France 2018

We stayed in Bordeaux on the way down to our holiday in France - I had a Big Birthday shortly beforehand and fancied visiting some vineyards and doing a couple of tastings.We visited Chateaux Siran in Margaux, Chasse-Spleen in Moulis-en-Medoc and Bouscaut in Pessac-Leognan. The tours were interesting, particularly the Siran nuclear bunker... Once at the gite we actually did very little (which was lovely), but I still managed to take quite a lot of photos - we had the usual good sunsets, as well as one morning with a thick fog. There will be more images from the gite in the film update I'll be posting later. On the way home, we stopped off in the Loire for a Chateau visit - Azay-le-Rideau this time. And of course there was a decent selection of meals... As we'd been to this particular gite before, we knew that there would be plenty of opportunity for photographing the stars. ...
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Autumn on the Downs

For some reason, I particularly noticed some beautiful weather on the Downs in Bristol this autumn, to the extent that I had to get off the bus and take photos - this happened on 3 occasions, once for mist, once for fog and finally for a heavy hoar frost. It may well be that I've actually got a phone with a decent camera (LG G4), so impromptu photography is much more possible than it was - although I was prepared for the third set and took my compact camera with me. For much the same reason, I've been a lot more active on Instagram this year. ...
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