The Photographer’s Diary : September 2013


Welcome to the rather late September edition of TPD – what can I say, it’s been VERY busy! A lot has happened since we last met, and I mean a lot. Read on to find out all about it!

This blog has been a long time coming, it just so happens that I’ve finally had chance to sit down and put pen to paper – well, fingers to keyboard. It may be October, but this is still very much September’s edition. Sit back and relax as we get up to speed with the latest goings on…

You’ll remember (hopefully) that last time we met, I was busy getting ready for my holidays in Newquay. I have to say it was a very enjoyable week. For starters the apartment was magnificent with some stunning views over Fistral Beach. Secondly, the weather behaved itself for most of the week so we were able to enjoy some well deserved chill time on the beach. It’s funny how much you look forward to your free time when you’re working. Not that I’m knocking my 36 hour weeks, it’s helped me achieve a lot this year – but your weekends suddenly become precious and any free time is a luxury, so a week in the sun was just what was required.

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

We had some of the best fish and chips I have ever tasted on our first night, and later in the week, a rather successful curry. On holidays past we’ve had our fair share of dud takeaways – the rest of the country just can’t seem to make a curry as well as us Brummies.

I think we all just needed a break – we literally did nothing for the entire week. Our holiday was full of lie-ins, cooked breakfasts, lazy days on the beach and a cheeky drink or two. It was nice to be in Newquay at the same time as the Boardmasters Festival as that was something a little different to see. It was also nice to wake up to our beautiful views of the beach and the golf course which our apartment overlooked. It amazed me just how early people get up to play! I must admit I do miss that view.

It’s funny isn’t it really how sometimes other people’s misfortunes can make us giggle? It was a sunny Tuesday afternoon and we were all sitting on the beach watching the tide slowly creep in, and, in turn everyone inch slowly further back up the sand. Being the organised folk that we are, we’d set up camp quite a nice distance away from the incoming tide so didn’t have to move for quite a while. It gave us a very good vantage point to watch a family come along, put down their bags, take off their shoes and head for the sea. The mother was left minding the stuff whilst taking photos of the rest of the family having fun. Inch by inch, the tide grew closer, and the three of us found ourselves eagerly hoping she hadn’t noticed. She hadn’t. After what felt like an age, and with us all of tenterhooks, the sea reach the waiting bags and shoes. All we heard was the lady calling out to her husband. Why she didn’t just pick up the bags we’ll never know, but needless to say, we were all in fits of hysterics. What was even more amusing was that we then happened to follow them around town, giggling when we saw their wet bags. I know we shouldn’t laugh, but it was ever so funny.

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

Everytime I go away, I do like to have a little wander around wherever we are, camera in hand. Usually I’ll do this early in the morning, or late at night. I quite like exploring new places seeing the times of day I wouldn’t normally see. I hope that makes sense – after reading that back it just sounds like I usually get up late and go to bed early. Hopefully you get my drift. Anyway, this time around I opted for the early get up. 7am and I was out and about exploring the harbour, side streets and surrounding areas. I like watching everybody getting ready for the new day – the cafe’s were opening, the window cleaner was cleaning the amusement arcade windows and the fishermen were unloading their boats in the harbour. The beach had remnants of the previous night’s Boardmasters concert, but now hard core surfers were back out braving the icy cold water. After walking around for an hour or so, it was time to head back, stopping at the shop for some milk and jam on the way. 

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

I must mention the beautiful BBQ Pork Baguette we had for lunch one day from a little shop by the harbour. It certainly lived up to it’s name of being ‘the best sandwich you’ve ever had’ as the guy put it. Turned out he was from Birmingham as well! I haven’t got a picture unfortunately, but trust me, it was tasty!

As with all good things, they must come to an end. But what a wonderful week we had and what amazing memories we shall take away from Newquay. Those views will certainly be remembered for a long time to come I’m sure. One last holiday picture to sum up the week really – we all loved Newquay!

© Ben Lowe 2013

© Ben Lowe 2013

So there you have it – that was our holiday in a nutshell – apologies that it wasn’t quite as long as last year’s mega post!

August was a very exciting month not just because of my holiday but because I’ve actually bought an apartment! We looked around some lovely new builds way back in June and now some four months on here I am sitting in my own place typing the latest update. It’s funny how life works itself out sometimes isn’t it. Who would have thought that 2013 would hold so many happy events. Not only did I finally land myself a full time job, but I’ve now ticked off something else from the life list and have my own place.

These last couple of months have actually flown by and I really can’t believe that we are already on the run-up to Christmas. As you’ll remember from Project 365, we are now in my favourite time of the whole year. September to December is always special. I love the darker nights, the Autumnal colours and being able to wrap yourself up really tight and get warm. Hopefully in the next edition I’ll have had time to go out with my camera and capture the season. Not living so close to the park anymore means I’ll be able to venture out and explore a whole range of new places – it’s rather exciting.

I think that pretty much fills you in on all the exciting (and this time it actually is!) events of my life up untill now. Halloween and Bonfire Night are just around the corner and it’ll be November before you know it – I shall see you then.

Over and out.


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