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We set the alarm and were up and out for 06:30 ... headed for Walmer and Deal, the rain was pouring but the skies promised a little light, and eventually we got some. Such a photography paradise I think the fishing boats and all the winches and accessories that go with them, the pier and thats as far as we got the heavens opened and hail fell it was bitter and we headed back to the car and further up the road, a trip through Sandwich one of the Cinque ports. Extremely picturesque but alas later in the morning the roads are full of cars and vans all parked up, so an early morning foray next time we are out to there !
Finally headed to Pegwell Bay Country Park, a wetlands that has a varied selection of flora and fauna ... some of the birds and insect peculiar to that park, they even have a hide set up overlooking the flats and there were certainly a fair variety flocking about .... Here we discovered a small herd of Highland Cattle... All the way from Scotland and we find them twenty minutes from home .... They were and are amazing cattle to watch we grabbed a few grand images ( IMHO ) ! Some will be uploaded to EPZ and some to our own website.
Walking along the front at Deal this morning I was struck by the opposites we encounter, most folks saw us and smiled and said a good morning, but there were three individuals that stuck out in my mind for the lack of a good morning, one of whom we shared a shelter with for a while due to the heavy rain and hail.... It never ceases to amaze me how friendly folks can be, and also the exact opposite of that, not a word or nod nary a look in the direction in case you might say hello .... Is this due to something thats happened to them and make them wary or is it just their demeanour, we will never know, but at least we are always willing to say hi and spend a few minutes chatting as most folks DO tend to ask what your photographing etc ....
Tomorrow is our big day, we have the images framed and wrapped in a simple layer of bubble wrap, we have the stands ready and the prints ensconced in poly see through sealed bags, we have the cards and calendars, the stationary and the carrier bags. We have pens and paper , business cards and advertising. We think we have managed to remember it all, right down to some food and a LARGE flask for coffee.... Now all we need are two things, some decent ( if cold ) weather and some customers... the more the merrier naturally, but just to be out their and given the opportunity. To be able to discuss our images with folk that perchance have been to some of the locations and have fond memories and yes to be able to sell them to that person, now that would be grand. So once again a reminder we are at the harbour area in Folkestone tomorrow the 13th from around 8am till about 3pm, pop by say hello and introduce yourself, we would love to see some of you.
Finally in the blog tonight I would like to say a massive thanks to Al ( kilo363 ) , he had uploaded a set of storm images from my home town, and it gave me the idea of a gift for my mum, who still resides their. I checked the cd with images from Ayrshire and I just did not have anything that was remotely as good as Al image. I messaged him and requested a copy if he would be so kind , he went a massive step further he uploaded the full set to a well known site and let me choose, he ALSO offered to go back down to the area if none of these images were what I was looking for. What a generous guy and I can assure you it was appreciated so greatfully
Till next time
12th December 2009