2020 Week 18 – Female Bricklayer

I hadn’t seen a female bricklayer before but here was one, just down our street, with her willing assistant, talking about her plans.

2020 Week 17 – Different Views

It was a handheld shot, my X-E3 camera with a wideangle lens (XF16 ƒ 2.8) under the giant poppy – with the exposure and focus automatic I was relying on the camera to make it work and it did! I really like this shot, perhaps…

2020 Week 16 – Nature and People

This week was a time to wander the streets, just a little, and to get close and picturesque. In the streets I found a lady peering from her sitting room, a photo taken surreptitiously, but it shouldn’t offend her. I found attractiveness in dandelions, a…

2020 Week 15 – Remembering

In 2014 I travelled to Ruse, on the border between Bulgaria and Romania, so see my brother. He had left his partner and was living rough on the bank of the River Danube, in winter, under an upturned boat. This week I remembered that visit…

2020 Week 14 – Getting used to it

The second week of “lockdown”; that’s in quotes because there is little to resemble being locked inside as it’s almost voluntary, so vague is the Prime Minister’s exhortation. It’s almost as if he a) doesn’t really know what we’re supposed to do or b) he…

2020 Week 13 – Lockdown Starts

We started our “lockdown” this week. It’s in quotation marks because it’s not that serious, practically speaking. Or it isn’t in villages and other rural locations because we have somewhere to get out to and to walk. Our garden is large enough to provide us…

2020 Week 11 – Prophylaxis

What was this week about, I wonder? Bowing to the inevitable with homemade facemasks, perhaps? Except that this facemask, made to the pattern available on the gov.uk website was badly sized, too small – the official facemask pattern was wrong! We had to start again…

2020 Week 12 – Prayers Needed

Before the lockdown we visited our church, in Biggleswade. I have a key and the church was empty, so we had time and space for a quiet prayer and meditation. I bought a candle to burn for us all next to the picture of St…

2020 Week 11 – Grandpa

Colonel Harold Stevens, my maternal grandfather, died in 1993, not many months short of his 100th birthday. He was a keen photographer, but not all of his photos survived his widow’s death – a few years later. Which is a pity as Grandpa took a…

Village panorama from the air

2020 Week 10 – Last Travel North?

But before we headed north . . . Here’s a drone shot of our village. I flew the device to the southeast of the village and took 5 shots which I then stitched together in Affinity Photo (on offer at present). I’m pleased with the…