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

Friday, March 31, 2006

Jelly Baby DNA

Often when I'm on the way to photograph one thing, something else catches my eye.
While working in the science department at Ralph Allen School I spotted this model of DNA made with jelly babies.
It was made for the visit of a junior school, what a great idea to introduce younger children to science.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Birthday Invitation

It's Tabitha's third birthday next month, her TV favourites at the moment are Charlie and Lola.
So I have created a special front for the party invitations.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The truth about the Harley

Fantasy land I think, this is one of my favourite pictures of Wendy.
But it's a sad truth that she never managed to ride a push-bike, and I never owned a motorbike bigger than a Honda 125 twin.
So we borrowed the Harley from a friend and it never came of the prop stand.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sony Walkman

In 1979 when I was working for the Bath Weekly Advertiser, Sony launched the first Walkman.
It cost £130 which relates to £440 at today's prices, the young lady was a member of the staff at the retailers, little did we realise how prices would drop.

Monday, March 27, 2006

John Major at the Royal Bath and West

To follow yesterday's picture here's John Major in the Cattle Shed, and one more of John and Norma pressing the flesh at the end of the evening.
He won this election but Chris Patton our local MP lost, see this blog October 17th.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Village People YMCA

The Cattle Shed at the Royal Bath and West Showground is designed as a multi-purpose building.
Besides the Cattle I have photographed a wide variety of things there including.
The John Major roadshow, his last as the winning leader of the Conservative party,
A Frank Bruno fight, and a Garry Glitter concert (best forgotten) but his backing group were The Village People, pictured here singing Y.M.C.A.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Summer seems to be starting now and the regular buskers are returning.
These two gentlemen juggle and do acrobatics, often drawing large crowds.
Should you see these gentlemen wearing leather g-strings and balancing on each other?
Its wise not to get too close with a camera, as I have seen acts like this take the camera off unsuspecting tourists and take a picture down the front of a g-string before returning it.

Friday, March 24, 2006

I suppose it's a sign of old age but now and then I find negatives for pictures I don't remember taking.
The pictures are of cars being moved into the Guildhall, but I don't remember why!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

A couple of days ago I photographed the new video cameras the local police will be wearing.
They were reluctant to talk about costs, but I looked on the net for the home version.
It costs around £500 with camera and its solid-state disk could store 400 hours.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sometimes people say where you were when you took that!
Well the answer is up the fire station practice tower; nowadays you climb the individual ladders on each floor.
But in the days before the health and safety at work act you went up the turntable ladder a privilege saved for people that are rescued from a fire these days.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

It's the new 24-hour Hi Tec sleeping police officer.
Always on duty, cheap to feed and extra low maintenance costs.

Monday, March 20, 2006

It’s amazing what some people will do, to avoid a hosepipe ban.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bath Half-Marathon

You will be glad to hear Nicky completed the Bath Half-Marathon today.
Her time was around two hours, the correct time will follow soon, she has collected over £1300 sponsorship for St Mark’s Hospital.
Shelley Rudman the Olympic Silver Medal Winner started the race.
More pictures of Nicky's race here

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Swanage Midwife

I wonder what the alternatives were, Midwife by correspondence course, Midwife by Open University, Midwife by watching loads of baby programmes on satellite television.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Great car
Shame about the number plate

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Elephant Man

You see some strange things walking around Bath, I said hello to the man with a bag on his head, but got no reply.

Was it John Hurt practicing for the Elephant Man 2?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Just a reminder that our daughter Nicky is running the Bath half-marathon on Sunday.
Here she is today out training, Nicky has been poorly over the last few years, and is running to raise money for the St Mark's Hospital Foundation.
If you would like to see her sponsorship page click HERE .

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Today in Salisbury

Today in Salisbury
The Famous seat where the man that eats too many pies, finally realised he had an eating disorder.

Monday, March 13, 2006

When did you last see your Father?
Little boy lost in Swanage, he must be thirty by now.
Picture Sam Farr

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Lottie's sitting in the high chair to eat now, this is Sunday lunch.
Our grandchildren have never had supermarket baby food.
Wendy has made all the baby food, she cooks in bulk and freezes it in ice cube trays.
Today's lunch was Haddock Tomato and organic carrot followed by Apple and plum.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

David hugs Lottie fresh from the bath,
and ready for bed.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Some years ago the Avon Police equestrian unit gave a demonstration at the first night of the Bath Festival in the Royal Victoria Park.
This unfortunate officer was sitting too close one of the jumps.
Picture Sam Farr/The Bath Chronicle

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Here's what I think is the first known picture of Sam with his Grandmother.
Taken about 60 years ago in the garden at 13 Horseshoe walk.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Brunel's Great Britain returns to Bristol in 1970 (the year we married).
It's great to see this rusting hulk built in 1845 has been restored to amazing condition over the last 35 years.
Her Full history is Here

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Sometimes I feel quite guilty, arranging a difficult picture that doesn't even get used.
The Chinese State Circus was in town and offered to help the Forever Friend's Appeal.
The acrobats piled up these chairs (I did look at them, and although heavy they were not attached in any way) and posed with teddy bears.
Now unknown to me it was planned into the paper as a wide picture, so this one never saw the light of day.
Picture Copyright SamFarr/Bath Chronicle

Monday, March 06, 2006

Unusual view on the Pump Room in Bath, home of the famous Pump Room Trio.
This unusual picture is from the Bone Room, so-called because they store the roman remains there.

Copyright Sam Farr/The Bath Chronicle

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Insomnia, why not try Special Brew sleeping juice to help you sleep anywhere!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Eden Project

Driftwood horse at the Eden Project by Heather Jansch.
Heather has gained international recognition for her driftwood sculpture; her life-sized horses were featured in 'The Shape of the Century - One Hundred Years of British Sculpture', and led to her work with Eden.

Friday, March 03, 2006

A male Chaffinch fights its own reflection in the rear-view mirror of a car.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Monty Python

Is there a touch of "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries"(from Monty Python - Quest for the Holy Grail?).
About this sign at Co Co Cafe in Chippenham.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

St David's Day

Sam and Wendy at Cardiff Castle.

Wendy in the greenhouse at the National Botanical Garden of Wales.

Peacocks at Cardiff Castle.

Hard working Welsh street cleaners

Post Office at St Fagans.

Gareth Edwards Statue in Cardiff

Strange thing to hire!