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Waverley Paddle Steamer Trip

For my mum’s birthday I booked a day trip on the Waverley Paddle Steamer, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world! We left mid-afternoon from the end of Southend Pier, arriving at Tower Bridge in London just after sunset.

Photo: © Waverley Excursions Ltd

The Waverley was built on the Clyde in Scotland and was launched in 1947. After a long career she was bought for £1 in 1975 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. She now makes regular pleasure trips around the UK throughout the year, which includes trips along the Thames.

It was fascinating to see the coastline and famous landmarks from a fresh perspective.

Tilbury Docks unloading a container ship…

The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge…

A view of the Docklands skyline in the distance…

The Thames Barrier…

The Millenium Dome…

Our first glimpse of the Shard and the City skyline at sunset…

Behind us was this stunning view of Canary Wharf, all lit up…

The Thames has many twists and turns on the approach to Tower Bridge, which can be very disorientating! Around the final bend we approached Tower Bridge, which opened to enable us to pass through…

…and under…

Wow! What a view!

Thank you Waverley. Until next year…

Trip to Lisbon

During May we went for a short break to Lisbon in Portugal. I’d been there once before for work and had really wanted to go back to explore it further. We stayed in a lovely boutique hotel with views from our balcony overlooking the river.


And as the hotel was high up, the views extended over the surrounding rooftops.


Walking around the streets I was amazed by the beauty of the many tiled buildings and the variety of patterns…






Even the streets were paved in pattern…



Built on seven hills the streets of Lisbon can be extremely steep. Trams are a great way to get around the city (if you can manage to squeeze in!)



And a visit to Lisbon is not complete (in my opinion) without a visit to Pasteis de Belem for their amazing custard tarts. The custard recipe is a well-kept secret and even the pastry makers don’t know it!





Photography calendar project:Thames Estuary

In January 2015 I began to take photos of the Thames Estuary for my own photography calendar project. As I live by the Thames Estuary, and travel along its coastline on a regular basis, I became aware of how varied the estuary looked throughout the seasons. Sometimes the view is affected by the light and reflections; the weather; the tides; or from the various shipping vessels and social activities in the water. I decided to capture some of these changes throughout 2015 with the aim of creating a calendar for 2016.

Each month I visited a different part of the estuary, between Shoeburyness and Leigh-on-Sea, where I took a selection of photos. I then selected my favourite photo from each month to use for the corresponding month in the calendar.

These are the photos I selected:

photography calendar project - January to June

photography calendar project - July to December