France 2019

We'd been to the same gite in SW France for the last 4 holidays, but this time we booked late and it wasn't available. The one we went for this time was a bit more expensive, but absolutely lovely - and huge for the two of us, given that it can accommodate 16 people!The gite was booked via Halcyon Leisure - we've booked with them since 2000. We really didn't do very much at all - I took a couple of trips out to take photos in Fumel and at Chateau Bonaguil, but that was about it apart from going out to buy food and wine. The first set of photos are from the gite, with a couple from one of the trips out. The second set are images of the sky.Disappointingly we didn't have many good sunsets at all - just in the last half of the second week. Mind you, the main reason for the lack of them was because there...
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Bristol 2019

I'm lucky enough to work by the Harbourside in Bristol, which does make for some nice lunchtime walks - this is the sort of thing that I tend to post on Instagram (@shendy42), so quite a few of these are taken on my phone. Here's a selection of photos I took around the Harbourside area during 2019. Some of these are taken on film, from when I was testing my dad's Pentax cameras.The first section were taken at the Underfall Yard, and there's also quite a few images from Cumberland Basin which is another place I keep going back to as it's got the gritty concrete look I like. But I don't only photograph the harbourside - I do see other bits of Bristol. ...
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Quenington Fresh Air Sculpture, June 2019

Back in June we made our second visit to the Fresh Air Sculpture exhibition at Quenington in Gloucestershire - held every other year. It's held in the large (and lovely) grounds of the Old Rectory, with modern sculpture works spread all around - as well as some lovely art, it's also a really nice place to simply wander around. We'll definitely be back there in 2021 ...
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Bristol Aerospace Museum – May 2019

A few shots from our first trip to the Bristol Aerospace Museum - we'd been to see Concorde when it was on display out in the open, back in 2009 (see Previous Concorde post). Lots of really interesting exhibits to see, plus of course the incomparable Concorde - now safely under cover.Plus of course a few photos of the area - I'm a sucker for warehouses and suchlike. See also http://www.shendy.co.uk/2019/03/concorde-2/ - photos from when that Concorde last landed in Bristol. ...
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Cumberland Basin and Scouring

Note for those unfamiliar with Bristol: Cumberland Basin is the bit of the Bristol harbour system that sits between the Floating Harbour (where the historical docks are/were) and the tidal River Avon that heads out under Clifton Suspension Bridge and into the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth (where the modern docks are). This is not the same Avon as Stratford-upon-Avon - that joins the Severn at Tewkesbury. Cumberland Basin normally looks like this. A few weeks ago someone at work mentioned that Cumberland Basin was empty, which sounded unusual so I quickly googled to see what was going on - and apparently it's something that happens quite regularly, with a schedule published on the harbourmaster's website.It's all part of the process to stop the Floating Harbour from getting silted up - they let the Cumberland Basin empty with the tide and then open sluice gates to allow water from the Floating Harbour out, which takes silt with it. The process is called "scouring". Given...
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