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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

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…)


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…)


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 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…)


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…)


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…)


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 Sunday Ramble: Show time

Carnival

It’s Tipton Carnival today and the sun is shining! Farther north it’s the Cosford Air Show and I think that will attract big crowds too. I think it will be quite warm this afternoon. I’ll see if I can take some photos at Tipton Carnival. (more…)


Tipton Carnival postponed to tomorrow

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Tipton Carnival was to be today, but it’s been postponed until tomorrow because of the storm this morning. I might be able to photograph that now, it will be easier on Sunday afternoon. The weather forecast is also better for tomorrow. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: small world

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If you’re a regular reader, then you’ll know that I go out on Sunday afternoon to take photos around where I live in the Black Country. Last Sunday, I saw this meeting of horse drawn enthusiasts and took a few photos. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: from rivers to runner beans

1 1 The River Tame

Today’s photo is of the River Tame. It’s the subject of some research now into it’s industrial history. Here you can see it running through Sandwell Valley Country Park towards Forge Mill Lake. There’s a bridleway to the left where you can ride your horse , cycle or walk. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Getting a taste for Banks’s

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If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I had a half of Banks’s mild in The Vine on Friday. Well I’ve gorra terst for it nar, as they say in Darlo. So last night I had my shower and lay in bed watching the Eurovision with a bag of crisps and a bottle of Banks’s. (more…)


The Review: The Vine, Darlaston

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I have been trying to photograph local events recently and publicise them, but I also wanted to publicise local businesses. The more people spend money in the local community, the more it will thrive. I passed by The Vine pub in Darlaston and decided to stop and photograph it on the way back. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Thoughts of time

It’s Sunday and so my day for a Sunday ramble through my thoughts, before I cook lunch. I’ve had time on my mind just lately. The next General Election in the UK is on the 7th of May 2015. We already have some of the parties starting to prepare or should I say panic? (more…)


Easter Sunday reflections

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I’ve visited a few art galleries in the past year. This is our Victorian art gallery and museum here in Wednesbury. I’ve also visited Bilston Craft Gallery where I was impressed with an exhibition there. I was less impressed when I went to West Bromwich and went in the ‘Public’ with it’s pink neon lights. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Creativity

1 Geese flying over lake

My photo today is a good one of flying geese. I like the background colours too. The sun came out a little and although it was a cloudy sky, it gave quite good light. I like the Spring colours. Many photographers would wait for hours for a shot like this. I just pointed my camera and got lucky. There might have been a little skill… (more…)


The Review: heritage

1 Manor House

Britain has a diverse heritage. We have culture, a industrial history, a history of commerce and of incredible architecture. This wealth is passed down from one generation to the next. Except that not everyone shared in that inherited wealth. (more…)


Facebook Friends

1 West Bromwich Manor House

Here in the Black Country we have traditions and one of those traditions is to take no notice of strange behaviour. We’re all a bit weird. There are many races and many cultures and the politically correct people call it a multi-cultural community. There has always been a diversity. (more…)


Photography: Images to treasure

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Imagine medieval knights trying to find their way through the English countryside. They might follow the river. This photo might not look too much like the river, I think it been made deeper here and canalised. I can now reveal that beyond those trees, ‘treasure’ was found once! (more…)


Experts and education

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Did you remember to change your clocks this morning? Yes, we changed to British Summer Time here in the UK, this morning. I was up an hour earlier, but the heating didn’t come on to warm the house before I got out of bed. It was a bit chilly… (more…)


Allowing change in a changing world…

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I was expecting lots of local readers last week. Most of my readers were in Germany. The world is getting smaller. We have to remember that. It seems Russia is trying to be a bully again and is up to it’s old tricks. They never learn do they? They are not the only ones doing the sabre rattling.

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