Sunday, 26 February 2012

Old News But Good News

On the football front anyway!
Belper Town beat Quorn FC 2-1 at the Meadow on February 18th to make it 3 wins out of 4 games since the turn of the year. I took the camera but by the time I'd got the pictures edited, it was a bit too late to put an album on the fans forum. Anyway, here's a couple of the better ones from my shoot.

Love the expression on the keeper's face!

 Chris Adam's late winner devastates the Quorn players who really thought they'd earned at least a point. (which to be fair - I thought they deserved.)

As ever - Tim Harrison was there and got it all.... have a look -

(It's a different type of link - taking you to the forum thread in question - then click on the link Tim has set up to view them. For some reason I can't fathom, copying Tim's shortcut and pasting it here results in a great long 6 or 7 line shortcut! Yes - even longer than this note!)

Anyway - we haven't been up to a lot else this week. Last Sunday afternoon, we wandered across to watch an Under-11 cup fixture on one of the local playing fields. Not allowed to take pictures of the kids of course but it was a beautiful afternoon and the crocus and snowdrops were in full bloom on the edge of a small wooded area near home.

The work week pretty much flew by and I've spent a fair bit of time on "Junior League paperwork." Cancelled fixtures, rearranged games because of cup ties and so on. As I've said before - there's a fair bit of work involved!

Thursday evening, we went to The Bowshaw Carvery to celebrate our son's 38th birthday. His birthday was on Friday and he couldn't join us because he was at home in Holland but it was a great excuse to eat out and we toasted his health in his absence!

Apart from taking some pictures at work, for an exhibition coming up in Paris in April, I've hardly used the cameras this week. However, if you want to see some incredible sunset pictures, click the link on the right marked "Cycling Photographer." Tim Harrison has posted some fantastic images on his blog. (Rest of it's worth a read an all!) Here's one to whet your appetite.....

Belper Town also played at Leek Town yesterday and scored an excellent 3-0 win. We didn't go because its a bit of a trek. Snapper did of course and here's an album (again - using the forum thread link rather than the direct link.)

With no footy to watch, we took advantage of the fine weather and went for a walk in the local "Bluebell Wood". No bluebells yet of course but it was a pleasant enough stride. (2.38 miles according to Google Earth. Might not seem much to some of you but for a couple of OAP's it ain't bad!)  Nothing much worth photographing although I took a couple of shots of Beauchief Abbey, more for record than any artistic reasons!

I have been messing around with the macro lens though. The subject is my pocket watch and chain.

The hallmarks on the watch case and chain show 1907 and 1898.

The reverse of the medallion. S&DDA is "Sheffield & District Draughts Association." Sadly, "Button Lane" has long gone

The front of the medallion - the inlaid shield is solid gold

 An "exploded" view

My in-laws (both long gone now of course God rest them) gave me the watch and medallion when The Duchess and I got married (40 years ago!) and The Duchess bought me the chain. It looked really fine slung across my waistcoat at our wedding! (Need a longer chain now tho - put on a lot of weight since then!)

Right that'll do for now. It's a glorious day so we plan a short trip to Catcliffe Flash this afternoon to see if we can spot any wildfowl. A drive on past Ulley reservoir will complete the afternoon. (Must admit, I thought about getting out into the garden cos it's fine but don't worry, I came to my senses quickly enough!)

And this afternoon, there's the little matter of the "Steel City Derby" - Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United. I am tempted to avoid the whole thing until it's over. As a Wednesdayite, and given current form, I think I'll be taking some stick at work tomorrow! We'll have to wait and see.

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