Battered Beauties

Battered Beauties

A blast from the past! A photo taken on colour print film in 1997 at Wankaner Junction shed yard when steam on the metre gauge in Gujarat was on its last legs. Metre gauge steam ended here about a year later.

Inspired by this visit, I penned this short piece!

Tasting the smoke

I walked through the cinders and tasted the smoke

of the engines that paused there; fireboxes to stoke

 

in the heat of north India those railmen did toil

then chai in the office; the kettles a-boil.

Strange words for a greeting, they welcomed me there,

“You come meet the boss now”: and “pull up a chair.”

 

I walked through the cinders and tasted the smoke

as I went round the shed, in my notebook I wrote

of the engines and valve gear and tenders I saw

while oiling and coaling: of these men I’m in awe

 

I remembered my childhood and traveling by train

from the great Midland city; vacation the aim.

 

I walked through the cinders and tasted the smoke

as a teen through my twenties, by memories smote

of the smells and the sounds of those engines of yore

that stayed in my heart strings till brought to the fore

by the engines that paused there; fireboxes to stoke

and the joy of the cinders and tasting the smoke.

 

Through the Window

Through the Window

Two Seater

 

Two different approaches to the editing of photos taken at the Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities Vintage Car Rally.

They don’t sit too well together as images and I’m not sure that I like the grainy effect in the second picture…..put it down to one of the ‘Other Mistakes’ in Life,Photography, & Other Mistakes….

You have to take the rough with the smooth….!

 

 

Walking the Course

Walking the Course

 

A foggy and frosty morning greeted us when we visited Sefton Park in Liverpool for a British Athletic Association cross country event in which our grandson Ethan was running in the under 11s event. He came 11th out of a large field.

On the left he can be seen in just a small part of the starting line-up, and on the right our son Martin accompanies Ethan and Toby as they walk the course before the race.