Day 306

Back home again yay! The drive back was accompanied by atrocious rain and wind, but we made it back oop north where it was all calm and lovely, not sunny, but no driving rain either. Home sweet Home. Done my unpacking and got the washing on, so I thought I’d share a few souvenirs from the wedding reception last night, where a fun time was had by all!

Day 306 ~ πŸ™„

Day 298

I’ve had a cold brewing since Monday, and today it’s progressed into the annual chest infection, so am not the best :/ . In spite of this I had to go into Newcastle today to find some shoes. We are off to the Cotswolds on Thursday for a family wedding, and of course you have to have a new outfit for a wedding, can’t possibly wear the one you wore for last years wedding, social death! πŸ™„πŸ€£ So I bought a dress on line which (amazingly) fits, and found some shoes today to match. I hate dresses but it’s only for one day so I’ll live.

Phil came too as he needed a new jacket, and after shopping we got coffee from Greggs and sat for 10 mins. Phil went off for a browse around W.H Smiths, and I took some iphone pictures. πŸ™‚

day 298 ~ decisions decisions
Maybe homeless..maybe not
Shorts
Sansa
needs a hand

Day 287

This chap lives in the house opposite. Their back garden meets ours. I can see into their kitchen and they could, if they looked up, see into my play room. I call him Vape-Man, as he stands in the garden and vapes in nice weather, but it’s cold now so he’s in the kitchen instead.

Day 287 ~ You’ve been papped!

Beware photographers with telephoto lenses people, keep your blinds down at night 🀣 🀣

Days 278 & 9 & Tales from Fraggle Towers

It’s been a busy weekend at Fraggle Towers. Yesterday I went out with Sophie to photogrgaph the North East Land Sea & Air Museum, followed by lunch at the Washington Wetlands Tryst and a walk around there which ended up quite exciting for us as we saw and photographed a Kingfisher, which neither of us had ever seen before. Of course we don’t have proper wildlife lenses, but we did OK with what we have. Apart from all the exotic and colourful ducks and swans and flamingo’s, I spotted a tree full of your bog standard boring pigeons, but I thought they were just right for B&W.

Day 278~ Pie Tree.

Today we’ve had the Sunday Family afternoon, and Shelley and the kids came over, always a shoe-in for a photograph!

Day 279 ~ Liddy and Grandaw.

What we’ve been watching of late on the tellybox is a series called World On Fire on the Beeb, from BT’s site –“the emotionally gripping, landmark TV series from Peter Bowker (The A Word) tells the story of ordinary people caught up in the Second World War. Helen Hunt, Lesley Manville and Sean Bean lead the stellar, international cast, which also includes Blake Harrison, Jonah Hauer-King, Julia Brown and Yrsa Daley-Ward.”

I’ve watched the first episode and it’s done well. The acting is passable, the attention to detail astounding and the cinematography fabulous. It reminds me a bit of that old American series Winds of War with Robert Mitchum et al, which I ejoyed a lot so I think I’ll be happy enough with a British take on it.

I’m recording Catherine The Great from Sky and will do that soon, can’t beat Helen Mirren for being a Queen and historical fun and games so am looking forward to that.

We’ve binge watched, i.e 1 or 2 episodes an evening, Game of Thrones 1- 7 and it’s just as amzing the 2nd time around. I’m also reading the books again and being double whammied. They are so well written.

I have to say, having watched so many battle scenes over the years with Phil’s war movies I’d be hard pressed to find a favourite. I’m not sure the beginning of Private Ryan is classed as one, but it’s up there. Also Zulu the final battle, just amazing. But I’ve not really seen any convincing ones on TV. I was blown away re-watching G.O.T’s Battle of the Bastards, better than a lot of movies, you felt you were amongst it. There’s no magic here, no dragons, very little CGI, just a visceral, heart pounding do or die piece of action with ordinary soldiers. I’m posting the youtube clip to it if battle scenes are your thing. Even if you don’t do Thrones, it’s still worth a watch. You can tell me a TV programme that’s done it better after πŸ™‚ . Also don’t watch it if you’re a bit wussy about blood and gore πŸ˜€

Back to work tomorrow, ear wax be afraid!!