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

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Vintage Terry Pratchett

A vintage Terry Pratchett picture, I worked with Terry for several years while he was the South-Western Region press officer at the Central Electricity Generating Board, and am still in regular contact with him.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The spell of bad weather has caused few problems in Bath, with most of the snow further up-country in Gloucester and above.
But this afternoon the hill surrounding the town still had a covering of snow.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Comfy Seat

A line engineer for the old Central Electricity Generating Board sits on the power lines 300 feet up at the Taymar Crossing near Plymouth.
He’s been out in the cart to change the line spacers that were damaged by salt corrosion.

Picture COPYRIGHT Sam Farr

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Lord Bath gets a taste of ice cream from a happy child.
At the Christmas party for children of Longleat estate workers, watched by his wife actress Anna Gael.

Picture COPYRIGHT Sam Farr/The Bath Chronicle.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Forum cinema in Bath in 1982, Wendy Craig and Peter Jeffrey filming Nanny, a TV series that ran from 1981 to 1983.
When Wendy Craig who both acted in and created the show, sent her proposal for the series to the BBC, she used the pseudonym Jonathan Marr because she was afraid that if her true identity was known, she would be dismissed as merely "an actress who thinks she can write".

Friday, November 25, 2005

This morning's fine sprinkling of snow gave Tabitha the chance the get Helen sledge pulling.
Pictures by Wendy

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Tabitha in her Tigger suit that Nicky bought.

Nicky with Tabitha in her Tigger suit

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Tabitha's Glittery teddy bear outfit for the Joe Jingles children in need party.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

This young man doesn't have a fly's eye.
He's viewing a hologram of the fuel rods in a nuclear reactor.

Monday, November 21, 2005

This is on my Christmas present list; Phil Andrews from Moles has upgraded his bike.
The latest model has electronically adjustable suspension and Sat Nav.
If you have to ask the price you can't afford it.

Sunday, November 20, 2005


Saturday, November 19, 2005

Police Siege

The great thing about working as a photographer is it's totally unpredictable.
Last Monday I was photographing an after-school club presentation, one phone call and ten minutes later I was photographing the police at the armed siege.
There were reports of a man with a handgun and machete, so the armed response team were called to deal with it.
This is my picture of the siege on Tuesday's front page.

This is a picture of me trying to get farther away to take the picture below as the police pounce on the suspect.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Lottie in her unicorn suit.

Thursday, November 17, 2005


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tabitha checks Onyx's health after Saturdays
scare, when he almost died.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

This is our puppy Tim pulling Nicky's pigtail
over 20 years ago.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Tabtha goes puddle jumping.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Onyx is Ok

We had a difficult day yesterday, Wendy and I were called home early from work to find Helens horse Onyx seriously ill.

After a couple of hours with Helen and Nicky holding the sedated horse,
while we poured warm water into the tube the vet had put up the horses nose to wash out his stomach, he seemed much better.

This morning our neighbour, whose field Onyx was in at the time found a young girl staying with her had given Onyx un soaked sugar beet, which expanded in his stomach.

Unusually for me I didn't take any pictures (I genuinely thought Onyx was going to die) so this is and old picture.

This morning he is fine, but is staying in the stable for a few days.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Lotties new hat and coat made by Wendy

Friday, November 11, 2005

I’m not certain what sort of chicken this is, but it made me do an emergency stop when it ran out of the hedge.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Rubbish Service from Vodafone

The company I work for recently change cell phone supplier.
Here is a comparison of the Vodafone and BT Cellnet signal outside our house.
It means the company have saved a few quid on calls but lost my availability for emergency call-outs.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The water level in the Cam Brook is dropping now, but we still have a significant amount of water flowing.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I have a friend living
nearby, his name is
Gordon and you
may remember his

Gordon and his sons
have the answer to
all our household

A few months ago
I borrowed this
little crowbar it’s
about 8 feet long
and takes two
people to handle it.

Gordon managed to
bend it moving a
tractor; he thinks
it was used in the
stone mines originally.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Wendy has been at the sewing kit this weekend.
Here’s Tabitha with her new hat and gloves, I think she looks like the new flyweight boxing champion.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

I know they are talking about water shortage.
But the Cam Brook at the bottom of our garden is rising after the weekend’s heavy rain.
Here’s a picture of the Combe Hay Manor estate manager Sam Brown, raising the sluice-gates to protect the hydroelectric unit built into the waterfall.

Saturday, November 05, 2005


Friday, November 04, 2005

Western Newspapers Oscars Night at Weston Super Mare.
Group Managing Director Andrew Calvert, presents Sam
with the award for the photographer dressed most like a
Mothcare bouncer.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Ross Kemp and friend
Picture copyright Sam Farr/The Bath Chronicle

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

This picture is from the early 50s, it was sedan chair race.
Sam is the lad in the flying jacket (fashionable just after the war)
The taller lad standing behind him is Peter Wright late of Highgate engineering and now the groundsman for Walcot rugby club.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I wonder why they wouldn’t let me in the car.