My photo-a-day theme for Christmas week was lights.
Wishing everyone who looks at my blogs and very happy and healthy New Year. And thank you for stopping by.
It’s been a funny old year. Some lovely moments and some not so lovely, and on balance I’m glad to wave it bye, bye. So here’s to 2015 – onwards and upwards!
A very wet Priory Country Park in Bedford.
A family ‘in joke’ It comes from the 1990’s TV Show Fist of Fun.
Another visit to Bedford. There is a huge swan population in the Bedford area, but I had never seen a black swan among them before.
My husband was on tour in the Netherlands with the Bootleg Sixties. The band’s families caught up with them at Easter in Leiden.
We went to a family wedding in May in gorgeous Gosfield Hall in Essex. Thanks for inviting us, Leigh and Stefan!
I went on a butterfly watching trip to La Brenne in France. I met some great people and saw loads of butterflies including the increasingly rare Large Blue. This one is an Ilex Hairstreak, and not found in the UK.
A summer view from the edge of town.
Four days in Cornwall thanks to our lovely friend, Eric.
The second family wedding of the year at beautiful Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire. Thanks for inviting us, Lauren and Jamie!
A mystery moth on the side of a UPS van.
The Bootleg Sixties did a mini tour in the UK this month.
One of my Christmas presents.
Last week I went down to The Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, to watch The Overtures play the last night of their 2013 Bootleg Sixties tour.
They’d not played this theatre before – always a bit ‘interesting’. But turns out it’s a gorgeous Edwardian gem. All red and gold and velvet and ornate boxes and balconies – oh and cherubs.
It has a very interesting history and, according to their website, many legends of stage and screen have performed there, including Sarah Bernhardt, Noel Coward, Rex Harrison, Ivor Novello, Sybil Thorndike and HB Irving.
This is the drive-up. Unfortunately I couldn’t fit in the statue on the top (and I was in a moving car). She’s called Aurora and is a fibre-glass replica of the original, who is now safe and dry in the foyer.
Then, just before the soundcheck started, Phil, the guitarist, showed us a picture on his phone. Turns out that this was where the ‘Pinball Wizard’ section of Tommy (1975), featuring Elton John and The Who, was filmed. (I’m a bit hesitant to add a link to this, but it’s easy to find if you go on Youtube – where you can also find a clip of The Overtures doing their version at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool in 2013.)
The Overtures do a gobsmackingly amazing version of ‘Pinball Wizard’ as part of the Bootleg Sixties show, so to be performing it on the stage where it was filmed was really rather exciting.
The band, as usual, took it completely in their stride, but I certainly felt a shiver down my spine when those guitar power chords rang out for the first time.
All photos © Jill Sawyer Phypers
Well – I’ve come to the end of year four of Photo a Day and am about to start on year five. In honour of owl of the week – which I have been running for two of the four years – here, for your viewing pleasure, is a week of owls.
I have decided to retire owl of the week in favour of Lepidoptera of the week – as I have more chance of ‘in the wild’ photos than the one owl I managed in two years!