We are husband and wife, Sandy and Ken and since
September 2010, we have been living in
a very rural
county bordered by Shropshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and
…... Wales! The rural landscape is colourful with rich red soil and
the fantastic River Wye meandering through the county and close to
the City Centre.
is famous for world renown pedigree "Hereford" cattle,
Bulmers cider, apple orchards, the Mappa Mundi, the SAS, and
"Giant Killers" Hereford United Football Club known as "The Bulls" .. what else! The City
also had strong "connections" with royalty as Nell Gwynne
(the London based retail orange seller) was born in Hereford in 1650.
is a local government officer and hobby wise she is very involved as
a volunteer with Girl Guiding UK. She is a member of the UK Council, a
trainer, and was formerly a County Commissioner in Cambridgeshire.
carried out trainings in Russia, Bermuda and The Virgin Islands.
is a retired Army Officer now employed in the public sector (at
least he was when this was started on 31 Dec 10) but who knows what
may happen in the aftermath of the coalitions comprehensive spending
review. Ken is a keen wildlife photographer ..... as you can see!
This Crested tit was photographed in a Caledonian pine forest - they don't venture down south so you will have to travel to see them but they are fab little birds.
Bird are the principal interest but mamals follow a close second and in particular the less frequently or easily seen of the species such as the Kingfisher and the Otter. It's a bit like fishing the greater the patience then sometimes the greater the reward ... but not always.
This Arctic Tern is a favourite shot and it was taken against a grey rainy June sky on the Farne Islands
Anyone living in the Cambridge area with an interest in photography would be well served by joining the Swavesey
Camera Club who meet every Thursday during autumn, winter and spring and provide the most comprehensive programme for members. Visitors are always welcome and not only are they a very friendly group but count amongst their number some exceptional photographers. Leaving the club was just about the biggest regret at leaving the local area.
Anyone interested in Kingfishers in particular take a look at Jeff Harrison's
web site. Jeff is a member of the club and the photos on his web site and his Kingfisher Diary are some of the best you will see anywhere.
Back to us! The
most important thing you need to know, however, is that we are both
ardent fans and season ticket holding supporters of "the Bulls" as they are known. We are to
be found at all games, home and away, if at all possible - so it will come as no surprise to find that our first really important web link is here!