Welcome to our book of notes where will endeavour to keep you posted on new photographs and places we have visited.

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Switzerland Tour

September 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Well, we have just returned from a tour of the Swiss Oberland. Whilst we had very mixed weather we had a marvellous trip with so much to do and see. We have created a gallery of our travel photographs which we hope you will enjoy: http://www.nleephoto.com/f525640167.

Our travels included the amazing Schilthorn Mountain where the Bond movie 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' was filmed - in 1968.

An absolute highlight was my wife had arranged for me to undertake a tandem paragliding flight which we managed to fit in between the rain and sunshine. 

I'm hooked. Definitely will have to do it again. Up and AwayUp and Away Only sunshine after this.


Scotland - NC500 Tour

July 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Durness Beach  (NC500 Tour)Durness Beach (NC500 Tour)

Well, we have just returned from our tour of the Scottish highlands and coastline. The NC500 (North Coast 500) tour is now becoming well established and has some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. This is a totally understated tour with some amazing highlights such as the Applecross Pass, Drumbeg Bay, Durness & Smoo Cave, Dunnet Head and John O'Groats.

The tour starts and finishes at Inverness. That's following a 360 mile journey from home to up to Inverness!

On our first day of the tour we made our way (mostly on single track roads) from Inverness across to Applecross via the pass, and around the winding coastline over to Ullapool for the evening stopover at the Royal Hotel. The Applecross Inn was a great little place to stop for lunch. Whilst the food was very tempting we all had such a full breakfast at our departure hotel we settled for a hot pot of tea instead. Unfortunately the weather on this day was awful, with driving rain, gale force winds and fog over the pass. Unusual for Scotland. Todays mileage approx. 200mi.

Day 2 saw us around the coastline again, along Drumbeg Bay, up to Durness for lunch at the Smoo Hotel. Lots more single track today; but this is easy going as there are lots of passing places. We did stop for photos at Durness beach - this little cove is like a tropical paradise (see photo). Then over the Kyle of Tongue Bridge heading for Dunnet Head. Alas not the greatest scenery in Scotland, then on to John O'Groats; though quite remote there is lots to see here. Our stopover for the day was at Wick which was quite timely with a fuel stop at Tesco. Today we had sunshine but unfortunately fighting gale force winds again made riding the bike pretty hard work and very tiring. Todays mileage approx. 210mi.

Our last day (of the official 500 mile tour) we headed off down the East coast back to Inverness for lunch (tour end). Only thing of note to report was another day with gale force winds making for another challenging and exhausting ride. The scenery along the east coast was not quite as awe inspiring as the west coast but still a pleasure to see. Anyway, we were staying at Fort William this evening so after a short lunch break at Inverness we headed off along the A82 past Loch Ness and on to our last hotel of the trip. Todays mileage approx. 170mi (to Fort William).

The following day we just had our final 305 mile journey home back to the North-East.  We came back through Glencoe which is one of our all time favourite locations and onward past Loch Lomond. Good weather today, no wind and no problems with traffic around Glasgow - which is quite rare.

What a great trip though despite the challenging weather. One word - BREATHTAKING.

Just as side note, if you are thinking of undertaking this awesome tour, check filling stations opening times and locations beforehand as we did prior, as many can be closed on Sundays. . . and at random times too so take care.

Anyone wishing to follow in our footsteps we have the GPS route planning data, fillings stations along the way, hotel contacts etc. you are welcome to a copy.


Bluebells Are Out In Abundance

May 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Well, it's that time of year again; time to view the splendour of spring flora, and in particular the colourful bluebells in our wooded hideaways.

So, like many others my wife and I took the short journey to the area around Roseberry Topping where we know we will be able to see and capture great photographs of these colourful flowers.

We have even created a small gallery dedicated to our photographs of Roseberry Topping in all seasons. Roseberry Bluebells ~ 1Roseberry Bluebells ~ 1The carpet of Bluebells along the popular woodland walk at the foot of Roseberry Topping.


Coniston

April 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Another trip to the Lakes to take advantage the glorious winter weather saw us navigating from Coniston to Wast Water, Hardknott Pass and one of favourite places, Ambleside. Very poor weather spoiled play but we did manage a couple of nice photographs

Signets sleeping on Yew Tree Tarn.

Sleeping BeautiesSleeping BeautiesTwo young swans (signets) taking a rest on the calm waters of Yew Tree Tarn

One of several bridges along Wast Waters edge

Wast Water BridgeWast Water BridgeAn awful day at Wast Water. Rain, bitterly cold, heavy cloud cover; not the best for photography but more than pleased with this photograph. There are several of these small bridges along the lakeside road to Wasdale Head so plenty of opportunity to take some nice pictures - even in the rain!


Keswick

January 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

We have just returned from a trip to Keswick in the Lake District.

Snow capped mountains and frosty hazy mornings made for some great atmospheric photographs around the local area including lake Derwent Water.

Sunrise Over Derwent WaterSunrise Over Derwent WaterEvery time we visit Derwent Water we walk to our favourite locations to take another photograph but with different lighting. I'm always hoping at each visit the weather will look on us favourably and that elusive best shot of a lifetime will open up before our eyes. Here's hoping.

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