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

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Pancake Day

Amateur pancake tosser in Chippenham
It's not as bad as it looks, she won her race.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Farm Fashion

Wendy taking tractor driving lessons; I think we took this in the early 70s.
I remember we borrowed the outfit from the long gone Jon and Jayne boutique in Cheap Street.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Dome

Old Friend Bob Coles caught Sam walking on Bath Spa Station a few years ago.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Number Plate

Another strange number plate to add to the collection.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Sign in the window of BCH Camping & Leisure in Bath.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Seems like good advice!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Lottie growing quickly

Lottieā€™s learning to handle her apricot flavour organic rusks.
And hold her cup, but is still a bit puzzled when it comes to reading!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ice Cream

Anita, who owns Lambretta Hotel and bar in Bath, has a Lambretta painted like an ice cream van.
It even has ice cream van style air horns; here are a couple of the beautifully painted details on the engine covers.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Chocolate Cake

Nicky's friend Katie had a birthday today; this is the cake that Nicky made for her.
For those who been lucky enough to try Nicky's famous brownies will understand, what this over the top chocolate cake tasted like.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Today's picture of Lottie, who was
6months old last Thursday.
Technical note Nikon D2Hs 70 to 200 VR lens
1600asa 200mm and unbelievable 15th of a second at f2.8

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Bath from the air

In summer 2004 Sam had four balloon trips over Bath for the Bath Chronicle.
This is the famous Royal Crescent; the rest of the pictures can be seen and bought from HERE.

Friday, February 17, 2006

No one was hurt when this bus caught fire on the A4 near Box about 20 years ago.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Padstow May Day

Now is the time to plan a trip to Padstow it's famous for the May Day celebrations and hobby horse.
I remember when I was young we were staying near Newquay in a caravan, Dad asked the milkman what time the celebrations started, it was about 9am and the milkman said "they will all be drunk by now".
We visited again in the 80s and these pictures were taken with a Pentax 6x7.
This strange looking creature made of a black tarpaulin over a circular frame with a man in a fearsome mask and pointed hat cavorts through Padstow every May Day driven by the teaser. He is accompanied by accordion and drums and the Padstow May-day song.
Unite and unite and let us all unite,
For summer is i-cum-en today,
And whither we are going we all will unite,
In the merry morning of May
The 'Oss sinks to the ground and a slower song is sung with the following strange lyrics:

Oh where is St George, oh where is he Oh?
He's out in his long boat, all on the salt sea Oh.
Up flies the kite, down falls the lark Oh,
Aunt Ursula Birdhood she had an old yow,
and she died in her own park Oh.
He soon jumps up again and is off dancing through the streets.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Tabitha has been under the weather lately, and is sleeping for long periods.
We think it's the nasty flu bug the rest of the family have had over the last few months.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Running Wild

Some of you may know that our daughter Nicky has been very poorly over the last few years.
She is going to run the Bath half marathon to raise money for the St Mark's Hospital Foundation.
If you would like to see her sponsorship page click HERE.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Higby Family Sunday

Sunday night with the Higby family, Paddy and Storm wait patiently in the hope of a biscuit.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Horse in centre on Bath

This smug looking lad (Sam) is wearing spurs on boots.
We could call the R.S.P.C.A. before he hurts the horse (but it's 55 years too late).

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Balloons in Cheap Street

The Balloon men unload in Cheap Street; it's difficult to think they even fitted them all in the van.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Maybe the cow didn't jump over the moon.
But a trick of perspective makes it look as if these could jump over the church at Corston.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Welcome to Wales

Welcome to Wales
Picture Wendy Farr

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Police Motorcycle

Police Motorcycle on Royal protection duty, it has all the extras.
Radio, Speed detection unit, blue flashing lights, air horns, 8 ball? Little blue gonk?
What no fluffy dice?

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


A young Seagull makes perfect concentric circles as it washes in the river.

Monday, February 06, 2006


Gosh this photographer smells bad!

Sunday, February 05, 2006


I think I'd better phone a friend

For the technically minded
Nikon D2Hs 1600asa 70-200VR
200mm 60th at f2.8

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Sir Alan Ayckbourn

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Sir Alan Ayckbourn and the cast of Improbable Fiction at Bath Theatre Royal.
Here is one of the unpublished pictures, prints are available from The Bath Chronicle

Friday, February 03, 2006

Sam Meets the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Bear that is following Prince Charles.
To remind people that wild bears are killed to make the ceremonial uniforms used by the guards at Buckingham Palace.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Nurse Tabitha.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Trevor Eve in Abbey Churchyard with Liz Crowther (Daughter of Leslie) in the early 80s.
They were shooting an episode of Shoestring, the detective series based in the West Country.
I spotted it back on one of the satellite channels last week.
There is still an unofficial Shoestring site HERE.

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