Naomi & Chelsea
My daughter-in-law (left) at a good friend's wedding blessing.
Just a quick note to thank you all for your tremendous and generous support in recent days! I am regularly touched by the kindness of your comments, as well as their consistency, particularly bearing in mind my own inability at times to respond.
I have a lot of sympathy with Gerard Koehl, an excellent landscape photographer, who has resorted to not allowing comments or votes on account of the amount of time it takes to respond. I was tempted to do likewise, but would hugely miss the interaction with my Pbase friends. I find this a most encouraging and friendly community.
My heart also goes out to Zoltan Balogh whose father is seriously ill and who, therefore, doesn't have as much time to give to Pbase. I'm sure you join with me in wishing him and his father well.
Thanks again everyone! My best regards, Chris.
An awkward choice of lunch!
I'm sure this crab would have made an excellent snack, if only the juvenile gull could have found a way to swallow it! But the crab's defence was resolute, turning this way and that, making it nigh on impossible for the gull to get it down!
I didn't have time to see the battle out, but methinks the brave little crab might have got away with it and lived to see another day!
Clouds over the cliffs by Weymouth
I went to Weymouth (my birth town) yesterday and went for a walk along the seafront. Looking out to sea I was amazed to see something I'd never seen during the 21 years I'd lived there…
A blanket of cloud was draped over the cliffs along the coast to the east of Weymouth and there was a tanker and naval vessel in front of the cliffs. I fired off several shots!
Then, as I walked further along the esplanade, a sailing boat race must have started and, suddenly, there were around 25 boats in front of the tanker. Hence the shot you see here.
I've just sent it off to the local paper in the hope they might publish it!
Yesterday I paid richly-deserved tribute to a Country singing legend who I actually got to meet.
But today I want to pay EQUALLY deserved tribute to all those wonderful people I shall probably NEVER meet and yet who continue to encourage and inspire me in this most wonderful of past-times.
You guys and gals of Pbase are the best! Thank you so much for your kind comments and daily visits. I'm not going to try and name you all because I'm bound to forget someone ~ but you know who you are! So this one's for you…
Have a great weekend!
Me and Brad Paisley!
Yesterday Carole and I, (accompanied my our older son, Matt, and his wife, Naomi), travelled up to London to see Brad Paisley at the O2 Arena.
I was wearing the Brad Paisley 'local crew' t-shirt that my younger son in Canada had given me and just after stepping in through the main entrance a man stopped me and asked me where I got the shirt. I told him the story and then asked him if he knew Brad Paisley. (He seemed to be wearing a special 'access all areas' tag.) He replied, "Yes. He's my son."! I thought, 'How amazing! I've just got here and I'm chatting with Brad Paisley's dad!' He was really nice and we talked for a few minutes about his son.
A little while later we decided to kill a bit of time by walking down to the pier from which the Thames river launches leave. As we got nearer to the entrance we saw a group of guys, one of whom looked rather familiar. "Is that Brad?", asked my son. I said, "Yes, that's the man!" So then we just walked up and I said, "I've just met your dad!" So we had a great talk with this Country Music legend and a few photos were taken ~ though, sadly, not with a DSLR! (And, do you know what? No-one else came by the whole time we were there!)
Oh, and by the way, the concert was amazing! Brad Paisley is the most phenomenal country guitarist you're ever likely to see, and his band are awesome! Not only that, but he brought out Ronnie Wood for a blues jam during his encores! And all the time I was watching and cheering I had to remind myself that I'd actually 'met' the guy!