Christmas Album 2014

On my way home from a December trip to Vienna. Sadly no snow there. A tiny ceramic tree from Vienna : Christmas tree, candles Mum continues to be very active, although her legs do not always feel as though they belong to her these days. She uses a stick or a walker when she goes out. On the craft side, she has been busy with more embroidery and less painting.
This African couple arrived over the Christmas period 2013, made by Mum of course! Mum's painting was used for the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival's programme and posters I bought a fish eye lens this year - this is the first image. Bowlby is now 15 years old and prefers to stay indoors most of the time. She is a vocal, demanding and very affectionate animal
These two adore each other, but Carla is camera shy so there is no individual portrait of her this year. Not quite a resident, but we fed at least 3 hedgehogs this year. Hoping they are all successfully hibernating now. The nuthatch is one of my favourites This autumn our garden bird "collection" includes 2 male pheasants and 8 females (at the last count)!
I'm keen to do more landscape photography and went to the Lake District on a course in April Herdwicks are the most attractive sheep The lone tree at Buttermere - a photographer's delight Reflections
Northumberland provides me with plenty of scope for both walking and photography This magnificent piece of public art is near Blagdon Our brilliant concert halls Crammel Linn on the River Irthing above Gilsland.  This is Northumberland's highest waterfall.
Sycamore Gap in the distance. The Hadrian's Wall bus service was saved and operated through the summer. Looking West along Hadrian's Wall The Haltwhistle Walkers are out every Wednesday and I'm usually with them, whatever the weather.  My knee has played up a bit this autumn and I'm hoping it will settle down again. I'm not ready for surgery yet. Along with this unlikely bunch, I help to run the twice yearly Haltwhistle Walking Festivals.
We have organised various training sessions for our walk leaders. This is Harry leading a Navigation Training  Day. A rather damp bird watching walk in the Spring Festival 2014 This one was for a publicity photo A specialist walk, this one an Archaeological one, at the recently discovered burial site near Goatstones Farm
Rock art in the form of cups.  Stones are being uncovered as the land shrinks around them. Sometimes I meet very interesting people on my walks.  Michael farms on his own at Great Longbrough Farm.  Harry is his devoted companion. The wobbly bridge on the South Tyne was washed away in a flood. The National Trust raised money to rebuild the bridge. My friend, Maureen, at the official opening.
Yet another happy Wednesday out walking I went on a great walking weekend based in Arnside, run by the lovely Helen Venus of Wild Rambling  MG 9049 We spent a day in Viscri, the village where Prince Charles has a house. The village is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
One afternoon we went on a train journey into the mountains and joined local people for a picnic and dancing Their expressions say it all People sit outside their homes in the evening and chat. The men eat sunflower seeds. I met this security guard in Sighisoara.  He supports - Man U!!
Yes, this is a real airport. I flew home on Wizz Air to Luton. : Romania 2014, airport, transilvania I spent a a few days in Southampton for David and Debbie's Ruby Wedding and Deb's 60th birthday celebrations with their expanding family! This was a landscape photography course.  The hill is affectionately called Stegosaurus! Early morning mists were magical. The orange sky seen here lasted for about 5 minutes so I had to work quickly.
Inside the Duomo in Sienna, along with hundreds of others. I had plenty of photographic exploits I joined the North Tyne Photography group this year and had photographs in this exhibition in Bellingham This was my display, although I went out to photograph more people to fill the gaps. These are all people from in and around Humshaugh.
My first ever rock concert. I was given a press pass which allowed me to get close to the stage. I think that mono works well for these images Some of the cast of Oh! What a Lovely War which was put on in our village hall by a group from the village. They were brilliant!  I did the photography for the show. I often go on assignments with Hexham and District Photographic Society. This one was to Tynemouth.
The club went to Northern Pride and had a great day out with hundreds of happy people I have enjoyed taking a series of photographs of flowers from the garden. The philadelphus was magnificent this year and attracted a lot of pollinators Close up of hosta flowers
Our own sweet peas Globe thistle detail Innula detail Passion flower detail
Passion flower tendril Lichens and ferns on apple tree bark : Humshaugh, apple, garden, home, lichens, tree Our old climbing rose The next few photos show a few of our very welcome visitors this year Fran works at the George Hotel in the village
Lynn and Stephen came with their gorgeous granddaughers walkingMarj 2014-09-30 Penelope walked Hadrian's Wall and then came to stay with me. We met up with Gill in the Baltic. We all shared a flat in the early 70s. Eric and Pauline brought Brodie and Fraizer. They loved our toys!
Fraizer building house My cousins Freda and Joan, with Joan's husband, Bob, came for a day Helen brought Eleanor and Mollie. Uncle Peter came too. Emilia and Lewis from Austria were here.
It's time to wish you well at Christmas time and into 2015.