Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Back in the UK for another family reunion. This time we spend the long May bank holiday weekend at a farm house in Calke (pronounced Cork). Being so close we all made sure we visited the abbey. This Baroque mansion was built in 1701 but was never actually an abbey. It was owner by the Harper family for nearly 300 years. Today it is in the care of the National Trust. The grounds were expansive and well worth a visit. Inside much of the interior is in a variety of states of decay. This was surprising but still very interesting to see.

Lippo Centre – Hong Kong

Lippo Centre - Hong Kong

Cities are one of my favourite photographic subjects. Getting to view points or lookout points isn’t always easy. In Hong Kong it’s generally pretty simple to find high up lookouts. Walking through Hong Kong Park I saw a vantage point tower. It was a great surprise that not only was it open to the public but it was free to walk up the stairs to the top. This was the view looking across the park to the surround skyscrapers. The Lippo Centre is a twin tower complex completed in 1988. It’s one of the more unique pieces of architecture in the city. The octagonal buildings are clad with a dark blue refractive glass curtain wall. The tower on the left has 44 floors with 48 floors in tower 2 on the right.

Thelwall Village Post Office

Thelwall Village Post Office

Thelwall is one of the smallest villages in England. It’s in Warrington, Cheshire near to where I grew up. Until this year I’d never visited the village. I went with my family for lunch at the Pickering Arms is across the road from the old Post Office. The traditional red telephone box is a rare sight in 2017 but I happy there are still some left in Britain. The red of the post box to the left and red front door work well together. Unfortunately, like many small post offices, this one has been closed as is now part of someone’s home.

Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

The main reason to visit Hong Kong was Victoria Peak. I’ve wanted to see this view with my own eyes for over ten years. Looking down on one of the world’s most densely populated cities was as awesome. The Peak Tram took me up the mountain. This photograph was from the top of the Peak Tower. A leisure and shopping complex with 8 floors at the top to the peak. It was in the morning as I wanted to see what the location was like in the daytime. Planning to come back in a few weeks. But later in the day, around dusk for the ultimate cityscape at night photograph.