|Newcastle Christmas market.|
I had a week off work in late November to make a start on the Christmas letter to my Mothers friends and my own. Unfortunately the dangling carrot of a few days away in that period with a friend was too much and it meant I only had two days at home. These days turned out to be getting ready and packing for the 5 day break (an adventure in itself worthy of a future set of posts). As I hadn't planned to visit any Christmas markets and had to work a weekend at short notice, time slipped by so I opted to photograph local scenes in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne instead.
|Alice in Wonderland, Fenwick's Newcastle.|
Fenwick's Christmas window provides great interest every year as the shop decorates all eight of them in a systematic seasonal or children's story with moving parts and music, this year it was Alice in Wonderland.
|Mad Hatters Tea Party|
|Alice in Wonderland, Fenwick's Christmas window|
I have known for some time but it was confirmed to me clearly on this occasion that DSLR users are discriminated against as they are viewed with suspicion in public places particularly in the vicinity of children. It seems that as a result of my activities outside Fenwick's window, I was reported to the police.
|Fenwick's Christmas window, Newcastle|
Maybe the stereotypical person in life should watch 2 hours of TV per night including a soap opera, have an interest in alcohol, shopping or sport, never travel outside your home county unless in an aeroplane to a sunny destination .... and only take pictures on a mobile phone :-)
|Borrowed this ... :-)|
On the other side of the coin, I came across an article in a national newspaper this month that suggested people want to eat their cake and have it as there were issues with a parent wanting to share their child's Nativity play on Facebook ...
Metro newspaper article
|For sale, Newcastle Christmas market.|
|Paella, Newcastle Continental Christmas Market.|
|Earl Grey goes Dutch !, Newcastle Continental Christmas Market.|
|Chorizo Potatoes, Newcastle Continental Christmas Market|
|St Oswald's Hospice, Grey's Monument, Newcastle Christmas Market, 2014|
|A Tree and a half for Christmas, Metro Centre Gateshead|
However it was nice to see that they had space for a large nativity scene which I took with my mobile phone ...
|Nativity, Metro Centre, Gateshead.|
Other than Primary school plays, many people forget about the Nativity in favour of family and / or indulgence. Some may argue several points of view from religious history but it's important to remember that the overview of life is all about what we did with the Saviour of the World and how he can change our lives and destiny.
|Spectre Bass Guitar|
There were some festive treats afterwards and has set a model in all of our hearts to raise the bar of faith for this being the norm in future. As you can guess I had other things on my mind and shoulders to worry about without taking my DSLR along as well. A challenging and failed image on my camera phone trying to work out exposure and focusing on a massive depth of field. I have to say at this point that when I loaded the images onto here, the camera phone images loaded straight away with minimal KB whilst the others in MB took a while. I can't fool you into thinking that the above image is a good one or fool myself into thinking that the mobile is a s good as other cameras. Unfortunately, many people seem to think so.
|Christmas present from the Boss.|
Lastly I came across this sausage and bacon Nativity image on social media which may encourage more men to come to interactive Carol services !
... and on the other foot ...
Reindeers are hoping that Jamie continues with a traditional Christmas menu ! ... :-)
|Reindeer at Jamie's Italian Restaurant, Newcastle !|