Autumn roses - pretty pink roses

Autumn Roses

It’s November and these roses are still blooming.

These roses are the first thing I see when I go outside in the morning. They have produced a few nice photos in the past. I am fascinated by the fact that it is now mid-November and they are blooming! look up and the sun is backlighting the autumn colours of the leaves on a big tree. Is this global warming?
On the technical side this was shot and posted on my mobile phone.

Christmas morning sunrise at Vilanculos

A Vilanculos Christmas

Christmas morning Sunrise at Vilanculos Mozambique.

No white Christmas this year, certainly not for us.
This year we were able to get away to the warmth – more like intense heat – of the Mozambique coast. Vilanculos to be exact.
Waking early on Christmas morning this is the sunrise over the sea at Vilanculos.
Of course we still managed Christmas ham and Christmas pudding for lunch – can’t miss those!
Hoping everyone has had or is having a great Christmas. Watch this space for more on Vilanculos when I am back home.

Meat Pie

A decent meat pie can be hard to find. I don’t consider the majority of supermarket bought pies, whether hot or pre-baked to be “decent” pies. I do enjoy a good pie, so the only solution was to learn to make my own.

Pie making is not that difficult. Follow the pictures below for the basics.

And the photography? Making pies keeps you occupied enough without having a camera in hand as well. These were all shot with A Samsung Note 4 mobile phone. They were auto backed up to Google Photo, downloaded and tweaked in XnView MP.

Hmm… maybe we need to add “Food” to the travels – “Life is a journey. Travel safe. Eat well. Take a camera”?

A beautiful Oxfordshire sunset. More on my Facebook Page.

Summer Sunset

A beautiful Oxfordshire sunset.
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Summer Sunset over Oxfordshire

England is apparently in the grip of a heatwave. That means warm and pleasant evenings, with little likelihood of rain. What a great summer photography opportunity. A couple of nights ago I joined a few people from the Adderbury Deddington and District Photographic Society for an impromptu walk along a bit of the Oxford Canal near Aynho Wharf. With plenty of photo opportunities, what a great way to spend a summer evening, walking in the fresh air with a camera.

Of course an evening like that has to end in the pub with a cold beer (especially as I wasn’t driving this time!).

A view along the Oxford Canal.

A view along the Oxford Canal.
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