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Wednesbury events

I intend to begin a new series of posts reporting on local events that I photograph. We need to publicise local events more. people often miss an event and complain they didn’t know about it. I want to fix that! The first event I went to this week was the open mic event at Wednesbury Library.

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A Black Country Christmas in pictures

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I have taken so many pictures this year that it’s hard to choose which to use for my Christmas posts. Today I’m using a lot I shot in the Black Country this year. This one was taken at the Frying Pan in Darlaston in July. (more…)


Mindful Gifts open their first shop

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Yesterday I went to the official  opening of the first Mindful Gifts shop in Darlaston, that specialises in gifts for older people with dementia. Mindful Gifts is a community interest company that operates for the benefit of the community, rather than personal gain. (more…)


Sunday politics

Politicians don’t seem to have a very good understanding of science and technology. If they did, they would be better politicians. Hundreds of years ago, it was the landowners that were the wealthy people, because they controlled the means of producing food. Often they were given land by the monarch for aiding them in a feudal war. Then the land was passed down from one generation to another.

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England in summer

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Last month, I turned art critic and did a review of an exhibition at Walsall art gallery. Yesterday, I was out photographing the carnival in the park. It was a nice afternoon and it’s been a long time since we have seen such a good turnout. I’m sure many people went in the evening when things had cooled down a little.

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An English weekend

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The weekend is here and we have sunshine in England! After last year’s rain that washed out many events like the carnivals we are hoping for a better summer. It begins today with a half marathon between the cities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham. It will be an unusual run along the tow path of the canal.

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Artistic or what?

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I’ve started today’s post with an artistic image. I’ve actually been invited to submit some for an art exhibition. I think it’s in New York. It’s unfortunate I don’t have enough time to produce some high resolution images for it.

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Setting priorities

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I’m hoping to go out and take a few photos this weekend if the rain stops. Everything in my garden is growing fast and it’s the same with parks and nature reserves. They are all getting a little overgrown. How important are these facilities to the public. Should we spend lots of money keeping them maintained?

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Free Days Out

Today’s photo was taken in Redhouse Park, West Bromwich, a few weeks ago. On a nice day, you could do worse than go there for a picnic. There are lots of places here in the Black Country. There’s parks, nature reserves and canals everywhere. You could even do a bit of fishing!

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Bank holiday blues

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Yes, it’s Bank Holiday weekend again and the kids are off school for Whitsun. The Ikea sale will start on Monday and the stupid people will queue along the M6 for that. If you have to go to the  Ikea sale; go next week, it runs until June 23rd.

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Spring flowers in May

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The river in the picture is the River Tame. This photo was taken last May, but I drove past there yesterday and the flowers are just starting to bloom again. They seem to grow all along the Tame, I’ve seen them at Walsall and Dudley.

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The Bank holiday review.

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Today’s picture is of the church on the hill in Wednesbury, that overlooks where I live. It’s thought that Princess Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, had a castle on the site about 1,000 years ago. She was a proper warrior princess.

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Normal April showers?

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I took this photo a year ago. I look at the sky a lot now in an attempt to predict the weather. The sky looked a paler blue last year, today it’s been a deep blue with white clouds and April showers. We had a very wet summer last year, are we back to normal now?

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Ding dong it’s Saturday

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I get more local readers at weekends because my blog posts are featured on ‘the yamyam’.  There appears to be more and more local bloggers now and they are writing good posts. Anyway, in case any local reader is wondering, today’s picture is of King’s Hill Park, just outside Darlaston.

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Weekend review from the heart of England

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I get a few local readers at the weekend and so I’ll explain about today’s picture. I took this at Easter at Forge Mill Farm in Sandwell Valley Country Park. From Walsall take the Birmingham Road, turn right at the Scott Arms and go up the Newton Road then left into Forge Lane. Forge Mill Farm is on the left, take the second entrance.

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Easter 2013

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I took this photo in March last year, the weather was warm and sunny, before the rains came. This year, my lawn is covered in snow. Is climate change to blame? That was the subject of one of my articles this week. The UK government will be cutting welfare this week too, the poor will get poorer.

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More snow hits the UK

It’s nearly Easter and we have more snow! It was the first day of Spring on Wednesday and just as you thought it was safe, the snow came again. The weather here is as unpredictable as the politics, but doesn’t it make life interesting? Getting around today is a little difficult, the bus station was closed.

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Looking forward to Spring?

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Yes, it’s the Spring equinox in just four days! If you’re hoping for summer weather forget it, but we can expect blossom on the trees, tulips and daffodils and bluebells in the woods. I’ll be out there enjoying the fresh air and  watching nature begin a new year. How about you?

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Saturday ideas and thoughts

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I don’t usually do sky pictures, they’re boring, but this one is unusual and I’m a bit desperate today. If you look carefully you can see the moon breaking through the clouds. We had another week of financial bad news. Both banks that are partly owned by the tax payer posted losses. Not real losses that would send them into administration like so many High Street businesses; these are just millions and billions lost ‘on paper’.

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This weeks top posts

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Today’s picture is of Ye Olde Leathern Bottel at Wednesbury. They say Dick Turpin, the highwayman was a regular in there many years ago. The coaches used to stop there from Birmingham and they had a workshop at the rear making parts for guns. I expect the coaches carried small gun parts to Birmingham.

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The Saturday collection of this week’s highlights

The bridge across to Moorcroft Wood

Today’s picture is of the bridge across the canal that goes to Moorcroft Wood. Many canals run in a straight line, but this one meanders around a little. You can walk along the canal from the waterfront outside Walsall Art gallery, through Pleck to Darlaston and past George Rose park to Moxley and eventually end up here. It’s fascinating to see how the canals run through the Black Country.

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Saturday Ideas for living

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Today’s picture is of Moorcroft Pool in Moorcroft Wood nature reserve. The reserve is looked after by the council who have to make cuts and so they are cutting back on maintenance in parks and nature reserves. People are complaining about this, but are these facilities that important we should rate them higher than child welfare?

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From psychology to nostalgia

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Today’s picture is of Moorcroft Wood. It’s an interesting place to walk around. In the middle of the wood is a pool where people go fishing. The canal borders the woodland on two sides as well. The pool  filled up with water when the snow melted and so you can take quite interesting photographs. 

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This weeks blogging review

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The snow has kept on coming this week and at the time of writing, I’m expecting more. We do expect the weather to improve over the weekend though. I noticed a patch on my roof where the snow is melting, it’s over the hatch to the loft which isn’t insulated. Heat’s escaping! Have you looked at your roof?

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