Lincoln Castle, Cathedral, and Concert – part one

Barry’s been akin to a kid in a candy store recently. You know that Christmas Day feeling of wonderment, when you open the gift you’ve been longing for?

As a professional photographer for over 35 years, he’d aim to be at the top of his game, purchasing the best equipment he could afford. Photography is more of an enjoyable ‘hobby’ nowadays (notwithstanding the fact that he’s also keen to and does sell some of his images as Greeting Cards and prints), and our budget for outlay on equipment is limited. He’s managed perfectly finely for nine years with a Lumix G1 (you can read a little about it by clicking here). Until the poor tired thing lost the will to work a week or so ago, after providing excellent service.

On Tuesday his new plaything arrived. He was overjoyed. This camera is also a Lumix – a Panasonic Lumix GX7 – which means nothing to me, I’m assured it’s a decent-enough step up. Continue reading

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Some snowy scenes from Barry for the northern hemisphere winter solstice

Hurrah! I’ve managed to secure the snowy scenes Barry shot last week around Lichfield, in between selling calendars. Sadly he wasn’t able to get many images of the canals seeing as we’re mostly stationary at the moment.

Enjoy …

Areandare surrounded by snow at Hopwas, outside The Tame Otter

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Barry’s Favourite 50 Images from 2015 – Part 1

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written and posted on this blog, generally I leave it in Sandra’s capable hands …

However I wanted to select and post some images I took during our 2015 cruising season. Some of these have previously appeared on the blog, but many haven’t; so it’s an opportunity to put a few of my personal favourites together.

The first series takes us from Worcester (our winter mooring) up to Middlewich, then back again to Droitwich and up the flight to Tardebigge.

I’m better at face-to-face communication and capturing pictures to tell stories, than writing, so I’ll let the images talk to you …

The first 10 favourite images of 2015 

One of the beautiful swans residing around Diglis Basin in Worcester

One of the beautiful swans residing around Diglis Basin in Worcester

The Italianate church high on the hill at Worsley, on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

The Italianate church high on the hill at Worsley, on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

The interior of one of the rock houses at Kinver

The interior of one of the rock houses at Kinver

British Waterways butty Keppel, moored at the Bone and Flint Mill at Etruria

British Waterways butty Keppel, moored at the Bone and Flint Mill at Etruria

Spring blossom at the junction of the Trent & Mersey and the Caldon Canal with James Brindley on his perch

Spring blossom at the junction of the Trent & Mersey and the Caldon Canal with James Brindley on his perch

This canalside property at Barlaston Boatyard always impresses each time we pass

This canalside property at Barlaston Boatyard always impresses each time we pass

Meaford Lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal, above Stone

Meaford Lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal, above Stone

Bratch Locks at Wombourne on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

Bratch Locks at Wombourne on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

St Augustine's Church overlooking the canal at Vine's Park in Droitwich

St Augustine’s Church overlooking the canal at Vine’s Park in Droitwich

The view over Worcestershire towards the Malvern Hills from the church above Tardebigge on the Birmingham and Worcester Canal

The view over Worcestershire towards the Malvern Hills from the church above Tardebigge on the Birmingham and Worcester Canal

I hope you’ve enjoyed part 1 – hopefully I’ll get the next four parts posted before Christmas (Sandra will nudge me if I don’t I’m sure!)