Friday, 31 August 2012

St.Mary's Church Hertingfordbury

You can see where we went from the post title!
A very nice country church.



Here's my usual photo of a stained glass window.
Don't know why I always have to photograph them, I guess I just like the way the light shines through them?

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Lowewood Museum

Recently we went to Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon.
This fella is the first to greet you!
It's an excellent small museum run by very cheerful and enthusiastic staff.
Well worth a visit for a couple of hours.




Saturday, 25 August 2012

Whitechapel Bell Foundry 3

New set of bells for High Wycombe awaiting tuning.
 
Bell tuning with oscilloscope on the left
 
Hand bell casting bench.
 
Old bells from High Wycombe being 'traded in'.
 
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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Whitechapel Bell Foundry 2

We had an excellent guided tour being handed on by each knowledgeable person to another.
Everyone was very enthusiastic, and happy to answer any questions.
 
 
The moulds are all made using a secret recipe of 'clay'- which includes the obligatory use of horse manure!
 
 
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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Before our visit to the Olympics we went to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
Big Ben and the Liberty Bell were cast here.
 
 
 
 
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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Olympics Visit - Waterfall Video

Amazingly clever - how's it done?

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Olympics Visit 7

A few photos as we left the site.
Basketball arena.
 
 
This was a fascinating waterfall where the 'words' fell with the water.
I'll post a video next to give you the idea.
Never seen it before - I'm sure it will catch on.
 
 
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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Olympics Visit 6 - retry videos!

No, they didn't work did they?
I've used a different upload method - please try these...
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Olympics Visit 6 - Video

See if these videos work.
 
 
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Monday, 13 August 2012

Olympics Visit 5

Same photo as before - but now they've lit up the Olympic rings.
 
Few more people arriving now.
 
Three basketballs at once - must be practising!
 
The zoom lens (Leica) on this tiny Panasonic (DMC-FS35) camera is amazing - much much better than my old Olympus (FE-350) compact camera, and you virtually never need to use the flash which is excellent.
Finally got a shot of a 'basket' being scored.
 
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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Olympics Visit 4 (& Apologies)

Sorry for the gap in posting but my computer has taken a dislike to the internet and has gone into hospital.
This is from SWMBO's laptop...
Inside the basketball arena - the giant scoreboard.
 
 
We were almost the first people inside as we were tired and wanted to sit down!
 
The commentator shown on the big TV screen.
All the rules were carefully explained before the game began.
 
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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Olympics Visit 3

This is the giant screen in the middle of the river with viewing areas on either side.
 
Outside of the velodrome - unfortunately we couldn't get inside.
 
Outside of the basketball arena - luckily we could get inside!
 
BMX arena.
 
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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Olympics Visit 2

The displays of wild flowers all over the site are amazing.
Main stadium with flowers...
 
Orbit with flowers...
 
Orbit with tree!
 
Queen's royal barge.
 
Royal barge, aquatics centre, Orbit and main stadium.
 
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