The Rutland CiCLE Tour- Rutland Sportive ’18

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As you probably know, I’m not a pro sports photographer, that’s fine; it’s not my ‘thing’ but it’s something that interests me when I see some of the amazing sports photography out there, a friend of mine James Mitchell does really great triathlon photography, you can scroll through Instagram and see some lovely travel and outdoor work but I do not have the correct equipment or the time & dedication that some photographers might have for their speciality. But I love photography and will try anything! 

Saying that, a couple of weekends ago I had the chance to go out into the beautiful Rutland countryside on another hot day and take some cycling photos at one of my favourite spots, the Harringworth Viaduct.

The Rutland CiCLE Tour by ITP Events had three routes, 62miles, 78 & 105! Ouch! Based from The Giant store at Rutland Water, the routes are carefully planned to take in many of the picturesque hills and little villages in the area. The first person over the finish line on the short route did it in 3hrs 42mins, sore bums all round!

Rutland CiCLE Tour short route, 2018.

I was tracking the short route because my partner was cycling with his friend, they are in training for the Prudential RideLondon 100 which is happening on the 29th July, and also raising funds for The MS Society (get in touch if you’d like to donate and I will send on the JustGiving page). 

It was so relaxing to drive around the pretty villages in the sunshine and see where I ended up. I got a bit sunburnt looking for the perfect photo spot so next time (and there will be more cycling photo opportunities soon)  I will definitely be more careful!! I really enjoyed the challenge, I admire the hard work the cyclists put in and learnt a few camera/sunshine/speed/composition lessons along the way!!

I’m quite happy with the photos I took, I got a few smiles from the cyclists and it was definitely a learning curve! Have a look and let me know what you think!

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Marching in March in April for St George

I’m English. I was born in Great Yarmouth *cough*cough* years ago, I’m English and I’m part of this great island that is Great Britain. I’m proud of that fact but despite my allegiance to my home country I’ve never properly celebrated England’s patron Saint day, St George’s day. The Irish have their day of national pride, St Patrick’s day, which is celebrated internationally and I feel sometimes St George’s day is overlooked. When I caught wind that a Fenland market town close by was hosting a festival to mark the occasion I grabbed my camera and went down to have a look.

March high street was closed for the day and the traffic was replaced with plenty of stalls and the hustle and bustle of festival goers from early on in the morning. The festival kicked off with a short, quarter mile parade from the March Fountain at the top of the high street to the market place where the festivities were formally opened by the March town Mayor, Kim French. The parade was packed full of colour and character with the Mayor and the drums and bugles of the 1220 Air Cadet Squadron leading the way who were closely followed by a scooter gang. Amongst the other paraders were a rather awesome looking VW camper, the Bourne Borderers, representatives of the March museum riding vintage bicycles, the ferocious dragon and of course St George himself. Bringing up the rear of the parade with their unique sound of New Orleans jazz were the East Angles Brass Band; a super funky and fantastically groovy way to end the parade!

It seemed the entirety of March was out to celebrate St George or perhaps they were out to enjoy one of the hottest days of the year so far. The sun was out in force all day with highs of 22°C which made it a joy to be outside, the public nudity from some of the men I could have done without!

There were two live music stages, one in the market place and the other just outside Georges. I stuck to the stage by Georges for most of the day in part due to the music and in part due to the aroma from the hog roast Georges had laid on. The Georges stage featured a set from The Expletives (punk rock covers) and a couple of sets each from East Angles Brass Band (New Orleans inspired brass band) and Scooted & Booted (ska covers).  The Expletives went down a treat with the locals who were rocking and singing along, encouraged by the front man who knew how to fire up a crowd. The front man certainly looked the part with his John Lydon style bleached hair spikes. The band were tight, full of energy and nailed the genre perfectly.

As the last distorted chord and cymbal clash rang out from the stage the East Angles Brass Band came into life up behind me. They’d set up in the middle of the road outside Georges and immediately started drawing a crowd around them as they got into the swing of things with their funky, brassy soul. Their set featured some originals penned by the trumpeter in the band and some pop/rock covers that had been given an East Angles Brass Band. The covers included, I Wish (Stevie Wonder), I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness) and Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes). Check them out on Facebook to find out more and listen to some videos of them in action. East Angles Brass Band

Unfortunately I am just one woman and so I couldn’t see or capture everything this excellent event had to offer but here’s a selection of my favourite things I saw.

 

 

The Glorious One Eyed Cats-Live

So, according to the One Eyed Cats website they are a …

High-octane rock & roll, cool blues, jumping rhythm, driving rock or a hair-down sing-along, the Cats always deliver.  And deliver incredibly well.

Their large line up is suited to their huge sound, with a fiery brass section, rocking guitar and rolling piano.

Their music is always lively, passionate and entertaining.  They always aim to lift the roof off, rock socks off and leave everybody fully entertained – having had a good laugh, boogie and night.

All with immense enthusiasm, fine humour and unquestionable musicianship.

As cheesy as it might sound, I have to agree!

I was at a gig last week in the Brewery Tap, Peterborough, a very popular and well established pub, Thai restaurant and micro brewery, if you’ve never been before then make sure you go because if you like a quiet pub there’s a spot in a corner for you (they have good beer) and if you like it louder then there’s loads of different DJ nights, soul music, bands, a Prince tribute night is coming soon and tomorrow they have The Peterborough Big Band

  So back to the gig, It was a Thursday of a bank holiday weekend no less, so it was bound to not be a normal Thursday night! The crowd had had food, were drinking after work, any band would do well but the Cats brought a little something different tonight, they have many years of gigging experience behind them and they turned up, plugged in and rocked the place! The Cats filled the dance floor and by end of the night left everyone wanting more. All the band are brilliant musicians, you definitely wont see any backing tracks here, they seemed to enjoy the night as much as the crowd so if you want a good night out go find the Cats and bring your friends! 

Here’s a few photos.

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International Womens’ Day 2018

Happy International Womens Day!

 

When women support each other, incredible things happen. 

Let’s not forget that, I know March 8th is about celebrating strong women, equality and many other things but this should be on our minds all the time not just one day!

A girl should be two things: who and what she wants. 

Behind every successful woman is herself. 

You can tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building up one another instead of tearing each other down. 

The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.

So here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

The Wise Naive @ Wedfest, Kings Lynn

Last weekends gig was an interesting one in the really pretty St Nicholas’ Chapel, Kings Lynn . I went along to take a few photos and I’m always happy for a chance to listen to some good music!

The Wise Naive are normally a 10 piece band with full brass section and percussion, for this gig they were a stripped back version of themselves but the acoustics of such a unique venue really seemed to bring out the best and they were as funky as ever. More church gigs please!!   Mark Purdy Soul DJ started and ended the night with some classic soul and motown tunes,  perfect for the dancefloor!

I didn’t mind missing the wedding show this time but here’s the links to some of the organisers and suppliers if you’re interested.

The Wise Naive– go see them next time they have a gig!

Mark Purdy Soul DJ, Pia Plum Events, Twisted Melon,

I quite like how dark the photos came out, it was quite a creepy church with all the shadows! 

 

 

I like pink and I cannot lie…

It’s having a moment… Millennial Pink…  My favourite colour has been given a name, it’s trending, it’s the ‘go to’ colour for everything now….

A soft, blush, chalky muted pink that will go well with dark teal walls or a softer dove grey, home interior magazines and Instagram feeds are going crazy for this popular colour. Big name brands such as Le Creuset and Kitchenaid both have newly launched products in the colour, John Lewis has called 2017 ‘the year of Millennial Pink’…

I’m not sure what to think about this!! Have I fallen for a big marketing plot or can I think for myself!? I’ve been happy to see more pink things recently because I’m a big fan, but (tongue in cheek) I am waaay ahead of the trends, I’ve used the colour for my branding for a while now, but not because it’s cool… because I like it, and that’s the important thing to think about when we’re talking ‘trends’ … do what you like because YOU like it!! It is really hard to stop yourself from being influenced by social media but stick to what feels right, don’t compare yourself to others and be yourself. OK rant over!

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