It was the late May bank holiday weekend which meant that it was time for the Luton Carnival. As per the last few years, the carnival procession took a circular route around Wardown Park, starting and ending on the New Bedford Road. This year I positioned myself near the start rather than half-way round as I had done in previous years. Besides meaning there was less waiting for the procession to arrive, it also meant that the various groups were a bit closer together and they hadn’t had the time to spread out along the route.
All photographs taken with a Canon EOS 60D with a Tamron 70-300 lens and processed using Adobe Lightroom.
It was the May Day Bank Holiday and we visited the Chiltern Open Air Museum for their “May Day Merriment” weekend. We attended this event last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, so we decided to go again. The Suffolk Free Company were again providing a Tudor re-enactment, with period music from Myal Pyper (pictured above). In addition, the museum has a collection of re-erected historic buildings.
The Iron-Age House
The Nissen Hut
Inside the Nissen Hut
The Shepherd’s Living Van
Barrel and Can
The Suffolk Free Company
All photographs processed in Adobe Lightroom and converted to monochrome using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
This time in 2006, Luton Town had just completed a successful season in The Championship, finishing 10th. It’s been a long 13 years since then, with three consecutive relegations in 2007, 2008 & 2009 and five seasons in non-league before the return journey finally began in 2014 with promotion back to the Football League. A second promotion from League 2 to League 1 followed 12 months ago and yesterday, a 3-1 home win against Oxford confirmed Luton as champions of League 1. Next season, we will be playing in the The Championship once again!
The promotion celebrations took place today in St George’s Square, Luton.
Club Captain, Alan Sheehan.
Harry Cornick (in the ICON hat).
Chairman David Wilkinson raises the trophy.
Top-scorer James Collins
Luton Mayor, Naseem Ayub
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu – the only member of the side that won promotion back to the Football League in 2014 still with the club.
Danny Hylton – still on crutches following surgery on his knee.
The bluebells were out last week but we thought they’d be better this week… and they were! The light was very different too – it was an overcast day compared to last week’s bright sunshine, so the photographs look very different.
All photographs taken with a Canon EOS 60D and a Canon 40mm F2.8 “Pancake” lens.
Processed using Adobe Lightroom and Skylum Luminar (as a Lightroom plug-in.)
Hitch Wood is an area of deciduous woodland a few miles outside Hitchin, near the village of Preston. At this time of year it’s an excellent place for bluebells. Although the bluebells were out, they are not yet at their best and another trip next week is planned.
All photographs taken with a Canon EOS60D and the EF-S 18-55 kit lens. Processed using Lightroom and Luminar.