WINGS AND WHEELS

Posted in aircraft, aviation, britain, camera, classic, classic car, England, english village, FIGHTER PLANES, london, motoring, news, Nikon, paratrooper, photo, photoblog, Photography, re-enactment, relax, renactment, retro, surrey, technology, tourism, travel, Uncategorized, unusual, vintage, Wales, wings and wheels, world war 2, world war one, writing on August 24th, 2014 by wabisabipix

 

A sensational bank holiday weekend at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey watching the fantastic Wings and Wheels event, an absolute gem in the air show calendar,celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Wings and Wheels combines fast cars with stunning flying demonstrations. There was a fantastic range of aircraft and cars on show as well as World War II  re-enactment societies and displays. There was a awesome display by the Breitling Wing Walker “amazons” who at times, were showing steely eyed skill as they held on without harnesses and inches from those deadly propellors and amazed the crowds.At one point they almost touched hands while flying inverted,remarkable!

Iron Maiden rock star Bruce Dickinson made a surprise appearance and hopped into a World War 1 Fokker Triplane and duelled his Great War adversaries  around the airfield in a  simulation of a world war I air battle. Also present were the famous last two remaining Lancaster Bombers,one from Canada,bringing a nostalgic tear to many eyes as they flew with a battle of Britain fighter escort. There were also many cars speeding around the race track including a Ford GT40 a variety of classics and supercars and a selection of motorbikes,some with side cars,tearing around the track famous for its role in the Top Gear TV Series.

A short video clip of an Apache Gunship and the British and Canadian Lancaster Flypast shot on a Lumix LX7 compact camera:

More images from Dunsfold can be viewed here:http://…/p763200112 Copyright Kerry Davies/All rights reserved. 

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THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING:A VISIT TO THE FORMER HOME OF RUDYARD KIPLING.

Posted in aircraft, britain, Burwell, country houses, England, english village, enthusiasts, europe, Great War Society, Nikon, photo, photoblog, Photography, quaint, re-enactment, renactment, retro, road trip, travel, vintage, walking, walks, warhorse, Western, world war one, writing on August 3rd, 2014 by wabisabipix

A glorious sunny day in August and what better a place to visit than the former home of Rudyard Kipling the author of such classics as The Jungle Book and The Man Who Would Be King. Set in the rolling countryside of the  Sussex Wield,just outside the village of Burwash,it is a wonderful 17th century Jacobean house that was his home until his death in 1936. The house is now cared for by the National Trust and is open to the public. You can wander unhindered around the splendid oak beamed interior left very much as the great man left them. His own writing desk is left pretty much as if he has just popped out for an afternoon tea,scrapped sheets of paper containing his writings piled high in the litter bin opposite his desk,even his own Rolls Royce is on display in the nearby garage for viewing. The rooms are full of artefacts that reflect Kipling’s association with the East. The gardens are a spectacular affair,sunflowers ablaze and fresh vegetables and herbs in the allotment growing in abundance. Here you can pick up one of the kindly offered blankets,borrowed to visitors,and enjoy a picnic on the spectacular lawn surrounded by its rustic charm. My visit coincided with the national commemorations of World War One. Hundreds of events are taking place across Britain to remember the “Pals”-groups of friends,neighbours or colleagues who joined up to form their own battalions in World War One.In the spirit of the event, the lawns at “Batemans”,which is the name of this splendid house,had a wartime biplane parked in its midst and a gathering of tents as re-enactors from the Great War Society sent us back on a trip in time to the beginning of the First World War. Mostly volunteers,they gave authentic displays and explanations of the weaponry from the period including pitched battles that stunned the crowds and sent the gunfire and explosions thundering across the landscape.Truly spectacular and a fitting salute to the man who wrote many classic about the period and who indeed played his well documented part in the Great War.

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SOMEWHERE OVER A RAINBOW.

Posted in britain, deer, England, europe, folk, london, may, nature, photoblog, Photography, relax, richmond park, road trip, stag, surrey, Time-lapse, tourism, travel, Uncategorized, unusual, Video, weather, writing on May 14th, 2014 by wabisabipix

A rainy day anywhere in London is not generally something to write home about and when its blowing a howling storm its even less appealing.However this week a stroll in Richmond Park in West London armed with just a Panasonic SD700 camcorder,on a foray into time-lapse videography, proved quite a treat when I found myself perched under a tree as a heavy downpour accompanied by a howling wind and menacing clouds rolled across the area. Much to my surprise as the rain eased off for a few moments, a glorious rainbow spread across the sky forming in effect a double rainbow.Soon another deluge rolled in and yet another multicoloured manifestation spread across the sky followed by yet another deluge.In total in a matter of one hour I counted three rainbows before the dusk drew in.Not bad for an afternoon stroll but unfortunately I have yet to stumble across a pot of gold!

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Your Punch And Judy Needs You!

Posted in britain, classic, covent garden, England, enthusiasts, feature, Festival, folk, fringe, london, may, mayday, moods, news, photoblog, Photography, photojournalism, punch and judy, puppet, puppeteers, quaint, relax, restoration, retro, tourism, travel, Uncategorized, vintage, walking, walks, writing on May 11th, 2014 by wabisabipix

“Your Punch And Judy Need You!” proclaimed the stick wielding angry looking Mr Punch illustration attached to the wall of the metal fence of the St Pauls Church in Covent Garden in Central London on May the 11th 2014.

Wandering into to the rear courtyard of the church otherwise known as “The actors church”, I was struck by wall to wall arrangements of multicoloured very striking lines of Punch and Judy tents that screamed of historic beach nostalgia from Britains glory days of old.

“Oh no it isn’t!!, Oh yes it is !!” Echoed around the courtyard and the distinct yell of “Sausages!”,and the clack of wood against wood as Mr Punch received another clobbering from his ever suffering wife and the screech of a Police whistle as Mr Punch was eternally pursued for batting his baby into the stratosphere in a most politically incorrect manner.

I even spotted a pearly King and Queen  and of all things a psychedelic pink Policeman and a brass band thrown into the mix for good measure!

The annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival is an event that celebrates the red nosed stick wielding puppet and brings together dozens of puppeteers in a gathering of great entertainment value and nostalgia.

On the wall of the Church an engraving stands prominently in honour to Mr Punch.Covent Garden is in fact the birth place of the troublesome,anarchic chap who was first sighted by Samuel Pepys on May 9th 1662 near this site and the last sunday nearest this date has essentially become his birthday.

So enjoy your sausages Mr Punch but look out for the crocodile,happy birthday!

 

All images and video shot with a Lumix Lx7.Puppeteer Professor Clive Chandler

Images Copyright Kerry Davies/No unauthorised reproduction/All rights reserved.

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Hunting Easter eggs in the land of Dragons.

Posted in Castles, Celtic, dragons, Festival, forts, gawain and the green knight, king arthur, knights, legends, lumix lx7, medieval, medieval castle, medieval joust, Monument, moods, photo, photoblog, Photography, quaint, renactment, tourism, travel, Uncategorized, Wales, walking, walks on April 20th, 2014 by wabisabipix

A delightful place to spent a day during an easter break is the highly impressive Caerphilly Castle in South Wales.Famous most recently for its role in the popular BBC TV Series Merlin but with a long history that very much equals the drama of its fictional roles.It is an enormous stone beast surrounded by moats and drawbridges and on approach looks very much like it has just repelled a siege by a well equipped invading army.It was built by the Norman Gilbert de Clare who was an enemy of the Welsh prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd in the 13th Century and provide the influence for many of the concentric designs of Edward I castles in North Wales.As time moved on and regime change took place,the role of the castle changed and it found itself without a purpose.The castles condition declined until eventually in the late 19th century the third marquess of Bute began preservation work on this and other castles in the region.It is a great destination for tourism and provides a great Easter egg hunt for the kids,look out for the Dragons in the ancient hallways though!

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Camera used was a Lumix LX7

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Traveling light

Posted in Alcoy, Castles, Crusades, Festival, knights, Leica, lumix lx7, medieval, moods, Moors, photo, photoblog, Photography, road trip, Spain, technology, tourism, writing on November 17th, 2013 by wabisabipix

P1010836I took the opportunity of shooting a few pictures with only a lumix LX7 camera the latest incarnation of the LX series of cameras which has proved very popular with professional photographers because of its high speed 24mm Leica Summilux f1.4 zoom lens. DSC07462 (2) It is a great option for carrying just one small camera that has a quality that you can rely on even in the lowest of light conditions. I was particularly impressed by its great ability to shoot rapidly at 5 frames per second with full follow focus at f1.4 and also its wide range of special effects filters ranging from soft focus to HDR and the exposures always seemed to be spot on finding that sweet spot almost every time. It truly is a pocket Swiss Army Knife of a camera. The pictures shown are of the walled castle town Alcoy near Alicante in Spain.

Alcoy is famous for the yearly festival held in April every year celebrating the historical event in which St George and his Crusader knights who according to legend are said to have swept into the town through the cliff arches that form the center stage of the town and defeated the occupying Moors in april 1276.

Alcoy is also said to have been the home town of Federico Borrell García the falling soldier in the famous image of a “falling soldier” captured in his dying moments by Photojournalist Robert Capa during the Spanish Civil War. He is said to have worked in the Alcoy textile mills and was part of the Alcoy Militia

 

  la glorieta Federico Borrell García is seen pictured at the La Glorieta Park in Alcoy in this article,www.photographers.it/articoli/cd_capa/img/taino.pdf and this is the band stand and park today.  

P1010443                                                                                                              P1010822                                                                                                                                      A view of Alcoy during sunset. P1010826 A few examples of the LX7 built in HDR effect showing the arches where Saint George as legend says                                                                     rescued the town from the Moors P1010684 P1010704 Two pictures one day apart showing the Saint Jordi Bridge during an unusual weather front in the region. P1010785 A mural of Saint George a popular historical figure in the region. P1010655 Doves flying in the Plaza De Dins. P1010650   P1010060 alcoy 3 The Town hall in Alcoy. P1010593     P1010657The Saragata Cafe ,great coffee, food and service located in the Plaza de Dins. Check out the Spanish omelette rolls for breakfast.   P1010616     P1010619       P1010625The plaza De Dins P1010434   San Mauro Watch TowerP1010440

For more on Federico Borrell García see this excellent and well illustrated article (in Spanish):

www.photographers.it/articoli/cd_capa/img/taino.pdf

Colour photographs copyright:Kerry Davies.

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The Brecon Mountain Railway

Posted in Brecon Mountain Railway, railway, steam engine, steam locomotive, train, Uncategorized on October 24th, 2013 by wabisabipix

The Brecon Mountain Railway is a private railway run by enthusiasts that is open to the public and takes passengers on a trip through the gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park running from Pant along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir near Merthyr Tydfil, in the heart of Wales.A day out here is a lot of fun especially if you have young children! Needless to say standing behind the engine outside the carriage while building up speed down hill with smoke in your face is exhilarating.
This video shows the No.2 Baldwin Locomotive at full steam.
Built by Baldwin USA No. 61269 in 1930
4-6-2 Tender Loco 47 tons
This was built for a cement works in Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
In 1974 it ran away driver less and after travelling a few miles it left the track and was wrecked.
It was treated as an accident write-off by the insurers and was purchased as salvage, shipped back as deck cargo to Liverpool and put in to store.
Rebuilding of this locomotive began in 1990 and it finally entered traffic in 1997.
The rebuild was extensive as the locomotive had suffered severe damage in the accident.
After ten years burning oil it is now converted back to coal.
I shot the video hand held on a Panasonic SD700 camcorder.

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Medieval Joust Hampton Court

Posted in medieval joust, Uncategorized on October 22nd, 2013 by wabisabipix

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

Joust Awful Weather

Joust Awful Weather

Bank Holiday Jousting

Bank Holiday Jousting

Bank Holiday Jousting

Bank Holiday Jousting

Bank Holiday Jousting

Bank Holiday Jousting

Bank Holiday Jousting

Bank Holiday Jousting

Bank Holiday Jousting

SATANIC NUMBER PLATE

SATANIC NUMBER PLATE

SATANIC NUMBER PLATE

Joust Awful Weather

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Surrey in Search of Windy Miller and a Cream Tea.

Posted in art, Bletchingley, England, london, moods, outwood, photo, Photography, relax, surrey, travel, walks, wildlife, windmill, writing on August 28th, 2009 by wabisabipix

A beautiful sunny day and the siren call of a relaxing walk in Surrey beckons.

More known for its towns it is in actual fact an area of stunning natural beauty and is dotted with quaint olde world villages never without with the atmospheric warm glowing lights of old style inns from times past beckoning you in to sample an ale or two ,a welcome break after walking the network of national trust walking routes that meander through the area.

Deep in the heart of Battle of Britain country it is steeped in history and it is easy while walking here to imagine the war time  sky battles that took place over here not so long ago.

I took a stroll in a small part of the area and found it a charming and rewarding place to spend a day.

I took a nikon D200 and a 17-35mm f2.8 lens, my usual for such wanderings,fast and very sharp..!

The walk started at the Outwood Mill ,Englands oldest working mill,built in 1665 it was the perfect place to climb and view the great fire of London that happened in the same year.

The oldest mill in England buit 1665 in Outwood Surrey.

The oldest mill in England built 1665 in Outwood Surrey.

A great place to view The great fire of London from.

A great place to view The great fire of London from.

The mill is over 40 ft high and weighs 25 tons but is so well designed that one man can operate it via a single wheel “tailpole” mechanism.

The walk took us off to the left of the mill heading across national trust pathways for a distance of about 7 miles.

Heading away from Outwood.

Heading away from Outwood.

We took a heading through a small woodland and past Outwood church before turning right onto the National Trust path well signposted as usual.

Outwood Church.

Outwood Church.

Heading along the NT path we came across a delightful grove with a pond.

delightful Village pond.

delightful Village pond.

 A place to relax.

A place to relax.

Heading north out of the woods and having crossed several stiles we were walking through open country with the sun burning down behind us,time for some sun lotion methinks…!

We headed past several farms with cattle and on through more ploughed fields with a small path clearly trailing into the distance.

A typical British scene,timeless!!

A typical British scene,timeless!!

Following the Path.

Following the Path.

A clear trail.

A clear trail.

Eventually after about 3 miles we came to a farm area which the trail took us through, past donkeys goats and other farm animals and old style barns.

Donkeys!

Donkeys!

Blackberries on the trail.

Blackberries on the trail.

Old Macdonalds Farm!!! a menagerie of different livestock.

Old Macdonalds Farm!!! A menagerie of different livestock.

Old style Barns.

Old style Barns.

Past the farms we cleared a railway line and headed north into an area of rolling fields with sheep and cottages dotted here and there.

open country.

open country.

BAAAA!

BAAAA!

Gradually the area became steeper as we approached a nearby village .

Heading up hill.

Heading up hill.

Clambering up hill after a long steady walk we reached the top of  a narrow lane passing an olde world cottage and fell upon the quaint village of Bletchingley.

Displayed on a newspaper board outside the local shop was  a Mirror Battle of Britain Special.It seemed almost as if we had been transported back in time for a moment.

Bletchingley Time Warp!!! Battle of Britain Special on Display.

Bletchingley Time Warp!!! Battle of Britain Special on Display.

The lovely village of Bletchingley.

Parched and thirsty from the walk and seduced by the signs offering cream teas we set down in a wonderful tea room called Lamingtons right in the center of the village.

Lamingtons Tea room.

Lamingtons Tea room.

The Perfect Place for a break.

The Perfect Place for a break.

Cream tea.

Cream tea.

Refueled and refreshed but dreaming of more scones and cream we head away from the tea rooms and wander through the sunkissed village past the Prince Albert pub and rejoin our route heading south back towards Outwood but following a parallel route avoiding the roads.

The Prince Albert Pub.

The Prince Albert Pub.

With the sun getting lower the landscape developed  a warmer glow and the route took us through corn fields and woodlands as we descended back down the hill towards our stating point about 3.5 miles away.

Sunkissed cornfields.

Sunkissed cornfields.

South bound.

South bound.

Soon the area is aglow by sunlight as we cross the final stage heading back to our start point the windmill.Turning a corner we stumble across a field of glowing Sunflowers.

Sunflowers.

Sunflowers.

We pass through more yellow glowing fields before finally picking up the path heading back through nearby woods and a few more stiles marked with NT markers

Dusk lit fields.

Dusk lit fields.

Breaking through the woodland shade we the find ourselves opposite the mill as the sun catches it just right.

Dusk light.

Dusk light.

perfect!

perfect!

We arrive back as the windmill is bathed in light and head off to the Bell Inn nearby with its 300 year old ships bell for a well earned pint of cider.

I really can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny sunday afternoon than a good walk in an area such as this.

Bon Voyage.

Pictures copyright: Kerry Davies

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Windsor Great Park

Posted in England, moods, photo, Photography, relax, travel, Uncategorized, walks, wildlife, Windsor Great Park, writing on August 20th, 2009 by wabisabipix

A visit to Windsor Great Park near London  proved a photo feast for wildlife pictures using a 300mm f2.8 nikkor i snapped a feisty Heron and a Cormorant going about their daily errands at the Cows pond area of the park.

 

 

 

All the best.

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