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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

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

Aldi

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

Aldi

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

Birmingham

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

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…)


The Sunday Ramble: Enjoying summer

wild flower with a wasp on it

It nice and sunny in the Black Country this morning. It’s early yet though, the forecast is for cloud this afternoon. We have to enjoy summer now, it passes so quickly we can’t waste a minute of it. I shall be out taking photos again today. (more…)


The Review: first day of summer

flowers on the brambles

It’s the first day of summer here in the UK and we can now enjoy three months of mowing the lawn, washing the car and trying to get a bit of a tan. People will be getting their summer clothes out; the shorts and the tee shirts. There will be some sights out there to photograph in the coming weeks! (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Shopping for bargains

A picture of an Aldi store

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: A grey weekend

Sandwell Valley

Swans on Swan Pool, Sandwell Valley Country Park

When it’s not raining we still seem to have grey skies. It’s the summer solstice on Friday and so maybe things will improve with the coming of summer. This picture shows clearly how the grey sky reflects on water and makes that grey too. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Black Country Day

 

I thought I would mention Black Country Day, which will last about  a fortnight… It’s on Monday the 14th of July. We’ll be having the Carnival in Wednesbury, on the 12th… Darlo will have it’s Party in the Park between the 11th and the 13th. That starts about 10am to 4pm. They’re going to have  a boating pool… (more…)


The Review: Life is so complicated

1 Tameside 1

Today’s picture is of the River Tame. Those flowers are dying off now, but it always looks good in May. The Tame is the subject of a heritage project now and they need a volunteer to help.The application seemed a bit too complicated for a job where you don’t actually get paid. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Hunting down the bargains

The Aldi super-six this week are baby corn (135g), Romaine lettuce (2), oranges (5/6/7 pack), large vine tomatoes (500g), mushrooms (380g) and fun-size bananas(7). They are all 69p each and the offer lasts until the 18th of June. (more…)


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