Easter for Christians consists of a culmination of the 40 days of Lent with a celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. It is the most important period of the Church’s calendar. Our church, a Roman Catholic church in Biggleswade in the UK, celebrated the 3 days of the Triduum in fine style, but here is the simple cross on display after the Resurrection Mass.
In the garden the flowers are blooming. We have mixtures of tulip colours and the medley is very effective in adding glorious colour to the garden.
And finally, here is a sight that pleases me greatly: my wife’s wonderful sourdough bread, with a little taken off to check that it’s still good . . .
I’m at an age where birthdays are less important than the indication that time is passing – way too quickly; but my wife treated me to a photographic expedition with lunch. We travelled to the City of London to the address 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie. She had booked a trip to the Sky Garden, on the 36th floor. This is over 500ft above ground and gave us an excellent view of London, from Canary Wharf to our east, through the Shard and Strata Tower and the Thames to the smarter parts of London to our west, seeing both south and north banks of the Thames, along with many of the bridges.
It was a great place to be with a camera and I had my newly acquired Fujifilm X-T2. Photographically the light was quite difficult: the glass of the building, the sun through the haze and the time of day contrived to make everything appear bluer than was natural. I used Capture One Pro (from Phase One software) to adjust the colour tone so that it’s the sort of scene that I remember. I didn’t adjust an image of 20 Fenchurch Street from street level, except to add one in monochrome:
After a great lunch in the Darwin Brasserie (for which we needed a bank loan), we walked to St Paul’s Cathedral, where some sort of wedding function was under way. I think that this (very young) couple were using the venue for some romantic shots for their album; we saw no guests:
We finally reached the South Bank of the Thames, to meet our son and his family; they posed reasonably willingly:
I drove home from Wittering on Friday taking the long way. It was a beautiful route through parts of Northamptonshire. I’ve long flown over Oundle and wanted to visit; it’s a lovely small town. Here is a café, with a variety of customers . . .
I spotted several beautiful churches on the way, but this was delightful and was close to the main road. It’s the Church of St Swithin at Old Weston
Our garden is looking increasingly beautiful with the onset of Spring. The gardener is keen on nature, and the tulips are looking great, as is a cherry tree (from which we harvest no cherries – the birds always beat us to it).