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Chevvyf1
14th February 2016, 09:51 PM
After the Ballet at the ENB much time was spent in London in and around Covent Garden at many Theatre' ... lots of fun snapping 'shows' she has been seen singing in Covent Garden :) near the Opera House :) a waiter from a Bar bought out a chair for a rest :) and another a glass of red wine ! cant be bad :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/a_sm_PC030292Covent_Garden.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88362)

Back into horses with this Dutch Warmblood/Trakaner mare with some serious Bucks :) but jumps like a breeze now ready for the Spring Team Chasing Season :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/A1_sooty1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88363)


Last Spring/Summer invited to photograph lots of Foals around Newbury, Lamborne and Barbury - this little darling was a "straw" from High Chaparral @ 30,000 for the 'straw" just born worth 350,000 and still with a curly tail :) not allowed to give names or places :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6050266_sme.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88385)

Mane still curly from only being born a morning :) and tail like a piggies

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/a_sm_P6050273_sme_1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88386)


New car last Christmas

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/A1_Xmas_Car_Winchester_PB210196.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88359)


Lots of time in Devon now :) walking along sooo many fab beaches

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/A1_PA11011_WAVES_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88355)


Christmas 2015 - lots of nice food trying to encourage our dear friend (who is exceedingly poorly with C of the Esophagus & gut and was 8 st down from 11 st ... So mega Calorie meals for him :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/xmas_2_PC260209.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88384)


Rather unfortunately, his wife my very dear dear friend, slipped on the bottom stair and fell on her knee - breaking it clean in half ! one of her Christmas Presents was our favourite 5 mile walk, around lanes, over fields and viewing some magnificant birds first 2 Redwings, then a flock of 20 + and half a mile over the field another flock of 20+ redwing :) we saw Buzzard, Sparrowhawks and Heron just sitting on trees and then 2 Red Kites :) NO cameras :) and Mr Huggy Henry

Mr Huggy Henry, his lead held by Norma as we ascended some road hills, pulled her up a bit, in the Red Cross wheechair I got and Nick decorated with Red Berry lights one side and snowflakes other side with tinsel and battery packs on the handles :) :) :)

Being in plaster for over 4 weeks to allow the knee cap to heal, she had enjoyed one country walk, nor even more than a 150 yards walk :) ...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/xmas_7_PC240197.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88371)
Deconstructed Trifle

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/1A_Deconstructed_Trifle_-PC255990_-11.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88357)

Eggs Benedict a' la' Frog Pond, Indian Shores - on cheesey muffins with sprinkling of Parmazen ; lightly toasted, home made Hollandaise with Chardonnay wine :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/xmas_3_PC260212.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88369)

Prawn Cocktail - De constructed with Paprika

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/xmas_4_PC250204.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88370)


Steak Platter by Nick :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/xmas_1_PC310214.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88383)

Nick in his luvverly red pinny with white spots :) smirking !

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/xmas_1_PC230194.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88368)


Now a new project :) here is the lounge downstairs and the bedroom upstairs - just a bit of floors ; walls ; ceilings etc missing :) Ooh and the odd rotten beam :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/AZ_1_P1280399.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88379)

But it is so very well worth it :) as 154 Sq M with 4 bedrooms :)

also a little Electrical Project :) and 5,000 to invest in a Fire SAFE wiring Installation :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/AZ_1_Electrics_P1280385.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88377)


So, sorry rather too busy down in Devon just now and until about May 2016 thereafter Surfing too :)

Now and then I do pop in to view some superb images but generally, Flickr and Facebook "do it for me" :) *chr

Keep posting some awesome photographs and Art (Tom and Mark are awesome) :)
BFN :eek:

pdk42
14th February 2016, 10:16 PM
Crikey Chevvy - what a busy life. My head's spinning with it all. Nice to hear from you again though and best wishes with your "project". Rather you than me!

Wee man
14th February 2016, 10:21 PM
Sit down and have a cup of tea, then have a doze before starting again.

Zuiko
15th February 2016, 01:37 AM
You've certainly been busy! Nice to hear from you again. :)

Phill D
15th February 2016, 06:06 AM
Great to hear from you Chevvy. Certainly not been idle then :) Nice car :eek:
Just reading all that makes me tired, I thought you were going to retire ;)
I'm looking forward to the next instalment when you stop taking it easy...!!!

Naughty Nigel
15th February 2016, 09:32 AM
Good to hear from you again Chevvy.

I like your lounge and bedroom project. I think I would be tempted to do without the upper floor altogether to make a music room. That way there would be space to fit a rank or two of 16' pipes! :D

Ricoh
15th February 2016, 09:41 AM
You are a busy, busy person Chevvy!
Like you Flickr 'was doing it for me', but I'm finding too many people chasing 'explore' and acquiring as many 'faves' as possible that it drives individuals to copy each other and it is becomes boring. Of all the photo sharing sites I'm finding Facebook to be the best, followed by Twitter, then Flickr. The standard of 'street photography' (the only genre that interests me) is top notch on f/b.

Naughty Nigel
15th February 2016, 09:47 AM
Of all the photo sharing sites I'm finding Facebook to be the best, followed by Twitter, then Flickr. The standard of 'street photography' (the only genre that interests me) is top notch on f/b.

There are some excellent photographic sites/pages on FB.

I particularly enjoy the photographs on the Scotland/Ireland from the Roadside pages, but there are also some good Medium Format pages.

Chevvyf1
15th February 2016, 10:13 AM
Thanks to Paul, Ed, John, Phil and Nigel :) :) :)

Painting ? Getting back into it, is AWESOME ! Courses inspire me :) and I find myself "using techniques" learned when I was 14-18 years young, coming out from my brain through my hands and use of paint and brush :) ... it is remarkable an experience - as a picture appears before my eyes ! I step back and leave it drying, only to see it in a very different light, next day and WoW ! I am surprised at how well it turned out. It is rather like "Baking" until it cools and may be viewed "complete" and seen, tasted and felt the quality is not known :)

I have decided Oils are not for me. I do not like the smell of oil; nor the cleaning up of brushes and 'drips' :( I prefer Watercolors for some Art topics and Acrylics for others and, with both I can "build up density/layers and texturise" to get the "depths" that oils offer. and a spray of "clear acrylic sets the image" and some areas I want shining, I have painted clear acrylic layers to "focus stack" :) BEFORE the final spray of acrylic.

Hands and Eyes are an anathema to me. I dislike painting them and my mind likes to blot them out of a picture :) ... although I do try them, practice, more practice and even more practice my Tutors say is the way forward. However, I find myself avoiding them, instead choosing to create an image without them :)

AND SO, I TRULY LOVE that Cowboy at the Rodeo of Marks :) :) :) as an image to paint, as well as hang on my wall as I so love horses all my life and living in Dallas - Texas being one heck of a wild country with cowboys and Rodeo shows :) I even went to Reno (during Christmas/New Ski holiday in Lake Tahoe with my children back in the 80's) one New Year for the Annual National Finals - NO PHOTOS as cameras, phones and all recording media were taken by security and you were, in return, given a locker key. the Locker room was not opened until AFTER the show !

It is funny to reflect on the fact that the "camera" was created to replace "painting" as a record :) - Much as the Mobile Phone and Internet have replaced "face to face conversations" :) What goes around, comes around :)

I find, Art so peaceful and it truly enhances my Mindfulness ! Which is the best thing to protect against Altzheimers and Dementure :) I now have learnt.

SO PAINT ON, leave the latest "strokes" to dry and take a walk on the wildside :)

I shall post a thread on Nicks SupaMotoHome :) It is AWESOME :) he has used all his skills of welding ; engineering ; design ; joinery and fabrication and learned a few new ones too :) he has a "man group" who gather when we are home, around the driveway and take coffee and natter about politics and all sorts as well as the Supa Moto Home Project - like men do not talk ! ! !

Chevvyf1
15th February 2016, 10:32 AM
The Cottage Project is tres' magnificent !

We have found some terrific builders etc., we are restoring a cottage "born" in the 1960's from an old dairy, part of Rolle Court which may date back to the 1600s and the Wars of the Parliamentarians and Sir Thomas Fairfax and the English Civil War of 1646 :)

The Walls are 2ft thick :) I LURVE IT ! and in May my History Folder on this Cottage shall begin, as a new project :)

I have planned the "gardens" planting in Old English Cottage theme :) With Hollyhocks ; Lupins ; Foxglove and Delphiniums in a blues/lilac/pink bed and a high perfumed Rose bed with Clematis and Lavender and a yellow bed with great tall sunflowers at the back :) The Roses etc., were all bought last year and bought on in well rotted horse manure and last weekend "snipped" and potted ready for transportation and re planting.

I did own an old 17th Century cottage in Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire years ago ... and so loved the history to that home from the Deeds etc., It is such a pleasure doing it all again :)

We are down in North Devon on a regular basis now we are BOTH RETIRED :) for walks along various fab beaches ; over landscapes my FAV being Berrynarbor to Watermouth Bay where I, (who has never been into Landscapes photography) just wants to sit and paint, smell, breathe the views and air :) Nick enjoys the salty air good for his lungs and takes rests as Mr Huggy Henry - who NEVER tires (until darkness) just gallops about chasing scents of Pheasant ; Partridge ; Bunnies ; Deer and finding Mr Fox pooh to roll in :(

We are involved with "the North Devon Arts & Crafts" and support many shows etc., and stay over down there lots :) until the Cottage is ready in May :) T'Pau soon for Nicks birthday treat :)

OM USer
15th February 2016, 06:32 PM
What a busy life Chevvy. Think I'll just yawn and go back to sleep. Nice to hear from you.

catkins
15th February 2016, 06:50 PM
Well hello to a name from a dim and distant past (only because my brain is well addled) - lovely to hear from you. And what a great update on what seems to be a full and fulfilling year. And the house and garden sounds a wonderful project ... I've spent many a year designing gardens so can well imagine the joy that you've been having from your new Old English pleasure garden!
All the best
Chris

Ralph Harwood
15th February 2016, 07:40 PM
Hi there Chevvy!

Great to see you are back, even if it is only part time due to all your other interests. Good luck with all your projects this year and I hope to see some more photos of the cottage as it progresses.

Cheers,

Ralph.

pandora
19th February 2016, 08:52 PM
WOW Chevvy!, what a fabulous comeback you've made here ... your journalistic style (aided by some sunny weather I see) adds a vibrance to your pictures that I like very much. I would have replied to your thread sooner but I've only just spotted it, such is the fullness of life at the moment. Glad to hear that you are back into painting, (great minds alike! LOL). There is so much to say about your eclectic set that I hardly know where to begin, except in summary that your images are so natural and get right to the point - you make it look too easy, my dear!

Chevvyf1
6th November 2016, 11:32 AM
You are a busy, busy person Chevvy!
Like you Flickr 'was doing it for me', but I'm finding too many people chasing 'explore' and acquiring as many 'faves' as possible that it drives individuals to copy each other and it is becomes boring. Of all the photo sharing sites I'm finding Facebook to be the best, followed by Twitter, then Flickr. The standard of 'street photography' (the only genre that interests me) is top notch on f/b.

Steve, Like you I am finding Fb a great medium as friends and family can "see" what we are up too here and if they feel up to it, send quick message :)

Although, even - as now - I pop in but TODAY I logged in *chr Looking for info on OM-D EM-1 as one has "crashed and burned" :( this morning :) :eek::eek::eek: so a trip to Portugal seems in order :) again !

Chevvyf1
6th November 2016, 11:41 AM
Well hello to a name from a dim and distant past (only because my brain is well addled) - lovely to hear from you. And what a great update on what seems to be a full and fulfilling year. And the house and garden sounds a wonderful project ... I've spent many a year designing gardens so can well imagine the joy that you've been having from your new Old English pleasure garden!
All the best
Chris

Hi Chris :) thinking of you I have just planted loads of Bulbs ! Indian Lillies ; Snowdrops ; Daffodils large single and small "Tete a' Tete" in front of the large singles :) Allium Lilac & Purple ; Crocus bright orange :) Neride pink :) and Pansies :) 2 days of planting up Wooden Planters and borders for EVER :) that is what I like about Bulbs they are an investment for about 10 years of just weeding :)

Not much time this summer to enjoy the garden :( as living room ; dining and kitchen to complete :) BUT 2017 Look out :) my Rose beds I uprooted to pots last October at Winchester, got planted in a new bed (after I removed the 6ft plus of "Triffid overgrown Buddlia ; Holly ; Ivy and Massive giant Crocosmia" ... now just Roses ; Fuschia and French Butterfly Lavender and English Lavender :) Still have rose blooms even today with SNOW here :) this morning :)

*chr

Chevvyf1
6th November 2016, 11:58 AM
Hi there Chevvy!

Great to see you are back, even if it is only part time due to all your other interests. Good luck with all your projects this year and I hope to see some more photos of the cottage as it progresses.

Cheers,

Ralph.


Hi Ralph, a wonderful and sad year here :( Barry passed away on our first morning living here in August - we learned about 11.30am on arriving back from breakfast at "1646 Cafe'" he had passed about 2.30 am ! :(

We were all surprised and shocked, even though we knew it was to be. So we never actually celebrated moving in to our new home ... until his birthday 22nd October we light our Barry Fire ; BBQ'd Burgers and Sausages stoked the flames up in the fire and Toasted him - as his wife and in laws scattered his ashes in his most beloved place in the WHOLE world ... Namibia Desert at what is now Barry's Tree :)

Since then a family we looked after their 3 sons have bought a pub in Devon near us and dropped in on us, we broke open Champagne and celebrated living in Devon that day with them :) a very happy day for us all :) last Thursday :) :) :)

Norma came to stay with us the first few weekends for a break and much physical exercise ; we cycled along the Tarka Trail which is 5ft out the back gate ... 14 miles to Fremington Quay where Nick and a friend met us with lunch and tea at the table of the fab Cafe' THAT was a grand day we had a very happy time together :)

I enthuse rather a lot about life here in Devon :) Norma and I walked the River Torridge one day and saw 6 YES SIX Kingfishers - a pair flew towards us down the river and just above the Weir in front of us ... NO CAMERA between us :( ... we have Otters ; Herons ; Buzzards ; Kestrals ; Sparrowhawks a plenty on 365 acres of Torrington Commons which surround us - accessed from the back garden gate :) Huggy Henry is lurving Devon walks on The Commons and many Sunset time beach walks at Widemouth Bay ; Bude Crooklets and Westwood Ho!

Life is great ! we sleep "out for the count" each night due to the phenomenal amount of work we are doing here :) tomorrow, Monday the Chimney chaps are due here to install two Multi Fuel Burners (logs not quite enough in very cold winters or Christmas/New Year when we need to add a bit of Coal for higher calorific heat and to "keep the fire in" :) and Nick warm especially if no electric = no gas central heating :( and it is Helicopters who fly in the engineers here :) in the wilds of North Devon :) :) :)

I hope to start back with photography soon now the major works are done here :) just purchased a BEASTIE of a Desktop PC a HP Pavilion with 16Gb Ram de dah de dah :(

and a new car ! Micky the Merc Viano LWB Extended has gone to a new home at 10 years of age and 88,000 miles on the clock and the back seats "as new" still :)

*chr

Chevvyf1
6th November 2016, 12:00 PM
Looking forward to posting here again :) soon and catching up with everyone here :)

my Fb is Chevvy Eaton if anyone wants to "meet there" or see recent works photo updates :) of our little "Project" that became quite HUGE ! in time ; materials :) and fun !

x hugs to all Chevvy, Nick and Mr Huggy Henry :)

DerekW
6th November 2016, 03:15 PM
Just in time to bring a Mark II EM1 into your stable.

OM USer
6th November 2016, 05:04 PM
Nice to hear from you again Chevvy.

Chevvyf1
6th November 2016, 05:18 PM
Just in time to bring a Mark II EM1 into your stable.


Derek, Hi :):D Hope your both in rude health ? ... after the problems with the NEW OUT OM-D EM-1 way back in September 2013 to mid 2014 and then again in 2015 ... (which did my head for months, before it was finally accepted there was a FAULT each time and the failing camera returned for repair(s) :( ) ... I shall wait until enthusiastic early buyers have used the Mk II for at least 6 months :) before I purchase *chr

However, I am "hankering over a decision to buy the 300 lens :eek:" mainly for a few trips over to Lundy in May to July 2017 :)

And I am still getting used to my new Car recently purchased 2 sundays ago :) - which is a big deal to get used to as( unlike the Viano automatic) does not EVEN have a gearstick at all :( ... also just found out how to operate the CD Changer/load a CD :( :( :( ... off u-Tube ... so letting the Bank rest a bit :) after shelling it 10 for 2 Multi Fuel stoves ; chimney works etc., and VAT 20% ... and no time at present to do much photography :) as lots of painting to do this Autumn and into Winter after Christmas :) so that we are off out and about in the Motorhome from April 2017 lots :)

Wee man
6th November 2016, 05:23 PM
Good to hear from you


Wee Man

Chevvyf1
6th November 2016, 05:41 PM
Good to hear from you


Wee Man

Ed *chr luvverly to hear from you :) and i think (somewhere) I have an open envelope with some very nice stamps in it ... one of these days I shall find it and post on to you :)