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Thrifty Thursday: Cutting motoring costs too

The Aldi super-six this week are cucumber, spring onions (100g), mixed chillies (80g), pointed cabbage, carrots (1Kg) and broccoli. They are all 39p this week. (more…)


Photography: Kids and horses at the Frying Pan

The Frying Pan kids

This is one of the first photos that I took on Sunday. The horse looks in focus and you can read the number plate on the van, but farther away the picture isn’t so clear. It’s a good example of identifying the subject and focusing on that. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Back to square one

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You are probably wondering why I’ve started with a picture of my runner beans. I have just been out to pick them. I have enough for my meals all week! When I first started this blog, I wrote my Sunday rambles as lunch was cooking. (more…)


The Review: getting close to nature

Wednesbury Pool

Mental illnesses have been in the news this week, particularly anxiety and depression. The economic problems of the last few years seems to have made the rat race even more stressful. I think we often need to get back to nature. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: price competition

The Aldi super-six this week are cucumber, spring onions (100g), mixed chillies (80g), pointed cabbage, carrots (1Kg) and broccoli. They are all 39p this week. (more…)


Photography: 2014 super-moon

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I took some shots of the super-moon at the weekend. I managed to get some detail, even though it was very bright. I used my Nikon D3200 with a 55 – 300mm lens and tried to hold it as still as possible, shooting out of the window. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Me an amateur?

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I dragged myself out of bed and went to photograph this Charity Bike Ride in Darlaston yesterday. I’m not really a morning person, but if they can get up and do something to help others less fortunate than themselves, then I can make the effort too. Besides, I think they can be proud of themselves today. (more…)


Frying Pan Charity Bike Ride

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I’ve been photographing events like the Party in the Park, Carnival and the Fun Day recently. People often tell me they didn’t know about the event and so didn’t go to it! So I’ll tell you about this charity bike ride at the Frying Pan in Darlaston in advance. It’s today, 9th August 2014 at the Frying Pan in Darlaston starting at 10am. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Back to school?

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The Aldi super-six this week are peaches (4/5), large vine tomatoes (500g), snack pack grapes (170g), green beans (220g), plums (500g) and baking potatoes (4 pack). They are all 69p and the offer ends on the 13th August. (more…)


Darlaston Fun Day

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I photographed Darlaston Fun Day in King’s Hill Park yesterday. I didn’t have to go far for this one, I could hear the PA system from my garden. It rained before I even set out and so I was expecting poor light and more rain. (more…)


Beneath the surface

Gothic church - Wednesbury

The sun is shining in the Black Country this morning and all is well. I’ve been out for my morning walk past the runner beans to the apple trees and back; it was very pleasant. Is everything as it seems, this sunny Sunday morning? (more…)


The Review: New ideas

A Heron in Wednesbury

I read an idea this morning to improve local tourism and my initial reaction was not another daft idea. We don’t need tourism in the Black Country, we need people to travel less in the UK as a whole. It got me thinking though. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Deflation?

The Aldi super-six this week are peaches (4/5), large vine tomatoes (500g), snack pack grapes (170g), green beans (220g), plums (500g) and baking potatoes (4 pack). They are all 69p and the offer ends on the 13th August. (more…)


Black Country photos

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I’ve been busy taking photos this week, but the weather has been better. On Friday I reviewed a art exhibition in Darlaston and managed to photograph Jays Disco at the Vine too. I didn’t even know what Northern Soul was, but I like it!

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Life: Monday morning…

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I was out taking photographs yesterday afternoon. Today I’m back to writing about it. There’s something about Monday’s that I don’t like. I suppose it’s human nature to keep busy and to enjoy life. Monday is more like work…

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The Sunday Ramble: Facebook culture

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I reviewed a little art exhibition in Darlaston this week. I found out about these exhibitions from my Facebook friend who started an art group on Facebook. (more…)


The Review: Darlaston Culture

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I had an interesting week. Royal Bank of Scotland reported that their profits had doubled in the first quarter which made me a little money and the government lots of money, as a major shareholder. I also reviewed a little art exhibition in Darlaston library. This photo doesn’t do the picture justice. (more…)


Online job applications

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Applying for a job  online can be quite a complicated process. You are often asked to upload documents such as a C.V. (resume) and a covering letter. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: summer bargains

The Aldi super-six this week are courgettes (500g), salad potatoes (1Kg), nectarines (4/5), cocktail vine tomatoes (250g), cauliflower and chestnut mushrooms (250g). They are all 69p each. That offer ends on the 30th July.

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Photography: Out in the Black Country

The River Tame

On Sunday we went out in the wilds of the Black Country. This is Sandwell Valley Country Park and the canalised section of the River Tame. I was using my 300mm telephoto lens which gave me the opportunity to zoom in on subjects. (more…)


Because they are worth it

Brunswick Park - Wednesbury June 2014

Welcome to another blog post from the Black Country in the heart of England. I have readers all over the world and many of them are bloggers themselves. So I should  explain that the Black Country is just north of Birmingham (England). (more…)


The Review: Stormy weather

Wednesbury Carnival

We were lucky last week with the weather for the carnival and Black Country Day. It was sunny and warm all day on Saturday. This week we have stormy weather, that looks set to continue overnight. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Saving money

The Aldi super-six this week are courgettes (500g), salad potatoes (1Kg), nectarines (4/5), cocktail vine tomatoes (250g), cauliflower and chestnut mushrooms (250g). They are all 69p each. (more…)


Photography: Wednesbury Carnival

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Wednesbury Carnival

I photographed Wednesbury Carnival on Saturday and although the weather was good, it is still difficult taking photos in really bright sunlight. I tried to do a lot of close up shots and some general shots to show what the carnival was like. (more…)


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