Archive for May 2008
Away from South Shields
Whilst South Shields does not suffer quite as much hustle and bustle as it’s neighbours Sunderland or Newcastle, it is still a fair bit busier than many UK small towns and cities. So it does us some good to get away from time to time just in order to relax in the quiet English countryside and breathe a fresher air which wafts from a different coast.
That’s why we had a few days away in the Lake District recently, so I thought I’d share this picture of Ullswater, taken just outside of the small village of Pooley Bridge where we were staying. The lakeshore was fairly quiet despite the local population having been boosted by thousands of campers taking a good break over the Bank Holiday weekend, and the waters had receded a fair bit because of a lack of rain over recent months. Still, it was good place to find solitude and a quiet walk as the sun went down.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 40mm lens, /180 second, f11, iso 200
A full view of the MV Thomson Celebration berthed opposite the Mill Dam, South Shields a few days ago.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 57mm lens, 1/90 second, f22, iso 200
New face on the Tyne
The MS Thomson Celebration was a recent visitor to the River Tyne, and the cruise ship was pictured as she berthed at the Northumbria Quay on the north bank. She sports five bars and two lounges, three restaurants, a disco, two whirpools, a beauty salon, a health spa, a casino, a sports club, a nightclub, a cinema, a video games lounge, a library, three launderettes and internet access. She normally cruises the Mediterranean. In short, enough to keep you occupied as you spend, spend, spend, on board!
I pictured her from the Mill Dam in South Shields.
Camera details; Pentax K100D,450mm lens, 1/250 second, f22, iso 200
Pots for plenty
South Shields Daily Photo will be back at the keyboard and back to normal later today after a well earned rest in the English Lake District. This is the final picture illustrating the start to the Jarrow Festival and it shows hand made pottery produced on site at Bede’s World for it’s gift shop.
The design is a replication of Saxon relics found nearby.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 35mm lens, 1/10 second, f4, iso 200
Great Grey Owl
Wise old owl or a hunting bird?
This Great Grey owl belonged to a falconry display team which also included hawks, eagles, and falcons. Children from South Shields, Jarrow, and Hebburn were certainly captivated by the ability of these birds of prey at the medieval fayre in Jarrow, and it was fascinating to watch them at work.
I was captivated by it’s face more than anything else!
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/125 second, f5.6, iso 200
The guys from South Shields Daily Photo were quite surprised at the agility of these warriors on horseback. They were demonstrating the effectiveness of the battle sword used in the 12th century at the medieval fayre in Jarrow at the start of the festival week. Cabbages mounted on poles were used to represent human heads- you can clearly see the results of the encounter.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 1/750 second, f5.6, iso 200
Well armed medieval housewife!
I’m not sure if this crossbow belongs to her or her husband, if it’s hers I hope he gets back from the pub in good time! Apparently this type of crossbow was purposely made small enough to conceal underneath one’s clothing.
I wonder if these were ever used to defend South Shields?
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/350 second, f8, iso 200