Dartmoor

Category : Personal
{27-29th March}

 

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These photographs were taken during a weekend in Dartmoor. We both took part in the Duke of Edinburgh`s Award when we were young`uns, although I was certainly more enthusiastic than Nathan. I love exploring the wilderness and long walks. Because that`s not something easily done with young children, it`s been a long time coming. We only had one day to cover any real distance, so we chose a route between our campsite (Langstone Manor – more on that in a minute), and a randomly selected pub (one which looked far enough on the map to be a worthwhile walk).

Our chosen walk took in Pew Tor – a smallish hill which, as legend has it, is the home of the King of the Piskies. Following on from Pew Tor, we followed the river Walkham through a beautiful rocky woodland to Merrivale. We then finished our walk owith a hike to Foggintor quarry for a little recent history and archaeology.

Back to our accommodation: Langstone Manor is sited close to Tavistock, yet just inside the Dartmoor boundary. The site is really well laid out with a choice of grass pitches, `glamping` pods, hard-standings and static caravans. We stayed in a pod which was a nice bit of luxury after a long wet day`s hiking. The site boasts a new lav/shower block, a small shop (as well as hiking essentials, sells bread and pastries baked fresh on the premesis!!) and a pub with good home cooked food. We were blown away by the hospitality of all the staff at Langstone Manor. Everyone was really friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable when we had any questions about walking (we had many). We felt so welcome and can`t wait to visit again.

Accommodation | Langstone Manor


Medium Format | Diana F+

Much to my delight, Nathan bought me a Diana F+ for my birthday. The Diana is a plastic ‘toy’ camera, based on ‘The Diana’ – a 1960s Japanese box camera. My camera – ‘Mr Pink’ – is notoriously ‘difficult’ to use. There are four ‘apertures’, two shutter options, a bit of focus choice (based on distance) and a flash. Mr Pink doesn’t have a light meter and can be ‘leaky’ due to the cheap plastic body.

So far, I’ve only shot ‘test’ photographs, on a walk around the ‘hood and at a wedding. I’ve just had the films back (from Peak-Imaging) and I’m very pleased with the results. I love the soft light and pastel colours. I also love that it makes the kids look grubby, disguising that fact that they might actually have been grubby!

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The New House | A Ring Of Croci

Category : Blog, Personal

We’ve been in our new house for six months now and we have done loads to the house both inside and out but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it! Still, some little touches are beginning to show through, including the appearance of the bulbs I planted in Autumn. The excitement of buying an older house is the unknown, and although that can sometimes be a bad thing, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with my garden. Along with lots of interesting plants and trees that we didn’t realise were here, many bulbs sprang forth from apparently nowhere.

I planted this ring of crocus bulbs around my favourite bamboo – a tree which we’ve had in a pot for many years. It seems to have really come to life since being transplanted into the ground and the ring of crocuses have made quite a feature in an otherwise quite shambolic garden.

Somerset wedding Photographer Personal projects

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