First of it was the start of the cricket season. Now I have no interest in Cricket but for the local league it was my work team against my village team. Now who to support, a difficult one.
We went along and took the camera’s. Neither of us have done any sports photography for a long time. Its an expensive field of photography needing expensive long lens. The pros tend to use 400 to 600mm lens. We have a 70-200mm f/2.8 and a 180mm f/2.8, so equipped with these we gave it ago.
Both teams played well but the village won through in the end. I have to admit it was a cool May evening and we did leave before the end, taking shelter in the local pub and enjoying a couple of pints beer. Our local always has a good round of guest beers and tonight was no different.
To finish off the evening it was then a walk over the road to the fish and chip shop. Fish and Chips all round, and then a slow walk home.
For the last two weeks of May we had our big holiday. This year it was a motorcycle trip round the whole of the British Isles taking in the furthest East, South, West and Northernly points.
Before we went we had a one quick day out on the bike, a day trip to Whitby.
Not quite as bad as the title suggests. The month started of with some birthdays. Caroline’s and Angela’s and Robert’s towards the end.
As you can see Angelia’s birthday was the Big One!
Then the bills, we had to get both bikes serviced and the Honda MOT’ed, as usually she passed with flying colours.
We had a day at Whisby Nature Reserve, mainly doing nature (bird), and macro photography, fun but not many keepers. We also had lunch in the visitors centre, always a good meal.
The middle of the month saw us take some time off for a long weekend.
It was a trip to Ashby de la Zouch for a two day sowing course, Caroline learning new techniques and skills in her sowing craft.
Richard thus had two days in which to photography the the local area. Day one was spent in the local town, mainly photographing the castle. While Day two was a visit to the zoo, to camp out by the Leopard enclosure and waiting for the weather and the Leopard to coincide.
The end of the month saw Richard back in the studio and also planning our next big bike trip. Not long now.
Its the time of year where I start to planing our big bike trip of the year, so most weekends we have been going for a ride, a trip to North Lincolnshire, a trip to the coast, and the other weekend a trip to South Lincolnshire and Cambridge. As most of our journeys have been just the short commute to work, were not really used to full days in the saddle and they were tiring days out, but well worthwhile.
Its been a full month of work and apart from a bit of photography for work and a studio session theres nothing more to tell.
Well it was time for our first holiday of the year. The destination was North Yorkshire, one of our favourite locations. With this years winter being much harsher then the last few years it was decided that our first holiday would be in the car.
We had booked a week in a cabin in Griffon Forest, just the two of us.
Its the perfect romantic getaway. Large Jacuzzi bath, hot tub outside, chocolates and a bottle of Cava waiting for your arrival, its something we can definitely recommend.
The first day saw us have a trip to Castle Howard, while the second we spend round York, Caroline found a quilt shop and we also visited a quilt museum.
We made good use of the hot tub and one night we even had snow! That did not stop us using the hot tub. Snow on the ground, gentle snow falling and us sat in the hot tub drinking a bottle of fine Champagne we just happened to have brought with us.
After a most restful and enjoyable holiday we had a joint birthday party to attend. The Sunday morning of the party saw me at at work at 07:30, upgrading some of our customers UNIX’ appliances, that all went well and it was a quick ride home to collect Caroline and then off to the party.
It was a full family get together and much chocolate cake was eaten!
Happy Birthday Sofia and Ethan!
The end of the month saw us making a shopping trip to Nottingham to spoil ourselves a little, as usual we ended up getting very little, were not very good at shopping but we had fun anyway, a nice meal out and a nice but tiring day.
We had Richard’s Mother and Caroline’s Father round for New Year’s day. A light salad for lunch followed by home made steak pie! Very tasty, rather extravagant as I use a whole bottle of red wine to make the gravy, but very worth while.
The first week back at work and we had to commute via car, even the Brayford Pool was frozen solid.
Work continued to be busy and a few extra hours had to be put in. We also went out to celebrate a colleagues fiftieth birthday. Congratulations JK, hope I look that young at fifty!
Lastly Richard managed to squeeze in a studio photo-shoot.