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Messingham show. 2013










Lincolnshire is considered by many to be flat and featureless  Indeed the part where I live overlooks the Trent valley, an area approximately 20 kilometres across stretching from the Humber down through the county. To me this is what I love about lincolnshire, the big wide skys which give such character to the landscapes and fantastic sun-sets. I really must make an effort to go and photograph some of them a bit more.

To the east of this the rises the Lincolnshire Wolds, and its here where they rise in Barton upon Humber that in around 790 the Vikings landed. They decided to then track across the Wolds heading south, down to Oakham in Rutland.

This is a journey of 147 miles, and over the bank holiday weekend has been run by 38 long distance endurance runners in what is called the Viking Ultra. This unique event sees runners starting at 07:00 in Barton upon Humber, and following the route down through the county non stop, reaching the end some 40 hours later.

Here are the photos of them passing the nearest point to where I live at Barnetby-Le-Wold in North Lincolnshire. The first runner arrived at 08:55.

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0004This year’s Messingham show was very wet, heavy rain all day did seem to keep people away.

However, there was still lots to see and some beautiful horses and dogs on display.

Here are just a few photos from the 2012 event

Lets hope that the 2013 event gets better weather and more people attend.

The 2013 Messingham show will be held on the 2nd of June 2013


I tend to post lots of photographs of my home town from just one perspective.

Tonight I went photographing with Fansy, specifically to do some night time shooting.

I thought it might be a bit different to shoot where we lived from around the edges, as opposed to from within the town as I normally do.

I’d got a few shots in mind, these are all taken to the south and west of the town.

Here they are.


I don’t know why I don’t go to Twigmoor woods with the dog more often, perhaps its because the park is more popular with other dog walkers so she gets to play with others more. It’s also closer to the house than the park too. However, yesterday evening I decided to take her to the woods, and looking at the trees outside the house turning to Autumn, decided to take camera with me too.

As I headed out the door, I figured what the hell, camera without tripod is just going to lead to frustration in half an hour, so I took the tripod too so I could get away with a bit of a longer exposure.

There had been some discussion on a facebook group about the Gull Ponds at twigmoor, and I realised, that despite visiting 3 or 4 times a year, I could not recall in adult memory going down to the sandy beach there, so I decided that was where I’d go.

Dog loved it, as I expected she had loads of fun digging up the sand, running in and out the water and getting generally mucky.

Here’s some photos I grabbed in the woods, there are even a couple of the dog! (more…)

Located between Scunthorpe and Kirton in Lindsey, Twigmoor woods is packed full of Rhododendrons which in early June look their best.

Julie, Saffie and my self took the Nifty Fifty out for a few photographs one busy Saturday afternoon