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River Dee Finale

Before anyone says anything – yes I have posted these images previously (on Sunday just gone in fact under the title “Messing About On The River”) and no I’m not going mad, well no more than usual anyway!

Let me explain. On Monday late afternoon, and again this morning, I started to receive a series of comments/pingbacks to the original post from some rather dubious looking WordPress site(s) – in total I must have received a hundred or so. As you can imagine this quickly became very annoying. So I’ve marked them all as Spam in the hope that Akismet will recognise them in future. I also took the decision to delete the original post – my thinking is that surely I can’t receive anymore  comments (spam or genuine) to a post that no longer exists?

Touch-wood and fingers-crossed, I haven’t received anymore dodgy comments since about 8:30am this morning. Hence the reason why I’m re-posting these images again now, under a different title.

So, for the second time of asking, here are my final half-dozen images from the River Dee shoot. As you can see there were a number of other people enjoying the river that day, not just the various rowing clubs in the head race that we had specifically come to see:

Fingers crossed that this post doesn’t attract the spammers again……and to those spammers I say bugger-off and get a life!!

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Althorp

Hope you all had a good Christmas and Santa brought you lots of lovely, photography related goodies…..;0)

The shots below were all taken back in July, but for whatever reason I never got round to posting them at the time…..in fact I’ve got three or four other photo-shoots from earlier in the year that I’ve yet to process but will try to get posted over the next week or two.

Althorp has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years. Their most famous member is without question Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales who tragically died in somewhat controversial circumstances in Paris in 1997.

I wasn’t particularly happy on the day we visited Althorp…..quite simply because we shouldn’t have been there!!

We had travelled down to Northamptonshire the day before so that we could be up bright and early to visit the English Heritage Festival of History 2012 – the largest annual gathering of historical re-enactment societies in the UK. Before you ask, no I’m not a re-enactor myself! However I do like my history (especially the military variety) and have wanted to see and photograph this event for some years. Unfortunately, due to the days of very heavy rain leading up to the event (and a torrential downpour in the early morning of the first day) the river running through the site burst its banks and the organisers reluctantly decided to cancel at the very last-minute.

So there I was looking forward to taking photos of Roman soldiers, Vikings, Medieval jousting, canons and muskets etc……and what I got was Althorp! Now don’t get me wrong, I like visiting country houses and Althorp is a lovely example of one and well worth a visit…..but bricks and mortar don’t really cut-it when what I had envisaged was a day of little-boy, lost-childhood, toy-soldiering indulgence. So I’m afraid (and a little ashamed to say) that I was a tiny bit of a grumpy bunny on that day. I had disappointment etched on my face…..:0(.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

P.S. Incidentally if you want proof that the rain had been particularly heavy in Northamptonshire….if you look at the shot above with Althorp reflected in the water…..well that water shouldn’t be there!! I think I’m correct in saying that 2012 has now been officially classified as the wettest in England since records began. Lets hope for a better 2013…..

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