Tag Archives: black and white

I have a new Official Birthday

Sunday 17th November 2019, 7.40pm (day 3,006)

Official birthday sparkler, 17/11/19

Having stayed at the in-laws’ over the weekend, it was announced that I was being taken out for dinner this Sunday night — and the justification being that they hadn’t had the chance to be taken out for my 50th birthday back at the end of August. Seeing as a rather long time had elapsed between then and today we decided that, like the Queen, I should have a real birtday and then an ‘Official Birthday’ — weeks later in the year (Queen Elizabeth II has her real birthday on April 21st and then an Official thing in June some time). Forgive my presumption, but I got a cake and everything, here pictured with sparkler flaiming, so I’m happy to embrace a second such day each year. On November 17th perhaps — let’s see if I remember it 🙂

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Reggie and Annie (true love)

Wednesday 6th November 2019, 5.45pm (day 2,995)

Reggie and Annie, 6/11/19

Reggie and Annie are as true a couple as I have ever met. Somewhat out of focus though it is, I like this photo because it demonstrates that fact.

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At the Food Festival (again)

Saturday 28th September 2019, 6.45pm (day, 2,956)

Food festival, 28/9/19

A Saturday night out in Manchester and, to start it, a return to the Food & Drink Festival also depicted (more abstractly) yesterday. On both days there were plenty of pleasant things to consume. Manchester makes its five-in-a-row: only the second time I have managed this, the first being in March 2014.

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Platform 1, Leeds station

Tuesday 10th September 2019, 2.10pm (day 2,938)

Leeds station, 10/9/19

More monochrome, but it felt right. The position of the half-seen guard may or may not be a sign of despair at the state of the local train service.

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Day of endless gray

Monday 9th September 2019, 7.00pm (day 2,937)

Grey September day, 9/9/19

The blue skies of the last two days were definitively absent today. The view from the back of the house was the limit of my horizons. Had I not set the monochrome filter you wouldn’t really see a great deal more colour beyond a kind of dull green on the hillside. Happy Mondays.

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The fear of the Lord…

Friday 6th September 2019, 1.05pm (day 2,934)

Chester building, 6/9/19

The city of Chester makes its third appearance on the blog with this rather odd piece of architecture. I like the black-and-white, but that’s a strange inscription don’t you think? And yes, the burglar alarm at the bottom does annoy me. Otherwise I think I’ve mostly got the symmetry right.

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Barricade

Friday 16th August 2019, 1.45pm (day 2,913)

Barricaded in, 16/8/19

I have to write. I basically barricaded myself in the house to do so, even if only symbolically. These are the tough assignments: days in the house, working, grey and dull weather, and not even any family members around to pose for portraits. So here is the barricade, either a messy abstract of a shot or an interesting bunch of textures. What’s going on with the floor exactly, I don’t know, but that’s my house for you.

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As good a reason to come to Belgium as any

Saturday 3rd August 2019, 8.10pm (day 2,900)

Belgian beer, 3/8/19

I’ve always been prepared to state that the Belgians do the world’s finest beer. And it’s very nice to finally come to their country and test this out for real. Has my mind changed? Not in the least.

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Post-weekend

Sunday 21st July 2019, 7.40pm (day 2,887)

Like father, like son, 21/7/19

These two have clearly had a very good weekend. And so have I.

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The jackdaw poses

Monday 15th July 2019, 2.40pm (day 2,881)

Jackdaw poser, 15/7/19

There is something statuesque about this jackdaw, I think. Like he’s posing and ready to launch a discus like an ancient Greek athlete. Perhaps that is why I have gone monochrome for the day.

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