Blog en-us (C) Nancy Collinge ( Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:18:00 GMT Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:18:00 GMT Blog 90 120 Snow days The couple of pictures below are from the snow we had this month.  It meant for the first time I experienced a snow day (I work in education and we closed because of the weather) - in fact it was two snow days!  I used one to have a walk around the town and spend a couple of hours half hiding behind our recycling bin whilst the garden birds came and went.

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Oops! I've been rather remiss with this blog in the last months; one reason being that I don't feel I've been out and about so much (although had a lovely summer holiday in Greece).  

Another reason is that I've bought a new phone with a better camera than I had previously and started 365 project - taking a photo a day, but only with my phone.  This has certain challenges since although it takes OK pictures, it's not he most controllable camera in the world.  However, it's meant I can be a bit more creative with the post-processing: I normally crop and adjust lighting but not much more.  I've now been having fun with various apps and applying more extreme filters that I perhaps wouldn't normally bother with.

My 365 blog can be seen at

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Olympic torch The Olympic torch relay reached Great Yarmouth this morning, and we were allowed to leave work in order to go and watch it.  It was a good atmosphere; lots of kids around and plenty of cheering. 

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Moths! A chance foray into this garden this evening drew my attention to the number of moths around.  I've never really paid them much attention, nor shot anything at night with flash, but I look forward to trying again (and perhaps being more successful with focus!).

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Brewery doors A couple of hours in Southwold and some innocent-looking house doors.  However, these are no houses, they are part of the Adnams brewery.  Standing to take this picture all I could hear was the hissing of steam.  Looking through the windows you will see stainless steel rather than sofas (see the condensation in the left window?).  Love it. 

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Blue tits and starlings Set up the tripod and waited; got a few pics that I'm pleased with.

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Bury St. Edmunds station Work meetings let me see a bit more of the region...

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Twilight pier

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A stop on the bridge

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Bath Spa to Great Yarmouth The beacon was due to be lit as we got off the train, so we just caught the Jubilee fireworks from afar.

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Grimsbury Farm and Kingswood Museum During our weekend back west, we planned a trip to Grimsbury Farm. Despite the patchy rain we saw some animals and enjoyed the cafe, which was wonderfully decked out in red white and blue ahead of their Jubilee Beacon lighting.

We then continued walking and decided to visit Kingswood Museum, which was a great little site for £2.50!  We saw coronation memorabilia, old motorbikes, exhibitions on local industries, the bizarre zinc-slag grotto of William Champion and his statue of Neptune (somewhat reminiscent of Tony Hancock's 'Aphrodite at the Watering Hole' :-) ).  I also managed to pick up a 30p book for the train home and some lovely woolen fabric.

(Apparently there are Great Crested Newts in that pond)

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Chippenham Folk Festival The Diamond Jubilee weekend meant a trip across the country to meet a new seven-month old friend.  We met in Chippenham, where the Folk Festival was in full swing!

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It rained today

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Beach volleyball The Volleyball England Beach Tour comes to Great Yarmouth

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Pretty alpine

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Saturday! Although going for lunch at 'The Library' could almost be considered a busman's holiday.

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My current favourite part of the garden Note the slug in the foreground.  Slugs appear to be addicted to thyme; this might be their downfall.

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I own tiger print shoes! I gave in on second viewing.  Probably the first time I have owned tiger print anything.  In fact, the first time I have owned any animal print anything...

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What Salute is all about

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One view, three views This year, rather than staying nearer Excel for Salute, we stayed in Stratford (thankyou £10 Travelodge sale!).  It was interesting to see the area and all the new developments.  The hotel view was less that exciting, but I always like a city at night.

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