Cornwall 2015

We decided to get one last holiday before the baby comes in September so we decided a few nights down in Cornwall would be an ideal break away. Laura booked us into a small holiday cottage for the first night a few miles from Weston-Super-Mare which was an ideal stop off point on the way to her aunties in Porthpean on the southeast coast of Cornwall.

Weston-Super-Mare sand sculpture

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Then on to Cornwall via a couple of National Trust properties.

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Mevagissey 

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The Tall Ships at Charlestown 

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And the Milky Way taken from Porthpean beach

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Venice

With the news that Laura & myself are expecting our first child this year, we decided to try to squeeze in one last holiday before the baby comes. We opted to go the the Venetian riviera, Lido Di Jesolo. We wanted somewhere with a beach but also within reach of something to do! Venice was just over an hour away on the bus/water bus and we also decided on an excursion to Verona and Lake Garda with the holiday company, which was 2.5 hours each way!

Here are some of the images.

Over the Dolomites

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The Grand canal

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St Marks Square architecture

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Gondolier

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Venetian woman

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Gondolas

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Venice from San Giorgio Maggiore

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One of many canals

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Verona Town Hall

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Verona Streets

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Adige 

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Burano

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Murano

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Jettie posts at Lake Garda

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Red tractor from a moving coach

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Cheers for taking the time to check out this post. We will definitely be heading back to Italy in the future, not so sure if it will be back to the Venice area though.

The weekend before Christmas

So the wife and I managed to get everything sorted for Christmas with time to spare so we decided to make the most of a free weekend together and go away. I found a nice hotel near Ironbridge as we had some vouchers to see the attractions there. Something I’d highly recommend.

First stop was Blists Hill.

The Baker

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Blacksmith

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Candle maker

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The dentist chair

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http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/our-attractions/blists-hill-victorian-town/

We then went into Ironbridge to look at the at the Bridge and have a look around the town. There’s a brilliant shop if you like a good selection of Beers and spirits.

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Next stop was the hotel for some rest, food and drink before a busy day on the Sunday. Up and out fairly early, we headed to RAF Cosford which I was looking forward to. I was amazed by the architecture of one of the Hangars there, especially with the light I had.

RAF Cosford

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Laura with Airfix James May and his Spitfire

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_May%27s_Toy_Stories

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I really wanted to get a good shot of the Vulcan but just couldn’t get the angle I wanted with it being indoors and surrounded by other planes, not to mention the size of it! I would definitely recommend RAF Cosford though and I’ll definitely go back there.

We then headed over to Attingham Park for a bite to eat. Whilst driving up to the house I noticed a few Deer in the grounds. We had a walk over and I was surprised at the numbers there, between 160 & 200 according to one of the notices.

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Attingham house

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The Skylight

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http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park/

We had booked tickets for the light show at Erddig as it was on the way home and something we had both seen last we and wanted to photograph. This was the first year that they had put the event on and after speaking to a volunteer, it looks like they will be doing this next year as it paid for itself and had a very good response from the public.

View from the canal

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http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig/

And thats it. A filled weekend before christmas thanks to being very organised with most things. Something we will hopefully be able to do again next year.

Lighthouses…

I’ve always been a fan of light houses. They withstand all types of weather and are there 24/7 for photographers to take advantage of. Working with a ten stop ND filter, and with good cloud movement, you can produce some striking shots.

Point of Ayr, Talacre. 

Point of Ayr also gives its name to a lighthouse, built in 1776, though inactive since 1883. It stands on Talacre beach, at the entrance to the River Deeestuary

A ten minute drive for me, and a regular stopping off point for me on the way home from work. Some people might recognize this lighthouse from the Dulux adverts recently, although they had done some work to make it look clean and new.

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Pen Mon (Trwyn Du).

Trwyn Du Lighthouse is a lighthouse between Dinmor Point near Penmon and Ynys Seriol, or Puffin Island, south east Anglesey, at the north entrance to the Menai Strait and produces some brilliant images. I’m waiting for the weather to turn so I can get some images of the waves crashing against it!

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South Stack.

The South Stack Lighthouse has warned passing ships of the treacherous rock below since its completion in 1809. The 91-foot (28 m)-tall lighthouse on South Stack was designed by Daniel Alexander and the main light is visible to passing vessels for 24 nmi (44 km; 28 mi), and was designed to allow safe passage for ships on the treacherous Dublin–Holyhead–Liverpool sea route. It provides the first beacon along the northern coast of Anglesey for east-bound ships.

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I will be visiting a few more lighthouses in the future to try to capture the what they can withstand along with the brilliant architecture that has enabled them to stay standing and protecting the many ships that navigate through the UK’s waters.