Well it is Bank Holiday Monday in the UK so as usual the weather is atrocious. The rain is pouring down. I have a sweater on as it is cool to say the least. I feel so sorry for all the residents of local North Cotswold villages and towns who had planned fetes, festivals, open gardens and the like. Their long planned for events will all be a washout.
I had planned to go to Childswickham for the ‘retro’ English Village Fete on the village green. There was to be a flower festival in the church too. After this I had planned to go to Dumbleton, which is a quintessential English village. It has a pretty church, a well-used cricket club and a picturesque 19th century Hall which is now a hotel. There are magnificent trees around beautiful parkland all set off by pretty little cottages and some rather grand houses. Later I would have gone along the road to my favourite village of Broadway for good food and live music on the green.
I imagined I would get some good shots with my new digital camera (Panasonic Lumix TZ70) that I could take from every angle for this week’s photo challenge. But it is not to be. Instead I will use some shots I took some time ago at Toddington Railway Station.
This wonderful old steam railway takes me back to my childhood when we would take day trips by steam train from the grime of Gateshead to the fresh air and fun of the seaside at Whitley bay or South Shields. It is beautifully restored, maintained and run by dedicated volunteers of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The route it takes gives wonderful views of the Cotswolds, and the towns and villages it passes through.
It is so beautiful that it is sometimes used as a film set and that is how I got my shots. Alex Sibo, who was studying at our local university, wrote, directed and produced a short documentary film about his family history. It follows the story of his grandfather, Bruno Siba, as he managed to escape WW11 Czechoslovakia. He had to hide his identity and change his name in order to escape. I played a minor part in his film, which was great fun. You can watch a bit of the film here.
Here are my rather atmospheric shots of Toddington railway station early on a damp morning. There are more recent shots on a previous blog.