Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Cotswold Way Bath to Old Sodbury

Google Blogger isn't working properly for blog posts with photos so I have moved my blog to my DarkroomDave.com website.

Here's a link to my post on our walk from Bath to Old Sodbury along the Cotswold Way. http://www.darkroomdave.com/blog/cotswold-way-bath-to-old-sodbury/

Bath Photography

Google Blogger isn't working properly for blog posts with photos so I have moved my blog to my DarkroomDave.com website.
Here's a link to my post on taking photos in Bath. www.darkroomdave.com/blog/bath-photos

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Snowshoeing with a Moose on the Loose

Jan and I had a day snowshoeing with good friend Annie. We left Rob listening to Derby on the internet radio, FA Cup replay with Leicester.

We're in Winter Park town, more of a village really, about 3 miles below the ski area. Rob and Annie have their own apartment here.

The weather wasn't good with winds forecast on the top ski area of 55 mph. We decided to snowshoe instead.

There's a good trail for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and walking to the ski area so we followed this, the Foster River Trail. You just have to avoid walking on the skiers prepared grooves.

After the first few hundred yards the trail dropped below the road and entered a forest area. We followed the trail beside the partly frozen river through the woods.

We hadn't gone far when the machine that had prepared the pristine trail surface that we were on stopped by me. I had stepped away from the trail as it completely fills it.

He opened his window and told me to keep an eye out for an angry Moose. A juvenile had been killed in an accident and the parent was angry and unpredictable. We were walking through it's main territory at the time. He said if you see it stop, if it comes towards you back off! Presumably back off is a local euphemism for run like hell! All of this not easy on snowshoes.

I thanked him and we carried on rather more vigilant of movement around us than we had been.

It was a beautiful trail. Lots of photos, some on my Mamiya 7 camera with Ilford 400 Delta film, some on the phone so they could be included here. We carried on to the ski area, a total of about 3.5 miles.

Tried to visit the Brewery but it was closed so went to the pub instead.

Not very cold over here, they're forecasting rain not snow.


I had another 7 images to add here but I am having problems with Blogger, both the app and the web version aren't letting me add them. I may have to find another way to do it as this wastes a lot of time.


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Change in Temperature

Today we had our first walk around the countryside on the edge of the city of Boulder.


There was a big temperature change too, +15C to -11C. Lots of ice underfoot too, not a lot of snow. Had to use simple walking crampons to avoid slipping over. 


I was travelling light without my camera so here are a few phone photos to give you an idea of what it was like. Lots of frosty trees but warm enough while walking. Although it was a grey day I would have taken some photos if I'd carried my Mamiya.


It's also stout month at the Mountain Sun Brewery so we stopped off for a couple of beers and a snack before heading back to base. The Java Porter was still the best that I tried.



Friday, 3 February 2017

San Francisco to Denver

Today started with packing ready for travelling to Denver. Breakfast followed at our favourite San Francisco diner, the Pinecrest, about a 10 minutes walk from our hotel.

Everywhere was wet from the early rain and like yesterday it was a grey day. I didn't bother trying to take any photos in such poor light as I know I already have shots taken on much better days. You can see what I mean from the phone photos below.
Our taxi to the airport came on time. Unfortunately a 2.5 hour delay has meant that I now know every nook and cranny of the airport as I wandered around to try and save my bad back from sitting for too long. Now on plane waiting for take off. Fingers crossed for no more delays.

We were very well looked after on the United flight despite the delay. It was good to see our best friend Rob waiting for us as we came out of the airport. Tomorrow we walk around Boulder to get mobile again. Maybe I will get an odd photo or two.



Thursday, 2 February 2017

San Francisco Breakfast with a Car

We're in San Francisco for a couple of days en route to visit our best friends in Boulder, Colorado.

Breakfast was interesting. We went to Loris' Diner just round the corner from our hotel. It was full of memorabilia from the 1950's and 60's. This included a huge car and a Wurlitzer juke box. Not your normal cafe decor!

We spent the rest of the day wandering around the city, especially the coast around Fisherman's Wharf.

I already have lots of photos of San Francisco so I just ran off one roll of Ilford 400 Delta 120 (10 shots) in my Mamiya 7, all using the 80mm lens.

Here's a few shots from the day:





Monday, 21 November 2016

Last Show of 2016, Craft in Focus at RHS Wisley

We are doing our last event of 2016 this week, a 5 day Christmas show run by Craft in Focus at RHS Wisley near Guildford.

All the details are in the show email that recently came round. In case the weblink included below doesn't work click here to go straight through to the show page on their website: www.craftinfocus.com

We will have lots of photos from £5 to £150, some reduced in price too. My current 3 books will be available there too. Our stand is B32, the middle marquee.


We will be showing our latest designs at the UK’s most popular Christmas Craft Fair at RHS Garden Wisley, I hope you can come along and visit us there.  This year’s ticket will also now admit you to the Garden as well free of charge*.

Christmas All Wrapped Up!

Christmas Contemporary Craft Fair
23-27 November 2016
Enjoy visiting our Christmas Contemporary Craft Fair at RHS Garden Wisley for relaxed Christmas shopping from 170 exhibitors and free admission* to the wonderful RHS 
Garden making this an excellent day out!

This event brings together thousands of original items that you won't find amongst the mass-produced products on the high street!

This year also sees the introduction of our NEW Coffee Lounge within the Craft Pavilion. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and discover the breath-taking creativity from some of the UK's finest designer makers.   The event also incorporates a Food Pavilion for a "Taste of Christmas".  Delicious food on offer includes olive oils, handmade chocolate andfudge, fruit infused spirits, Christmas cakes, truckle cheeses and a selection of English preserves and chutneys.

We will also have live music to create a fantastic festive atmosphere!



Admission

Admission: £10
Free admission for RHS Members (card holder)
RHS Member guest: £7
Children under 16 FREE

Book in advance (by 11 November) and save!  Click here to purchase advance tickets!
 
Craft Fair ticket also includes admission* to the Garden!
*free Garden admission valid on day of ticket purchase only. 

Times 

9 am - 6 pm Wednesday - Saturday
9 am - 5 pm Sunday
Where
This wonderful event is held in floored and heated marquees.

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey, GU23 6QB
Signposted on the A3 near M26 J10
Directions
By road 
RHS Garden Wisley lies between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey, off the main London to Portsmouth road (A3) south of Junction 10 of the M25. Follow the brown tourist flower signs on the A3 and M25 to RHS Garden. Car parking is free.
By rail 
Closest stations are West Byfleet (4 miles) or Woking (7 miles). There are no taxis on standby at West Byfleet. 

By bus 
515 Kingston to Guildford via Surbiton and Wisley (service 515A on Sundays and Bank Holidays). For details call National Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. 


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Crowthorne Art Fair 29th to 30th October 2016

We are exhibiting at the Craft in Focus Art and Craft Fair at Wellington Private School in Crowthorne near Bracknell. Jan is there on her own with lots of pictures and books.

We are in the process of reducing the size of the prints that we take to shows so the prices of the 100 x 50cm and 70 x 50cm prints are reduced considerably. We also have 5 prints, including 3 hand-printed originals, in wide profile frames that we no longer stock and these too are reduced in price. Included in these are several London shots as well as Paris, Berlin, Venice, Rome, New York and a couple of wintry tree-filled landscapes.

We also have several  triptychs of London, Paris and Rome at £95 and a smaller one at £55 of the UK 3 Peaks, if you know anyone who has recently completed this challenge this could make a thoughtful present. Lots of smaller prints from £5 to £20 too. My 3 current books, City Light, Land Light and Snow Light, are also available.

Jan has quite a few of her colour images on display too.

So lots to see on our stand and there are also lots of other exhibitors selling a huge variety of hand made designer products.

The show is very high quality and is run by Craft in Focus, open until 5pm today and from 10am to 4.30pm tomorrow, Sunday 30th October 2016. Here is the web link for more information: www.craftinfocus.com/crowthorne_october_16.html