Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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Waiting For The Train
Waiting for the train to arrive from Paddington tonight at Twyford Station. The times are definitely changing on the main line out of London with the overhead cables a sure sign of the imminent electrification of the railway. This process has not been without some controversy on certain sections of the line, with the complaint that the gantries are unsightly and a blot of the landscape. I have always quite liked them, and think that railways and everything associated with them, past and present adds to the landscape...

Monday, 18 September 2017

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Colour!
The next month or so is when we are blessed with all the amazing autumnal colours, so I am sure my camera will be busy. I love seeing red leaves at this time of the year, and I took this photo in Marlow this afternoon. Really ought to find out what species of tree this is... 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

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View From A Bridge
This is not the new picture sleeve for a re-release of the classic Kim Wilde single, 'View From A Bridge'. However it is the view of Windsor Castle taken from Eton Bridge over the River Thames.This was a rather unexpected photo opportunity today after giving my brother a lift there earlier this evening. It is my favourite castle, and there can't be too many people reading this that can lay claim to having driven through its gates to deliver black refuse sacks! 😊

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King of the Sofa!
There is no doubt of who thinks that the sofa is his! 😆 After his fourth walk yesterday Prince decided to make himself comfortable and prepare for a snooze. I am so pleased with how well he is doing after losing Storm in June..

Saturday, 16 September 2017

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M40
Looking northwards from a bridge over the M40 between High Wycombe and Lane End. That Friday feeling when you long to be going away somewhere nice for the weekend. The good news is that this will be me this time next week 😊

Friday, 15 September 2017

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Nighttime in Reading
It's almost dark now at 7.30 in the evenings as we head towards autumn, and it only gets worse with the clocks changing in 6 weeks time. I saw quite an impressive cloud pattern and sunset as I was driving home, although the view from my road was a little restricted. A rather frustrating day photo wise, as I had been in London in the morning, but had not had the opportunity to take a photo. My plan had been to take a picture at Paddington Station, but I had to run for my train, so that will have to wait for another day.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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Piccadilly Circus 
I don't very often get the opportunity to take daytime photos in London, but on my way to meeting Bill Turnbull for the new fundraising book today, I got off the tube at Piccadilly, and was able to do a bit of a tourist photo. Sadly the bus is not of the old red Routemaster design, but they are sadly a thing of the past now on London's roads apart from private hire etc.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Blinded By The Light
It won't be too long now when I will be doing the early morning dog walk in the dark. But for the moment the sun has just risen, and there are some lovely views to be had around Henley. This one is from West Street walking up the hill and away from the town hall.

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What is This?
So here is a little quiz. What is this photo of? Leave a comment if you think you know what it is. 😉

Sunday, 10 September 2017

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View From Faringdon
This is the view from the Oxfordshire village of Faringdon northwards towards my sister's village of Alvescot, and then beyond to Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds. Faringdon is also the place where I received, and I think, my only yellow card in my adult football career. I had already achieved the unique distinction of being the first player to be sent off for Maidenhead Boys (I think we were called that then having started as Maidenhead Town & Youth) in my younger days. Needless to say in both instances I still believe the referee was wrong 😀

Saturday, 9 September 2017

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Birthday Girl
Today was my niece Anna's 11th birthday, so we had a birthday dinner in Alvescot. She was one very excited girl, and like the Queen she will be having a second celebration in a couple of weeks time when she has a karaoke party with her friends. She is growing up fast, and in the photo she is on the phone chatting to her Auntie Jane.

Friday, 8 September 2017

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September Rain
I am firm believer that autumn begins on September 21st, so we are still in the last knockings of summer. This morning's rain was very autumnal though! Too wet and horrible to walk Prince in Henley this morning, so I just took this photo at the traffic lights. Very weird weather as late this afternoon it was quite nice, and they are even playing cricket at Lord's...

Thursday, 7 September 2017

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The Saxon Maze
The Saxon Maze is situated in the grounds of The Herb Farm at Sonning Common outside Reading. I never even knew of its existence until today when I met up with Steve Clark for the new charity book I am doing. Steve was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May 2013, and he is doing some fantastic fundraising for Beating Bowel Cancer with his Strive For Five campaign. The maze was created in 1991, and its design is based on a Saxon sea creature. Steve said it took him an hour to successfully navigate his way around the maze, so I didn't try and attempt it today... 😊

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

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Views from Cookham
There are some wonderful views to be found on my travels. This one from the hills between Cookham and Pinkneys Green has Maidenhead in the distance. There is no doubt that my appreciation for the countryside began when the business relocated to Medmenham, and these views would have passed over me when we were actually based in Maidenhead. Hey ho... older and wiser 😊

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
With its head office based in my home town of Maidenhead, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemorates the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars. The register records the details of the Commonwealth war dead, so that war graves and names on memorials can be located. I have always thought it a rather dour and imposing looking building from the outside, and with overcast skies today my opinion has not changed.

Monday, 4 September 2017

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Conker Season
It's that time of the year as the conker season has come around once again. Of course as a child I loved those few weeks when we all would bring our best conkers to school for the playtime fights. All those methods of trying to make your conker unbeatable... roasting, vinegar, and just leaving it on the window sill to harden. And of course before all that, the excitement of throwing sticks in the trees to try and get them down in the first place... Happy days 😊

Sunday, 3 September 2017

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Prince & Noel
Noel got back home on Thursday night following 7 months on the road. Unfortunately it coincided with Prince coming down with a severe bug, who understandably hasn't been quite himself over the last few days. Today he is a lot better, and a little more like the old Prince, and he is very happy to have Noel back for plenty of tummy rubs! 😊

September 2nd, 2017 - Photo 245 of 365

Football in Calne
A rare outing to a football tournament, and a rather long, but very enjoyable day out in Calne, Wiltshire. Perfect weather for watching, although it was very hot for the boys toiling away on the pitches. Talking of pitches, it was a quite superb sports ground. In all my years playing I never got to play on such flat, well grassed surfaces! There seems to have been a lottery grant, and not surprisingly it's used by Swindon Town FC. 

Friday, 1 September 2017

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Marlow
I first discovered this spot in Marlow over 30 years ago, when me and some school friends hired a dayboat from Wargrave, and had an amazing three days on The Thames. In Marlow we moored up here, and had beers at The Two Brewers pub, just a few yards behind this shot, in St. Peter Street. The view you get is pretty stunning of the famous bridge and the rather posh Compleat Angler Hotel. 

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Book Signing
I am currently reading The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis. I took the book with me when I went to photograph her for my new bowel cancer fundraising book, and she very kindly signed it. I love doing these books, and it always nice to have a little memento of the meeting, which I will be able to look back on in years to come. 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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Windsor Great Park
I always love driving through Windsor Great Park, and this morning I stopped off in one of the car parks, alongside the main road, to give Prince a pit stop, which gave me the opportunity to take this picture. Fortunately this was just before the rain came today, although it was a bit more damp and gloomy here than the photo might suggest...

Monday, 28 August 2017

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Mum & Anna
There can only be one photo today, as it's the first anniversary of losing my wonderful Mum. This is how I remember her, in a photo that I took in September 2014 when we were celebrating Anna's 9th birthday. My niece, and of course Mum's granddaughter, who gave such joy to Mum in her twilight years. A year on, and I still can't really put into words how I feel. Perhaps it's just a deep sadness within me, and I need add nothing more than that. Photos like this are a great reminder of the very many happy memories that greatly outweigh those final few sad months when Mum's health deteriorated, but even during those difficult times Mum's courageous, and dignified attitude was pretty special. She left a few words written down for me, Noel and Ali. Writing anything towards the end was almost impossible for her to do, but she simply said, "Look after each other." I find those four words quite precious, and hold onto them. I also like to think we are doing as she wished. I am sure Mum will have her glass of wine later, and Dad will have a pint of bitter, so raise your glasses... xx

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Shower Time
Prince had his first shower in ages today. On such a hot day it was done outside, with a rather nice coconut shampoo, jugs of lukewarm water, and not forgetting the good old garden hose. I wasn't sure how he was going to be with all the water, and thought he might go a little nuts! I have to say he was a very good boy, and he is now sparking clean, and smells delicious! 😁

Sunday, 27 August 2017

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Whiteknights Lake
I was up early this morning, and took Prince on a lovely walk round Whiteknights Lake, which is now part of Reading University. It's only a short distance from my house, but we don't venture out in that direction too often, and then of course you wonder why when you are greeted with sights like this.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

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Dog's Dinner
Always a good sight to see Prince enjoying his dinner. He has put on a couple of kilos in the last few months, and he is looking so much better. Like all of us he was probably worried about Storm for so long, and just wasn't eating enough. He is still a fussy bugger, so his diet is cooked mince each day!

Friday, 25 August 2017

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On The Mantelpiece
A bit of family photo action on the mantelpiece at home 💓x It's interesting as I need an up to date photo of my sister and her clan, and I have a lovely photo of Storm and Prince that needs to be put in a frame 😊 Oh and that's me in the mirror taking the photo!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

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Lunchtime at Work
I am very lucky to work in a beautiful spot between Marlow and Henley. When I take Prince out for a walk most lunchtimes, I am always aware of just how peaceful and beautiful the surroundings are. This is a lovely cut through from the farm fields into Medmenham, and just so colourful at this time of the year after a rather wet month.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

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Blue!
Quite a brave statement me thinks. I am not sure if I would be brave enough to have my house painted this colour... I can't decide if I like it or if it's just wrong! 😆

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

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The Sun Inn, Henley
This was the site of The Sun Inn pub at Northfield End in Henley, which sadly closed some years ago. This pub was once run by my grandparents, and more importantly was where my Mum was born on this day in 1936. Two years later, in 1938, the family moved to The Coach and Horses public house in Maidenhead, now known as The Shire Horse. Mum lived there until she and Dad moved into the house in Altwood Road in 1963, where they would very many happy years for the rest of their lives. So today is a day of remembering Mum, on what would have been her 81st birthday, and I am sure she will be enjoying a glass of wine later with the old man x 

Monday, 21 August 2017

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Nettlebed Brick Kiln
Motorists driving through Nettlebed just outside Henley might wonder what this weird shaped building is, which is set back a little from the main road. I had a look some time ago when I stopped with the dogs, and was interested to discover that it is in fact a brick kiln. Apparently it is the only bottle shaped kiln left in the country after being restored in the 1970s having going into disrepair once it ceased operation in 1938. It dates back to the late 17th or early 18th century, so it's made a few bricks! 😊

Sunday, 20 August 2017

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In The Zone
Prince especially enjoys his weekends, as he gets plenty of garden time surrounded by his favourite people 💖

Saturday, 19 August 2017

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Newly Framed Artwork
The picture frame arrived on Friday, so I've now got the record sleeve artwork of 'Town Called Malice' by The Jam on display in my living room, and it's looking rather good...

Friday, 18 August 2017

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High Wycombe
Over the last 33 years of my working life, I have no idea how many hundreds, if not, thousands of time that I have driven down the steeply inclined and windy roads in High Wycombe. It's a place that has played a big part in the business. :Perhaps initially more in terms of suppliers, but these days it has completely switched around to being customer based. I often see potential photographic opportunities driving around the town, so I thought it was about time to take one...

Thursday, 17 August 2017

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Disneyesque View
As soon as me and Lauren saw this view in London on our bowel cancer book meet, we both agreed it look like something from Disneyland. It is in fact the view from Buckingham Palace along St Jame's Park Lake towards Horseguards. This is one of those views you really have to see with the naked eye. So if you are ever outside Buckingham Palace go and look at this stunning view...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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Buckingham Palace
The Royal Standard was not flying over Buckingham Palace tonight, so I presume that no-one was home... Photos can never do justice to a place like this, and it's just absolutely awesome. Until recently I hadn't been here for many years, but I have now been twice in a matter of weeks. It's not the best photo of it, but I was here on bowel cancer book photo business tonight 😊

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

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Reading Material
I am really enjoying reading Substance by Peter Hook, which is his autobiography of the New Order years. I think it must be one of the longest books I have read in a long time, and I am not one of the world's fastest readers, as I definitely go through fits and starts 😊

Monday, 14 August 2017

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The Lake
Sometimes I get to drive to some pretty impressive scenic locations. Shottesbrooke Park was looking absolutely amazing today, and of course Prince was very happy to stretch his legs here too! 😊 I did post a photograph taken here earlier in the year, but today on a perfect summer's day it was well worth doing a second photo.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

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Dusty Springfield's Grave
It wasn't until I began walking the dogs around Henley before work, that I became aware of Dusty Springfield's grave being in the town. It's very understated, which is no bad thing, and I always see flowers on it when I walk past, so she is certainly not forgotten. In the churchyard, as far as I can tell, this is the only grave of recent times. The other graves seem to be from the 1800s and earlier. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

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The Jam
I still have my original copy of 'Town Called Malice' by The Jam, which top the singles chart in 1982 just as I was turning 16 years old. But this isn't that copy, as this is a piece of art I have just bought. Created by Morgan Howell of Supersizeart, these limited edition prints are reproduced from his original paintings of classic singles. I am waiting for the frame I've ordered to arrive, and then it can be seen in its full glory.

Friday, 11 August 2017

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New Employee
Today I had a lunchtime visit from my sister and niece, so I thought I would get young Anna to do a little work for me on the forklift truck! I think she is a better driver than me 😁

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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Pub Signs
The pub close to work, The Dog & Badger, has undergone a major very expensive renovation in recent years. We must be talking hundreds of thousands of pounds... It's now quite upmarket, and many a fine car can be seen in its car park. It's a bit too pricey for me, not that I drink before, during, or even after work these days 😊 In fact it's more a restaurant than a boozer. The pub has retained its name, which isn't always the case these days, and I like that. However I am nore so sure about the pub sign... I have to admit that I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to pub signs, and just love the classic old style painted sign. The rather modern looking sign on display here doesn't really do it for me, almost verging on the tacky, but what do I know of course 😆

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

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Meeting the Duke of Edinburgh
This photo was taken back in 1978 when a 12 year old me was presented with a cup final losers medal by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. I was playing for Maidenhead Town Youth Under 12s against Chalvey at Stag Meadow, the home ground of Windsor & Eton FC. It was a wet and miserable evening, and unfortunately we were well beaten on the night, 3-0 I think. I didn't have one of my better games, and played just the first half coming off at half time. However, I enjoyed six happy seasons playing for the club. In my 51 years this has been the only occasion when I have met any member of the Royal Family, and I suspect it is highly unlikely to happen again. Look how filthy my hands were! 😊

There are always questions you want to ask your parents when they are no longer here. I know Dad got this photo blown up, which is this copy I now have at home, but I can't remember if he took the photo as well. I think he might have done, especially as half of the Duke's head is missing. The folks were always quite expert at doing this when taking photos! 😆

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

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Low Cloud
The road signs give away the location of today's photo. It was not exactly a fine summer's day. The clouds were low, and rain was in the air. In fact the clouds were struggling to rise above the Chilterns. Anyone fancy watching KT Tunstall?

Monday, 7 August 2017

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Sweetcorn
You can't fail to notice the farm fields full of sweetcorn at the moment, and this photo was taken while dog walking after work. I have fond memories of Mum and sweetcorn. She carried on with Dad'd vegetable patch after he died, and the first year she had a bumper sweetcorn crop. However, thereafter was a complete disaster year after year, and no matter what she tried the crop always failed. She got ever so frustrated by it 😊 If I ever get a property where I can grow vegetables I will have a crack at sweetcorn for sure. Happy memories 😆

Sunday, 6 August 2017

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Grass Coming Through
I was really pleased to see the first signs of the grass coming through on my parent's grave today. I reseeded it last weekend, and I've been watering it every other day, and letting mother nature do her own bit with the rain. It's looking really good and I reckon this time next week it will have a complete covering. So fingers crossed come the anniversary of Mum passing at the end of the month, it will be looking A1 😊

Saturday, 5 August 2017

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The Big Hug
I spent a really nice couple of hours today at Kensington Gardens in London with some very special people. The Big Hug was organised by Dafydd Wyn Farr-Jones in memory of two amazing people Anne Carlin and Ben Ashworth, both sadly lost to bowel cancer. In the photo Dafydd has just received his Beating Bowel Cancer heart from the charity's interim CEO, Judith Brodie. In the deckchair is Matthew Wright, who got up to reveal that he has become an Ambassador for Beating Bowel Cancer, which is fantastic news. It was so nice meeting so many people, including Daf, who I have known for a  number of years on social media, and reacquainting with others who I've already met on my fundraising journey.

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Big Barrel
A slightly unusual sight on my travels was this old wine vat, which was huge! Great way to show it off in terms of scale. It reminded me of my Mum's dad, who used to home brew, and even as a tiny child I was allowed a sip of the delicious apple wine he made. Must try and buy some from somewhere. He was well versed in this field having been a landlord of pubs for most of his working life.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

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Dead Tree
I have no idea how long this tree has been dead. It is on the B482 between Lane End and Stokenchurch, which I frequently use on my way to the M40. I presume that under normal circumstances it would be cut down due to safety issues, but perhaps it is no danger where it currently is. It makes for an impressive sight, especially in the summer when there is so much colour around.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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Orchid
My orchid doesn't flower very often, once a year if I am lucky. It once went about three years without flowering! The good news is that it's in bloom again and looking good. I haven't got many plants indoors, but I'm tempted to get another orchid. I think they look stunning and Mum loved them. I was once fortunate to see them growing in the wild when I went to Singapore...

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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Churches & Willy Wonka!
A very random post today. Whenever I go past the Christ Church going in to Henley from Reading, I am always reminded of Willy Wonka! The glass elevator scene in particular. I am not sure if it's the cone, or because of the windows. I'll keep quiet now 😊