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Middle aged and surrounded by loving friends and family. People who don't sit in judgement and people who care. Well most of the time they do.... Happy to be part of the independent thinking group and a person who refuses to follow others like proverbial sheep. As the saying goes... If you're allergic to bullcrap, drama, head games, liars, & fake people, keep the sneeze going.........I can't wait to see who does all of this next!!!

Feely grumpy with PMR at its best and then SKY tops it off.

Feely grumpy with PMR at its best and then #SKY tops it off. #badcustomerservice

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grumpy_popGrrrrr why is life full of friggin idiots that don’t listen to what you say?… And why is it they decide to rattle your cage on a day when you are not feeling your best and the symptoms of PMR are rearing their ugly head?

I went back to the hospital early in July and I am now on the steroid cut down routine… gradually reducing them every two weeks.  First of all it was fine… but today I woke up…

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Earlier this month we visited Penshurst Place, in Kent…  (Picture One)

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

I liked the photograph and I liked the way the arched framed that old tree, especially the knobbly bits on the tree… so I decided to play around with the photograph, in Lightroom.

First I wondered what the photograph would look like if I made the outside of the arch black and white and the tree was in colour.. (Picture Two)

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

Then I wandered what it would look like if the outside was coloured and the tree was black and white (Picture Three)

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

Then I thought what if the Photograph was cropped and only showed the Arch in colour and the tree black and white (Picture Four)

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

Of course the final option for this photograph, has to be the cropped arch in black and white and the tree in colour (Picture Five)

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

So which do you prefer…

One Arch …. Five Takes Earlier this month we visited Penshurst Place, in Kent…  (Picture One) I liked the photograph and I liked the way the arched framed that old tree, especially the knobbly bits on the tree…

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Bayham Old Abbey sits on the and the Kent and East Sussex border. We visited there back in September 2013 and the ruins are very impressive.  It is owned and maintained by the English Heritage who say:

The impressive ruins include much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse. Now set in grounds designed by famous landscape gardener Humphry Repton, who also planned the grounds of Kenwood House in London. Rooms in the ‘Georgian Gothick’ dower house are also open to visitors.

Everywhere you looked you could see arches within the ruins… here is a selection of photos showing those arches.

The Arches of Bayham Bayham Old Abbey sits on the and the Kent and East Sussex border. We visited there back in September 2013 and the ruins are very impressive.  
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Decided to put music to some photos.

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Now everyone thinks that being at the seaside in October is foolish… especially when the wind in cold and the nights are drawing in.  But that is when you get some lovely shots… just put on an extra jumper and throw yourself to the elements :D  There is nothing like getting a nice warm coffee and then a bag of chips and walking along the seafront.

Mind you I always think chips did taste better when they were wrapped in proper newspaper… By the time you finished eating your chips, your hands were as black as the ace of spades… but my god were those chips enjoyable?  You bet they were.  Flaming health and safety ruining a good old British tradition.

Here are some pictures of Folkestone which is known for its stalls stocked full of fish caught by the local fisherman who moor their boats in the Harbour.  Folkestone has two beaches.. a small sandy alcove beach and the main beach which is shingle come pebble.

Folkestone in October Now everyone thinks that being at the seaside in October is foolish… especially when the wind in cold and the nights are drawing in.  
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Finally some dignity

copmsos-1-626x352At last the repatriation of those who have lost their lives due to the downing of Flight MH17 by a missile attack on the plane that was supposed to be safe in the skies above Ukraine.

We have all seen the news on our televisions, mobiles, computers and tablets.  We have witnessed the carnage and we’ve been appalled by those first images of victims bodies being shown on social media, as they lay…

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Up for Discussion – Street Photography

Thank you Leanne and Shane Francescut for this informative post… I have always fancied doing street photography but don’t have the courage.

Up for Discussion – Street Photography

Thank you Leanne and Shane Francescut for this informative post… I have always fancied doing street photography but don’t have the courage.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

Entered as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers - Taken at Upnor Castle, Near Rochester in Kent.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

Entered as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers - Taken at Upnor Castle, Near Rochester in Kent.

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One of the first places we visited when we took up photography was a National Trust place called Polesden Lacey. This country home is just four miles from Dorking and junction 9 of the M25.

Polesden Lacey was home to the Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time.

It is well known for its lavish parties hosted by Mrs Greville and a place that entertained both royalty and celebrity.  The Queen Mother whilst on her honeymoon stayed at Polesen Lacey and said ‘This is a delicious house.’  I couldn’t agree with her more.. the inside of the house is lavish with is golden mouldings in the Gold Room, along with the ceramics and art that was owned by Mrs Greville.

As you stroll around the grounds… there is a road that goes into a dip, entrenched in the hillside.  And connecting one side of Polesden Lacey to the other are wooden bridges.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Panasonic Lumix FZ-48, f/3.4, 1/125 sec, ISO 640

We stood on the bridge above and took a photo of another bridge, that straddled this road… Instead of it being an open bridge, it had a thatched rood and a seating area within the bridge.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Pansonic Lumix FZ-48, f/4.4, 1/400 sec, ISO 320

You can see how high up this bridge with the sky being positioned where it is.

Just as we were about to enter that bridge we heard the sound of horses hoofs.. it was just a shame that by the time we got to a position where we could take a shot, the horses had passed under the bridge.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Panasonic Lumix FZ-48, f/3.4, 1/125 sec, ISO 640

Below is a picture of the entrance to the above bridge showing the seating area.

Taken by Ashlley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/6.3, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

Polesden Lacey is a lovely place to visit and what I like about this place is that you could take photographs within in the house. (I will post some photographs of the interior at a later time) There are fields for picnics and even a little chicken coop, with this chicken taking pride of place…

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Panasonic Lumix FZ-48, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO 160

So if you ever find you are in the Dorking area and have time to spare, pop along to Polesden Lacey; I am sure you will enjoy your day out.

Poleseden Lacey … and its bridge. One of the first places we visited when we took up photography was a National Trust place called Polesden Lacey.
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Cottage

Cottage http://wp.me/s2SjtP-cottage

Taken by Bren Ryan

One of the places, we love to visit is Penshurst Place… within the grounds of Penshurst Place is this cottage.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Canon EOS 600D, f/7/1, 1/60 sec ISO 100

The cottage is secluded yet easily viewed from the main paths… and it stands next door to the main house.  If you stand facing those three flower tubs and turn left you can see the main house.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Canon EOS…

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