27 September 2014

Photos

Before time moves on too far, I want to share some more photographs with you. I took them this past week. On Monday, I strolled around the centre of Birmingham - England's oft-neglected and overlooked second city:-
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham
In Victoria Square, Birmingham
Victoria Square, Birmingham
The Hall of Memory, Birmingham
Then on Thursday, I thought I would test out my left knee with a three mile walk in The Hope Valley - along the River Derwent and up to Offerton Hall. I am happy to report that the knee endured this test magnificently and it was lovely to walk without a trace of the housemaid's knee pains that I have been living with the past month. Fingers crossed I am through it now though I know I mustn't overdo it and henceforth will be even more careful about kneeling down to do jobs around the house or in the garden:-
Stepping stones across the River Derwent
A view of Offerton Hall from its gates
Another view of Offerton Hall
Autumn leaves beneath the surface seen from Leadmill Bridge

19 comments:

  1. Excellent photos of the Hall YP. Why do you refer to Birmingham as England's second city? Are you familiar with Birmingham, or will Frances' move mean you have a new place to explore?

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    1. Carol - Birmingham is second in terms of its population - behind London - but it is hardly ever visited by tourists and even within our little country there are millions of people who have never even been there.

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    2. Last time I went there it had improved a tiny tiny bit but, let's face it, it hasn't got much to offer the tourist........unless you know better (wasn't that the challenge that used to be issued?).

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    3. Adrian - the centre of Birmingham is buzzing. Great shops and some fine public buildings, The Edgbaston area is lovely and then there's the industrial heritage and Aston Villa football club... "Visit Birmingham and Realise Your Dreams"

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  2. I'm glad to hear that the housemaid has gone and left your knee alone, Yorky.

    What a wonderful photo that is of "Another view of Offerton Hall" It's a beautifully-captured image. Have great week. :)

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    1. Yes Lee, that housemaid needs stringing up! And thanks for your photographic judgement. Appreciated ma'am.

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  3. That photo of the hall YP
    IS ONE OF YOUR VERY BEST
    Lovely

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    1. Thank you John. The hill in the background is Win Hill above Hope.

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  4. Glad the knee is better. We haven't been to Birmingham, much prefer the countryside !

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    1. Might I suggest Shropshire when you next visit the motherland? Lovely countryside. Then you can have a day trip to Birmingham for a good dose of reality. Plenty of canals - just like Venice but without the gondolas!

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  5. There is a beautiful symmetry provided by Win Hill and the trees framing the hall.

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    1. That afternoon there was more cloud than blue sky and as I looked back I saw the hall suddenly illuminated through a gap in the clouds. It needed snapping. By the way professor, in my bridge camera I have found a setting for close-ups of food and in fact it acts as a "macro" setting. I shall try it out very soon - especially if I spot some autumnal spiders.

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    2. They usually have all the bells and whistles. It's just a matter of reading the destructions. It probably has settings for candle light, shooting through glass. God only knows what. The food one will give shallow depth of field. No bad thing for the macro look but if you can get closer without using it the result will be better.

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  6. The second from last picture is wunder-wunderschön!
    Been to Birmingham only once so far, to visit a friend. We have not been in touch for many years. Things were a bit... difficult between us, so although I'd like to know how he is, I won't attempt to contact him again since he so clearly didn't want me in his life anymore.

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    1. "Wunder-wunderschön" is a cool phrase. I might start using it down at the local pub.Maybe what happened was a simple misunderstanding or maybe his head wasn't in the right place at that time.

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  7. Grand photos but not quite the Birmingham I remember, you need more grey in your shots.

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    1. Say things like that Brian and you'll never get a job as Birmingham's Head Tourism Officer!

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  8. Have been to Birmingham many times, but it's the one in Alabama.

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    1. That's a fake Birmingham Robert. Just as fake as Exeter and Manchester in New Hampshire and Boston in Massachusetts. Mind you - isn't the real Canton in China?

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