Friday 29th February 23:38
Apparently it's tradition that women propose to men every leap year on this day... nothing has happened as yet!
Thursday 28th February 16:00
It's Thursday evening already. Where has this week gone? Since arriving home at 4 o'clock, we've unpacked and have spent considerable time looking through the images that we took whilst we've been away.
Wednesday 27th February 14:30
I always find it quite baffling as to how quickly time passes. No sooner had we arrived at my parents, we were on our way back. We had two excellent days with them, both in Liverpool and in York and now it was time to meet up with some of the members from the PhotoPortal forum at the NEC in Birmingham. Around the end of February every year, FOCUS ON IMAGING is held at the NEC and is Europe's biggest annual imaging show, covering every need from image capture through to output and beyond. More can be found out about the exhibition by clicking the graphic below.
Tuesday 26th February 17:27
A very unusual thing happened today... on the way back from York, I'd asked my parents whether 'The Golf Balls' were on the route back. My Dad said that if I took the A59 out of York towards Harrogate, I'd see them. This is what we did. We arrived there and tried to find a suitable spot to take photographs of them... no sooner had we pulled into a lay-by and taken shots, two Police Land Rovers, lights flashing, pulled up. They were the armed response team, I kid you not. Having said that though, although they wanted to know why we were taking shots, they were firm but friendly. I had to give them my name and address and then they did a vehicle check before we were allowed to move on. It was all rather exciting!
Monday 25th February 12:31
Decided to take Tanya to Liverpool for she hadn't seen the city before. It had changed an awful lot since I was last there! It seemed quite apt that we should visit since it's the European Capital of Culture this year. What is unfortunate though, is the fact that very little of it seems to be complete... the skyline is inundated with cranes and there appears to be building of every nature going on in just about every part of the city. Nevertheless, there were still a good deal of photographic opportunities - see the North West Gallery soon.
Sunday 24th February 10:45
Today, Tanya and I headed 'Oop North' to spend a bit of time with my parents. We'd agreed that Tanya drive the first section and I the second. Warwick services on the M40 is the nearest point to halfway where we could swap over. All in all, we managed to do the 270 mile journey in about 4 hours. We were going to stop off at Didcot Power Station but the weather wasn't that fantastic so it was put on hold for the time-being.
Saturday 23rd February 18:24
Well, I can honestly say that it's about the first time today that I've started to feel human again. I didn't drink copious amounts of alcohol but nevertheless I have felt rough all day. I didn't surface until around mid-day and even then I wasn't fit for much! At around 3 o'clock Tanya and I decided that a trip to our local drive-thru Burger King was on the cards. Apart from catch up on a few television programmes, we really haven't done anything today!
Friday 22nd February 19:00
Having had a busy day work-wise, it was great knowing that we'd be going out tonight. We went on Tanya's (albeit belated) Christmas do. It had been postponed twice due to unforeseen circumstances and it was definitely happening this time!
Thursday 21st February 23:55
Bolton Wanderers made history tonight by beating Atlético Madrid (on aggregate) by 0-1 and have now gone through to the final 16 in Europe. It's amazing since they're having one of the most appalling seasons in years!
Wednesday 20th February 07:53
Whilst doing some research via Google images for logos, I stumbled upon this and did find it incredibly amusing!
Tuesday 19th February 10:15
It's been quite a while since I had anything seriously exciting to report about with regards to successes within photography. Today however, is an exception. I received an email from Black Dog Publishing in London and a particular writer, Paul Antick, is in the middle of preparing a book entitled, 'Auschwitz: who goes there?' and I have been asked to submit five images for the publication. More to follow with regards to this story.
Monday 18th February 21:00
Tonight brought us the third episode of the five-part wildlife documentary, 'Life in Cold Blood' by Sir David Attenborough. It's a stunning series and may well be his last major series - here's hoping it won't be and that there will be many more to come.
Sunday 17th February 21:33
Spent virtually all day cleaning my new car, not that it was particularly dirty, I hasten to add! I valeted the whole of the interior and washed the outside as well (I also ended up cleaning Tanya's!)
Saturday 16th February 16:22
Having scoured the Portsmouth area in almost its entirety for a car, we had almost given up until we had a last-ditch attempt at going to view one over in Littlehampton (approximately 25 miles away). I am now the proud owner of this car... more to follow. I can finally get rid of my old Vauxhall Cavalier 1.7TD - hated it from the moment I bought it but won't go into why I bought it.
Friday 15th February 19:24
Had an incredibly busy day at work, particularly designing a tender for Ginsters. I shan't include the actual tender booklet for that is between work and their client. So, for now, here's their logo, click on it and have a look at their great site.
Thursday 14th February 13:43
Whilst having my lunch at work today, I received a 'phone call from Tanya to thank me for the flowers that I had sent her to work. I shall leave Tanya to take the superb shots of them but I thought I'd take a quick one for posterity's sake...
Wednesday 13th February 20:04
Had a meeting with a potential client over in Gosport tonight... fingers crossed that we will be quoting the right price!
Tuesday 12th February 19:15
Opted against going to Camera Club tonight so that I could concentrate on several items of work. Thoroughly depressing on the way to work today, Petersfield was shrouded in quite thick fog which looked amazing as we descended at the other side of Butser Hill.
Monday 11th February 21:00
Having had a very busy day indeed, it was very refreshing to sit down and watch the second installment of 'Life in Cold Blood'.
Sunday 10th February 22:41
Woke up very early again, although we didn't venture out until late morning. We went to Langstone Harbour, parked at The Ship Inn and had a walk around the surrounding area. The weather was incredible, much too warm for mid-February! It seemed that everyone else was making the most of the day. Took this close-up of a horse's eye along the way...
Saturday 9th February 08:19
Another early rise for us both, in the hope that there may have been the beautiful early-morning mist that we had witnessed yesterday on the way to work. Unfortunately, there wasn't a mist but there was a fantastic covering of ground frost, along with some fantastic early-morning light.
Friday 8th February 18:03
Got home from a very busy day at work so it was time to have a chippy tea.
Thursday 7th February 21:39
Had an immensely busy day at work... productive too... I managed to design this logo for a local nursery...
Wednesday 6th February 23:15
It was England's first time out under the management of Fabio Capello at Wembley Stadium. They won 2-1 with goals by Jenas (40) and Wright-Phillips (62). I've got to say though, I lost interest quite quickly and found Grand Designs over on Channel 4 far more entertaining!
Tuesday 5th February 20:18
It was time to hear the judge's views at Havant Camera Club... would I gain my third successive 10? The answer is yes, although having received a 7/10 for my Whichers Gate Farm shot, which just happens to be my Photo of the Month, I very much doubted that I'd score a 10/10 with my Nailbrush image. How wrong I was!
Monday 4th February 21:00
Ever since being a child, I have been fascinated with wildlife and the Godfather of science and nature programmes has to be Sir David Attenborough. He's now in his 80s and yet he has the same enthusiasm about his subject as I did as a child. He's a remarkable man and we're lucky enough to be given the final chapter of 'Life on Earth' with his new programme, 'Life in Cold Blood' which is a five-part series being shown at 9pm on Monday.
Sunday 3rd February 22:46
It's not been particularly pleasant, weather-wise, today. Luckily we made the most of it yesterday. Today has been bitterly cold and very windy so we've had a day in. I've spent most of the day working and then making important updates to this website. This is one of the jobs I've been working on, a redesign of a logo... let's hope it's what they wanted...
Saturday 2nd February 16:15
Had a fun-packed day today... we got up and were out of the house by 07:45 in the hope to capture some frosty shots around Petersfield and its neighbouring areas. We both took a lot of photos (of which I still need to sort through) so keep an eye out in the recent additions section.
Friday 1st February 2008 07:25
It's February already which meant that it was time for AP's 'First View'... on the casting couch this morning was our good old friend, Tim Id. He's a very cute teddy that we've adopted... okay we're both in our 40s but who cares?!?!
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