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Sunday, 22 February 2009

A Grand Day Out



Yesterday was a very busy day - but busy in a good way.

We went out for breakfast, then down to the playing field in the next village to watch the pancake races since it's Shrove Tuesday coming up. I have some lessons to learn about action photography, it's not something I've done a lot of and of course my new camera has so many settings to choose from! We were a little bit late so we only saw two races, not really enough time to perfect my technique but at least the blurry photos capture some of the chaos.







Then we went across to Cirencester for lunch and a gentle walk. We sat upstairs in the pasty shop and the first photo is one I took through the window while I waited for the food to cool to a reasonable temperature.



Cirencester is famous as a Roman town, and one of its features is the remains of the amphitheatre - all grassed over, but you can still see clearly where the steps used to be:


I particularly like this picture of our shadows from the top of the amphitheatre:

shadows
From Cirencester, we drove to a friend's house in Cheltenham for a Thai cookery lesson, but that deserves a separate post later in the week...

18 comments:

Philip Booth said...

Great pics - good to see how athletic I look in brown coat in photos 4 and 5 - can't believe I was panting so long afterwards!

Chef E said...

The pancake races look like fun, and the fact that you live amongst so much history gets my brain going for stories...

phd in yogurtry said...

I can definately see that you were capturing action in your photos! ANd a pancake race at that! Never been to one of those before. I have, however, been to a frying pan throwing contest (thrown by women, yes).

Secondly, I just love seeing pictures of places I have only read about in victorian novels. It's a thrill for this (sadly) never-been-abroad American.

Pam said...

I love the pancake race shots, the mix of blurry people and then those moving not quite so fast!

Domestic Executive said...

Oh the traditions - pancake races. Such an English cliche. Almost as funny as Kenton Archer running a pancake celebration in Jaxx Caffe. Opphs, did I betray my obsession with country life.....still listen every week. Thank goodness for the internet.

Thanks for sharing your weekend activities it looks really bright and spring like!

Chef E said...

I forgot to put my answers on the TMI, but they are close to yours!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Philip - thanks for dropping by my blog, sorry I didn't recognise you to introduce myself yesterday!

Chef E - everyone lives with history all around, just maybe here there are a few more old buildings!

phd in yogurtry - I always reckon that an American not having been abroad is about the same as a Brit who's never left Europe, the US is so huge! But you should still come here for a holiday :)

Pam - thanks for the kind words, I just wish I'd managed to get some which weren't blurry.... am I too picky?!

Domestic Executive - I used to listen to the Archers all the time, but it got a bit soap-y for my tastes :S haven't heard it for weeks now.

Jeanne said...

Back from Wikipedia (which is accurate enough for Pancake Day, though I wouldn't use it for anything serious) and, now that I know what's going on, I agree with everyone that the event looks fun and your pictures capture it nicely!

Jenny Beans said...

How exciting! We have history here, but it's just not the same! And blurry pictures this time, but with a new camera it's only a matter of time before you're figuring out those settings and amazing me with your fantastic shots. You already do anyway! Great photos.

Cecilia said...

In the pancake races, are you all racing toward a finish line? Some people look like they're running the wrong way? I've never heard of pancake races before, but they look like a lot of fun. Come to think of it, I've heard of the pancake breakfast on Shrove Tuesday - is that similar?

Diane said...

You make me miss England. Sniff.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I love your pictures. Especially that last one. I'm pretty awful when it comes to pictures that don't involve people posing for me...

Kazzy said...

I want to call my town a village. And I want to go on walks and stop at pastry shops. Dang it. Sounds fun!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Jeanne - do you really not have pancake day? What about Lent?

Jenny - yep, I'm sure I'll get the hang of it eventually!

Cecilia - in this particular race, they had to run to one end of the field then turn & run back again (flipping pancakes the whole time). But you don't want to race with the ones you're going to eat as they tend to end up on the ground a lot!

Diane - come for a holiday!

Kate - no-one ever poses for pictures round here, so I photograph other stuff...

Kazzy - to call it a village you first have to move somewhere with only one shop ;)

Dedene said...

What a funny tradition! We have crêpes but I've never seen anyone running with the pan. Thanks for the visit into English folklore.

Mammatalk said...

Oh, I love international blogs! Who knew my little Blog Jog would take me so far from home. And, hey, can I grab a drink outta your 'frig? I am exhausted!

PS I am following you now!

Debbie said...

Those photos just look like so much fun. I can't wait for the Thai cooking post:) Yum.

julie70 said...

Great to look and imagine a pancake race, and not "all" our pictures have to be "perfect" anyway, some of yours are the others evoke a response in us,and those you took the image.

Panning is not easy, not it is five years I practice and still not get it often! Flash can disturb those we take, you are on a great way!

So great to have the account of your interesting outing, and day, does not stop! Give us more. Each day does hove something interesting to tell. I feel, that way now from January 2005... even if not it is not every time in the morning as I hope.

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