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Weight and Stuff Report – 27 June 2017

Weight: 238.2 pounds (17 stone 0.2 pounds, 108 kg)
Steps: 2,283

Up another little bit today. I blame the rain.

Talking of wet things, here’s a non-operational fountain thingy at Seaton Deleval Hall

Something fishy going on here

Something fishy going on here

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/950s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:55, 24 June, 2017
Location 55° 4.9186′ 0″ N 1° 29.8859′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 June 2017

Weight: 237.8 pounds (16 stone 13.8 pounds, 107.9 kg)
Steps: 2,409

Back up again today…

You know, this kind of thing has been bothering me for ages. It seems almost every town and village in the country has a sign on the way in making demands of this nature:

Must I?

Must I?

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed 1/170s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:01, 24 June, 2017
Location 55° 5.0726′ 0″ N 1° 29.5406′ 0″ W

I have a couple of problems with this:

  1. I don’t drive at all, so demanding that I do it carefully seems a bit silly
  2. Why is there no sign on the way out saying something like “OK, do what the heck you like now, we don’t care”? Hmm? Hmm?

And isn’t Seaton Sluice a delightful name?

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 June 2017

Weight: 236.9 pounds (16 stone 12.9 pounds, 107.5 kg)
Steps: 4,187

What’s this? Down again?! Well, so it seems…

It was a slightly different Sunday, as it started with doing some work-realted stuff that needed doing, and that for reasons I won’t bore you with wasn’t the kind of thing to do during working hours, or even an early evening. It all went as planned, so that wasn’t so bad.

After that, I went into Newcastle for a couple of hours, more to have a walk in the quite pleasant weather than anything, though I did pay a visit to the Discovery Museum.

And then I came home.

Seaton Deleval Hall has some quite nifty, if occasionally violent, sculptures:

I'm sensing a lot of anger around here

I’m sensing a lot of anger around here

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/800s
Focal length 22mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:14, 24 June, 2017
Location 55° 4.952′ 0″ N 1° 29.8099′ 0″ W

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…