A day in Teeside

Sorry for the lack of blogs recently but I promise to try harder in the new year.

Here are a few pics from a day out in Teeside with a few friends.

Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - 18th December 2015: General photos taken in Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND
(Photo by George Ledger Photography)

We started out in Hartlepool (above), then made our way to Middlesbrough via Seaton Carew (below) .Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - 18th December 2015: General photos taken in Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND
(Photo by George Ledger Photography)

As we reached the riverside at Middlesbrough we were rewarded with a few minutes of sunshine.

Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - 18th December 2015: General photos taken in Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND
(Photo by George Ledger Photography)Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - 18th December 2015: General photos taken in Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND
(Photo by George Ledger Photography)Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - 18th December 2015: General photos taken in Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough, ENGLAND
(Photo by George Ledger Photography)

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The ‘Great North Run’ Weekend

The Great North Run will take place this weekend on Sunday 13 September 2015.

The world’s leading half marathon, the Great North Run, was first staged in 1981 where just over 12,000 people took part on the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields; with entries reaching 57,000 people in 2014. In 2014 the event made history as it became the first International Association of Athletics Federations event in the world to welcome its millionth finisher.

Previous runners include some of the most famous names in distance running; Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie.

This year I will be photographing the event for Sue Ryder charity. They provide incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, lifechanging diagnosis. They do whatever they can to be a safety net for their patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives. They see the person, not the condition.

Not only do they treat more conditions than any other UK charity in their hospices, neurological care centres and out in the community; they also campaign to improve the lives of people living with them. They see the person, not the condition, taking time to understand the small things that help that person live the fullest life they can.  To get to know more about the charity CLICK HERE.

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Penultimate home game for Durham WFC

Durham WFC played their penultimate home game for the 2015 season, with a home game against Promotion chasing Yeovil Town Ladies.

In a frustrating afternoon for the Wildcats, the visitors took all three points with a goal minutes before half-time through Natasha Knapman. The home side did well enough during the opening stages, weathering an early storm from the Lady Glovers, but never quite managing to create their own chances.To read the full match report CLICK HERE

and

view more images from the game CLICK HERE.

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Durham WFC beaten by Strong villa Team

Durham Women fell to a crushing 4-1 defeat to Aston Villa at New Ferens Park in the FA WSL2.

In their first home game in over a month, the Wildcats were beaten by a brace a piece from Beth Merrick and Olivia Fergusson, though Jemma Purfield did offer a stunning response to give Durham a showing on the score sheet and end the game 4-1.

This reverse sees Durham slip below the Villains to third bottom in the WSL 2 standings.

To see more images of the game CLICK HERE

To visit Durham WFC’s website to read more about the game CLICK HERE

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New photo subject to keep me busy!

At 20.08 hrs on Thursday 7th May 2015, I was given a new subject to photograph, one that will keep me busy for many many years.

My Grand daughter Phoebe Joy was born.

Congratulations to both her Mum and Dad, I hope you take the time to really enjoy Phoebe’s childhood as she will grow up so very fast.

I never realised how something so small could completely change my life.

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‘Snakes Alive’ – on the Consett Moors

Male Adder basking in the April Sun

Male Adder basking in the April Sun

Its not just the birds that seem to be having a good year. During my walks this week I’ve seen lots of Adders on the moors and local abandoned quarries.

Snakes in the grass

Snakes in the grass

Snakes on the rocks

Snakes on the rocks

Durham Wildlife Trust  are collecting sightings of local Adder sightings for their ‘Heart of Durham Project’. So if you are lucky enough to see one or even one of their shed skins (slough) then report your sighting to:-

Anne Porter Heart of Durham Project Officer

aporter@durhamwt.co.uk
Tel: 01388 488728Male Adder keeping warm in the moss

Male Adder keeping warm in the moss

Try and get an exact location or grid reference and the date and if you find a skin handle as little as possible, if it is dry put it straight into a bag but if it is wet allow it to dry before placing in a bag.Male Adder looking down at me from a grass bank

Male Adder looking down at me from a grass bank

Adders can be found on sunny sheltered south facing slopes, under bramble and bracken, heather and juniper along grassy fence lines, moorland areas, woodland ride edges, scrubby areas and old railway embankments. Adders feel vibration therefore approach gently and slowly and they blend well into their surroundings so take a moment to really search the area with your eyes.Male Adder keeping look out.

Male Adder keeping look out.

On no account should you try and touch an adder if you find one, always stay at a safe distance.

To visit Durham Wildlife Trusts website CLICK HERE

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A few Birds to see on the moors above Consett

Weardale, Co. Durham, ENGLAND - 23rd April 2015: General images of Moorland birds in and around Rookhope / Townfield, Co. Durham. England. (Photo by George Ledger Photography)

Male Red Grouse

I’ve had a few walks on my local moors this week, they are certainly alive with birds either nesting or already rearing their chicks. The April Sun has certainly helped things along and numbers seem very good.

Female Red Grouse

Female Red Grouse

Lapwing

Lapwing

Lapwing on nest

Lapwing on nest

Male Partridge

Male Partridge

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Male Wheatear feeding (Garden Tiger Moth Caterpillar)

Male Wheatear feeding (Garden Tiger Moth Caterpillar)

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