Christmas 2013

A medley of photos from 2013
At the start of the year I thought my boots would soon be redundant too
1 At the start of the year I thought my boots would soon be redundant too
This is part of our lovely village of Humshaugh
2 This is part of our lovely village of Humshaugh
Near home at sunset
3 Near home at sunset
Impressionist view of a boggy field on the edge of the village
4 Impressionist view of a boggy field on the edge of the village
Our village shop continues to win awards. Dick is selling his bread plus village apple juice and chutney
5 Our village shop continues to win awards. Dick is selling his bread plus village apple juice and chutney
Mum with one of her paintings in a village art show
6 Mum with one of her paintings in a village art show
The siskins stayed late this year and entertained us with their antics
7 The siskins stayed late this year and entertained us with their antics
A young greater spotted woodpecker wondering how to access the nuts in the feeders above
8 A young greater spotted woodpecker wondering how to access the nuts in the feeders above
Hadrian's Wall. We are so lucky to live near to beautiful countryside
9 Hadrian's Wall. We are so lucky to live near to beautiful countryside
Northumberlandia at Blagdon- near to my physiotherapist's office
10 Northumberlandia at Blagdon- near to my physiotherapist's office
First holiday of the year - to Venice in January
11 First holiday of the year - to Venice in January
"Boy with a frog"  by Charles Ray
12 "Boy with a frog" by Charles Ray
The classic view of the gondolas
13 The classic view of the gondolas
The colourful streets of Burano
14 The colourful streets of Burano
In the Spring the tree blossom was wonderful. This is sycamore.
15 In the Spring the tree blossom was wonderful. This is sycamore.
Garlic in the woods at Lincoln Hill, about 1/2 mile from our house.
16 Garlic in the woods at Lincoln Hill, about 1/2 mile from our house.
I always love to see the cuckoo flower in bloom and to listen for the cuckoos.
17 I always love to see the cuckoo flower in bloom and to listen for the cuckoos.
Our tree peony was covered in big romantic flowers
18 Our tree peony was covered in big romantic flowers
This iris came with us from Mum's garden in Sunderland
19 This iris came with us from Mum's garden in Sunderland
Familiy visit from Ian and Andrew (two of my cousin Eric's boys). In our garden
20 Familiy visit from Ian and Andrew (two of my cousin Eric's boys). In our garden
The newest addition to the family is Brodie, second son of Duncan (Eric's son) and Danielle
21 The newest addition to the family is Brodie, second son of Duncan (Eric's son) and Danielle
Another family visit - this one from Joan and Freda, my cousins, and Joan's husband, Bob.  In our garden.
22 Another family visit - this one from Joan and Freda, my cousins, and Joan's husband, Bob. In our garden.
Bumped into my cousin Margaret at the Pins and Needles show in Newcastle.
23 Bumped into my cousin Margaret at the Pins and Needles show in Newcastle.
A new hair cut early in the year
24 A new hair cut early in the year
This image of tulips is one of my favourites from this year
25 This image of tulips is one of my favourites from this year
The golden domes in Sofia, Bulgaria
26 The golden domes in Sofia, Bulgaria
The delights of visiting Bulgaria in the summer
27 The delights of visiting Bulgaria in the summer
Dancers at the ethnographic museum at Raslog
28 Dancers at the ethnographic museum at Raslog
Visit to London. I was just in time to see pupils leaving for Hogwarts when I arrived at Kings Cross
29 Visit to London. I was just in time to see pupils leaving for Hogwarts when I arrived at Kings Cross
Lots of photo opportunities in the city
30 Lots of photo opportunities in the city
Classic view of Big Ben at dusk
31 Classic view of Big Ben at dusk
I was on an overnight photoshoot in London. We finished at 0600 with tea and toast in a taxi drivers' cafe.
32 I was on an overnight photoshoot in London. We finished at 0600 with tea and toast in a taxi drivers' cafe.
Buses and Big Ben
33 Buses and Big Ben
Rather damp red poll when I was hoping to see red squirrels
34 Rather damp red poll when I was hoping to see red squirrels
The squirrels came the next day
35 The squirrels came the next day
Preparing to jump
36 Preparing to jump
Easy peasy
37 Easy peasy
I attended a number of assignments with the Photographic Society. This one was to a terrier and lurcher show near Heddon.
38 I attended a number of assignments with the Photographic Society. This one was to a terrier and lurcher show near Heddon.
This assigment was to watch police dogs in training.  The spaniels are the sniffer dogs
39 This assigment was to watch police dogs in training. The spaniels are the sniffer dogs
The dog has found a bunch of keys and is waiting for his handler to collect them
40 The dog has found a bunch of keys and is waiting for his handler to collect them
If a suspect does not stay still the dog may be instructed to bring him down
41 If a suspect does not stay still the dog may be instructed to bring him down
The summer was memorably hot. These sun worshippers are at Tynemouth
42 The summer was memorably hot. These sun worshippers are at Tynemouth
A visit to the Farne Islands
43 A visit to the Farne Islands
A visit from friends Lynn and Stephen with their bundle of granddaughters
44 A visit from friends Lynn and Stephen with their bundle of granddaughters
Our two hedgehogs who entertained us every evening.  They often fought over food, but both seemed to thrive. We assume they are now in hibernation
45 Our two hedgehogs who entertained us every evening. They often fought over food, but both seemed to thrive. We assume they are now in hibernation
M is for St Matthew, one of Mum's embroideries on display in Durham Cathedral in the summer
46 M is for St Matthew, one of Mum's embroideries on display in Durham Cathedral in the summer
There was quite a lot of queuing for entry to the Lindisfarne Gospels in  Durham.
47 There was quite a lot of queuing for entry to the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham.
These wellies were decorated by Haltwhistle children to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Walking Festivals.
48 These wellies were decorated by Haltwhistle children to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Walking Festivals.
Julie, who put together a timeline of the festivals starting in 2003
49 Julie, who put together a timeline of the festivals starting in 2003
Spring lambs and Farmhouse Tea is a very popular walk in our programme
50 Spring lambs and Farmhouse Tea is a very popular walk in our programme
Some of the leaders and backups on one of the Autumn Walks
51 Some of the leaders and backups on one of the Autumn Walks
We are lucky to walk in such glorious countryside
52 We are lucky to walk in such glorious countryside
A typical reason to stop a walk for a while
53 A typical reason to stop a walk for a while
I told them I just wanted to photograph their boots - but I lied!
54 I told them I just wanted to photograph their boots - but I lied!
Our Christmas walkthis year when 68 people walked and 81 came to the lunch. A good time was had by all.
55 Our Christmas walkthis year when 68 people walked and 81 came to the lunch. A good time was had by all.
Other walking events. Re-launching the Isaac's Tea Trail with Guy Opperman, our MP (in the white teeshirt). He is an extremely good constituency MP (shame about the politics)
56 Other walking events. Re-launching the Isaac's Tea Trail with Guy Opperman, our MP (in the white teeshirt). He is an extremely good constituency MP (shame about the politics)
Tony, Harry, Marie and I prepare to walk 16 miles from Hexham to Housesteads. This was part of Alfred Wainwright's Pennine Journey completed in 1 day for the North Pennines Walking Festival.
57 Tony, Harry, Marie and I prepare to walk 16 miles from Hexham to Housesteads. This was part of Alfred Wainwright's Pennine Journey completed in 1 day for the North Pennines Walking Festival.
Visit from Ruth and Richard. We went to see the Fallowfield alpacas
58 Visit from Ruth and Richard. We went to see the Fallowfield alpacas
A vist by Rosie and her Mum, Catherine.
59 A vist by Rosie and her Mum, Catherine.
Our new friend, Fran, from Spain, who is a waiter at the George Hotel. He comes to us for English conversation.
60 Our new friend, Fran, from Spain, who is a waiter at the George Hotel. He comes to us for English conversation.
Exhibition of costumes from Jane Austen dramas, as seen at Belsay Hall
61 Exhibition of costumes from Jane Austen dramas, as seen at Belsay Hall
The Lowther Show
62 The Lowther Show
Walking holiday in the Lakes, led by Helen Venus. Ably assisted on this occasion!
63 Walking holiday in the Lakes, led by Helen Venus. Ably assisted on this occasion!
Taken at Portinscale at dawn
64 Taken at Portinscale at dawn
Another beautiful dawn in the Lakes
65 Another beautiful dawn in the Lakes
Water lilies and blue skies in the Lakes
66 Water lilies and blue skies in the Lakes
The Infinity Bridge on the  River Tees.  I had a lovely visit to Janet's home in Nunthorpe
67 The Infinity Bridge on the River Tees. I had a lovely visit to Janet's home in Nunthorpe
In Northumberland, pony club shows are very popular
68 In Northumberland, pony club shows are very popular
A great concert in the Hexham Abbey Festival
69 A great concert in the Hexham Abbey Festival
Bowlby knows she is beautiful
70 Bowlby knows she is beautiful
Inside Hexham Abbey
71 Inside Hexham Abbey
A show called Salt,  performed in Humshaugh Village Hall. Great stories, music and salt paintings
72 A show called Salt, performed in Humshaugh Village Hall. Great stories, music and salt paintings
This group worked tirelessly to produce a book about the village of Wall. I was invited to photograph them for the book.
73 This group worked tirelessly to produce a book about the village of Wall. I was invited to photograph them for the book.
Steve Cram came to the launch and was happy to be photographed
74 Steve Cram came to the launch and was happy to be photographed
Men jump into the ghats at Udairpur, Rajasthan.
75 Men jump into the ghats at Udairpur, Rajasthan.
Another view of a happy swimmer
76 Another view of a happy swimmer
Dyeing and printing fabrics by hand is a traditional craft seen in Jodhpur. Taken on the roof top of a family home.
77 Dyeing and printing fabrics by hand is a traditional craft seen in Jodhpur. Taken on the roof top of a family home.
Happy memories of India evoked by this tea light from the Pushkar camel fair
78 Happy memories of India evoked by this tea light from the Pushkar camel fair