Water bubbles with water running over the algae on the spillway wall blurring the image of the algae.

Water Bubbles

Water bubbles, formed by water running over the spillway, covered in green and brown algae.
Something a little abstract for a change. I like the effect of the blurred colours, with the bubbles at the bottom.
Abstract style photography like this is not something I often do. But I do like this one.

This photo came from our local St James Lake, a useful spot to walk and see the ducks, geese and, sometimes, swans.

Water Bubbles
Water Bubbles – one for you to pin.

Sell Art Online

Happy New Year for 2020.
May you have plenty of interesting places to visit, great food to eat, and take many photos!

Happy New Year – And a Look Back at 2019

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.

May you have plenty of interesting places to visit, great food to eat, and take many photos!

Our 2019 was all of mad, crazy and busy. Starting with London by day and night and then the mad summer of the coffee trail. A city break in Cork, Ireland and a week in Zakynthos gave us a chance travel a bit and wind down. Here are a few of the highlights.

London Day out

The year started with a bang. Taking an overseas visitor to London. Camden Market for much of the day, just wandering. January is winter so the days are short. That didn’t stop us taking in the Winter Wonderland and London Christmas Lights. Who plays tourist at Trafalgar Square by night? We did!

Oxford

Oxford, on an open top bus, in January is COLD. But it was fun, followed by a walk around Oxford, looking at some of the historic sights.

An iconic view in Oxford.
sdr_soft

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough bread. Homemade and just out of the oven.

Yes I know this is a fad, but, not being a stranger to baking bread, it’s one I had not mastered. A few more-or-less successful attempts in April gave it some direction.

We now eat sourdough daily.

Sourdough is an endless journey. There are always tweaks to made to recipes and new tricks to try. More to come in 2020.

The Crazy Summer of 2019 – Coffee!

Also known as the Summer of Coffee Adventures.

Bretts Own Brews at Silverstone - British F1 Grandprix.
British Grand Prix 2019Silverstone with Bretts Own Brews

We teamed up with Bretts Own Brews for a summer of delivering top class coffee at various events.

This jaunt saw us visiting some interesting places in the UK, which we would never have thought of visiting otherwise. For me the stand out highlights were:

  • The British Grand Prix – 1200 cups of tea and coffee in 7 hours! A different view as a “worker”, but still a great experience;
  • Standon Calling Music Festival – great experience and good to see Rag and Bone Man live;
  • Cowley Road Carnival – music and colour an people from all over in the Cowley Road, Oxford.

Ireland – Glanmire

September saw us visiting Cork, in Ireland, staying at an AirBnB in the beautiful Glanmire Valley and visiting Cobh. Cobh, on the Cork Harbour is home to Spike Island and the impressive St Colman’s Cathedral, as well as being the last point where the Titanic touched land when it was called Queenstown.

St Colmans Cathedral dominates the skyline at Cobh in Ireland

Zakynthos (Zante) – Kalamaki Beach

All these adventures were tiring, so October saw us chilling out on the beach at Kalamaki on the Greek Island of Zakynthos. Definitely need another visit there for a bit longer to chill out and explore.

Kalamaki Beach at Zakynthos, Greece.

Blogging

Ducking and diving between coffee travels and work, the middle of the year saw very few blog posts, though a lot of effort went into improving SEO.

These are the highlights, but many more interesting stuff went unreported. Have to do better in the new year,

The year end saw a slight revamp, with a new logo and changes to page layouts.

Blogging remains a whole bunch learning curves – speed writing, cloud photo processing on the fly, using Canva and Trello to keep control.

Photography

Bluntly, my photography has been in the doldrums for a while. Watch this space for a revamp of my pixels.com site and more of the photos from our travels.

So that was 2019 – and 2020?

Plans are in progress. Perhaps some more coffee and some new travels.

What have you got planned?

Happy new Year.

1938 Alvis at the Brackley Classic Cars in the Piazza event, 2019.

Classic Cars on the Piazza – Brackley 2019

Every Year, between Christmas and New Year, Brackley hosts the Classic Cars on the Piazza / Marketplace. Typically the event involves no entry fee or pre-booking. Classic car owners simply arrive.

Alvis 4.3 litre classic car
Alvis 4,3 litre

Brackley Classic Car Show, host the event. They also host the Classic Cars in the Park in Brackley in August.

This year I arrived a bit late, however the Mayor told me there had been a record turnot of over 120 cars. Certainly, when I arrived, there were still a few interesting vehicles still there.

I recognised a number of cars from previous events, but these are the ones which caught my eye.

The first to catch my eye was the very elegant looking Alvis, pictured at the top of the page. Under the bonnet was an interesting 6 cylinder engine sporting triple SU carburettors an dual fuel pumps.

1938 Alvis 4,3 litre at the Brackley Classic Cars in the Piazza Event, 2019.

A little research suggests that this is a 1938 Alvis 4.3 litre.

The brass plate on the engine mounting carries lubrication instructions, and I was intrigued by the lubricateion kit at the back of the engine bay.

Contrast this big six cylinder engine with the 996cc V-twin of the 8hp 1914 Humbrette.

Looking at the controls of the Humbrette, I’m not even sure I would know how to drive it!

Amerivcan muscle at the Classic Car show
An old Chevrolet pick up. Not quite – a look inside showed an auto transmission and a big “not original” makeover. Sounded great when it drove away!

And some of the others, just a few which caught my attention.

Morris Minor at the Brassic Classic Cars in the Piazza
And where would we be without a Morris Minor at an English classic car show?

Here’s One to Pin to your Boards

Classic Cars in The Piazza - Brackley 2019.
Please pin this

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all.

Have fun and stay safe.

I may be living in England, but I come from Africa, where Christmas is long, hot and sunny days. So the photo is an African Christmas day sunrise – yes, I actually got out of bed at 5 a.m. on Christmas day and took the photo.

Merry Christmas wherever you are.

Looking over the Glanmire Valley towards Cork, under a full moon.

After the Party Glanmire Under a Full Moon

The Airbnb where we we staying in Glanmire (Cork in Ireland) was in a beautiful spot looking over the Glanmire Valley. We had gone to Cork for a friend’s landmark birthday party.

Like all good birthday parties it finished late. As we arrived at the Airbnb we were greeted with this view, under a full moon, looking towards Cork. Despite a little vodka I was able to grab the shot.

#glanmire #cork #ireland #fullmoon Posted on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B2bRpZfFeO5/@hairy1travels.

St Colmans Cathedral dominates the skyline at Cobh in Ireland as we approach across Cork Harbour.

St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh, Ireland

St Colman’s Cathedral totally dominates the skyline in Cobh, in Ireland.

We recently visited Cork in Ireland for a long wekend. On our last visit, some years ago, we explored Kinsale and Charles Fort. This time we decided to investigate the little town of Cobh (pronounced like Cove).

Located on the Great Island in Cork Harbour, the town is a fascinating place with some interesting history. Actually we found it interesting enough to visit two days in a row. After all it’s only 20 minutes drive from Glanmire, where we stayed.

While we were there we visited Spike Island (more to come on that trip). As we returned across Cork Harbour, this view of Cobh greeted us, with the town dominated by St Colman’s Cathedral.

🇮🇪🍀 #ireland #cobh #cobhcathedral #corkireland #cork #cathedral #church Posted on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B2bSWUfl-FG/@hairy1travels.