to the West and fly across to the East, landing in the countryside between Bristol and Bath. Always a glorious site.
The balloons are so ... quiet ...! You don't realise ...
|1620||Norwich and London|
Here's a picture taken on Sunday evening on he bridge over the river Wensum in Norwich; it's a fast moving week - I'm writing from Beckton in East London this morning, and I'll be in the City in just over an hour!
I have updated my Norwich pictures too! ...
|1546||The geometry of East London|
Lisa and I are in London - this afternoon and tomorrow - visiting the Hotelympia show at the Excel centre in docklands. More on that tomorrow, but I couldn't resist taking the architectural geometry of he area in a few pictures. Above - the lift and stair shaft up to the bridge over the dock.
|1489||Pictures of December|
Some December '07 pictures ... the tail end of the year and it's amazing what the modern digital cameras and photoshop can do with limited light ...
Each image is clickable to enlarge it in a separate window. ...
|1398||Someone else's wedding|
I haven't a clue who the happy couple are ... but we came across the wedding party when out yesterday - at the Old Mill, Harnham, Salisbury.
A beautiful sunny day, and it was one of those occasions where a couple who are, perhaps, the most private of individuals normally are more than happy to be photographed ...
|1392||Autumnal lighting on a London trip|
I was in London all day - hence this late-posted entry, and a brief one at that. Sharing a trio of photos taken during the day.
|1234||A review of a week and a trip to Brugge|
It's been a long week - a course in Brugge at the begining of the week, and a f-u-l-l day in London yesterday where I was presenting Python as a series of six one-hour lectures to a somewhat larger group, rather than the traditional course with plenty of time for practicals which do give me a bit of ...
|1233||Horses of Brugge|
When I updated the Horse's Mouth archive the other week, I found that I had a lack of appropriate horse pictures to use for illustration - I guess there are just so MANY things around that we think of as being quite common and yet ... look in a picture library ... and you'll find them lacking.
|1216||Five of the best - pictures from London|
My day in London yesterday ... and I have returned with so much technical information and so many picture I don't know where to start and which to leave out. Here are some pictures ... with links to more pages of similar if you like them. Technical stuff to follow in the next few days!
The Notting ...
|1172||May day 2007 in pictures|
Yesterday - May Day 2007 - was one of those long days which generated so much to say - techical and otherwise - that I don't know where to start (and so, it seems, I'm making the problem worse by going on about it). Early morning at "404" and "The Manor" getting ready for the day .... a day's consultancy ...
An evening walk beside the canal.
In the fading halflight of early evening, it's hard to capture in a picture the quiet beauty and tranquillity of the canal at Cheddleton, where the Churnet Valley runs between the hills on the edge of the Staffordshire moorlands. But I thank goodness that this canal ...
|1152||Course, right place, right time|
Courses tend to be in the right place at the wrong time to look around at pretty places, or in the wrong place (nothing much to see) at the right time of year. But just ocasionally, I do have an opportunity to wander out of my hotel and look around at some lovely places ...
Last night in Hereford ...
On the railways, I've seen so many people interested in the trains and not the travellers - they're often known as the "Gricer"s and "Anorak"s - and I've attended many meetings / seen many pictures they've taken and read many discussions. But the modern day railway is there very much for the passenger, ...
|1064||Light and shadows at Beach|
Yesterday was a glorious, sharp but sunny day and one of those rare opportunities we get these days to relax a little and take a day off - or at least part of a day.
We all went over to see Chris (my son) and his wife Delene and their cat Snowball at the incongrously named "Beach" which is a small village ...
|1005||Stirling at night|
Just back from Stirling, Scotland ... a long day's drive. And it's a little ironic that I found myself in this beautiful place that I'd never stopped in before ... wanting to take pictures, on the shortest day of the year, and fully occupied, training, during the day.
Let's try some night photography:
|958||Plain Ole nice pictures|
It's a while since I put up some really nice pictures, for the sake of being picture. So here are three taken this week - daytime Tuesday, evening Wednesday and dawn Thursday. Locations are Swindon, Bath and Melksham.
|870||Autumn comes to Wiltshire.|
A misty Sunday morning in Wiltshire - Autumn is here and it'll soon be time to turn on the heating. For us, it will be another long day of preparations for the opening in just 3 weeks time of Well House Manor.
Our bedroom, on the second floor of the old Spa House, looks out through a wrought iron balcony ...
|786||First Light, Bootle Docks, Liverpool|
Taken at around 05:30 this morning, from the "Norland" ferry from Dublin, waiting to disembark. The lovely low dawn light makes for some spectacular shapes and colourations. ...
|772||Training in Liverpool|
The Royal Liver building, completed in 1911, stands a few yards from the river Mersey near Liverpool's Pier Head, formerly the point from which ferries left for Birkenhead.
I'm training in Liverpool this week and I'm seeing huge development in the City; some of the older buildings converted from offices ...
Classic Holiday Snaps ... we're moving on from San Francisco; an interesting place to visit but I can't say I've left my heart here. It's cosmopolitan, it's fun, there's plenty to see and do but being asked for a dollar on every street corner soon tires. Not saying homesick, but it sure makes me appreciate ...
Even in February, there's some beautiful scenery around. Three pictures from yesterday.
Killingworth Lake, Lake District, at dawn
Crickley Hill, Gloucestershire, late morning
Swainswick Wood, near Bath, mid afternoon ...
|557||A new sign|
At long last - we have two new signs at Melksham station to replace the old and faded one that was there before.
It is slightly ironic that the new sign is branded "Wessex Trains" ... which is the name of the company that's running the service for the next 12 weeks. Then the service ...
|713||Pictures from my travels|
In the last couple of weeks, I seem to have been all over the country and I've just uploaded a whole raft of pictures ... with the addition of accommodation to my "brief" this year, I'm collecting a whole load of Wiltshire snaps to use the very best on our new sites, and you'll find much of the new raw ...
|708||Linescapes of Mull|
On Monday, Dad and I sailed on the paddle steamer Waverley on her annual cruise from Oban to the island of Iona, where St. Columba set up his monastery in the 7th Century - the first such Christian place in Great Britain, said to have been chosen because on a clear day he could see Ireland.
Pictures for the sake of pictures.
And other art too.