Archive for August 2009
Nothing to see here
“He’s gone, skedaddled, and took half of his folks with him, you may as well go join them.
He’s took his photoblogging to a new home, South Shields Daily Pictures I think they call it, why don’t you bookmark it, or stick it in your favourites? I was sick of him sitting here every day hogging the keyboard with his insane infatuation of posting a picture here every day. 1,131 times he’s done it now, so I told him it’s time to have a rest. Isn’t it just a bit silly trying to find a new picture of South Shields every day of your life? So I told him to go get a new website where he isn’t pressuring himself to post something every day, somewhere he can show off the best bits and not the boring mundane dross. That’s why he’s gone, so he can spend a bit more time with me and the children.
He’ll still put something here every now and then, but not every day, so run along and have a look at his new place, you might like it.
Now get off my lawn”
South Shields harbour
A bit like this photoblog really, sailing off across a new horizon, tomorrow sees us looking for greener pastures, if you want to come along for the journey you can join me at South Shields Daily Pictures which already has a reasonable following.
You will find it has the familiar look and feel of a regular photoblog, starting with the current day’s picture and navigation that will take you backwards to the previous day, or to the archive where you can see thumbnails of all the pictures posted, or forwards to the next day. Commenting is just as easy using an email address (which is never seen or published), and your name or pseudonym. That’s it, nice and simple, hope to see you there after the last regular posting here tomorrow.
This blog will be left in place to allow folks to make a journey through South Shields life and to leave their comments, I will be making some irregular postings in the future so it is worth checking now and then, but certainly not on a daily basis after posting 1,130 images so far. Thanks for your support over these past three years and may I look forward to seeing you all in the new place.
Squirrels in South Shields
This picture has been submitted by one of the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board, the liveliest forum in South Tyneside with over 180,000 posts to keep Geordies, ex pats, and friends amused. Today’s fine picture of a grey squirrel was taken in Harton Cemetery in South Shields just a few mornings ago, the odd thing is, as a 52 year old, I’ve never seen a squirrel in South Shields during the whole of my lifetime and I live next to a large park. I am told by a number of people that there are squirrels in the West Park, I keep looking but have never seen them, I do know we have squirrels in Coulthard Park, Cleadon Village because I’ve photographed them in the past.
This excellent picture was submitted by 49 year old South Shields man Brian Riley who is a keen amateur photographer.
Camera details: Nikon D 90, Sigma 150 – 500 mm lens (435mm equivalent for this shot), 1/30 second, f10, iso 400
This site will no longer be regularly updated after the end of August, I will only be posting on an occasional basis, regular postings of my newer pictures are now available in South Shields Daily Pictures. If you are a regular visitor here, thank you for your support over the past three years and 1000 odd posts, and if you are new here I hope you enjoy my photographs and you too might like to visit the new site and bookmark it or add it to your favourites.
BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) baps (large bread buns) only £1.50, – see even the the sandwich bars in South Shields are having to find more imaginative ways to entice their customers off the streets and into the shop!
Found this fellow advertising in Dean Road, South Shields.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 75mm lens, 1/1000 second, f5.6, iso 200
Aka British Summer Time
The Tyneside Metro light rail travel system brings thousands of visitors and commuters into and out of South Shields every day. We rely on it greatly in the summer months to bring visitors to our sea front area with it’s wonderful parks, beaches, funfair, Market Place, shops and err……..the British Summer weather makes all the difference!
This is Chichester Metro station, not far from my home, thankfully this heavy downpour didn’t last long.
Cropped from a larger image.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/30 second, f13, iso 200
This is the memorial wheel erected to commemorate the deaths of the 51 men and boys who were killed in an explosion at the St. Hilda’s Colliery in South Shields on 28th. June 1839. It has recently been cleaned up and given a new home just yards from the mine shaft where the disaster occurred, after the building of a new supermarket in the town.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/1000 second, f8, iso 200
I guess South Shields really is little different from many other towns in the UK as we all deal with the economic recession. The larger retailers apparently favour out of town developments with free car parking, bus stations and rail links! Many of the more traditional shops are no longer there and our town centres fill up with charity shops, pound shops, discount retailers, and pawnbrokers.
This one is at the foot of Fowler Street.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 75mm lens, 1/250 second, f5.6, iso 200