I had a wedding venue in Chesterfield to visit yesterday and, seeing as it was the first day of the school holidays, I dragged everyone along with me. On our way back we had a little stop off in the Peak District.
It was a red hot day, so we decided against anything exerting and settled on a leisurely walk round Ladybower Dam.
I decided to go simple on this little trip and just took my old rangefinder style Fuji Xpro1 with a single fixed 18mm prime lens. It meant I had a single focal length for everything, but it's nice to mix things up once in a while. It was nice not to have to carry a bag full of lenses with me as I usually do!
We had a lovely little stroll, basked in the sun and skimmed some stones. Freddie once again threw most of the shoreline back into the res. And had a complete toddler meltdown when we pulled him away from the water!
Alfie had a little 'paddle' and ended up soaked from top to toe.
Joshua did the usual teen strop thing.
Anyway, as usual I took too many photos. Here's some snaps.
For Father's Day, we decided to have a little walk up near Baslow edge in the Peak District.
We managed to have a little picnic near the Wellington Memorial and just got to Eagle Stone before it started lashing down, forcing us back down the hill.
Alfie managed to get a bit of 'climbing' done and also collected a fern that he wants to press for his journal.
Freddie was happy shouting at the sheep!
He also found a bit of wool on the path - but couldn't figure out whether he loved it or it just made him say 'bleurghbleurghbleargh'!
We tried to do a spot of geocaching, but after nearly falling down the rocky hillside behind the monument, I gave it up as a bad job!
We did manage to find a nice, leafy path where the tree canopy gave us some shelter from the rain, so Alfie and Freddie had a nice play in the leaves.
We'll be back to finish our loop soon enough.
Managed a few snaps before the weather got the better of us.
On Sunday I had a wedding consultation in Nottinghamshire with Amber and Simon whose wedding I'll be shooting later this year. As usual, I bundled all the family into the car to take with me, and after the meet we had a drive over to the Peak District.
We first stopped off at Chatsworth House and had a walk round the park area. We walked around the park because £75 for a family ticket to see the house and gardens is absolutely ridiculous. The place is pretty nice, but on a busy day - the car park and pathways are completely pedestrian unfriendly. Not to mention when you're struggling with a pushchair.
After a little walk round, Freddie collecting 300 stones, searching for a few geocaches, a picnic on the grass and some ice cream, we jumped back in the car and had a lazy Sunday-Drive round. We drove through a place called Windmill which didn't actually have any windmills, much to my disappointment.
We looped round and over the hills and watched some paragliders over Winnats Pass before heading up past Ladybower to finish before heading home.
Here are a few snaps.
On Sunday we popped over to Stockport for a wedding consultation with the lovely Victoria and Garry, whose wedding I'll be shooting in a few weeks. Whilst we were out and about, and the sun was shining, we thought a little stretch of the legs was in order! On our way home we detoured down to the Peak District to have a little walk round Ladybower.
My middle boy was all adventure-time happy, my eldest was just his usual stroppy-teen self and my littlest monkey was a complete snot-drenched mucky monster by the time we'd finished. I think he also manged to single-handedly throw a metric ton of stones into the reservoir.
We walked on logs, jumped through the trees, skimmed some stones, tried to pet the sheep, found a geocache, had a little picnic and a few flasks of tea and enjoyed some glorious British sunshine.
Here are a few snaps. Including a rare one of me taken by Mrs T.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.