Greetings! I've had too much screen time, so am keeping this one brief for the benefit of my sore and blurry eyes. This post will be an eclectic mix of photo news, not that this blog is ever confined to any one particular topic anyway. I have way too much of a butterfly mind for niche posts.
I've been busy with work over the last couple of weeks with the sunniest rainy day wedding courtesy of the delightful couple who chose me as their photographer (blog and sample photos here grab your umbrella and learn how to take wedding photographs in the rain (winterpeach.com) We hit it off and I was flattered to join them at their evening celebrations.
This was closely followed by the wedding party of a lovely couple who married in Greece before the devastating forest fires took hold. I'm sharing a few of my documentary style favourites here.
It's also worth mentioning these gorgeous sustainable, seasonal and British grown flowers created by the lovely Anna of the wonderfully named Hedge and Berries.
Whenever we've had some spare time, we've been busy trying our best to assist The Crooked House campaign, attending the meeting organised by local MP Marco Longhi and generally creating and publicising. I've been visually documenting events for my records and to help maintain local interest. We've met some fascinating people and Gareth even received a hug from author, local historian, Peaky Blinder descendant and thoroughly decent Professor Carl Chinn, who is quietly lending his support.
People may wonder what all the fuss is about, but we're all feeling genuinely aggrieved by the actions of those responsible for the loss of a community hub older than America. A line has been crossed and seemingly with the world on our side, we're not letting this one go.
Here are some photos from the last week or so.
|Marco Longhi MP|
Over the coming days, the mood calmed, after a clear list of works to be carried out and working methods was made available. Paul and Ian, who front the Facebook campaign, were again interviewed on site alongside a CAMRA representative (Campaign for Real Ales) holding a certain person's handy work.
The pub may be notably absent - for now - but the community spirit remains. Most evenings, there are campaign supporters maintaining a vigil over the bricks. It's entirely possible that you might run into a paranormal investigator, artist, lawyer, brick layer, pigeon fancier or drone operator at any given time. Welcome to the Black Country!
The latest news is that two people have been arrested and released on conditional bail for arson with intent to endanger life.
In other news, I found this colourful skirt in a charity shop. It's W. German label confirmed its vintage fashion credentials and I had change from £3.00! With all of the campaign activity, I'm feeling a bit punk, so teamed it with a punk festival t-shirt I purchased from Vix some years ago.