Let me introduce Chappie – my lovely daughter in law’s new horse. Although he’s still a young horse, he was ‘rescued’ from the knacker’s yard and originally came from impressive ‘racing’ stock. He boasts the famous Mill Reef among quite a few Derby and other big race winners in his pedigree.

My son took me to see Chappie the other day and I must say he was very patient and accommodating while I took loads of pics of him – I hope you like the results …..

Guy & Chaps

Guy & Chaps


Good Pals

Good Pals

Chappie 2



Chappie 3

Going Home

Going Home

See you all again soon I hope!    Eileen


Pond Pics [cont]


Puppy 2

I enjoy chatting to the people I meet over at the Pond and I came across a chap with this little Jack Russell puppy.  He was sitting on a bench and the little puppy was just lying there enjoying the sunshine and completely ignoring the many geese/ducks that were near the water’s edge  – all was peace and harmony . The gentleman said it would be ok for me to take their photographs  and so the fist two pics are ‘en repose’ .

A young lady came along with , would you believe it, another Jack Russell – this one all growed up!  Well – talk about excited – that little pup went absolutely wild with delight … the other doggie didn’t seem to feel quite the same way however – but he good humouredly tolerated the little chap.  How I managed to get any non blurry shots I just don’t know [ LOL – I’ve yet to learn the settings on my camera for fast-moving subjects.]

After the poor girl rescued her dog [she was with child and also on a bike!]  I got chatting with her. The Gentleman was no help whatsoever I’m sorry to say – s’pose he thought that’s just what puppies do.  Anyway – next I looked, the puppy was tearing around like a little greyhound and scaring all the wildlife into the lake …..  still – he was very sweet , as puppies always are.

Hope you enjoy the following pics ….

Man and dogs



dogs 2

dogs 3




This is the lovely lady  …..



 bye for now – more to come ,  Eileen

Another Walk



Went for another walk to the same lakeside with a friend yesterday.  Happened to see this little chap along the way. He stayed for ages [observing us I guess]  so I was able to take my time getting shots of him.



I hadn’t realised till I uploaded this from my camera that this little laddie had an acorn in his beak. It was originally a shot of another duck to the right, so the image isn’t as sharp as it might have bee.

049So – this is the chappie I was really taking the shot of…..

bye for now,   Eileen


Doggie Photo Shoot


I spent a lovely afternoon with friends a couple of days ago. As I don’t drive, they chauffered me and took me to their home for a cuppa first and then on to the local garden centre. They have a lovely little patio cum cottage garden and two large but very gentle doggies. Of course I took my camera along and I was in my element snapping away.


Inevitably with indoor shots there is a lot of ‘cluttered’ background – I use the term loosely as it isn’t untidy , merely ‘lived in’ . So I like to either soften around the main subject or sometimes it needs a bit of ‘cloning’.  I have to do ‘selections’ i.e. draw around things to isolate them first, but it doesn’t have to be precise so usually it’s no problem. I used to try to be much more accurate and there are several tools to use. I’ve discovered through trial and error though that it’s not all that complicated.


Because I take my photos on the highest quality my camera will allow, the images take cropping well with no loss of detail etc.  I hope ya’ll like the results anyway.


The eyes have it !

My next blog will have the flower pics I took in my friends garden.  See you soon ….

Sunny Weekend



I’m not sure what this little fella is  –  moorhen perhaps?  There – I should have looked it up before posting  …..


He’s a handsome chap ain’t he?


From a compositional point of view, I guess the squirrel maybe too central … I dunno , I know the rules but I can’t always follow them!

Wild Life


For the first time in years I went away for a long weekend break . My family treated me to a Centre parc hol with them for the Bank holiday. It was wonderful to have a change of scenery and the opportunity to use my new camera on the wildlife . I was keen to try out the longer zoom lens on it and I was not disappointed.  This lovely Jay came to visit the chalet , plus lots of ducks and squirrels.



As a footnote …. I must say here that I inadvertantly deleted all my previous Post  images  and I don’t think I can retreive them. So – as there’s no point in having the text without the pics, it looks like I’ll have to delete everything and start again from scratch. I’m currently seeking advice on the Forum but I don’t hold out much hope !! Any suggestions here therefore will be most welcome ….   Eileen