Magaruque Island. Island life on the beach.

Island Life in the Indian Ocean

Island life by the sea with a fantastic cloudscape. This was taken at Magaruque Island soon after high tide in the morning.

Island Life – Love to be there now

A sample of island life in the Bazaruto Archipelago, on Magaruque Island to be exact. I just added this picture to the collection, though I don’t know how it was missed in the first place.

This blog seems to have become dominated by pictures from our Christmas Mozambique jaunt. It’s been a hectic year, with little time for photography, though there are still a few to be edited from Nerja and local events. The Vilanculos area of Mozambique is just so photogenic, and it was a superb holiday. I am still editing some of the selection of photos taken.

Enjoy this one, taken just as we arrived, having travelled across from Archipelago Resort in the rain!

This picture is also available on my photo site as a print, canvas, and a few other products including the very popular round beach towel and weekender tote bag. Have a look.

Breakfast al fresco at the Green Room in Brackley.

Breakfast at the Green Room in Brackley

It has been a while since we visited The Green Room in Brackley, though we used enjoy a frequent weekend breakfast there. By chance we have now had two breakfasts there in a week. I have to say there have been some improvement in recent months.

When we arrived the place was busy, with the downstairs seating area full. It was a pleasant day, so we chose the one remaining table in the garden, rather than sit upstairs. As the photo shows, the table was rather small for a full breakfast for two! That was our choice, so no complaints – we could have had more table space upstairs.

Green Room Breakfast

The breakfast menu has always had a wide range of options, from simple toast and marmalade to the traditional Full English fry up. Vegetarian and high protein options are there and the staff are always willing to adjust the plate to suit your own tastes. My family doesn’t know how to use a menu – something is always changed!

Our breakfast started with a great cappuccino and dairy free hot chocolate, made with soya milk, which my wife assured me was good.

My full English was well cooked and tasty. For those who don’t know it a “Full English” is a fry up consisting of bacon, sausage, eggs (poached or fried), and often includes beans, hash browns and black pudding. A big test for me is how “clean” the plate is. Sometimes the full English is served with a lot grease on the plate. This is a no-no for me. I am happy to report that my plate was clean free of stray grease and well presented. As the photo shows I opted out of the beans! My wife’s “vegetarian with a bacon cheat” was similarly a well presented meal.

Other Meals

During the day, once breakfast is over (11:15 on weekdays, 11:45 on Saturdays) The Green Room offers a selection of interesting meals. Not your normal “pub food”, and always something imaginative. I have always found something good to eat there.

This is also a good spot to stop for a coffee. And there is always an interesting looking range of cakes on the counter.

Tapas is on offer during the evening, though I have not yet tried that. The Green Room also has an extensive range of gin, carefully paired with the right tonic. Enjoy that at the bar, or with your dinner.

Would I go back to The Green Room

Without question I would go back for breakfast or lunch. We do aim to try their Tapas at some point soon.

 

 

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Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana on stage in Hyde Park

Weekly Photo: Eric Clapton & Carlos Santana

Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana on stage in Hyde park, sharing the final number – “It’s High Time We Went”.

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A domed church spotted in a gap between two office blocks in London

Weekly Photo: Seen in London

In a recent trip to London, actually while making our way across the city to Hyde Park, we spotted this picture.

Here’s an interesting mix of old and new architecture all reflected in the glass walls of two building through a gap between the two.

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Architecture old and new, seen in London

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Hook Norton Brewery in Black and White

Weekly Photo: Hook Norton Brewery

Hook Norton Brewery. I did a tour of the brewery with an overseas based friend. A great day out and very interesting. The brewery is an interesting mix of old and new.

The Photo

Have a look at the original below, in colour. I liked the black and white and processed it to bring out the texture in the bricks.

It was shot with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and processed in that great little app, Snapseed.

Hook Norton Brewery

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Lighthouse Fort de Brescu

I spotted Bren Ryan’s “Photo for the Week – 4 – Lighthouse” challenge, and was certain that I had a lighthouse picture.

I found these two, from our little trip to France last year. We took a day trip to Cap d’Agde, which actually gave us just a few hours there. We chose to take a boat trip from the harbour, up the Herault River through part of the town of Agde, then back around the fort. A great to spend the day!

Cap d’Agde

Cap d’Agde is a seaside resort in the historic town of Agde in France, on the Herault River, which, in turn, connects to the Canal du Midi.  Cap d’Agde is better known for its naturist village (which we didn’t visit).

Cap d’Agde is accessible via the TGV SNCF train services from Paris or Lille, or by air through Beziers or Montpellier.

Fort de Brescu

Fort de Brescu is located off Cap d’Agde in France. Originally intended, by Cardinal de Richelieu, to be the entrance to a port, it was built in 1586, but destroyed in 1632. Rebuilt for defence in 1680, it was used as a prison in the 18th century.  I’m guessing that the lighthouse was added much later.

Photography

This trip to France was a good test of that great little travel camera, the Panasonic Lumix TZ100. I deliberately left my DSLR at home. I have to say I am pleased with the results.

A touch of cropping and processing in Snapseed finished the shots off and ease the bright white highlight on the lighthouse.

Fort de Brescu, off Capd' Agde, France
Fort de Brescu, near cap d’Agde, France.

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