Finally over …


This, of course, refers to our new bathroom. The fitters finished at around 1pm on Friday, but there was an issue with the lighting. They just couldn’t get it to work. The issue started on Thursday morning when they had fitted the ‘over the sink’ cupboard clip_image001which has two LED strip lights to light it up. No matter what the guys clip_image002did, there was no lighting. One of them called the electrician that they use, who couldn’t come straight away, but promised to come early that afternoon. He didn’t turn up. Next time we had was Friday morning which quickly changed to Friday afternoon. We needed him to be away before R*** came home at 5pm. The guy turned up at around 5:30, which was too late if he needed to turn off the main power supply. So it was arranged for him to come on the following Monday, just after 9am, which he did. Took about an hour, and when he finished he explained that one of the cupboard lights was not working. He had informed the company we were buying the bathroom off and they advised that they would be ordering a new one. That was fitted yesterday. K*** is very pleased with the outcome and we both think they have done a good job. It was not cheap by any means, but it is 1000 times better than it was before.

I do think the company is missing a trick though. I would have taken some photos before the job was started and more when it was finished. I would have then asked for permission to upload them to the company website, as a ‘Before & After’ type of self-advertisement. Could even have a few shots (not many though) of the fitters doing the job.

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I thought I had found the perfect part-time job for myself yesterday. I don’t want (or need at the moment) a job with many hours. This one would have only been 7 hours, on a Friday doing mainly admin work on the reception desk at a local school. Slightly fewer hours than I was looking for, but it would have been something.

Now, the issue here was that when I took early retirement, there were some conditions laid down. The main one was that I could not work for the Council, either paid or voluntary for 12 months from my final working date. This was because it wasn’t actually retirement in its usual capacity. How it worked was that I was taking voluntary redundancy (VR) and that the Council had arranged with the Local Government Pension scheme, that I could take my pension and lump sum early. As the closing date for this job is the 9th October, I would be in breach of the VR terms by applying before the 1st November.

A little disappointing, but it’s been the first time I have seen anything, that I know I could do with the hours that would suit. I just have to hope that they re-advertise the job again. It sometimes happens.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Time


There are three films that I can watch over and over again. There’s ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘La Vie En Rose’ and my favourite of all ‘Brief Encounter’.

In 2014, me and my wife went away for a few days for our wedding anniversary. On one of the days we visited the village of Carnforth. More especially Carnforth railway station. This was the location for a number of scenes in Brief Encounter and it was a place I had always wanted to visit. The old station has been restored to it’s former glory and was a great trip back in time. These are few of the pictures from that visit.

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An interesting twist to this is that the male lead in Brief Encounter was Trevor Howard, who was the brother of Leslie Howard who played Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind!

Weekly Photo Challenge – #Happy Place


I was thinking of the ‘Happy Places‘ I like to go to in my head, but that didn’t seem practical at all, so here some physical places that make me happy :

Whitby – a place I simply love to be.

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Then there is Durham, the land of the Prince Bishops:

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And last but not least, Carnforth station. Location for one of the finest British classic films Brief Encounter :

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Creepy


Well I thought I had many photos that I would call creepy, but on looking through my collection, I did not have that many.

haunted lookThis one I took in our local churchyard at Bramham. I had only just bought the camera, and was trying out some the features. It was only when I uploaded it to the lap-top that I thought it looked a little ghostly.

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Sometime ago, we went to Crook Hall at Durham, in the North East. It was a beautiful place, and great for garden photgraphs. HoweveP1010648r, I did find this stone effigy, more than a little disturbing. I have no idea who it is supposed to represent, but think, given the area, it could be St Cuthbert ?

P1010062The last one, I took whilst out walking locally. What I remember most about it was that just as I pressed the shutter, there was a rustling noise right in front of me. What happened next scared the life out of me. I had just put the camera away, when a deer suddenly shot out out the trees and stopped in front of me. By the time I had calmed down it had gone, and a great photo opportunity had been missed. It still gives me the shivers though!

Difficult …..


This weeks ‘Weekly Photo Challenge‘ seemed at first to be quite difficult. The challenge is a photo that inspires me. Now the issue is, that photographs do not inspire me. The scene that I photograph may inspire me, but I find it hard to put into words the reason behind that inspiration.

Anyway, this is the best I can do, and I suppose that the beauty of nature is the inspiration, although it was just a nice view out of the bedroom window, to be honest.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half


This is the second attempt at this ‘Weekly Photo Challenge’ and if it is half as successful as last weeks, then I will be very pleased.

It was taken some months ago, and although not a direct half and half split, I think it just about fits the brief..

However, the whole concept goes against what I have always been told about photograph composition ie photographs should be divided into an odd number of areas. This is to create ‘further interest’ as a seasoned landscape photographer once told me..

 

Is there a ghost?


Firstly, at the risk of advertising my age, I am no David Bailey when it comes to photograpy.

Now that’s out of the way, I took this picture some time ago. It was captured in the churchyard of All Saints Church in Bramham. It was quite a bright sunny day, so the original looked quite bland and boring, even in monochrome. Before anyone says ‘Photoshop’ it was edited in Google Picasa. It was taken with a Panasonic Lumix camera, but I won’t bore anyone with any more camera specifics. As I say, it started life as a black and white, or monochrome image. It was then edited to make it sepia and look aged. Still not looking great I applied a few special effects. First one was to enhance the highlights of the image, which made the central headstone a lot brighter. I then used a soft focus filter to soften the edges added a bit of film grain effect and there we have it. Spooky!

This my first real attempt at using a photograph to stimulate or inspire me to write a post and I think, at this early stage that it works up to a point. It’s a photo and I’ve written something, so job done. Now I need to decide whether I write about the image/photo or just use it as a reference for the rest of the words I write. I’m still not sure which would be the best way to go, if in fact I carry one with this. I’ll stop now, as I may be on the point of rambling.

All change ….


   Just thought I would have another theme change. Wanted something a little cleaner for a while. It is strange. There are about 50 themes, but a lot of them are quite sameish. I don’t like the photo themes or the very dark ones. Some are very cluttered, and I think this one is quite good.