Weight and Stuff Report – 5 November 2011

Back down a bit today, making it the sixth consecutive day with my weight at, or below the 220 pounds line. Just need to keep going…

Having done my washing yesterday, and with the weather being a bit better, I went for a walk this afternoon. I started with a walk round the park, which was pretty quiet apart from the people setting up the bonfire and fireworks for tonight’s display. I got a few pictures with the iPhone, including this of a nicely autumnal path:

Autumn

Autumn

I then paid one of my ridiculously rare visits to the remarkably good and remarkably local Shipley Art Gallery, where quite apart from the excellent paintings on show, I was delighted by the exhibition of jewellery made from nylon monofilament by Nora Fok. Beautiful delicate shapes, wonderful colours and all individually hand made.

I then walked into Newcastle via the High Level Bridge, taking a picture using Instagram

 

High Level Bridge

High Level Bridge

on the way. By this time, the previously dull sky had cleared, so I had a good view of the bridges reflecting in the Tyne.

Tyne Reflections

Tyne Reflections

As I approached St Nicholas’ Cathedral, I took a picture using the railway arch as a frame.

St Nicholas Cathedral

St Nicholas Cathedral

I was quite pleased with this one – I haven’t tweaked it at all, other than reducing the size for web use. I was expecting the iPhone to expose the sky and sunlit buildings nicely and leave the inside of the arch as nothing more than a shadow, but it’s actually done rather better than that. If you click to see the larger image, you should be able to see some nice detail in the stones of the arch.

I then paid an even rarer visit to the Cathedral itself. If I’ve ever been in before, it was so long ago that my memory of it has faded completely, so I suspect I never have. It’s got all the usual things you expect from a large mediaeval church – lots of stained glass, some of which is seriously impressive, loads of monuments, soaring arches and all that. But what I wasn’t expecting was the quite seriously impressive wood carvings around the choir stalls. Exquisite work, and definitely worth a visit.

After that, I gad a more general wander around the shops before getting the bus home. Garmin has the map and stuff.

 

5 thoughts on “Weight and Stuff Report – 5 November 2011

  1. alf stone

    I much prefer the pictorial evidence of your peregrinations to the maps perhaps because it is something I do myself quite often. I have even taken to snapping pictures from the back of the bus on my journeys to and from the town. I have got some weird effects with the combination of mucky windows and reflections. I do get some funny looks but I get them any time I point the camera.

    I walked through the park today about mid-afternoon and the bonfire was still smouldering unattended and nobody had bothered to clear up the mess from last night, it was disgusting but the seagulls were having a field day feeding on the discarded food. I usually take a short cut across the green with the dog but that was out of the question today because it was like a quagmire from the vehicles that had criss crossed the sodden turf.

  2. alf stone

    Yes it is a lovely word which I learned in my youth from my boss who was a peripatetic teacher who always insisted on telling us of her peregrinations. Can you imagine discussing peripatetic peregrinations in Gateshead? All this was just a stone’s throw from where you live. I worked for the local education authority in the building at the junction of Prince Consort Road and Shipcote Terrace next door to the Shipley Art Gallery.

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