The May bank holiday on sunday 25th 2014 certainly went off with a bang as the Napoleonic Association of re-enactors http://www.napoleonicassociation.org blitzed the Painshill Park near Cobham in Surrey http://www.painshill.co.uk with the thunder of hooves and the crack of muskets and cannon fire. An incredibly authentic experience of the “age of elegance”,they delve deep into all aspects of the period delivering an enthralling battlefield skirmish and other camp and entertainment experiences along the way. You have to blink twice to remind yourself that we are in fact still in the 21st century and cannot help but feel that these were in fact more elegant times. This group clearly eat,sleep and live this colourful period in history and provide a great insight to onlookers who ever wondered what it would have been like to live in these times. I can still smell those camp fires! Now where did I put that musket!
A glorious Sunday afternoon day spent in the shadow of the spectacular Windsor Castle watching the Royal Windsor Horse show and photographing the finest of the worlds equine talent in action while munching on strawberries and cream and slapping on the factor 30 as the sun blazed down relentlessly!
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Images shot on a Nikon D700 with a 300mm f2.8 afd
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Many people in the UK were left having a Dickensian Christmas by candle light as large regions of the country were left underwater after the stormiest Christmas on record left large swathes of the picturesque regions of Surrey submerged.
One of my assignments sent me to the Leatherhead and Box Hill area of Surrey after torrential overnight downpours took residents by surprise left the area in shocking mess.Many were left without electricity.One hotel the Burford Bridge Hotel was flooded out and guests who had left their cars opposite overnight awoke to find their cars under water.
One lady I spoke to told of her horror after her horse stable was destroyed overnight by heavy winds and rain leaving her horses without a shelter but thankfully unhurt.
Having managed to find my way into the area via a small pathway that became a temporary road ,things became a bit more tricky getting out when a bus trying to negotiate the road became stuck in mud blocking the only road out.Thankfully it only lasted a few hours. My sympathy goes to those who found themselves marooned over Christmas.
Motorists try to recover a submerged vehicle Mickleham Surrey.
A coach blocks the the only exit from the village of Mickleham after becoming mired in mud.
A snorkel equipped Landrover from the AA trying to help trapped motorists.
Cyclists and flooded routes.
Waterlogged guests cars at the Burford Bridge Hotel.
A Land rover opens its doors to let water out while negotiating flooding in Leatherhead.
Sally Perry whose horses had a narrow escape when high winds and torrential rain destroyed her horse shelter.The horses were miraculously unharmed.
Horses that survived having their shelter destroyed.
For the Reenactment aficionado’s out there, here is a set of images of the Hampton Court Medieval Joust held during the last bank holiday here in the UK. It was a very colourful day that brought out crowds of people enjoying the last sunshine of the summer and getting into the medieval spirit .Hampton court was the historical home of King Henry Viii and his wives and a trip to the palace is like stepping back in time.
Images strictly Copyright:Kerry Davies