Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Apamea sunset

Apamea sunset by CharlesFred
Apamea sunset, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

After having thought for the past year that I had lost all my photos from my Syria trip nack in Match 2009, I managed to find them on a hard drive earlier today. This made me very happy and I will be uploading some of these photos over the coming days. Apamea is one of teh major Roman sites in Syria and is situated aboyt 40 kms west of Hama, overlooking thye very fertile Orontes valley.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The three best racehorses in the world - Frankel (rated 140)

Many people, myself included, think that Frankel is the best horse who has ever raced, having won all 14 of his starts, mostly in championship races. There is one horse who is higher in the ratings, which was Dancing Brave in 1986. He was also a brilliant horse who won one of the best Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes ever in scintillating style. However, much as I loved that horse, I still think Frankel is better. He now becomes a stallion with a covering fee to start off with of GBP 125,000 a go.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Scattered by CharlesFred
Scattered, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

Another colourful image from this wonderful autumn.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Autumn Glory

Autumn Glory by CharlesFred
Autumn Glory, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

The second weekend of November often sees Amsterdam at its most colurful, with the leaves all having turned a beautiful colour and if thgis is combined with sunshine, it all becomes very beautiful. Time to make the most of it as within a couple of weeks the leaves will have fallen and Amsterdam will become dull and grey for the following four months until mid-March.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Fallen by CharlesFred
Fallen, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

Brilliant ciolours this autumn in Amsterdam and the leaves are still falling...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remembering Uncle Jack...

Remembering Uncle Jack... by CharlesFred
Remembering Uncle Jack..., a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

... it being Remembrance Sunday, timed exactly for Armistice Day. Our unfortunate Uncle Jack died of wounds only weeks before the end of the fighting in Flanders.


Remembrance by CharlesFred
Remembrance, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Little Owl from Apamea

A Little Owl from Apamea by CharlesFred
A Little Owl from Apamea, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

I can remember seeing this little creature as if it was yesterday, instead of being seven years ago during our first visit to Apamea in central Syria.

Friday, November 09, 2012

The northern Syrian countryside in high summer

Many of the olives grown in Syria used to be exported to Italy to make extra virgin olive oil...

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Wall of Damascus - Twilight Effect

As an antidote to the terrible images coming from Syria these days, I thought it would be nice to upload some illustrations from a more peaceful time in that beautiful country.

Illustration by Margaret Thomas from the John Kelman book ' From Damascus to Palmyra; from 1908.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


More natural colour by CharlesFred
More natural colour, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

This is some sort of weed which has established itself in front of our house. We are not exactly sure what it is called but in Dutch it could Gekrikde Druivenkruid - Curly Grapeweed. We came back from a short walk on Saturday to see someone taking a very keen interest in the plant. He had come all the way from Nijmegen in the east of the country to see it, having read about our weed on the internt somewhere... very strange!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Multicoloured November

Multicoloured November by CharlesFred
Multicoloured November, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

Our Acer did very well this year and still seems to be going strong.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Last Saturday

Last Saturday by CharlesFred
Last Saturday, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

A very crisp close-up of a dahlia in front of teh house. Unfortunately, it disappeared a day or two after this photo was taken...

I used my 50mm macro lens for such shots and I am very happy with the way many of them turn out,

Friday, November 02, 2012

All the Bonds in one place - here in Dun Laoghaire

Looking forward to seeing the new James Bond at the Tuschinsky Theatre this evening...

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