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Valentines in Christchurch

February 18th, 2015

This Valentines day was spent with the in-laws. As you do…

Here are some of the snaps I took on our short walk, including a rare outing for my little lensbaby muse, a cheap and cheerful tilt-shift lens.

shifty ruins
there's a log to like here
swanning about
through the keyhole

your majesty
the wife
window of opportunity

AIM/Pedal for Pounds

June 1st, 2014

Last Tuesday I had the privilege of attending an event at Compton Acres, hosted by AIM Community Bournemouth, which included a musical performance from my good friend David Ashley.

The atmosphere was beautifully chilled out, with the always welcomed opportunity of sharing a relaxed drink with great company. Before the entertainment added to this calm aura, a couple of inspiring fellows shared with us their cause.

Tim Evans and Alastair Jones, two lovely gents, had stopped in as part of their mission – 1000km on two wheels (each) in 9 days – and this to raise awareness of the important work carried out by the charities they were representing, Worth Unlimited and Frontier Youth Trust. Pedal for Pounds is a worthy cause, aiming to raise the hopes of young people who have been written off to society – but still have huge potential awaiting release. Head to their Facebook page to find out more, and do consider donating.

Anyway, here is a selection of photos, taken on my superb new compact camera. Check out the Forest:JungleCollective page over at mixcloud to hear some of Dave’s stuff, the two podcasts recorded at this event will be uploaded there in the coming weeks.

Soaking up the atmosphere

Mr David Ashley, host for the evening

Alastair Jones, Frontier Youth Trust

Tim Evans, Worth Unlimited

Dave hard at work

Put the needle on the record when the drumbeat goes like…

Tycho – amazing record

Minor adjustments


Worship God UK 2014

March 14th, 2014

Last week I attended the first annual (hopefully!) Worship God UK conference in Bath, run by Sovereign Grace and hosted by Grace Church Bristol.

It was a really great time, meeting lots of new people, most of them faithfully serving their churches in worship teams. The main theme of the conference was ‘Called to be Faithful’ with great teaching on being faithful in different ways. A standout talk was ‘Faithful to Receive’, which highlighted how a key part of our identity as Christians is that we are those who have ‘received’ and therefore anything we give, or do is very much a response to what God has first done for us, primarily in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

So there was a lot of great biblical teaching on worship, but there was also some great practical teaching too. There was a great seminar on acoustic guitar skills with Patrick Anderson, a songwriting workshop with Stuart Townend and Steve and Vicci Cook, and a session on musical arrangement led by Devon Kauflin and his band. The standout seminar for myself was ‘Making room for the Spirit in leading worship’ which was very practical, but also very moving. Bob Kauflin led us in an improvised musical response to scripture, sung meditation on Psalm 100.

The times of sung worship were great, with different groups leading the music each day, and doing so in a way which was not only a pleasure to be a part of in terms of musical quality, but also so helpful in encouraging real, heartfelt response to God’s truth, in worshipping Him with mind, heart and body.

So much more that could be said, but I’ll leave it there for now. Below are a couple of photos from the conference, there are more on my flickr (click to view). The other bonus from the conference is that it was held in such a beautiful city, and I’ll be posting some of the photos that I took around Bath in the coming weeks.

One of the music teams at #wguk14

Bob Kauflin about to giveaway one of many books

Stuart Townend reading from the Bible during a time of sung worship

The Bath Forum, this year’s venue

Matt Searle with Megan Baird

Bob interviewing another showcased songwriter, Simon Brading, with Lou Fellingham

The speakers’ q&a panel at the end of the conference


February 17th, 2014

Tonight I’m at Monty’s Lounge in Pokesdown for the first, hopefully of many, Espresso Session.

It’s an evening of chilled music, both mixed and performance, hosted by the wonderful Dave Ashley, who will be familiar to regular readers.

Here are a couple of photos to give you a taster of the atmosphere, head down to the next one on March 24th.

Lulworth and Durdle Part 2

January 7th, 2014

Here’s the second bunch of photos from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, first lot here.

Portsmouth Part 1

October 31st, 2013

Here’s the first lot of photos from my recent trip to the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth. Lots of black and whitey goodness, all in camera rather than in post.

Swanage 3

September 26th, 2013

I can’t really think of anything else to say about these. These are some more photos I took last week in Swanage and Wareham.

Swanage 2

September 22nd, 2013

Here’s another lot (one more to come) of photos taken last week in Swanage. These ones are made up of details that stood out to me, or things I just wanted to capture – in short photos that I’m glad I took.

Swanage 1

September 18th, 2013

I’ve long wanted to experiment more with black and white photography, and have never really got around to it. Nevertheless it seemed to fit for this situation. More to come!

Longdown Activity Farm

September 7th, 2013

A little while back we visited Longdown Activity Farm in the New Forest with our niece and her parents. Having worked my way through a backlogue of photos, here are some highlights from the day.