Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Four in Buda
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Postcards from Budapest - The Gresham
Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Beer consumption up in Milan
Crowds of Bayern Munich supporters crosed the Alps to see their team pitched against Inter Milan in a re-run of last year's champions League final. Neither team have been doing so well in their domestic competitions this year, due to injuries, change of managers (Inter) and the like.
As it happened, Bayern scored a goal in the last minute to take the tie 0-1.
Monday, February 21, 2011
A walk around Shoreditch
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Fred starts his 'Krokus Vakantie' today
Yes, already, Fred has Half Term, which the Dutch lovingly call the Crocus Holiday and, invariably, just in the days leading up to such a holiday, the crocuses start to flower. Such a beautiful sight when combined with sunshine like we have had these last three days. With the birds singing loudly and the evenings getting noticeably lighter, we seem to be heading for Spring and after a winter which started so early, that is a lovely feeling.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ladybird on Helleborus
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Holidays in Italy - Fred with a camera!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Blue skies in February (well three years ago!)
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The garden in mid-February
Saturday, February 12, 2011
On a cloudy wet misty day...
Getting close here and seeing the 'hairs' on the leaves of these tiny woodland plants.
To be honest (I found out later), the purple/blue-ish tinge on this comes not so much from the fact that there was so little light, more from the fact that I had left the 'white balance' mode switched to inside lighting, still worked out quite well.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Somalia bananas 50 centismi
Here is the set of Somali deinitive stamps from 1961, at the time we were living in Somalia, which I have scanned from my mother's stamp collection. The most often used stamp for us was the 0,50 Somali Shilling (= 50 centisimi) which covered the cost of an airmail latter back to England.
I have always loved these, the beautiful colours, the simple graphic designs, the lovely dresses, the smiles of the women as they harvest their crops, suggesting a land of bounty. There is so much optimism here, in the year after the two Somalilands became independent. It is believed that the stamps were printed in Rome, cannot find who the artist(s) might have been.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Summer holidays in Cornwall in 1996
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Out with the new 70-300mm lens
I don't know what happened to my 25 year old Minolta 70-300 mm lens which I had been using last year. It just seems to have disappeared. With money burning a hole in my pockets, as they say, I decided to go with a state-of-the-art new (from 2008) 70-300 mm lens from Sony (SAL 70300g). It is a bit of a monster, dwarfing the SLT-A55 camera and it arrived on a beautiful sunny spring-like day, perfect for testing in our local park Frankendael. I had photographed these two on their nest but found them later wandering around one of the ponds. Didn't get too close to them as I wanted to capture this formation, so had this at 300mm. A pity about the reed sticking out to the right, but that is nature, I suppose.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Where Fred was born
Fred was born at his parent's house in Oude-Schuttingskanaal, just outside the village of Roswinkel, in the north-east of Holland, a few kilometers from the German border. The area was previously a peat bog (veen), which was being cleared during the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. Fred's parents were peat workers who helped digging up the peat. A layer of peat was left on top of the prevailing sand to create perfect soil for growing potatoes and for keeping sheep and cattle. However, it was a bleak landscape, with not too many trees, just straight canals going between the fields for kilometer after kilometer. These photos give a small impression of this bleakness.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Fred with his parents in Siena
During the last ten years or so of their lives, we took Fred's parents for their first holidays outside of Holland, twice to England and twice to Italy, as in here. Geert and Jantje, a lovely but particular couple. Here they are in Siena on a warm summer's day in August for the Palio. Fred has quite a bit of his parents' character in his own, the patience and kind-heartednes from his mother, his friendliness and inquisitiveness from his father, who was a great talker.