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Looking back on 2016

Many would agree that 2016 was not a good year, the world has become an even more dangerous place, and the political rumblings in many countries is cause for concern. In South Africa the corruption and incompetence gets worse, although local govt elections upturned a lot of apple carts. We also saw the death of a number of old school entertainers, and of course the happenings around Brexit and the new American President. Syria became a battle ground and sabres are being rattled. The biggest problem that we face though, is the proliferation of fake news sites and the gullibility of those who tag, share and like!

Amongst those who passed on in 2016: David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Prince, Debbie Reynolds, Douglas Adams, Ron Glass, Florence Henderson, Robert Vaughan, Arnold Palmer, Gene Wilder, Kenny Baker, Anton Yelchin, Muhammed Ali, Ronnie Corbett, Nancy Reagan, George Kennedy, Harper Lee, Bud Spencer, Shimon Peres, Fidel Castro, and John Glenn. (Complete list for 2016 at wikipedia)

I did not have a busy year, although there was a major spurt of activity in June when I went down to London. These are some of the highlights of my year.  

January:

It was a relatively quiet month, the biggest highlight for me being the rime frost that happened on the 20th. The winter days are quite short so I came and went in darkness which is why these images turned out the way they did. But, it is sad that the weather was the most exciting thing during that month.

February:

I paid a visit to Twyning, it was the first gravehunting expedition of the year and it was a long walk too,  

March:

Bredon was my chosen destination for March, and it too was a long walk away. 

April:

The most memorable event of that month was definitely the Wartime in the Cotswolds weekend held at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway 

May:

May saw me once again at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway  where they were holding their Festival of Steam.  Because I was in the area I also paid a fleeting visit to Winchcombe.  I will probably return to the town in 2017 as I will definitely love to do the Wartime Weekend again.

June:

This was my busiest month as I headed down to London to see the final arrival of the RMS St Helena. Subsequently the ship is being retained in service till 2018 so it turns out that this was not the end of the line for her. I also revisited Kensal Green, and did the museum thing at the V&A as well as the Science Museum. I returned to Tewkesbury exhausted. 

July:

In July we attended the Welland Steam and Country Fair, and it was the anniversary of 100 Years of Delville Wood.

August:

This month I attended the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival and saw some amazing vehicles from the past. Fortunately the weather held out and it was not washed out like the previous year.

September:

I did not venture far from home as I was struggling with hip and back pain, so vegged at home and reminded myself that it was the anniversary of the sinking of the OSV Voortrekker

October:

The weather had started to turn by now as we headed into winter. I had a major nostalgia jag when I photograph a lot of Teddy Bears at the local craft market.

November: 

November is the month when military veterans take out their berets and caps and don their medals and poppies to Remember The Fallen. I also revisited St Nicholas Parish Church in Ashchurch

December:

And, I closed off the year with some Blundering around Bushley to photograph a CWGC grave 

And that was my year. Not a lot of excitement but I am seriously limited to what I can do as a result of the hip issue. The trip to Bushley has left me sore and that makes me very concerned. Given how I have battled this past year with the problem it does not auger well for the future.

If 2017 does not meet up to my expectations I am going to send it back under warranty. I should have done that with 2016, but I thought I would wait and see, but realistically it was not a good year at all.

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Updated: 01/01/2018 — 16:43

Looking back on 2015

2015 was a very unsettled year, I moved house 4 times, lived in 3 cities and found full time work once again. It was also a year of heritage rail, graveyards, bridges and new discoveries. These are some of the highlights.

January.
Two highlights stick out in January. The first was my visit to West Norwood Cemetery in London.

And of course my visit to Brooklands Museum in Weybridge with its collection of heritage aircraft, cars and buses.

February.

The highlight of that month was the snow that fell on two separate days and I was finally able to photograph a cemetery in the snow

March.
In March I moved up to Staffordshire and a whole new world opened up as a result. There were a lot of highlights in that month, and the one that stuck out the most was the visit we made to the aircraft collection at RAF Cosford.

 

I was also fortunate enough to see Lichfield Cathedral as well as travel on a heritage train run by Chasewater Railway.

April.

Early that month we visited the National Tramway Museum at Crich which was really amazing.

I was also able to walk around the National Memorial Arboretum which was quite an experience.

May.

My birthday month, I visited Ryecroft Cemetery in Walsall in that month and ended up making two visits to find the many war graves in it.  It was a very interesting place.

June

In June I moved down to Tewkesbury to start a new job. I was also able to take in the very beautiful Tewkesbury Abbey

July.
I spent a considerable amount of time messing around in Cheltenham, especially in Prestbury Cemetery which was a really beautiful place.

August.

During that month I was able to travel with the Gloucester Wawickshire Railway (GWR)

This was the first of two trips that I did with the railway.
Of course one other highlight from that month was the visit that we made to the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol

September.
In September I visited yet another famous bridge, this time it was the Mythe Bridge in Tewkesbury

October.

I returned to Bristol in October and it was the Heritage Day Weekend, and naturally there were ships. 

November

Every November I remember those who paid the price in wars, and last November was no different.

December

In December I moved house again so did not have too much time to do very much, however I did do a retrospective look at Drydocks

And that was my year. And a very interesting one it was too, although at times I did find it very stressful. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Unfortunately I did not watch the statistics too well this year, but at the time of doing this post  (01/02/2016) things looked like this:

Thank you to all of those who contributed to the 110 374 pageviews. Lets try for 200 000 by this time next year!

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