Coulson’s weir



What a stunning day we had today.  The light this morning was so clear; how could I resist?  This is Coulson’s Weir on the Wey Navigation in Weybridge, Surrey.  Continuing the theme of this week, there is also a tiny starburst on the lip of the falls.  Can you see it?  If you saw Monday’s post, you know what aperture I used for this shot. 😉

Signed limited editions

window display

Arté Gallery, Weybridge

I am very excited because local gallery, Arté, in Weybridge, Surrey is currently featuring four signed limited edition prints of my local landscapes.  The four images they have chosen are below.

local landscape

A still morning on the Wey

local landscape

Rowers on the Thames at Walton, Surrey.

local landscape

Thames Lock on the Wey Navigation at Weybridge

Wey Navigation, Weybridge

Winter colour on the Wey Navigation, Weybridge

Arté is a lovely family-owned local gallery, and well worth a visit if you are in the neighbourhood.  The owners, Mike and Sally, are sure to give you a warm welcome.

Back to Burano tomorrow!

Moongazing Concorde


Instead of a moongazing hare, a moongazing concorde.  Except that its windows/eyes are covered in snow.


This 40% model of the famous aircraft used to be at the entrance to Heathrow Airport but, with the demise of its full sized brethren, the model was decommissioned.  It now stands sentinel at the entrance to Brooklands Museum and Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey.


Winter on the Wey


Winter on the Wey Navigation

Snow is forecast. We wait with bated breath. Services will grind to a halt, schools will close and we will make our annual pilgrimage to worship the fluffy white stuff before it melts.


Thames Lock, Weybridge

“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened” ― Rachel CohnDash & Lily’s Book of Dares

The ladies’ turn

Women's road race Olympics 2012

The ladies arrive

Yesterday we enjoyed the men’s Olympic road race as it came through our village, Oatlands, near Weybridge in Surrey. Today it was the ladies’ turn.

Motorcycle outriders

A rainy day for cycling

What a difference from yesterday’s sunny weather. Intermittent heavy rain and thunder greeted the women. But even the capricious English weather couldn’t spoil the fun for the hardy onlookers and the Police motorcyclists.

Dutch rider in front of Olympic road race

Netherlands lead

As it came through Oatlands, the pack was still together. Although the Dutch rider was out in front, it was still anyone’s race.

Canadian rider in women's Olympic road race

It’s still anyone’s race

As my other half is Canadian, we cheered two countries on. I hope the Canadian riders saw our huge maple leaf flag!

Canadian rider in women's Olympic road race 2012


The race has just finished. Congratulations to Vos who won gold for the Netherlands but also to our own Lizzie Armitstead for bringing home a silver! Well done to all the hardy cyclists in a very wet race.

Next Olympic fun for us: the time trials on Wednesday!

Olympic road race!

Olympic road race 2012

The pack arrives

The Olympics got off to an exciting start for us today as the road race came through our village, Oatlands, Weybridge, Surrey.

Motorcycle riders for Olympic road race 2012


The motorcycle riders who preceded the cyclists were very jolly, waving to the crowd and sounding their sirens or horns.  One even zig zagged down the road, much to the crowd’s delight.

Front riders in Olympic road race 2012

The leaders

It was very exciting when the cyclists finally appeared.

Cyclists in the Olympic road race 2012

A steely stare from the USA!

One of the USA riders seems to be staring at me but he is in fact looking at another rider moving up to his left, out of frame.

Men's Olympic road race 2012

Australia was leading the front group

Twelve riders were out in front as the race came through Oatlands.

Men's Olympic road race 2012


But at this early stage there was still everything to race for.

Men's olympic road race 2012

Silver medalist in action

The Columbian rider caught here near the very back is Rigoberto Uran who come through to collect the Silver medal.

Cavalcade of support vehicles for Olympic road race 2012

Support bikes, reflections and shadows.

After the riders came all the support vehicles and a multitude of spare bikes and wheels.  Notice how the shadows bottom left seem to be forming some Olympic rings?

Steward takes family's photo Olympic road race 2012

Olympic spirit

Afterwards the crowds dispersed in very good cheer.

A smiling steward, Olympic road race 2012

Friendly steward

The stewards were really friendly and good humoured – doing a great job.

Tomorrow it’s the ladies’ turn and we’ll be there cheering them on.

Intrepid explorer

After hacking through the forbidding jungle, the intrepid explorer finally came upon the mighty river.

“…les jeux d’enfants ne sont pas jeux: et les faut juger en eux, comme leurs plus serieuses actions.”
Children at play are not merely playing; their games should be seen as their most serious actions.

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)