Slow Shutter Cam Photos on iPhone

I love to take photos from the windows of a car.  No, not when I’m driving (although I confess to trying that too, in stationary traffic anyway), but when I’m a passenger and there are some interesting colours going on outside.  It’s easy to experiment with a DSLR as you can manually set all the…

A visit to Lincoln Cathedral

I was in Lincoln last week and managed to fit in a visit to the grand Lincoln Cathedral which wasn’t quite at it’s best as they were hosting a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar and the stage, seating and orchestra were set up in the nave rather spoiling the usually spectacular view.  This was quite a good…

Kentish Corrugations

I have a bit of a thing for nice straight lines.  I also have a bit of a thing about windows, doors and blocks of colour and when all of these things are combined in one handy visual package there’s no way I can resist.  One area where such arrangements are prone to helpfully throw themselves…

Cyber Monday Deals – extended!

That time of year has arrived.  My calendar is telling me that it’s the 1st of December, but my brain isn’t quite on track with that alarming fact.  I am well aware that the world has already started to go holiday shopping crazy, but I’m not quiet as inclined to do so or quite organised…

How organised is your shopping list?

It’s a rare occasion when I scribble down a couple of items I need to buy on a scrap of paper.  The reason for this is that I have had a digital shopping list for a very long time, all the way back to the old days of my trusty Palm Pilots, of which I…

Manchester as Film Location.

Manchester is becoming increasingly popular as a film location.  The dramatic town hall has been used for many years as a stand in for the interior of Houses of Parliament.  Not so long ago it had a starring role in The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep (which amusingly crashed a real life Mancunian wedding), Ripper…

Welcome back Manchester Central Library!

I’ve always loved libraries, almost every Saturday when I was little involved going to one library or another with my father to stock up on reading material for both of us.  Both voracious readers we could spend many happy hours browsing, reading and enjoying the peaceful calm which surrounds spaces of many books.  The library…

Homemade Granola

I am a great fan of breakfast, if I don’t eat breakfast I will eventually grind to a halt and fall over.  A slice of toast and a cup of tea don’t do the job, it may be a nice fast breakfast, but will only sustain me for about half an hour and then I…

Small Shops of Morocco

Continuing in a similar vein to my previous post which was about local food shops, I have been re-visiting some pictures which I shot in Morocco of small shops in and around the medinas of various towns we visited.  I found them very hard to work on due to the dark and shadowy interiors which…

Adventures in South Manchester Food Shopping

Here’s my impressive haul from my epic local food shopping expedition today.  Looks lovely doesn’t it? It all came about as my main course tonight, Ottolenghi’s Braised Lamb with Maftoul and Chickpeas required me to search out a single new ingredient.  When you’ve cooked as many of Yotam Ottolenghi’s delicious recipes as I have, you…

Scenic Decay in Havana.

I’ve been looking through some of my less immediately loved photos from Cuba.  There’s always a subconscious hierarchy to a big batch of photos from a trip, there are the ones which you fall in love with at the time, they just look so good on the screen that you instinctively know that they will…