Horniman Museum

Leanne and I visited the Horniman Museum.  The Museum has been open since Victorian times and contains ‘internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.’

Horniman Museum

Flying Gurnard (Dactylopterus volitans). They can’t fly however ‘they have been observed to “walk” along sandy sea floors while looking for crustaceans and other small invertebrates by using their pelvic fins.’

Horniman Museum
Yellow-Bellied Pangolin (Manis Tricuspis). ‘The tree pangolin can walk on all fours or on its hind legs using its prehensile tail for balance. It can climb up trees in the absence of branches. When walking on all fours, it walks on its front knuckles with its claws tucked underneath to protect them from wearing down.’ ‘When threatened, it rolls up into a ball, protecting itself with its thick skin and scales. Its scales cover its entire body except for the belly, snout, eyes, ears, and undersides of the limbs. When a mother with young is threatened, it rolls up around the young, which also roll into a ball. While in a ball, it can extend its scales and make a cutting action by using muscles to move the scales back and forth. It makes an aggressive huff noise when threatened, but that is the extent of its noise-making.’

Horniman Museum

Flying Fox (Pteropus Medius). ‘The large flying fox has a wingspan up to 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in)’. ‘Characteristically, all species of flying foxes only feed on nectar, blossom, pollen, and fruit, which explains their limited tropical distribution. They do not possess echolocation, a feature which helps the other suborder of bats, the microbats, locate and catch prey such as insects in mid-air’

Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum
Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). ‘The jellyfish is translucent, usually about 25–40 cm (10–16 in) in diameter, and can be recognized by its four horseshoe-shaped gonads, easily seen through the top of the bell. It feeds by collecting medusae, plankton, and mollusks with its tentacles, and bringing them into its body for digestion. It is capable of only limited motion, and drifts with the current, even when swimming.’

Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum

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Cambridge

Leanne and I spent Friday night and Saturday in Cambridge.

The first photo is from the Fitzwilliam Museum. Apparently the building itself looks really impressive but I couldn’t see this as it was covered in white sheeting and scaffolding.

Fitzwilliam Museum
The rest of the photos are from the King’s College Cathedral. I noticed the architects loved to design buildings with parts jutting out of the top of them.

King’s College Cathedral 1
King’s College Cathedral 2
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King’s College Cathedral 4
King’s College Cathedral 5
King’s College Cathedral 6

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Couple

I haven’t posted in forever. Since the last post I have started a business with my friend and it has been running for nearly two months now! I have been slacking on the photography front but a couple of things did catch my eye during that two month period. A lovely textured wall and a beautiful twilight sky.

Textured Wall
Sky

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A new enterprise

Since the first couple of years of college I have been wanted to run my own company. From around September last year I had been thinking seriously about doing just that. So with many scribbled notes and discussions with my friend Tom Barden we slowly became edging towards making our company a reality.

Begin

Today after quite a few months of hard work and preparation we are all set up and ready to go!

Here are a few photos I have taken over the setting up period -

Constantly buying equipment and going back and forwards.
Moving stuff
Tom in action building our workbench. Our workshop/studio combo was once a housing for pigs, so every surface in the place is either wonky or bumpy which made it extremely hard to get the work bench level. In the end after trying to use laser pens and strings we did actually manage to make a pretty level work bench!
Tom workbench
Finished Work Bench
We had barely set the machine up, we still didn’t have a carpet and a guy from another unit on the farm came to ask if we could make some lettering for his new windows. Our first job!
First Job

At this stage it is all about advertising. If you know anybody that may need vehicle graphics, small signs, company branding, safety signs, window vinyl or print design please pass on our information/website.

www.distilleddesigns.co.uk

DD Logo Square

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(V) Cornwall Adventure – Stonehenge

Our last destination on our way home from our cottage in cornwall was Stonehenge.  Both Leanne and I felt strange paying and going to see some stones in the middle of a field but it is one of the most iconic wonders in England, so felt like it had to be seen!
Stonehenge 3
Stonehenge 1
Stonehenge 2
Coach loads of people turned up all the time to stare at these peculiar rocks.
Stonehenge 4

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(IV) Cornwall Adventure – Kynance Cove

Our first view of Kynance Cove. Stunning.
Leanne & I Edge
Leanne on the edge!
Leanne Edge
I think this photo does a nice job at showing the sheer scale of the rocks/cliffs/mini islands in the background.
Leanne Scale
The landscape is nothing like what we have in Upminster where I live, it looks alien. I think the photo below looks like it could have been taken on another planet.
Rocky
View 2
Yellow Rock
One of my favourite photos of the whole holiday. Beautiful landscape.
House with a viewThe rocks were really interesting. The sea was really rough and you didn’t have to look at it to tell. The rocks were all carved and sliced up, most of them jutting upwards in layers. They also had a red tinge to them which made them interesting as a texture.
Red Rocks & Water
Red Rock texture small
Rock & Water
Island Rock
View 3
Standing on the edge of these jutting rocks next to a sea that was in turmoil maybe wasn’t the best idea but I wanted to get interesting photos! Needless to say this shot shows the moment I got wet. My luck run out, I was on the edge taking photos for a while and the past two times I had kept my eye on the sea and managed to spot when a big wave was coming twice before (not so easy when you have to spot a bigger bump of water than the rest as I was a bit further out than the beach) and managed to hightail it out of there, quickly jumping across the jutting rocks as best I could. However this one got me and I had to walk around for the rest of the trip with wet feet/socks/boots, not very nice! Just as I took this photo I ducked down and held onto a rock just incase it was a really big wave (did not want to be dragged on and into that sea, pretty sure you wouldn’t stand a chance) but it wasn’t too bad, albeit cold and wet!
Got Wet
Foot Prints

Another beautiful place in Kynance Cove. The sea coming from both sides of this beach area that you couldn’t get to.
Double Sides Sea
Next we visited Lizard Point,  the most southerly place in England. It was by far the most disappointing place that we went to all holiday. The most southerly point consisted of an eye sore of a gift shop and then down by the sea and even bigger eye sore of a broken down and disused concrete jetty. Usually I like abandoned places and things but not this. It was disappointing that because it is the most southerly place they tried to capitalize on that or… once did, now it’s just sad.

We also found the most southerly lighthouse which might have been a little bit more interesting if it was open or you could get near it, the stone wall was easily jumpable but we had lost interest in the whole place by then, disappointed by it all. Two saving graces however, when we was walking up hill on the edge of the cliffs to see the lighthouse we saw an eagle on the cliffs not far from us which we saw took flight. The second being the one and only photo I shot at Lizard Point, part of the lighthouse buildings.
Two Horns

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(III) Cornwall Adventure – Gweek Seals

We visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in the small town of Gweek. Usually I don’t like zoos but this is a sanctuary where they keep seals that either can’t fend for themselves or are nursing injured seals back to health to release them at a later date. They are an amusing and curious bunch to watch!

Seal 2
Seal 3
Seal Pose
Im not sure what this one was doing. It was standing upright with it’s nose sticking out. Maybe catching what little rays of sun there were.
Upward Seal
Sea Lion Nose
Sea Lion & Leanne
3 Penguins
Otters
Bridge & Water
We passed these chimney stacks on the way to our barn. We decided to go back and find them since they looked unusual in the middle of fields.
Chimney Stack
Chimney Stack 2
There were fields and fields of daffodils a two minute drive from where we were staying.

Daffs 2
Daffs 3
Leanne & I
Again taking inspiration from Leanne’s Eric photos, Totoro was out and about exploring.
Totoro Water
Totoro Forest
Double Swans
When we first spotted these from our window Leanne thought they were small sailing boats from a distance!
Swan Boat
Can you spot our temporary home at the Lower Pentire Barn from across the River Loe. This shot shows how remote the barn was.
Overview

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