Weight and Stuff Report – 3 January 2015

Weight down a wee bit today.

Well, the moderately long break is almost over, and I’ll be going back to work on Monday  :wah:

So today, it was back to the usual routine of breakfast at Frankie & Benny’s followed by a bit of shopping in Tesco’s. Once I was home from there, I decided to go out with the camera, even though it was a bit cloudy, and I’d had to dodge some half-hearted rain earlier.

I had a specific target in mind – Hylton Castle, which I’ve been meaning to visit for a while. I’d eventually worked out the easiest way to get there – Metro to Sunderland, then a bus which stops very close to the location. I managed that, and by the time I got there, the sky was clear, and the sun was shining. I took a lot of photos, which I’ll need to sort out later, but here’s one to be going on with:

Hylton Castle

Hylton Castle

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/90s
Focal length 23.3mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:49, 3 January, 2015
Location 54° 55.3468′ 0″ N 1° 26.6089′ 0″ W

But wait, there’s more. While looking at the bus details, I found that the same bus stopped at the North East Aircraft Museum, which is another item that’s been on my tuit list for, err, a while. So after taking all the photos I wanted to at the castle, I went back to the bus stop, and caught the next bus for a few more stops. I found the place easily enough, paid £5 to get in and the first thing I saw was this lovely Vulcan:

Vulcan

Vulcan

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/140s
Focal length 23.3mm
ISO 400
Taken 14:27, 3 January, 2015

Not quite as much fun as seeing in in the air, but great to be able to get so close.  And talking of getting close, one of the museum attendants kindly let me over the barrier to have a play with their English Electric Lightning, and even took a photo for me (hmmm, should have set the X-T1 to fully auto before handing it over, I guess, but hey, it’s me and a Lightning!).

Lightning (and me)

Lightning (and me)

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/180s
Focal length 32.6mm
ISO 400
Taken 14:33, 3 January, 2015

After a moderate wander around their nifty collection (which will get another visit sooner or later), I went back to the bus stop and took the bus all the way to Newcastle, which was probably quicker than going back to Sunderland and getting the Metro.

And then I came home.