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December update ... Merry Christmas.

23rd December 2011
We are now into the dark days of winter and birding opportunities are few.To bring you up to date, we had a great time staying in Lancashire, mainly due to..
..Great warm and friendly people
..A successful exhibition
..Sales exceeded all expectations
..Saw some old friends
..Contacts made and bookings taken for Camera Club talks
..Interest generated in workshops.
..Got to see Blackburn play.
We have booked Martin Mere again for next November and this will include the Bird Fair. Our stay at Brandreth Farm was very welcoming, we were joined for a while by Rob on a visit. We also managed to get to see Ally and Pete, and Ally's crystal shop was particularly impressive (a link will appear). We managed to get down to Crosby to see and take some pics of Anthony Morley's "Another Place", despite my main 24-105mm lens malfunctioning. The result was silhouetted and over exposed figures which actually had quite an impact.
We then travelled to stay in my mums hometown, Lutterworth, and we set up a one day sale / exhibition in the town hall, which again went really well, with a healthy donation made to the local air ambulance. This coincided with the birth of Bethany, Marion's first grandchild, and so we were soon travelling to Hampshire for the first visit. We stayed a few days, travelled to Brighton to see my daughter and Marion's sister, stopped about a week whilst Marion visited relatives, and moved back to Hampshire, staying on Hayling Island where camp sites with hardstanding and electric are very reasonably priced.
In Chichester last week we booked two separate exhibitions at the Arts Centre, one for April, and one for December 2012. I have been invited to join a new group for a "366" by a chap who first introduced me to "365" at the camera club, all images uploaded to Flickr.
Finally, the greatest highlight of the last 8 weeks was not only being e-mailed to tell me my image of a Marsh Harrier taken at Martin Mere might appear on Autumnwatch, it was hailed by Chris Packham to be his personal favourite as he held it up and spoke of its great symmetry.
We are now visiting Marion's family north of London, whilst I am learning about skype so that i can talk with my kids on Christmas day, as they holiday in Ohio c/o Katlyn, Ben's girlfriend.
Peace and Joy to you all at this festive time... x