I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Thursday 25 February 2010

THE BARREL (25/02/10)

The barrel, as in ‘dredging the bottom of’. A day that, after the last few weeks, is very mild. We went out for a walk first thing and there was nothing worth taking the lens cap off for. I decided on a house or truck keeping day. It started badly, the black and the grey tanks needed emptying and fresh water required topping up. This involves moving the van to a truck service point. I unplugged the electrics, fired up the van popped it into gear only to discover the handbrake was stuck on……..Oh Dear!….I crawled underneath and gave it a good clout, mended. Things got worse, reversing out of my plot I dropped a wheel into the mud and there we were, stuck fast……Well Bless My Soul!…..It took an hour to locate the site tractor, more precisely it took an hour to locate the driver. What should have been a half hour job took two hours.

So I’ll trawl around the barrel bottom for a few images from the last few weeks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Castleton Main Street, ‘Ortonised’ I have recently started dropping by Fabiela’s blog (spelling that took two runs by her blog), despite my dyslexia, it’s well worth a look. She had processed one of her images in the style of Michael Orton. I’d forgotten all about him so gave this image the dreamy look. The original is below.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     Different and something to pass ten minutes on a rainy day. If anyone would like ‘The Words and Music’ let me know and I will post instructions on my other blog.

P1141619_8_7_6_5_edited-1      The National Railway Museum York………This is HDR.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Whilst in railway mode, this is The Ribblehead Viaduct.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       Happy pigs at the Old Hill Inn. Tamworths, I hope! Whatever, there looks to be a good chop or two in the making.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       Eskdale……….This is not a stitch, just a crop.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve posted this before. Poor mite what a mauling he’s had. This series of three or four images have to be my favourite Robin pictures. I suspect a nasty sense of humour lurks in an otherwise kind and gentle man.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       Lingmell Beck and Wast Water behind. At sunset, a little too long after sunset perhaps.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        Sorry just had to post this again, it’s got to be in my top five reflections.

image       Kirk Fell and Great gable at dusk. this is an unposted image I was saving for a rainy day. ‘Tis a rainy day!   I know the last two are very Chocolate Boxy, I never did have much taste.

I contacted the ferry company and they are running again Saturday, so will have a trip on the water. Went shopping, again, and dropped on some lambs kidneys so tonight…….lambs kidney in sour cream and mustard sauce.

Tomorrow whatever the weather it’s back to the Otter hunt.



  1. I know what you mean, the three lakes is so beautiful. Adrian, you're great.

  2. The chocolate box at the bottom is rather wonderful.

    What happened to those big, flat chocolate boxes with mountains and lakes and cottages with gardens (and silk bows!) on the lids. Haven't seen them for . . . a long time. When I was a child, to have a chocolate from one of them was an out-of-this-world treat. The lady next door had chocolate box lids on her walls as pictures.


  3. Thank you Bob, I'm not short of stuff to post but shots of fog really aren't what folk expect, hence some from a while back. I like to post what I shoot on the day. There is a limit.

  4. Lucy, have no idea, biscuit tins used to have similar images. Picture Postcard also fits the bill. Hey! Someone's got to do it. Have loads of these. Just a perfect day!

  5. Nice set of images again the robin looks like its got a flea in its ear. cant all be perfectly dressed now can we!
    you are right its the tamworth one of the oldest breeds and nearest breed to the wild boar originates from Ireland, and not just because of its red hair, the best artist brushes are made from its hair, and of course next to the Oxford and Sandy breed the meat is superb, as they are a free range pig, and if you want some of its meat. go and ask the farmer who keeps them he or she would only be to willing to point you in the right direction of purchase, most likely in their own fridge,
    right time of year to purchase home cured bacon, making my mouth water thinking of the times we had curing our own back in Wales.

  6. Tony Thanks had a suspicion they night be Devon reds but they look a touch long in the leg.

  7. Not sure if there are red devon pigs, I know there are red devon cattle. shall look it up when my net is more obliging. bit slow on the uptake today

  8. Fantastic landscapes :) And this small town, very picturesque :) Last time I discovered and used similar techique like you :)
    Best wishes :)

  9. Another set of great images Adrian.
    I prefer the original to the softer dreamy version.
    The Lingmell Beck photograph is the one I really like also Eskdale deserves an Honourable mention.
    The answer to the Li Po is on the blog.

  10. Tony seem to remember my aunt having red pigs in Devon. Come to think all pigs will likely be red in that county.
    WD, so I saw and to much better effect.
    Trevor, thanks for the Li Po. Lingmell Beck is a tad dark for me but left it that way just to see.

  11. I LOVE the pigs and the Robin picture. I think I have the same sense of humour as you. ;o)

    I have to say though, I don't like the Orton effect. I really like that shot, but the effect doesn't 'do it' for me! I'll embarrass myself and admit I don't even know who Orton is but I doubt I'd like his stuff much. LOL!

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