Day Trips 2018

Rather than spread this out into a long series of blog posts, I've condensed the various day trips into a single entry. Abbey House GardensOf course there's a visit to Abbey House Gardens, isn't there always? May this time, and the gardens looked good. And yes, it was a clothes optional visit - I've only been once when it hasn't been! Bowdown Woods/ThatchamIn early July I met a former colleague (now good friend) for a catch up and we had a wander round the woods and surrounding area - the edge of the former airbase at Greenham Common, the Kennet and Avon Canal. Rather nice, if a bit warm!Not many photos as that wasn't the real purpose of the day - but the B&W ones were taken on my Fuji X-T20 and an IR filter, so these are genuine IR images not a fake IR effect. Caen Hill LocksThe flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Caen Hill are well...
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Haynes Motor Museum

Earlier in the year, the organisers of British Naturism's Nudefest event arranged a clothes-optional visit to the Haynes International Motor Museum, so I took an afternoon off and headed down to Yeovil. It's a pretty good collection, broken down into broad themes - British marques, American classics, Motorsport, Supercars, Vintage, a whole room of red sportscars, and more - well worth a visit if you're in the area. Technical note - pics taken on my compact camera (Canon S120), not the big Nikon....
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Fast Rabbit Farm

On Saturday I visited Fast Rabbit Farm in Devon with friends - a large garden (no rabbits that I saw), almost too large to photograph well! It's not the sort of formally planted garden I often visit - much more of a sprawling wild place. Rather nice though, and I didn't even get round all of it. There's also a plant centre, where I took most of the flower photos. The afternoon was further improved by a viola recital from my friend Rachel, which was particularly lovely in the setting. Oh yes, and it was a clothes-optional day so we were all able to enjoy the garden as nature intended. ...
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Exmouth Boat Trip

Friday was a lovely evening for a boat trip up the River Exe from Exmouth - warm and sunny but with some good clouds to photograph, good company and nice food - all with some really nice live music. I've been on similar trips the last couple of summers but instead of turning round at Topsham, we went all the way up to Countess Weir (apparently) - something only possible a few times each year. This included passing under the M5 bridge, which was wonderfully lit by the evening sun. Less nice was the sewage treatment plant... As usual, we seemed to attract a bit of attention from passing boats (we even made it into the Exeter Express and Echo) - have these people never seen a naturist boat trip before? ...
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Bristol Naked Bike Ride 2015 (NSFW)

Saturday was the Bristol leg of the World Naked Bike Ride, the 4th time I've taken part in it. This was the biggest and best so far, apparently something like 450 riders (up from 120 last year) - there are new organisers and they've done a great job on publicity for it. It being a lovely warm sunny day also helped. Obviously, the photos are somewhat unsuitable for viewing at work! " order_by="sortorder"]...
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