Why I haven't posted anything for the last 4 weeks

5 weeks ago whilst on holiday in the Cotswolds I severed the flexor tendon in my little finger on my left hand whilst using a bread knife. It was a 100% severance (of the tendon, not my finger!) and required a repairing operation under general anesthetic followed by regular physio to return a full range of movement in the finger. Yesterday was the first time I've been able to remove the splint and start using the hand for minimal tasks, hence the reason why I haven't posted any photography since the Cotswolds photos. 

I'm not trying to dramatize the injury, I met a guy who broke both his legs in a car accident and whilst I was asleep in hospital, an old friend sadly passed away at the ridiculously young age of 27, so in retrospect; having a finger operation pales in significance to that... but it certainly puts things in perspective. 

At the moment I only have about 60% movement in it, but I'm probably gonna get better, but that being said the whole experience coupled with finding out a guy the same age as me lost his life has taught me that one day I might not be able to do the things I've always wanted to do. So I guess what I'm saying is; life is temporary and I should probably get cracking with the things I want to accomplish in life before it's too late.

More new photography soon!

Stratford and the Cotswolds

Last weekend me and Chloe went to / photographed Chloe's Uncle's wedding at the Parish Church of St. Mary in Lower Slaughter, the Cotswolds. It was a pretty amazing weekend followed by a few days staying in a converted barn complex on a farm in Notgrove. The Cotswolds is a pretty inspiring place and I think everyone should spend some time there, especially if like me all you've ever known is the hussle and bussle of town and city life!

Our cottages (as they came to be known) were at the entrance to Notgrove village farm and at the back there are fields with alpacas, donkeys, horses and sheep as well as chickens contained in little pens. Half the time though they some how managed to find there way out and wander round the car park!

I borrowed a lens of Chloe: a Tamron AF 70-300 Tele-Macro to take some of these photos as the sheep and alpaca's we're a little shy and didn't like the attention!

On the Tuesday we decided to take a quick drive to Stratford-upon-Avon for the day which I really like going to. Round by the theatre and by the river is really nice and there's a huge amount of nice little places to go for a drink or for something to eat.

I've still got the Tamron lens Chloe has borrowed me and I hope to get some really cool macro shots with it and share them on here!

Hanging out with Parrots and in Ruins

On Sunday me and Chloe went to Tropical Birdland in Desford, Leicestershire after pretty much just stumbling across whilst driving to Leicester. We thought it would be a pretty cool thing to see but had no idea what to expect!

It didn't disappoint! It started out as one man opening up an exhibition to display his Macaw collection but it's since grown into a mini aviary complete with restaurant and walkthrough aviary where the birds are free to fly around, be hand fed and will land on you if you let them!

They even have a pen with two Emu's running around!

After we left, with every intention of driving to Fosse Park, we saw a sign post for a castle which naturally, I couldn't really not go and have a look at, and it beat trundling round a generic shopping centre, so we took a quick detour through Kirby Muxloe to go check out some old ruins!