The Farr Family

This Is the Blog of the Farr family, Sam and Wendy Farr and their Daughters Nichola and Helen plus their husbands Andy Higby and David Mattock. They all live in the Bath Area. Sam works as a freelance photographer after taking voluntary redundancy from The Bath Chronicle after 20 years, Andy is a freelance Manager for various Charities and David a Computer programmer. David and Helen have our two Granddaughters, Tabitha and Lottie they can be seen at

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Anyone remember Pulteney Weir when it was straight,
not sure when I took this but it was before the flood prevention work.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Twenty years ago when I was working for the Central Electricity Generating Board, I was briefed there was a problem with salt build up on the insulation of transmission towers in the Plymouth Area, causing flash-overs.

So off I went to try to photograph the problem, they were unable to tell me where the towers with the problem were, and I was given a map of all the towers in the area.

I spent the night pointing my camera at towers with the shutter open as long as I dare to before fogging the film, hoping to catch a good flashover.

This is the result, when they saw the picture they told me that as far as they knew it had never been photographed in the wild before, and this was the first time outside a laboratory.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

1970s Snow in Queen Street.

Monday, March 28, 2005

What did that sign say?

It’s OK the beaches were 100 miles and 30 years apart.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Tabith checks out her new mirror.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

SS Great Britain in Bristol 1970 shortly
after her return from the Falklands

Friday, March 25, 2005

A new visitor centre is opening at Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire to showcase the famous Woodchester Roman Pavement replica.
Brother’s Bob and John Woodward spent 10 years recreating the huge mosaic that depicts the Greek god Orpheus.
Here’s my picture of the original in a churchyard in Woodchester, the last time they opened it in 1972, It was visited by 140,000 people in 50 days, but is unlikely to be shown to the public again for its own protection.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Here’s a strange picture of the Abbey Churchyard, it was taken with a

Which was developed towards the end of the Second World War, as a camouflage detection film, the infrared layer rendering genuine chlorophyll filled foliage magenta.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Tabitha Takes her baby daffodil picking.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Around 20 years ago when a local light operatic group were performing
The Sound of Music, I felt we needed a Twerton Round Hill is alive to the sound of music picture.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Seagull ignores the precautions and nests in the middle of them.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Combe Down house number.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

This is a rare colour picture of Ben Butchers House at 9 Lower Bristol Road, It stood close to the Old Bridge.

The council demolished it as it was wanted for road improvements in the 70s.

Ben who was a Sniper at the Somme in 1916 and claimed to be the oldest living jockey.
While he sat tight defying the bulldozers, he painted scenes of his life all over the front of his house.

He died in hospital in June 1973 aged 84.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Don’t forget to visit

Fireworks over Bath Abbey from our bedroom window, early 70's.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Misty sun over the Avon, this is in the 60s before all the flood prevention work.
Which brought an end to the regular flooding of Widcombe and Southgate.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Here’s Bath Abbey as seen by TV aerial erectors, chimney sweeps
and pigeons.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Parade Gardens March 1971

Spot the difference
Zebra Crossing was replaced with two Pelican crossings.

Sports Centre missing.

Rugby stand missing.

Bath Cricket club was single story.

Monday, March 14, 2005

May 2003
Nicky collects Paddy from the RSPCA Cats and Dogs Home at Claverton.
I think he'’s got that hey look I’'m out of jail smile.

Sunday, March 13, 2005


Saturday, March 12, 2005


Friday, March 11, 2005

This Wendy’s picture of Sam (in the yellow jacket)
photographing Concorde'’s last flight, from Tog Hill .

This is the Final Shot with a 800mm lens.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Strange number plate Four

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Don’t forget to visit

School Bus!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

My First Balloon Trip over Bath, so long ago I'’ve forgotten all the names
except my own.

And some days I'’m not to sure of that.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Helen (Due to be a Mum again in August) Mattock

with Onyx and Smokey.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Well you can'’t say they didn'’t warn you.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Hurry up and turn this on I'’m missing Lassie.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Photographed in Salisbury City centre,
No lions though.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Strange number plate Three.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Deluxe model of the willow pattern two cycle fallout shelter.