Monday, 23 October 2017

October 23rd, 2017 - Photo 296 of 365

Pagham Beach
It's been a while since I had been to the seaside, so yesterday I took Prince with me to Pagham. This was where we would go for a week every summer as young children for the family holiday. Die to tidal erosion the beach is much changed, and the sea has moved a lot closer to the seaside properties. There is a real danger of a sea breach and loss of homes on the beach and in the village. 

It was nice to reminisce, and much of the village is still the same. Of course my four legged friend had a lovely time! 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

October 22nd, 2017 - Photo 295 of 365

St Roche's Hill
A lovely Sunday close to Chichester spent with old primary school friends David Beattie and Graham Higgins, and their families. After a lovely lunch we enjoyed a trip out and spectacular views today from St Roche's Hill, which is also home to The Trundle Iron Age hill fort. Views of Goodwood Racecourse, The South Downs, Chichester and Portsmouth. There is a circular walk, so you get to see it all as you walk round. Prince absolutely loved it, and I had to get him into the photo. This particular shot has Portsmouth in the distance and of course the English Channel. The weather changed every couple of minutes, and we experienced sun and rain in repeating cycles with an ever present brisk wind. Quite exhilarating.

October 21st, 2017 - Photo 294 of 365

James Stevenson & Jules Peters
The reason I had a photo pass for The Alarm's gig in Oxford on Friday night was to photograph their guitarist James Stevenson for my new bowel cancer charity book. I haven't finished going through all the photos yet, but I do like this one because it also features Jules Peters in the background on keyboards. Jules was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and she has undergone a gruelling course of treatment, but thankfully is doing really well. She will also feature in my forthcoming book. The band and fans supported the #wearitpink day to raise awareness about breast cancer, and you will never have seen so much pink on display at a gig. I sold a few copies of my Lives & Times bowel cancer fundraising book, so I will be donating £6 to Breastcancernow as well as the normal amount to Beating Bowel Cancer. A massive thanks to James and Jules for their support.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

October 20th, 2017 - Photo 293 of 365

Mike Peters
I am still buzzing from a quite amazing gig in Oxford last night. Two brilliant albums this year, and all the classics. Two hours of non-stop high octane fantastic music. I am never disappointed by The Alarm, but this gig took it to a higher level. I was fortunate enough to meet up with the band's guitarist James Stevenson at the venue before the gig for my forthcoming bowel cancer fundraising book, and he was so nice. As I was leaving before the soundcheck started I also met Smiley and Jules, who were lovely as always. I was also given a photo pass to enable me to photograph the band during the first three songs of their set, so I could get a shot of James in action for the new book. So here is one of the many photos I took, this one of Mike. It was also a time to meet up with many of the people who have kindly bought my Lives & Times book, and who are now part of an ever growing circle of Alarm friends. A year or two ago I would have gone to the concert, and barely said a word to anyone. Now it is so different, and so much better being part of a wonderful "Alarm Family" 😊

Thursday, 19 October 2017

October 19th, 2017 - Photo 292 of 365

This may well be a common site, but I must admit I can't remember the last time I saw a toadstool this colour. But apparently the Amanita muscaria is very recognisable, and although classed as poisonous it is eaten in some parts of the world. It is also known for its hallucinogenic properties. I saw this today at The New Inn pub in Knowl Hill while giving Prince a pit stop. We had been there following a church service of thanksgiving for Fred Avann, who passed away a few weeks ago at the grand old age of 88. He was my brother's godfather, and his wife Sybil is my godmother. So our families have been lifelong friends.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

October 18th, 2017 - Photo 291 of 365

End of the Night
My morning walks begin in darkness at the moment - at the very end of the hours of darkness, and just as the sun is about to rise. So this picture is of the centre of Henley with a little bit of moon action going on too. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

October 17th, 2017 - Photo 290 of 365

New Print Run of Books
I always get a little bit excited when a new print run of my book arrives. After last week's surge in sales of the paperback edition of Lives & Times, I had to get some more printed, and they arrived today. This is quite amazing really, considering that the book was published almost two years ago now. It has so far raised over £3250 for Beating Bowel Cancer, and the total amount raised for the charity over the last 5 years since Mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer, including the Mount Snowdon climb in 2014, now stands at over £6000. So a massive thank you to everyone who has so generously supported me.

The fundraising continues, and I now have a new batch of books that need selling 😉 So if you haven't got a copy yet, then please click here to buy a copy from my website.