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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!


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…


The Sunday Ramble: Facebook culture

Lindesfarne - early morning

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



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.


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

SSAFA at Wednesbury Carnival

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…)

The Black Country Festival

Black Country industry

I went to Wednesbury carnival and to Darlaston’s Party In the Park yesterday and took lots of photographs. The Black Country Festival continues with Black Country Day tomorrow. It’s all good fun and it will hopefully bring the people and towns in the Black Country together more. (more…)

The Review: Carnival Day

Yes, it carnival day in Wednesbury! This is part of the Black Country Festival and there are events right across the Black Country. It’s the Wolverhampton City Show all weekend. West Bromwich and Great Bridge have events and Darlaston has it’s Party in the Park all weekend too. It’s gonna be bostin’… (more…)

Thrifty Thursday: austere shopping


The Aldi super six this week are Romaine lettuce (2), sugar snaps (150g), baby plum tomatoes (300g), peaches (4/5), galia melon and cherries (200g). They are all 69p each. Those offers last until next Wednesday 16th July. (more…)

Photography: Black Country Events

Horse Owners Meeting

I was asked to photograph a horse owners event here in the Black Country on Sunday.  I need more practice with bad weather at events. I did the Christmas lights when it was freezing and I’ve done indoor and I’ve come to conclusion if the light is bad, get close up! (more…)

The Sunday Ramble: Black Country aye it.

Photo of Wednesbury Carnival 2013

It’s only a week to go now to our carnivals. If you want somewhere to go today, the Oak House in West Bromwich has a ‘do’ on. I have other plans. I will be taking photos this afternoon, but I have to take it easy. I have  bad leg… (more…)

The Review: Black Country Festival

Wednesbury Carnival 2013

Here in the Black Country events are being held on the run up to Black Country Day. Today there will be an event at West Bromwich Manor House and they have stocked the bar! They have even gorra Ukulele Band! Dow miss that! (more…)

Thrifty Thursday: Summer bargains


The Aldi super six this week are Romaine lettuce (2), sugar snaps (150g), baby plum tomatoes (300g), peaches (4/5), galia melon and cherries (200g). They are all 69p each. I think summer salad days are here at last! (more…)

Photography: Black Country structures

Horse and Jockey, Wednesbury

I took this photo a few weeks ago. The sun was quite high in the sky but in the wrong position for a good shot. I need to go back and take the shot again from the same place but much earlier in the day. This is the Horse and Jockey pub in Wednesbury and quite a big traditional English pub. (more…)

The Sunday Ramble: Onny in the Black Country

Forge Mill, Sandwell Valley

I had two text messages yesterday afternoon one after another; from Black Country Si. Who’s rattled his cage? I thought. For a moment I thought it might be something serious, like Banks’s running out of mild… (more…)

The Review: Birmingham floating market

Narrowboats floating market at Walsall


Last weekend I photographed the narrow-boats at Waterside Place in Walsall. This weekend they are in Birmingham doing a floating market.  Try to take a look at that this weekend, you could even take your camera! (more…)

Thrifty Thursday: thrifty savings

Picture of Aldi


The Aldi super-six this week are radishes (300g), button mushrooms (200g), snack pack grapes (170g), carrots (1 Kg), Jersey Royal new potatoes (450g) and cherry tomatoes (300g). They are all 49p and the offer lasts until Wednesday 2nd July. (more…)

Photography: Black Country weekend photos

Lock keepers cottage, Walsall

I took this shot on Sunday of this lock keepers cottage on the Rushall canal. It looks very different in summer. The last time I was there was mid winter. (more…)


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