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Newcomen engine house

The building on the left of this shot – the one with the wooden structure attached – houses a Newcomen steam engine at Elsecar Heritage Centre. It is, apparently, the oldest steam engine in the world still in its original location, dating back to 1795.

Apologies for another succinct post today. My wife and I went out for the evening and I didn’t get chance to write something before we left. <feeble excuse ends>

Behind the heritage centre

Fujica GW690 & Ilford FP4+. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 20 February 2022

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Bandstand

This is the bandstand at Elsecar. I’ve posted photos of the same location before here.

I’ve got a number of pictures of bandstands – they’re an attractive subject – and yet not a single shot with an actual band playing in them.

Bandstand

Fujica GW690 & Ilford FP4+. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 20 February 2022

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Water and electricity don’t mix

I’ve not posted a power-lines photo for a while, have I? Well let me remedy the situation with this photo of a transformer (at least I presume that’s what it is – I know little of such things) stood at the edge of a flooded field.

It’s a mundane scene, and one that is undobtedly repeated countless times across the country (albeit with perhaps less flooding), but one that appealed to my eye when I saw it.

Water and electricity don't mix

Fujica GW690 & Ilford FP4+. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 20 February 2022

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Quiz Tuesdays (on a Wednesday)

Sitting behind the Rockingham Arms pub (which I posted a photo of a few days ago) is this neat looking shed. There is a small sign on it saying “Players only on the green”, so I assume that the grass in front of it was once a bowling green. It’s now covered in wooden benches to cater for pub visitors though, although there were none to be seen on the windy February day on which the photo was taken

Quiz Tuesdays from 8pm

Fujica GW690 & Ilford FP4+. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 20 February 2022

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In front of the round house

Yesterday’s post showed the round house at Wentworth in its entirety. Today’s picture is a closer perspective with the cottage beside it in full view. Part of me prefers this shot – there’s a lot of detail tucked away and it was probably the two busts beside the front door that drew me as much as the structure itself.

Silent and sightless watchers

Fujica GW690 & Ilford FP4+. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 20 February 2022

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Points of interest

This signpost sits beside an old wrought-iron footbridge over the River Don in Sheffield. The destinations are mostly areas of the city, but with a few places further afield. The sign pointing to Wales refers to the village of Wales to the east of the city, rather than the nation to the west of England. Interestingly, a variety of measurement types are used on the signs.

Someone on Flickr asked me what a “rod” was, so I looked it up. Today’s bit of trivia (and something I didn’t know before) is that a rod is equivalent to sixteen and a half feet. There are four rods in a chain, forty rods in a furlong, and three-hundred-and-twenty rods in a mile.

Pointing to places

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & & Ilford FP4+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 15 January 2021

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A post with a postbox

Postboxes are another of those subjects to which I seem to be drawn quite often. Usually it’s when I’m shooting colour film as I think that the bright red paintwork lends itself best to that format, but I have more than a few pictures in black and white too, as with today’s photo.

Colour would have worked well too, although the box was in shad so might not have “popped” in the same way as when illuminated, but this particular example has the added interest of a bunch of stickers pasted to its side – a mixture of random art and political messaging of varying persuasions. I made the picture with the lens wide open af f/2.8 as I wanted to remove the background clutter, but perhaps a little narrower might have better benefited the ability to read the stickers.

Illustrated postbox

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & & Ilford FP4+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 15 January 2021

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Another short post and a picture of a riverside path

I’d planned to come up with a longer piece for today’s blog but then my eldest son and his girlfriend came to visit for a few hours, so I’ve not got the time now. Maybe I’ll farebetter tomorrow.

This picture was taken pretty much adjacent to the one that featured yesterday, this time looking up the path beside the river rather than down into the water.

The other way

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & & Ilford FP4+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 15 January 2021