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ePHOTOzine members NorthWest weekend - 10 ePHOTOzine members head for West End in the Yorkshire Dales
|Alan Benson (alben)
Suzanne Bosworth (SuziBlue)
Mavis Dean (Mavis)
Colin Fenwick (verkivick)
Paddy Hinton (night nurse)
Brian Price (Big Bri)
Anthony Smith (Anthony)
Bill Tabiner (sinargee)
Matthew Wagster (mattwaggie)
Colin Wilkinson (photocolin)
Here's Suzi's account of the weekend:
The North West meet was a huge success. Stunning scenery and a great
base just up from Thruscross Reservoir where the old village of West End
View five minutes away from the b&b taken by Mavis
We drooled over the desserts too but by the time we'd shoveled down the first course only one stalwart managed to force down a lumpy bumpy pudding don't ask .
Anthony Smith with pudding and Colin Wilkinson about to tuck into the grub. Photos by Mavis.
Sadly Scots Colin was called away next morning but he'd very generously left the goodies he'd brought, which proved vital for staving off fainting attacks - see later
The plan was to visit Fountains Abbey, then Brimham Rocks. Paddy, Mavis and I jumped into Paddy's car and roared off to get petrol and join the others, but we found an attractive canal with barges and a very helpful proprietor who let us explore .. time flies ya know then searched for Fountains Abbey which must have been abducted by aliens because it had vanished. Tried phoning and stopped here and there and photographed this and that. Finally got a signal and called the boys.
Members at work by Bill Tabiner
All met up at Brimham Rocks - huge outcrops of millstone grit eroded into strange shapes - oh and a tea shop which sold lots, and lots, of pasties.
Sadly, despite signs saying please don't shin up the rocks, a kid had fallen and had to be stretchered off by air ambulance. Strangely, that didn't stop parents and kids continuing to climb sigh
Off back to base - let's all eat Chinese! then we can sit back, stuff our faces and drink and celebrate Paddy and Mavis' birthdays. Heading back to West End we stop here, take in a landscape there (Appletreewick is very pretty incidentally), admire a sheep in a black plastic bucket ... Good Grief is that the time!!!!! - get back to find some of the lads have legged it to the pub, having collapsed weak with hunger (despite hourly pasties, fudge, macaroons, tablet, shortbread, oatcakes .)
Anthony at Brimham Rocks by Bill Tabiner
Disaster strikes as boy falls from rocks and is taken away in helicopter
Eventually we all ended up together and cracked open the wine and beer and lit birthday candles and talked photographs and cameras, and there's a lot to be said for the benefits of digital when you can just flick through the day's catch.
Fountains Abbey shots by Brian Price (left) and Alan Benson (Above)
Interiors below by Anthony Smith and Colin Fenwick
|Left, Ford Abbey by Paddy Hinton, below left Boats by SuziBlue and below door by Bill Tabiner|
It was good to just sit back and talk for hours. Eat cake. Open another bottle and put the world to rights - as you do.
A few hours later everyone was packed and ready to leave, although at least one person was wondering why a team of blacksmiths had started work in his head (lol) and just to round off the weekend there was a 60's vintage car rally roaring past the Centre (and there's nothing quite like standing in the freezing cold to wake you up).
So thank you Bill, for arranging everything, and we want to do it all over again!
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