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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Kinsaleand 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.