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

Monday, October 31, 2005

Don’t forget the other Family sites
Sam’s Site

The Western Newspapers Oscar Awards ceremony at Weston Super Mare on Saturday Night.

My fellow photographers at play, Clare Green explains a small air horn
to Lloyd Ellington.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The healthy eating lorry arrives.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Spotted in Bath today, is it legal?

Friday, October 28, 2005

Birthday News

David our Son-in-law and father of our two delightful grandchildren was 40 this week.
The blog of his party was delayed as Google decided to blacklist it as a Spam Blog?
But all is well and it can be seen here.

Tabitha among the garden fungi.
Picture taken today by Wendy

Thursday, October 27, 2005

A new picture of Lottie.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Tabitha make short work of a gingerbread man.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Trim Bridge Street in the snow early 60s.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Here's a strange picture of Wendy with a young Krow Coles.
Taken about 30 years ago with Kodak Ektachrome Infrared Aero Film.
A false colour film developed during the Korean War to spot camouflage.
Grass reflects infrared light and turns red, green paint and camouflage doesn't.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

At first glance I thought this was a tatty bike.
Then I realised that it had a miniscooter attached as a lifeboat!
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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Squirrel Gone!

But it was greedy enough to come back for more

Friday, October 21, 2005

Left a bit, left, left, left, mind that cat!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

We have an interesting collection of fungi growing in the orchard.
Wendy thinks some of them look edible, but we're not going to risk it!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Lottie stretches her legs on her new dragon pillow.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Monday, October 17, 2005

Election 1992

In 1992 I was sent to London to meet Chris Patton as he left his flat in London at 6.30am.

Then I went in his car to Conservative Central Office to Photograph him with the then Prime Minister John Major, and others at the press conference.

Finally I watched him board his helicopter back to Bath.

None of these pictures were ever published.

All Pictures Copyright The Bath Chronicle

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Another nice picture of Helen with Tabitha and Lottie by Wendy.
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Saturday, October 15, 2005

One of the latest problems in our area is mini motorbikes, you can't insure them or ride them on the road, footpath, park or car park.
You can only ride them on private land with the owner's permission; even so we are plagued by kids riding on the country roads and bridle tracks.
Despite this I have been to Trowbridge today and found the phone shop in the Shires giving them away with Orange phone contracts.

Friday, October 14, 2005

In 1992 local MP Chris Patten was directing the Conservative election.

Prime Minister John Major came to Bath to supports him.

I was sent to photograph his arrival at Lulsgate airport.

Then I had to drive to Thornbury near Bristol, while he went by helicopter.

These pictures show some of the problems faced on this sort of job, as you fight with dozens of other photographers and large crowds to get good pictures.

None of these pictures have ever been published as we only ran the Bath pictures.

All pictures Copyright Sam Farr/The Bath Chronicle

Thursday, October 13, 2005

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

About 6pm we had one of the heaviest storms in recent years, losing the satellite signal for half an hour.

Nicky and Andy were about a mile away walking Storm (Paddy had the sense not to go).

Here are a couple of pictures of Andy emptying his trainers.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Helen collecting leaves with Tabitha.
Picture taken
today by Wendy

Monday, October 10, 2005

Kiss for a new sister
Tabitha and Lottie

Sunday, October 09, 2005

If you work with photographers, on building sites and down mines you often see them wearing a hard hat back to front.

This is because the peak gets in the way and stops you getting your eye close enough to the viewfinder.

I was still surprised when a naval officer asked to look at my new Nikon D2s, to see him put his cap back to front.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Paint Job

Friday, October 07, 2005

Tabitha gives her grandmother a reading lesson.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Another unpublished picture of the December 1974 IRA bomb in the corridor Bath.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Sisterly Love
Today’s picture of Tabitha and Lottie

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I had my one-to-one with the new editor Sam Holliday today.

Want to know what he’s like, well he has a permanent smile, and though he’s been with us for over a month now, I have heard not a word of criticism from inside or outside the paper.

So it looks like the Chronicle is in safe hands.

Monday, October 03, 2005

In December 1974 the IRA blew up the corridor in Bath, my picture of the damage is here.
But here is an unpublished picture of the collection of Hillman Imp police cars that dashed to the scene.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

I don’t remember who this young lady was,
but the glass Hasselblad certainly overexposed the negatives!