Weight and Stuff Report – 24 June 2017

Weight: 237.1 pounds (16 stone 13.1 pounds, 107.5 kg)
Steps: 9,726

What’s this? Down again? Well, apparently so…

Today’s outing was to Seaton Deleval Hall, which it’s taken me a while to get around to visiting. It’s about 45 minutes from Newcastle on one of those buses that takes a very meandering route, but gets there eventually. I had a good look around the place – it’s an odd mix of nicely preserved rooms in one wing and a just saved in time before it could fall down near ruin in the other. And it’s got formal gardens, woodland, and more to enjoy. And it’s always good to flash my National Trust card to get into places!

This is a view of the entrance to the not quite in perfect condition part of the hall:

Seaton Deleval Hall

Seaton Deleval Hall

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/220s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:47, 24 June, 2017
Location 55° 4.9185′ 0″ N 1° 29.7484′ 0″ W

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 June 2017

Weight: 239.6 pounds (17 stone 1.6 pounds, 108.7 kg)
Steps: 4,019

Down again today…

In a break with tradition, Friday did not start with a sausage sarnie, as I had to catch a train and visit a far distant outpost known as “Teesside”, where I talked to some people and did some things of a work-related nature. And after that, I returned to Newcastle for a couple of hours before coming home.

This is a detail of the statue of Henry Pease at Saltburn. The wiki-linky-thingy will tell you all about him, so I won’t provide a summary.

Henry Pease

Henry Pease

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/900s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:41, 17 June, 2017
Location 54° 35.084′ 0″ N 0° 58.7449′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 21 June 2017

Weight: 240.1 pounds (17 stone 2.1 pounds, 108.9 kg)
Steps: 2,159

Up again on another hot day that started with a moderately dramatic thunderstorm, which kindly stopped before I had to go to work.

This is a view of Saltburn Valley Gardens.

Saltburn Valley Gardens

Saltburn Valley Gardens

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/320s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:49, 17 June, 2017
Location 54° 34.9347′ 0″ N 0° 58.1392′ 0″ W

Time for some fresh moos

It’s been all of five years and about as many cameras since I got my last batch of cards from those nice Moo [1] people, and while I was sorting out my new camera bag last week, I realised I didn’t have many left[2], and more to the point, the old ones didn’t have my spiffy logo. So, I decided it was time to create some more. I went for a smaller range of designs this time – just four photos that I’m quite fond of, with the new logo and the usual contact details on the back.

Just for a change, I went for the gloss finish this time – for the photos I’d selected, it seemed like it would be a better option. After some dithering (and locating a 10% discount code), I placed the order last Wednesday night. As these are custom print jobs, I wasn’t particularly concerned that the estimated delivery date was this Friday. I did suspect they might be a bit quicker than that when I got the despatch notification on Friday, with delivery now estimated for tomorrow. But I wasn’t all that surprised when they arrived yesterday. And here they are:

Moo!

Moo!

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/40s
Focal length 34.2mm
ISO 800
Taken 19:29, 20 June, 2017

As always, a photo of a photo doesn’t really do it justice – these cards really do look very good indeed – the images are clear, sharp and bright and the gloss finish sets them off just as I’d hoped.

If you meet me in real life, I’ll probably offer you a card!

[1] Note: that’s a referral link – if you buy through that, I’ll get a little something
[2] Well, I might have some more which I’ll have put in one of those safe places…

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 June 2017

Weight: 238.5 pounds (17 stone 0.5 pounds, 108.2 kg)
Steps: 2,036

Up again today, despite having nearly melted yesterday. It was a bit cooler today, and tomorrow we’re threatened with thunderstorms, rain, hail, plagues of locusts, double-glazing salesmen and other horrors. I may have made some of those up.

Here’s a nice bit of wall art in Saltburn

Bubbleflies?

Bubbleflies?

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/5
Shutter speed 1/640s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:08, 17 June, 2017
Location 54° 35.1741′ 0″ N 0° 58.2385′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 June 2017

Weight: 237.4 pounds (16 stone 13.4 pounds, 107.7 kg)
Steps: 2,101

Down again on another hot day…

This is a sculpture called Signal, located in Saltburn Valley Gardens. I was going for a dramatic into the light kind of view:

Signal

Signal

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/480s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:46, 17 June, 2017
Location 54° 35.017′ 0″ N 0° 58.1286′ 0″ W

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 18 June 2017

Weight: 237.7 pounds (16 stone 13.7 pounds, 107.8 kg)

Up again today after yesterday’s big drop, but that was expected. Having slightly worn myself out yesterday, I stayed in bed longer than usual this morning, and had a quiet day in, getting the  washing and ironing done, what fun…

Here’s a view of Saltburn

Saltburn-by-the-sea

Saltburn-by-the-sea

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/13
Shutter speed 1/250s
Focal length 25.7mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:28, 17 June, 2017
Location 54° 35.1416′ 0″ N 0° 58.2663′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 June 2017

Weight: 236.2 pounds (16 stone 12.2 pounds, 107.1 kg)
Steps: 9,352

That’s a big drop today, but it’s a “just got home on a hot day” figure, so is definitely a temporary wossname.

Having done the shopping quite early, I took myself to Saltburn for a visit. This involves getting to Darlington (frequent comfortable trains from Newcastle) then getting an undersized, overcrowded and under ventilated cattle truck via Middlesbrough and Redcar. Once there, I walked down a mind-bogglingly steep hill, wandered around a park, strolled onto the pier, ride the funicular railway then came home on an even more crowded cattle truck (the previous one having been cancelled because the cattle complained, or some such reason).

There seems to have been an outbreak of knitting on the pier, which includes these guys. As I always say, everything is better with penguins, so here they are:

Penguins!

Penguins!

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/8000s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:03, 17 June, 2017