Not the 365 ~ Storm Arwen

Arwen was a beautiful elf lady who was in love with Aragorn in Lord of The Rings by J.R.R.TOLKEIN (for heavens sakes NOT G.R.R.Martin you complete numpty Fraggle!) On 27th November Arwen was a storm, with winds hitting 90-100mph up in Northumberland and not much less than that a bit further down here in Tyneside. Scotland and the North East were hit the worst, but most places had it pretty bad. Lots of homes still without electricity, 8 days later, and you can’t book a roofer for weeks at the minute. We did OK, lost a few branches from the jasmin plant, one of the hedgehog’s water dishes is M.I.A presumed dead, and we gained a grey plastic lid of indeterminate origin. The lady in the corner shop told me it was like the Wizard of Oz movie in her garden as first the roof and then the sides of her garden shed went flying through the air, followed by it’s contents. She did hand movements and everything, and she was laughing as she did so. People are resilient here.

I’ve seen a couple of trees uprooted on my way to work since the storm, one ripped up the pavement (sidewalk) and was leaning against the house it had been in front of, it’s naked branches holding on to the roof, but I couldn’t see any damage to the roof at least, the tree though. So nothing hugely bad, and nothing in the same league as Hurricane This, That or The Other in America.

Today Sophie and I went off to Chillingham Castle, and as it happens it was closed, but on the walk to the car park to the castle we were astonished at the carnage that Arwen has wreaked upon the ancient trees in the grounds. Blocked pathways where bits of woodland walk have collected debris, a tree completely blocking one of the entrances to the grounds. No-one died, the castle is fine, no-one lost their home, but it saddened me so that these trees that have been there for hundreds of years, will no longer reach for the sky.

Day 365 ~ The End

So that is that. A 365 project is not always as easy as you’d think, it doesn’t sound hard, just one picture a day, but when the weather is pants and you’re knackered after a days work, sometimes the creative juices are nowhere to be found and you end up doing what I call ‘throw away’ shots. I don’t think I made too many of those, but more than I’d like.

I wanted to explore Black & White photography, as I’m such a colour junkie normally, and I think I’ve done OK there. I have shifted how I view things and have been constantly on the look out for light and shade, making more of contrasts than I used to do. I feel I’ve learned and grown into it.

So what next? As always I’ll be going on outings with Sophie and writing them up over on the Universe Blog. As well as that I will be delving more into my film photography, I did very little of that this year as outings and the 365 took up my photography time. This year I’m going to attempt one roll a month, so you won’t see anything much before mid February when the first roll gets developed, and then I’ll be doing a weekly post with some of the results. These will all go up on the Fragglefilm blog so if you are not following there go on over and click the Follow button πŸ™‚ !

I’ll still be popping up on here too with various bits and pieces.

Lastly I especially want to thank Pete, Kim, April and Naomi, who have commented on just about every photo I’ve posted here this year, I really appreciate that, that support meant a lot to me and helped keep me going. And thanks to anyone who liked my posts and popped in a comment occasionally too, you are also very much appreciated.

Happy New Year everyone and see you next year hopefully!

Day 365 ~ ready to go!

Day 363

Hmm, if this is day 363, then 365 will be on 30th December, and as I started this on Jan 01, I should be doing my last one on Dec 31st. 😳 Dang it, will have to check and see if I’ve mislabelled one.

In the meantime, back to the Land of The Giants

Day 363 (maybe) The Pastry Portals to Vollyvont Land.

Day 361 & Tales from Fraggle Towers

Phil’s little tank thingy is now the proud owner of a S I G 33 heavy infantry gun. Made from the parts in 2 different kits, and also some of it was built from scratch. Once the tank body is painted he’ll attach the gun, do some figures, and Bob’s your Uncle. That might take a while yet.

Day 361 ~ SIG 33

In other news today we’ve had our Christmas lunch, which of course took most of the day to cook, Leg of Lamb in a garlic & herby rub, with roast Balsamic and honey Brussels, roast parsnips & carrots in a honey & maple glaze, cauliflower & broccolli in cheese sauce and Dauphinoise potatoes. Took most of the day to cook and 15 mins to eat πŸ™„πŸ€£ `Loads left over but it won’t go to waste :).

I’m liking Netflix, we have discovered that you can watch it through an Xbox 1, which Phil has, and have now found out that you can set up the X-box sound output for dolby atmos, which is cracking great sound, and our TV room is set up for that.

SO we’ve been doing movies of course, with all the bells and whistles. Firstly – 6 Underground starring Ryan Reynolds, an actor I’m quite fond of through his Deadpool rolls. The movie is directed by the love-him-or-hate-him Michael Bay, and the script written by the same guys who wrote Deadpool, though this is no way a super-hero movie. It’s a roller coaster action movie, and worth watching for the car chase scene through Florence in Italy at the start of the movie. Phil and I sat there going wow that’s incredible CGI, and when I read up on the movie found it wasn’t CGI at all but the real thing. The movie is rated R which means when people get shot or stabbed or whatever they bleed and lose body parts which is always good fun. 🀣 There is a plot, and it’s nothing really new, but interesting characters and the acting is done with seriosity and enthusiasm. It’s funny a lot too. If you like action movies, this one’s on steroids, you’ll love it. Sequel’s look likely from something that you see in the plot.

We’ve also done The Hateful Eight by Mr.Tarantino, more blood and brains and guts, (really we are nice gentle people here at Fraggle Towers!) and some great ham acting by Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell and Tim Roth (love him) and a corker of a performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

On Christmas day while I was doing the ironing I watched The Christmas Chronicles also starring Kurt Russell, he has the best hair! I don’t like Christmas movies, but Keith over at Keith & The Movies convinced me it was worth it to see Russell doing Santa, it kind of was, but really there’s only one good bit in it, I’ll leave you with a clip of that just to put smiles on your by-now christmas~jaded faces πŸ™‚ Kurt Rocks and watch out for the multi talented Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteens E-street band & who also played Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and can currently be seen in The Irishman, πŸ˜€

4 days left now until the 365 photo project is finished, and this blog can have a little rest.

Day 359

Phil has got all his Mum’s wartime correspondence, a great treasure. His Mum Ethel, her sisters Maureen and Betty, went off to Aldershot to work in the N.A.A.F.I and later Ethel did her nurse training and became a Sister in the Queen Alexander Royal Army Nursing Corps. Betty met her husband Walter, a Canadian, while working in Aldershot, and they got married and ended up in Canada after the war. In 1944 Walter was on his way to Italy, and sent Sister Ethel a Christmas Airmail, which Phil still has. πŸ™‚

Day 359 ~ Christmas 1944