Luton Carnival 2019

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.

Lavenham

Lavenham is a picturesque village in Suffolk with a large number of Tudor buildings.

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The Priory

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Lamp and Beams

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Wisteria Wall

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The Crooked House – now a tea room

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De Vere House – once stayed in by Henry VII and also used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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There was a 1940s weekend on at the time.

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Hats

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Red and White

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I thought this close up of a wall made a good “abstract”

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Stained glass window in the church.

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Lavenham Lady – cropped from the “Hats” photograph above.

All photographs taken with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70.

Chiltern Open Air Museum

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.

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The Iron-Age House

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The Nissen Hut

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Inside the Nissen Hut

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The Shepherd’s Living Van

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Roof Detail

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Barrel and Can

The Suffolk Free Company

All photographs processed in Adobe Lightroom and converted to monochrome using Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Full Circle

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.

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Harry Cornick (in the ICON hat).

IMG_7850Chairman David Wilkinson raises the trophy.

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James Justin

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Top-scorer James Collins

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Luton Mayor, Naseem Ayub

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George Moncur

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Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu – the only member of the side that won promotion back to the Football League in 2014 still with the club.

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Danny Hylton – still on crutches following surgery on his knee.

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Luke Berry

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Manager Mick Harford

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Elliot Lee

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Raising the trophy!

 

 

 

Return to Hitch Wood

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.)

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge is one of our regular “go to” places.  It’s always worth multiple visits as the gardens are very different at different times of the year.

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Reach for the sky.

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Silver birches

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White & Yellow

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Orange

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Sundial.  The time was wrong though – still on GMT!

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Wisteria Window

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Woodland Walk

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The mysterious “thing”

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Face to Face

Statues of fawns at the entrance to one of the gardens.

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House and Garden

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Front view of the house.

Hitch Wood

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.

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All photographs taken with a Canon EOS60D and the EF-S 18-55 kit lens.  Processed using Lightroom and Luminar.