Still catching up… but there’s a treat for you in the next post. No more same old same old.  In the meantime…

75/365 Fellow traveller 76/365 Shore thing
75/365 Fellow traveller 76/365 Shore thing
77/365 Tap 78/365 Stern warning
77/365 Tap 78/365 Stern warning
79/365 Last day 80/365 Dinner on the wing
79/365 Last day 80/365 Dinner on the wing

A little background may be in order:

78 – this somewhat stern warning is on the Clock Tower in St Albans.

79 – The Thameslink train route stopped serving Barbican and Moorgate on 20 March – eventually the tracks will be lifted so that the platform at Farringdon can be extended to allow for 12 carriage trains (up from the current maximum 8).  I was there in the morning; there were a few photographers there snapping away.    Apparently the evening was very busy with people hoping to catch the last train.

80 – another shot at the wonderful Watercress Wildlife Association.

33/365 Winter

Technical notes:

Nikon D90. 3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX @ 62mm.  1/100 @ f/4.8 ISO 800

In case anyone in the UK hadn’t noticed, it snowed today.   Hey, it even reached the pages of the New York Times, so it must’ve been news!  I went for two photowalks through the park and round the Abbey.  Firstly just after dawn when it was stopping snowing and I thought the trains might recover, secondly at lunchtime with Sarah.  This shot was from the early shoot.  It was a toss-up between that one and this one for today’s pick:


A small handful of others – please do click through and have a look!

By the river Feeeeeed me In the snow! The next collection...
Waxhouse Gate Abbey & Gate House Sign of the (wintry) times Abbey
Early light Door Snow! Aaah! Winter

At the Watercress Wildlife Association reserve in St Albans.  This was the first time I’d taken my tripod and just sat quietly in the hide and waited for a shot or two!

31/365 Feeding time

You can see at least seven goldfinches.  And there were two more round the other side where you can just see a wingtip poking out.  Took about twenty minutes of waiting to get so many at once.

Technical notes:

Nikon D90, Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG @300mm 1/320 @ f/6.3 ISO 200.

A couple more – click to see them larger:

3 - 2 - 1 - Takeoff!Please sir, I want some more!

CIMG0769 Saturday was time for part 2 of the birthday celebrations.  We met up with some of my pals for an evening at Cosa Nostra.  As ever, the food was great, the atmosphere relaxed (you never seem to be waiting too long for your food, yet you never seem rushed either) and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Oh, and they also were happy to let Sarah bring my surprise cake for us to have as desert, rather than having theirs.   Yes, my lovely wife had used the time I was away in Brussels to make a scrummy chocolaty fudgy cake which we all tucked into after our pizza or pasta.  I am so lucky!


18/365 Tree face

Neither Sarah nor I had ever been to a Wassail before.  So we were a little curious as to what to expect.  Well, fans of ancient English traditions wouldn’t be disappointed by the St Albans incarnation.  The event started with three dances by Wicket Brood, a local morris dancing group.  Then we made our way to the big tree in the centre of the orchard.  A few wassailing songs, the tree was given cider and bedecked with toast (!).  Then we made loud noise to ward off any evil spirits, before heading for the refreshments.  Delicious local hot spiced apple & elderflower juice and many apple-based snacks!  A few more pictures below:

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