The “Black Country” is the name given to a region of the West Midlands in England. During the Industrial Revolution the area became heavily industrialised, with coal mining, iron foundries, brickworks and steel mills. The name is believed to have come from from the soot from the heavy industries that covered the area.
The Black Country Museum was opened in 1978 and is an open-air museum of shops, houses and industrial buildings that have been relocated and rebuilt to form a village covering over 100,000 square metres, demonstrating the history of the area, with a focus on 1850 to 1950.
The following photographs were taken on our visit there in April 2018. All were taken with a Canon EOS 60D and processed in Lightroom, with the black and white conversion done using “Tonality” as a Lightroom plug-in.
The Mine Shaft
In the Butcher’s window!
Sacks of Straw
A Barrel of…
The Hardware Store
A bit of “street photography” at and around the art market in Hitchin – photographs taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ70 and converted to black & white with Lightroom.
On holiday in Cornwall, we spent a day on Bodmin Moor.
Our walk started in the village of Minions!
First stop: a stone circle close to the village called “The Hurlers”. Local legend claims these were men who were turned to stone for “hurling” on a Sunday.Note the tin mine in the background – we’ll return to that on the way back.
The walk continues, with our destination – the granite tor known as “The Cheesewring”, clearly visible in the distance.
The name came about because the piled stones resemble a “cheesewring”, which was a press-like device once used to make cheese. It is a natural formation, caused by wind-erosion, although local legend claims that it was the result of a stone-throwing contest between two giants!
The view from the top:
The road back down to Minions passes the old tin mine seen in the background from The Hurlers:
And then back into Minions for a Cornish Cream Tea at the “Hurlers Halt”:
All photographs taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ70 – except the “Hurlers Halt” which was taken on an earlier trip in 2005!
Luton Carnival generally takes place each year over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
It is the largest one-day carnival in the UK, second only to the Notting Hill Carnival, which is a two-day event.
All photographs taken with a Canon EOS60D with a Tamron 70-300mm lens and processed in Lightroom.
Although I was born in Hitchin, I grew up in Letchworth Garden City. Every year, a “food festival” is held in the town centre. Here are a few photographs from this year’s event:
Old Vodka (and young salesperson!)
She Sells Sausages