I may be confusing some people by going back in time a few weeks, but I believe you’ll understand why it’s worth the wait.
I’m also, of course, rather biased in my opinions! I love Barry’s photos. I fondly recall my first visit to Gisborne, from 2001 to 2002. I used to love looking at the images on display at his photography studio on Gladstone Road, Gisborne. I had no idea, at that time, who’d taken them, or that one day he’d become my best friend and husband.
Barry’s a little busy (hurrah!) at the moment running his business The Home Brew Boat, but he’s also managing to begin to focus on photography once more which pleases me a lot. He has such an amazing talent. Finding this passion again is wonderful to witness.
Check these out – there won’t be a lot of labels or commentary, the pictures are perfectly able to do most of the talking …
The Helter Skelter at the charming fun-fair by the River Severn
Up the Stourport lock
Doing it single-handed again for a while – until he meets his voluntary helper
Watching the wildlife on the way – time to stop and stare
Barry’s idea of heaven – a real ale pub – and no TV or music
One of Barry’s favourite backgrounds, St George’s Parish Church in Kidderminster
Jovial Jim, previously from Nb Starcross, who met Barry and stayed a couple of nights to help with locking – thank you again Jim
Another take on the church
Happy at the tiller
You don’t see blue lock paddles very often
Reflecting on the journey – such peace and solitude – magnificent
Catching a heron in flight
A quintessential canal image – narrowboats and a country pub – The Cross Keys
Barry has a penchant for swans – they even kiss his feet!
I’m outta here …
All set up to convince punters of the merits of brewing your own at the Etruria festival
Etruria Junction – a bit of a bottle neck at times
Serenity in the evening light
I think Barry’s found another passion – for herons – such grace and style
I’m off …
Our new friends Sue and Dave from The Spud Boat
How cute is this little chap/chapess?
A puddle duck I believe, having a ponder
A moorhen chick checking something interesting out
A gaggle of goslings – is that the correct term?
I adore this image! The historic Working Boat Maria glided slowly past, being punted. It’s a horse drawn boat, but they couldn’t use the horse on this stretch due to the moored boats
There’ll more magnificent shots in the near future, of our travels from Etruria to Middlewich, and then on to Manchester where we’re currently moored until tomorrow.