BRIAN REID PHOTOGRAPHER

A St Neots Sunday

Monday, 20 May 2024
A St Neots Sunday

It was a sunny Sunday in St Neots yesterday and that brought out plenty of families. The mini-railway was doing a roaring trade. I questioned the lady...

Almost Peak Colour in the Swiss Garden

Saturday, 18 May 2024
Almost Peak Colour in the Swiss Garden

I do not appologise for regularly posting images from the Swiss Garden as it varies through the year and on a late spring Friday there was plenty of...

A Little Touch of Dartmoor in Bedfordshire

Thursday, 16 May 2024
A Little Touch of Dartmoor in Bedfordshire

The Dartmoor ponies are back at the Lodge and seem to have settled in pretty quickly. They are a nice addition for us enjoying walks around the reserve....

Colour on the Ground but not in the Sky :-(

Sunday, 12 May 2024
Colour on the Ground but not in the Sky :-(

My home is fine for terrestrial colour but generally unsuitable for celestial colour so I generally do not bother to search the heavens when the northern...

The Joy of Old Warden

Saturday, 11 May 2024
The Joy of Old Warden

One of the benefits from living in this corner of Cambridgeshire is proximity to Old Warden Aerodrome which houses the Shuttleworth Collection and the...

Lyveden New Bield, enhanced

Friday, 10 May 2024
Lyveden New Bield, enhanced

It has been a while since I visited Lyveden New Bield, a National Trust site near Corby. It is in a wonderfully isolated location, no traffic noise,...

May Bank Holiday Around Home

Monday, 6 May 2024
May Bank Holiday Around Home

May has arrived and the early May Bank Holiday is here. It is an interesting time of the year as we are in full transition from spring to summer. We,...

Moggerhanger Music Session May 2024

Friday, 3 May 2024
Moggerhanger Music Session May 2024

The monthly Wednesday music session at Moggerhanger Village Hall was another great evening. Although It is great when we have a full house it was a little...

Priory Country Park for a Quick Walk

Wednesday, 1 May 2024
Priory Country Park for a Quick Walk

I had a little shopping to do at IKEA in Milton Keynes so dropped into the Priory Country Park in Bedford for a little exercise on the way. It was a...

Olly's 425th Birthday

Monday, 29 April 2024
Olly's 425th Birthday

I was not aware that the 425th was a major birthday but in Huntingdon it is. The Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell was born there in 1599. He was unable...

Back Home

Friday, 26 April 2024
Back Home

It has been a slow return after my dash home from Toulouse but all is going in the right direction so I took a quick walk at Old Warden yesterday. It...

France 2024 Day 16 Go North Young Man (Part 2)

Sunday, 21 April 2024
France 2024 Day 16 Go North Young Man (Part 2)

I have just been watching hardy kite surfers from the hotel window, see headline picture, which confirms I have reached the channel ready for tomorrow...

France 2024 Day 15 Go North Young Man (Part 1)

Saturday, 20 April 2024
France 2024 Day 15 Go North Young Man (Part 1)

As noted, my trip came of the rails, yesterday, when the tummy bug did not settle down after a day resting in the hotel in Toulouse. It was clear that...

France 2024 Day 13 Stormy Weather

Friday, 19 April 2024
France 2024 Day 13 Stormy Weather

Yesterday was not a great day. My plan had been a jaunt up to 7000ft in the Pyrrenees to look at the solar furnace at Font Romeu but a look out of the...

France 2024 Day 12 From the Moutains to the Sea

Wednesday, 17 April 2024
France 2024 Day 12 From the Moutains to the Sea

A few of the upcoming days, including this one, are driving days with a few interesting places along the way, Today I kicked off in Millau with a look...

France 2024 Day 11 Catching up with one I missed in the past, the Gorge du Tarn

Tuesday, 16 April 2024
France 2024 Day 11 Catching up with one I missed in the past, the Gorge du Tarn

The early part of the day could have been any place as I rolled along main roads, bypassing all of the interesting places with a stop for electricity...

France 2024 Day 10 "Lots" to See

Monday, 15 April 2024
France 2024 Day 10 Lots to See

Time for a nice gentle day exploring the Lot and Célé valleys just east of Cahors. Both rivers meander through valleys with steep cliffs and the Lot...

France 2024 Day 9 Ups and Downs and Rocamadour

Sunday, 14 April 2024
France 2024 Day 9 Ups and Downs and Rocamadour

After intensive sightseeing over the past three days, today was planned as an easy day with just two locations en route between Brive and Cahors, the...

France 2024 Day 8 Vinyards, Chateaux and Big Rivers

Saturday, 13 April 2024
France 2024 Day 8 Vinyards, Chateaux and Big Rivers

Today could have been hard work and a little stressful based on the distance travelled. I chose to base myself at Brive-Le-Galliard for two reasons....

France 2024 Day 7 Down A Big Hole

Saturday, 13 April 2024
France 2024 Day 7 Down A Big Hole

I had a selection of places of interest today from view points along the Dordogne to Medieval Towns, closed chateaux, a massive waterfall and a very...

France 2024 Day 6 Haute Dordogne

Thursday, 11 April 2024
France 2024 Day 6 Haute Dordogne

I have three days here in Brive and the first was spent in the Haute Dordogne including along the Corretz and Ceré rivers. It was a chilly start again...

France 2024 Day 5 Heading South

Wednesday, 10 April 2024
France 2024 Day 5 Heading South

Today was a traveling and visiting day heading south from Amboise to Brive-Le-Galliard with a stop with Susan and Charlie in Chalais in Parc Naturel...

France 2024 Day 4 Another Fine Day in the Loire Valley

Tuesday, 9 April 2024
France 2024 Day 4 Another Fine Day in the Loire Valley

“If I see one more incredible chateau…..”. This is just the mousse bouche so to speak with the main event of this trip further south. It has not let...

France 2024 Day 3 "Four Chateaux and a Fortress"

Monday, 8 April 2024
France 2024 Day 3 Four Chateaux and a Fortress

I was all set for cool and damp and then the sun came out quickly followed by my fedora and sunglasses. No complaints here and a good test of the car...

France 2024 Day 2 Ouistreham to Chinon

Sunday, 7 April 2024
France 2024 Day 2 Ouistreham to Chinon

Time for a bit of proper France. Today I left the channel at Ouistreham and headed for the Loire Valley via Le Mans for a quick run around the bits of...

France 2024 Day 1 St Neots to Ouistreham

Saturday, 6 April 2024
France 2024 Day 1 St Neots to Ouistreham

It is great to be on a trip again and so far so good, almost! The driving was fine with the usual delays on the M25, a quick charge at Portsmouth and...

Moggerhanger Music Session April 2024

Friday, 5 April 2024
Moggerhanger Music Session April 2024

Wow the monthly Wednesday music session at Moggerhanger Village Hall was a sell out, except nobody had to pay. The challenge was fitting all of the excellent...

Sunshine at Old Warden

Tuesday, 2 April 2024
Sunshine at Old Warden

A look out of the window when I woke up and a quick check of the day’s weather forecast, yesterday, told me it was a good morning for a visit to the...

Standing Tall in Cambridge

Saturday, 30 March 2024
Standing Tall in Cambridge

Over the years it has been common for charities to work with artists to create interesting sculptures which are distributed around local towns and cities....

Spring in Bedford

Monday, 25 March 2024
Spring in Bedford

A sunny Sunday morning along the Embankment in Bedford makes for a lovely spring walk. The town always puts on a display of flowers through the year...

Some Aeroplanes

Friday, 22 March 2024
Some Aeroplanes

A Thursday morning at Old Warden and time to look at a few aeroplanes in the Shuttleworth Collection and others. The Tiger Moths arrived a while back...

A weekend at the Seaside

Tuesday, 19 March 2024
A weekend at the Seaside

I spent the weekend in Scotland, mainly at Southerness on the Solway Firth, with family. Our digs were my sister and brother-in-law’s “van” close to...

Godmanchester in the Sunshine

Sunday, 10 March 2024
Godmanchester in the Sunshine

It was a lovely, mild sunny morning yesterday and I thought “I haven’t been to Godmanchester for a while”. A quick check of the flood notes confirmed...

Moggerhanger Music Session March 2024

Friday, 8 March 2024
Moggerhanger Music Session March 2024

Our monthly Wednesday music sessions at Moggerhanger Village Hall continues to provide opportunties for musicians and entertainment for all who come...

A Weekend Around Home

Monday, 4 March 2024
A Weekend Around Home

Yup a bit of stormy weather around this weekend. The headline shot from the RSPB Lodge Reserve shows the Langford wind farm over Biggleswade with a bank...

Down in the South West

Saturday, 2 March 2024
Down in the South West

Despite a bit of precipitation it was lovely to spend a few days down in Dorset with Helen, Paul and Alistair. Tuesday was chilly but dry and we headed...

St Ives Interprint

Sunday, 25 February 2024
St Ives Interprint

Above is nice genuine waterfront property in St Ives! I was there yesterday to enjoy the annual St Ives Interprint photo exhibition. This event showcases...

The Americans Call it a "Threepeat"

Friday, 23 February 2024
The Americans Call it a Threepeat

Flooded again, yesterday. Three times so far this year although again the levels are slightly lower than the previous inundation. I believe it is worth...

My Locale

Thursday, 22 February 2024
My Locale

Today’s post features a selection of photos from my regular local walks, this week, showing some of the signs of spring but also the continuing high...

Time for a Walk Around Ely

Friday, 16 February 2024
Time for a Walk Around Ely

It has been a while since I took the drive over to the Isle of Ely and its famous cathedral “The Ship of The Fens” last seen last week on the horizon...

Around and About

Monday, 12 February 2024
Around and About

I have been out and about in Cambridge and at Old Warden where there remains plenty of water. No punts on the Cam, I guess because the river is running...

I Get A Strange Feeling Of Deja Vu

Saturday, 10 February 2024
I Get A Strange Feeling Of Deja Vu

Yes we had a day of rain and now our second flood in a month. We are lucky that there is a flood management system in place for the town and I am personally...

Moggerhanger Music Session February 2024

Friday, 9 February 2024
Moggerhanger Music Session February 2024

Our monthly Wednesday music sessions at Moggerhanger Village Hall go from strength to strength. With so many musicians on deck we ran a bit later than...

A Couple Of Local Favourites

Tuesday, 6 February 2024
A Couple Of Local Favourites

There are a couple of places that are a short drive from home which are always worth a visit. In this case the locations are Wicken Fen and its historic...

Old Warden a Place of Variety

Friday, 2 February 2024
Old Warden a Place of Variety

I popped down to Old Warden yesterday for a wander around the Swiss Garden and to look through the Shuttleworth Collection. Both are worth frequent visits...

Snowdrops arriving at Anglesey Abbey

Thursday, 1 February 2024
Snowdrops arriving at Anglesey Abbey

As January came to an end I took a run over to Anglesey Abbey to see if the snowdrops were out and some were. This is the busiest time of the year at...

After The Floods

Sunday, 28 January 2024
After The Floods

The flood waters have receded but the river remains high which suggests that there is still a bit of drainage to be done and this is certainly true in...

Naked Trees in Huntingdon

Thursday, 25 January 2024
Naked Trees in Huntingdon

It was time for a service on my hearing aid at the Audiology Department at Hinchinbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, yesterday. Rather than pay the outrageous...

The Ice is Melting Slowly

Monday, 22 January 2024
The Ice is Melting Slowly

The temperature is rising but it will take a while for all of the ice to melt. The ducks in the marina seem happy to stand rather than swim. The black-headed...

Winter in St Neots

Saturday, 20 January 2024
Winter in St Neots

I enjoy my regular walks around the town. We are blessed with paths which take you away from traffic so little noise and pollution. These photos are...

A Chilly Walk At The Lodge

Thursday, 18 January 2024
A Chilly Walk At The Lodge

Brrrrr! It is certainly winter at the moment. That can create some wonderful light as was the case at the Lodge earlier this week. The robins were still...

Winter in the Swiss Garden

Friday, 12 January 2024
Winter in the Swiss Garden

I took a stroll around the Swiss Garden at Old Warden yesterday and it is in its winter clothes, including a little thin ice on the ponds and lake. I...

A Little Sunshine always helps

Wednesday, 10 January 2024
A Little Sunshine always helps

And so the water recedes. Some paths that were flooded are now partially open and the land is still the domain of the waterfowl and herons. The flooding...

A River Runs Through It

Sunday, 7 January 2024
A River Runs Through It

It was inevitable, with the recent rain, that the river Great Ouse would overtop its banks in St Neots so I took a walk up to town to see how serious...

Moggerhanger Music Session January 2024

Friday, 5 January 2024
Moggerhanger Music Session January 2024

What a way to get the New Year off to a musical start with a bumper turnout on Wednesday at Moggerhanger Village Hall.
Here is a link to our Flickr...

Water, Water, Everywhere.....

Tuesday, 2 January 2024
Water, Water, Everywhere.....

Boy has it been wet for a couple of weeks and that creates an inevitable result, flooding. A common flooding area is around the south side of the River...

A Little Glimpse of Edinburgh at Christmas

Wednesday, 27 December 2023
A Little Glimpse of Edinburgh at Christmas

It was a nice clear winter day yesterday and Anne and I met up with cousin Alison and Alan for a stroll around the city centre to check out the lights...

Unbelievably Still Wet!

Sunday, 24 December 2023
Unbelievably Still Wet!

It was a nice way to spend this Christmas eve morning with a wander around Holyrood Palace. The public area has some cracking rooms and a lot of portraits...

It Sometime Rains in Scotland

Saturday, 23 December 2023
It Sometime Rains in Scotland

I know it is hard to believe but it does occasionally rain in Scotland as it has done today. I spent the night at my brother Jim’s house in Dumfries...

Moggerhanger Music Session December 2023

Friday, 8 December 2023
Moggerhanger Music Session December 2023

It gets a bit repetetive but it really was another fine evening in Moggerhanger Village Hall on Wednesday 6 December with some great performances. I...

Moggerhanger Music Session November 2023

Friday, 3 November 2023
Moggerhanger Music Session November 2023

It was another fine evening in Moggerhanger Village Hall on Wednesday 1 November with a variety of music by our singers and players. I am sure the listeners...

Moggerhanger Music Session October 2023

Friday, 6 October 2023
Moggerhanger Music Session October 2023

Wow what a turnout at Moggerhanger Village Hall on Wednesday 4 October with a variety of music by a full house of singers and players and listeners....

Ironbridge

Sunday, 1 October 2023
Ironbridge

Back from Ireland I spent the night in Shrewsbury after the ferry crossing allowing me to enjoy a pleasant visit to Ironbridge yesterday morning, which...

Ireland Day 21 - Heading Home

Saturday, 30 September 2023
Ireland Day 21 - Heading Home

I had a few hours before the departure of my ferry to Holyhead on a nice morning. I took a short trip to the harbour and summit in Howth before heading...

Ireland Day 20 - Dublin

Thursday, 28 September 2023
Ireland Day 20 - Dublin

Time for my final full day on this excellent trip to Ireland and I suppose fitting that I spent it in the capital, Dublin. I chose my hotel on the edge...

Ireland Day 19 - Newgrange

Wednesday, 27 September 2023
Ireland Day 19 - Newgrange

This trip has been graced with most weather except snow, so far. Today we had torrential rain interspersed with biblical showers driven by Agnes’s gale...

Ireland Day 18 - County Cavan Lake Country

Tuesday, 26 September 2023
Ireland Day 18 - County Cavan Lake Country

I awoke in Cavan this morning with the rain hammering down. A quick check of the weather radar suggested it might last another hour or so and therefore...

Ireland Day 17 - Where the Mountains of Mourne Come Down to the Sea

Monday, 25 September 2023
Ireland Day 17 - Where the Mountains of Mourne Come Down to the Sea

The title tells a little of the story as I have found where the fabled Mountains of Mourne come down to the sea from the classic folksong. That is not...

Ireland Day 16 - The Causeway Coast

Sunday, 24 September 2023
Ireland Day 16 - The Causeway Coast

I started the day with an opening time visit back to the Giant’s Causeway, which was in my plan either as a second visit with a different approach or...

Ireland Day 15 - From the Wild Atlantic Way to the Causeway Coast

Saturday, 23 September 2023
Ireland Day 15 - From the Wild Atlantic Way to the Causeway Coast

I started the day 600 m from crossing the border into Northern Ireland and initially dipped in and out as I headed up the west shore of Lough Foyle to...

Ireland Day 14 - Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal

Friday, 22 September 2023
Ireland Day 14 - Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal

After a very pleasant stay in Annagry at the best hotel so far, the Caisleain Oir, I continued on along the descriptively named “Around the Mountains...

Ireland Day 13 - Sligo and Donegal

Thursday, 21 September 2023
Ireland Day 13 - Sligo and Donegal

It was a bit of a late start this morning as the hotel had a bizarre breakfast service that did not start till 9:00 am! Not a problem but I am usually...

Ireland Day 12 - Impressive County Mayo

Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Ireland Day 12 - Impressive County Mayo

I had not heard the name County Mayo mentioned by those who had visited Ireland but it has been a revelation. So much less busy than Kerry and Clare...

Ireland Day 11 - The Real Wild Atlantic Way

Tuesday, 19 September 2023
Ireland Day 11 - The Real Wild Atlantic Way

I feel fortunate to have made the choppy trip to Inis More yesterday as the predicted gales arrived overnight so no crossings today. Today it really...

Ireland Day 10 - The Aran Islands

Monday, 18 September 2023
Ireland Day 10 - The Aran Islands

I was not optimistic about the weather for a trip to the Aran Island of Inis More, “the big island”, with moderate wind and showers forecast. In fact...

Ireland Day 9 - Cliffs of Moher and More

Sunday, 17 September 2023
Ireland Day 9 - Cliffs of Moher and More

“T’was a misty moist morning,,,,,,” Today was planned as one of the highlights of this stretch of the trip, the Cliffs of Moher, and it was enjoyable...

Ireland Day 8 - From Limerick to Clare

Saturday, 16 September 2023
Ireland Day 8 - From Limerick to Clare

It has been a gentle day in terms of distance with a walk around central Limerick, a run along the Shannon estuary, a look at the cliffs at Kilkee, the...

Ireland Day 7 - Dingle

Friday, 15 September 2023
Ireland Day 7 - Dingle

Time for a final day in the Kerry peninsulas, this time Dingle. Weather report. It rained all day. Enough said. From Killarney I made a stop at Inch...

Ireland Day 6 - The Ring of Kerry

Thursday, 14 September 2023
Ireland Day 6 - The Ring of Kerry

There is a pattern developing, mornings not to bad and then rain from mid afternoon but not a problem for the most impressive bit of today’s trip around...

Ireland Day 5 - The Ring of Beara

Wednesday, 13 September 2023
Ireland Day 5 - The Ring of Beara

Another day another weather pattern. The day started at the Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff with little wind, chilly and dry. As the morning progressed the...

Ireland Day 4 - A Tale of Two Headlands

Tuesday, 12 September 2023
Ireland Day 4 - A Tale of Two Headlands

The old saying “If you don’t like the weather just hang on for a little while…….” It is certainly true at the moment. When I went to bed last night the...

Ireland Day 3 - Co Wexford and into Co Tipperary

Monday, 11 September 2023
Ireland Day 3 - Co Wexford and into Co Tipperary

It has been a day of variety, places and weather. The morning was generally grey with spits and spots of rain and by mid afternoon those spits and spots...

Arriving in Ireland Day 2

Sunday, 10 September 2023
Arriving in Ireland Day 2

It has been a grey day with torrential rain at times but not at all cold. I charged the car at an open Tesla Supercharger in Carmarthen and took a very...

Off to Ireland Day 1

Saturday, 9 September 2023
Off to Ireland Day 1

Carmarthen, my jumping off point to Ireland, has been fine after one of the worst journeys I have ever endured. Delays added the best part of 2 hours...

Moggerhanger Music Session August 2023

Saturday, 5 August 2023
Moggerhanger Music Session August 2023

It was another enjoyable evening of music at Moggerhanger Village Hall on Wednesday 2 August with the usual variety of music by our loyal cadre of singers...

Moggerhanger Music Session July 2023

Friday, 7 July 2023
Moggerhanger Music Session July 2023

It was another enjoyable evening of music at Moggerhanger Village Hall on Wednesday 5 July  a variety of music by our loyal cadre of singers and players....

Bonnie Scotland Part 2

Friday, 7 July 2023
Bonnie Scotland Part 2

Time to add a part two from my long weekend in Scotland with family and friends. After a fine day at East Fortune next day was a lovely family get together...

Bonnie Scotland Part 1

Wednesday, 5 July 2023
Bonnie Scotland Part 1

It was lovely to spend time with friends and family in Scotland celebrating a big birthday and to enjoy those festivities continuing on my return down...

Moggerhanger Music Session June 2023

Tuesday, 13 June 2023
Moggerhanger Music Session June 2023

I was unable to participate in the excellent Moggerhanger Village Hall Musi session on 7 June 2023 as I was somewhere in the Canadian Rockies. Fortunately...

Canada West Day 35 - Calgary biding time

Sunday, 11 June 2023
Canada West Day 35 - Calgary biding time

No that is not my rental although it has taken a bit of a battering along the way after just over 8,000 km. It passed check at the Hertz return. It is...

Canada West Day 34 - Calgary

Saturday, 10 June 2023
Canada West Day 34 - Calgary

I am not a real cities person, there are exceptions, but my contingency planning for weather allowed a sacrificial day in Calgary and as the weather...

Canada West Day 33 - Back to the Prairie

Friday, 9 June 2023
Canada West Day 33 - Back to the Prairie

Time to drop down east of the Rockies to Calgary on the edge of the prairie. I took the scenic route as it is a short fast journey on the Trans Canada...

Canada West Day 32 - Around Banff

Thursday, 8 June 2023
Canada West Day 32 - Around Banff

Now that I am aware of the numbers of people around I headed off to Tunnel Mountain trailhead at 8:30 and got one of the last two parking spots. It is...

Canada West Day 31 - Lakes and Crowds

Wednesday, 7 June 2023
Canada West Day 31 - Lakes and Crowds

I am based in Banff for a couple of days and chose to head west to Yoho National Park with a stop at the iconic Lake Louise on the way, essentially following...

Canada West Day 30 - The Icefields Parkway

Tuesday, 6 June 2023
Canada West Day 30 - The Icefields Parkway

I have just enjoyed one of the most scenic roads on our planet, the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff. The road climbs from Jasper following the...

Canada West Day 29 - Jasper Day 2

Monday, 5 June 2023
Canada West Day 29 - Jasper Day 2

When I included two full days in Jasper it was to some extent to manage weather but no need as it has been another hot sunny day. As it happens it turned...

Canada West Day 28 - Jasper Day 1

Sunday, 4 June 2023
Canada West Day 28 - Jasper Day 1

This is going to be a long post with so much that was photogenic today around Jasper. First was a trip up the Skytram to Whistler mountain. Timing was...

Canada West Day 27 - The Yellowhead Highway

Saturday, 3 June 2023
Canada West Day 27 - The Yellowhead Highway

Another highway, this time the Yellowhead, back on my plan. This highway follows the Fraser River between the Cariboo and Rocky Mountains and eventually...

Canada West Day 26 - The Cariboo Highway

Friday, 2 June 2023
Canada West Day 26 - The Cariboo Highway

Another highway day. As I explained a couple of days ago the past two and this leg are effectively alternatives to plan so are mainly driving days before...

Canada West Day 25 - The Sea to Sky Highway

Thursday, 1 June 2023
Canada West Day 25 - The Sea to Sky Highway

Time to take my final planned ferry ride of this trip returning from Vancouver Island on the Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay ferry taking me to BC-99N or more...