Posted by: digibirder | April 11, 2011


Well, Keith was having a few issues framing my images for the forthcoming craft fair. Having made a perfect frame on the course back in February, the ones he made at home using the equipment purchased at the Focus exhibition the other week were not behaving well at all. He was unable to get a neat joint, and we weren’t happy to sell such items. A phone call to the training/supply company resulted in us having a long journey down to the head office in High Wycombe again (having camped there the other week when Keith was booked onto his business course) in order for them to check the equipment/technique. This time we went there and back in a day, though. They initially thought it was one particular type of wood moulding causing the issues (although they shouldn’t be selling it if you can’t create a decent frame with it), but after further deliberation and testing other frame styles, it was discovered that the mitre trimmer was not calibrated correctly so this was swapped for a new one. Problem solved – or so we thought.

Keith purchased some new frame mouldings while we were there, having wasted quite a few of the originals he bought, but the following day he was still having problems. We are still not sure why the frames will not join properly, as there is no problem with Keith’s technique as far as we can tell. I am a little wary of the basic model of joiner he bought. He did want the next model up, but they advised that the basic one would be fine, and apparently they have many happy customers using that one. The problem with this machine is that everything has to be done with hand-eye lining up, whereas the better model has guides and measures to ensure everything is lined up and set in place at the correct distances. It also puts in two corner nails at a time, whereas the one Keith bought puts them in one at a time, and you have to make sure the second on is in the same line by constant repositioning of the clamp. Anyway, he’s called them up today and it looks like we’ll be making another journey down there! It’s getting urgent now, as I have a craft fair at the weekend, so we need to get it sorted.

We had a bit of a respite over the past weekend, as we went to visit friends in Liverpool. Keith used to work in Liverpool many years ago, although he had not really been in regular contact with any of his ex-colleagues until they met up at another colleague’s retirement party last October. It was proposed that contact be more regular in future and with that we were invited over to stay. We arrived late morning on Saturday, having done a bit of a detour to avoid the traffic heading to the Grand National, and after lunch we walked over to Crosby Beach to see the statues that form the art installation, Another Place, by Antony Gormley (who also created the Angel of the North near Gateshead). Unfortunately, the tide was in, making many of the 100 statues invisible, or with just the top of their head sticking out of the water. I have wanted to see these statues for some time, and hadn’t realised that our friends lived nearby, so we made plans to go back the following day when the tide would be out (as we were staying overnight). You can’t walk too far out on Crosby Beach, though, as there are some dangerous quick-sands. Even bathing in the sea is not allowed. The installation was due to be moved on to America a few years ago, but the move was opposed and it is now permanent. Due to the shifting sands, over time the statues have either been forced up out of the sand, causing their platforms to become visible, or have been buried deeper.

We wandered back to the house and the preparations for dinner started. Another couple joined us for dinner on Saturday evening, and after much chit-chat and consuming a delicious meal, we realised it was almost 1am! The other couple left for home and we prepared for bed.

On Sunday morning, while Judy started the preparations for yet another delicious meal, Ian drove us to the other end of the beach to try and get a good view of some more statues. The tide was out, but the figures were further apart than I anticipated. I didn’t want to change lenses, as there was a bit of a breeze and I didn’t want sand to get inside the camera, so I made do with the 24-105mm. We spent a little time there before heading back to pick Judy up and we then drove into Liverpool to have a look at the changes since Keith was there. We had a wander down to Albert Dock, where we stayed when we went to the retirement party, and then strolled along the promenade looking at all the new buildings being erected. It’s a strange mixture of the ultra-modern mixed with the very old ornate style, making for some interesting reflections in places where an old building is next to a glass-walled new one. While we downed a coffee at one of the waterfront cafés, Ian regaled us with stories of some of the interesting old buildings, including the Cunard Building, where passengers heading for a new life in America would buy their tickets. The weather was glorious and it was quite warm sitting there in the sun.

We returned back to the house for lunch and a short time later Keith and I packed up our things and started our journey home. A very enjoyable weekend in good company. Here are the images from the weekend (back to the old way – didn’t like the gallery format, it played havoc with the sizes).



  1. The statues always fascinate me but your “beach scenes” are lovely. Particularly like the beach scene (without the statue)… love the lines.

    And the last two pics of the reflection buildings – wow!

    Do hope all the problems get sorted before too long… you deserve some more success the pair of you and soon!!

    • Thanks Tricia. The beach scene you are referring to (I think – the one with the windfarm in the background) does actually have a statue – very small in the distance, and a gull to the left. I thought the channels of water made the photo quite interesting.

  2. Yes – that’s the picture. Didn’t realise it was a statue out in the distance though 😉 And yes, it’s the channels that add a dimension to the picture

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