No I haven’t forgotten you…

but my excuse this time is that I’ve had my parents staying with me for just over a week so I had a week before they came getting ready for them and then it took me at least another week afterwards to get back to normal. It was lovely to have them and each visit is precious as they are in their mid eighties now and although their minds are 100% unfortunately their bodies are beginning to struggle. We had some good fun and I took them out each day somewhere for coffee or tea and they also loved sitting out in the evening in my garden where we were so lucky to have nice fine, sunny and warm weather all that week.

I’m trying very hard not too talk to much about the weather but oh my it is bad now..we’re some of the lucky ones living where we are as many people in other parts of the country are suffering some of the worst floods this country has seen and here we are bang in the middle of summer!!

So what have I been doing on the photography side…well to be honest not a lot as with the weather as it is I’ve really only been taking pics in the here’s a couple you might enjoy seeing..

Now this next photo is one taken from our car window as David was travelling between 35 and 40 miles an hour.. We’ve booked a holiday to South Africa for later on this year and we will be going on a Safari. So that I can get an idea of taking photo’s from a moving vehicle I thought I had better practice using shutter speed, although of course when we’re there I will also have to take into consideration the fact that the animals will be moving as well. However this is a start. It’s a photo of a local church in the village just 5 mins up the road from where I live…other than some cropping and straightening I was quite pleased with the outcome as my first attempt of shutter priority!!

I think the next trick will be to try taking a photo from the moving car of perhaps some animals in a field running around…watch this space!!

As usual many thanks for coming to visit me and thanks for any comments you leave I really do appreciate reading them.

A couple of days in Ramsgate…

Last week was David’s birthday and as usual we try go somewhere different to celebrate. We don’t always stay away but this time we did. I had read about a lovely Hotel down in Ramsgate and also discovered that there were some very good restaurants in the town to visit. So on Thursday morning off we went down to Ramsgate some 80 miles from home. We had an excellent journey and despite all the rain and storms of late we had fine weather.

When we arrived at ‘The Royal Harbour Hotel’ we were very pleasantly surprised to find we had been upgraded to their best room which had these 2 wonderful ceiling to floor french doors that opened out onto a balcony with great views over the harbour and out to sea and when it was very clear you could just see the coast of France..

So today’s photo’s are all from down at Ramsgate with one from Broadstairs which was only a couple of miles up the road. We were lucky with the weather the whole of the time we were there
and even managed a walk on the beach although it was, I must say. a little windy:

I just had to take a photo of this lovely old Pub called ‘The Foy Boat’ as I so loved the green roof tiles.. They were busy doing renovation work although it was open to the public but on this occasion we didn’t go in for a drink but maybe on our next visit!!

With this photo I wanted to try and be clever and take a more ‘serious’ photo at the seaside and so we walked out to the far end of the sea wall when I saw that the wall continued with these hugh rocks which the public are not allowed to continue to walk on for safety reasons of course but it did give me the opportunity to try a ‘different’ photo and which I am quite pleased with the way it turned out.

And finally a photo from Broadstairs Beach showing children enjoying a school outing to the seaside….a very British seaside scene.

Many thanks to you all for leaving comments on my last post and for any that you leave this time around, they are so much appreciated!