Monthly Archives: May 2008

We headed out to the Peak District for a few days this past week. We usually go up to the Lake District but decided to try something new this time. We stayed around the village of Bakewell, where we visited Haddon Hall and the Chatsworth Estate. They film a lot of those oldy worldy movies and PBS specials at these places. We toured the houses and the gardens as well. This is truly a beautiful part of England. We stayed at two different B&B’s, and they were both extremely picturesque.
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This was shot about 100 yards from the back door of the first B&B we stayed at. There were some dark brooding clouds around, and occasionally the sun would pop out for about a minute or two.

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And this is Ben, one of the two dogs at the B&B. Zoe kept telling him to get off his dog house roof and get back in his suitcase, whatver that means!
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This was taken from inside the Chatsworth Estate.
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And this one from inside of Haddon Hall, a fascinating, and very old medieval house.
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When we were researching B&Bs to stay at, this one had advertised the room we stayed in as having a “Loo with a view” (Loo=toilet). Sure enough, when we got there, this was the view from the loo.
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It all started when we were searching online for a Thomas the Tank Engine appearance for my daughter Zoe, who is a HUGE fan! We didn’t have any luck I’m afraid, but did happen to stumble upon the town of Haworth’s 1940’s weekend which was located in West Yorkshire. The town totally looked the part. There were lots of people dressed up in authentic 1940’s garb, not to mention period vehicles, and the shops which even taped up their windows just like back in the day. It did rain most of the day, but the whole town and its participants showed great moxy in carrying on with a great day! We even got to ride on an authentic double decker bus from back in the day, as well as a great steam train too.
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These guys were great, picnicing 1940’s style on a shop stoop.
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This was the steam train we got to ride in.
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Here’s Zoe mugging it up while sticking her head out the window of one of the coach cars. (don’t worry, Susan was holding on to her)
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Just to give you an idea of how the town was decked out, check out the sand bags and “air raid” shelter.
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This was one of my favorite shots of the day.
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My wife Susan, daughter Zoe, and myself are visiting my mother in England at the moment. I will be photographing my cousin Ben’s wedding next Sunday too. Unfortunately, Zoe has been pretty sick since we got here. We actually spent most of Mother’s day at a Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. They ultimately diagnosed her with tonsillitis . She’s had some high fevers, sore throat, lots of coughing among other things. She seems to be doing better now. Needless to say, we haven’t been out on many adventures I’m afraid. Just thought I would update everyone and post a few snaps I’ve managed to take since we’ve been here.
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I took a pretty similar shot as this almost exactly 1 year ago. My mom’s friend Chris is on the right and my wife Susan with Zoe asleep in the hiker on her back. I didn’t stage it, it just sort of happened again. Although this time, I had my zoom lens on, so it does have a different feel to it.
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Zoe, trying to be a trooper.
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Just some couple walking along the beach.
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This is the view outside my mother’s window, overlooking the river Mersey.
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Same view during the day.
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I like this shot of Susan, Zoe, and me.
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