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“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard

The typical English weather is back – and I know I nearly always mention weather and more likely rain in my blog entries, but it is becoming a way of life! Today on my travels we dropped from temperatures of around 20 to temperatures of around 11 in the space of just a few minutes and a few miles. Admittedly the car was parked in the sun and then it was rained on, but still! However the weather made for some intriguing captures.

I’ve written about Combe Gibbet before and some of these shots were taken up there at Gallows Down but the majority were just a few miles away at the foot of the majestic hills. It was peaceful, the odd cyclist seemingly off track from the tour de France and a few cars trundled through during the hour and a bit we were snapping but it was generally quite quiet and calm.

The weather offered us a bit of everything – well, almost everything. There was sunshine, clouds, rain and then when we began to pack up the photography equipment and move on – thunder echoed through the hills. It was atmospheric though, and meant fantastic clouds were in abundance!

The weekend has been a breath of fresh air, with perfect company and almost perfect weather. I’m ending catching up on some law reading with the Olympics on in the background. With permission from William (who has been teaching me the technical side of photography) I am sharing his rather moody shot from the day too.

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“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.”
– Joan Miró –

Today I took my Grandad out for a drive into the hills of Berkshire and in some respects a trip down memory lane. We passed through a place where he remembered having dinner with the High Sheriff years and years ago when he was a Detective – it was fascinating to hear the stories that he told.

We drove first to the Hotel that my Uncle and his Fiance will be getting married at in May this year. It’s a beautiful place – one that I’ve blogged about before and will be sure to be posting lots of pictures of in May!

Then we headed into the hills properly, driving through Faccombe and Linkenholt – the village that sold for 25 million in 2009. It was reportedly bought by the Owner of the H & M retail chain – Stefan Persson. Linkenholt is one of those villages that you can drive in and out of in just a few short minutes and then never see another soul on the roads.

That wasn’t the case today – with the beautiful sunshine and positively tropical temperatures of +6 degrees celcius the entire world and his dog was out walking in the hills. When we arrived at the most wonderful viewpoints though i.e. me driving us onto the edge of a filed – it was so quiet and peaceful it felt like another world.

On the edge of one of the fields beneath a breath-taking view we happened across what appeared to be a Buzzard hunting. Whilst he was on the ground he blended well into the colours around him but when he took flight the wing span was epic. I got a few shots, but nothing of excellent quality.

The day was successful with both Photography and with spending some well earned quality time with my Grandad. We didn’t get to drink our flask of coffee whilst exploring so we had that back at home – which was much warmer anyway! Next time we’re planning to head to the Coast and do some snapping in Portsmouth!

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