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, June 30, 2006

Jack Russell Puppies

The Jack Russell that lives next door had four puppies overnight, isn't Flute a clever girl.

So it you have a good home for one of the puppies
call the Simon Family
on 01225 840942

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Northumberland Passage on a wet December Night, hard to date but Eileen's Seed Shop was still there.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The junction of Prior Park Road and Claverton Street in 1972, before Rossiter road was built.
This was before the one-way system in Widcombe and the traffic is two-way, also note the state of the Prior Park cottages that were restored later.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Work Starts on the Southgate centre in the 1973.
This view is looking west along the New Marchants Passage, with Robert Membery's hardware shop (now a MacDonald's burger bar) at the far end of the site.

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Queens visit to Bath Abbey for Monarchy 1000 in 1973.
The Mayor is Tom Cornish and the minister standing to the left is the Rev Gordon Stringer who performed our marriage ceremony at Combe Hay in 1970.
The picture was taken from our old living room window.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Rovers players protect the family jewels.
Picture Copyright Sam Farr/The Bath Chronicle

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Can we come in now?

Friday, June 23, 2006

How long will it be before Bath and North East Somerset Council realise that charging £2.20 an hour for on-street parking, then giving visitors a £30 penalty for coming back 5 minutes late is short-sighted.
It's about time they adopted the enlightened attitude of Plymouth where shoppers are welcome.
We never come into the city centre to shop now, preferring Keynsham, Trowbridge and Chippenham where the charges are reasonable.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Letter Box

Spotted in Bath today, it’s probably a good idea not to put your fingers through this letter box.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Southgate Shopping Centre

Autumn at the Southgate Shopping Centre in Bath, the word on the street is that all the shops are on four week leases.

And the centre will close in September for rebuilding.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A young visitor shark watching at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

Monday, June 19, 2006

This isn't a set up, the dog really is that daft.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Asda Cheating Children

We went for one of our occasional trips to Asda last week; gosh the George shirts are good value.

I met George Davis once; he’s back on December 26th 2004 of this blog.

Anyway before I go rambling off the point, I bought a tub of jellies that looked good value for the grandchildren and Wendy, well all right I was going too eat the odd one or ten myself.

When we were about thee quarters of the way down we found a large dent in the bottom of the container.

This is obviously designed to make the tub look like it contains more than it actually does.

I thought this style of blatant cheating in packaging vanished years ago, well Mr Asda surly you’re making enough money without cheating our children.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Green Park Station

Green Park Station Bath, Now a Sainsburys supermarket car park.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Nice Coffin

The Star Inn on the Paragon in Bath has an unusual shape.
Legend has it that it was the home of an undertaker, so the block is coffin shaped.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Knitted Ferrari

Sometimes it doesn't pay to be first, I was the first newspaper photographer to meet Art Student Lauren Porter with her knitted Ferrari, it's perfect in every detail.
My first question was "do you have some knitting needles and red wool", but she didn't.
I only had ten minutes to take the pictures before dashing to the next assignment, so had to make do with the attractive young woman and car.
By the next day when the nationals and picture agencies caught up, the wool and needles to complete the picture had been found.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

As a follow to yesterday's post, here's the Lotus the right way up.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Why is Sam looking like this,
how did he get the cut on his head.
When we were first married I built a Lotus Europa Twin-Cam from kit.
It only cost £1600 as you saved the £400 purchase tax, and though it was group seven insurance I only paid £70 a year for fully comprehensive insurance.
After driving it without a scratch for two years I managed to park it upside down in the middle of a dual carriageway near Newton Abbot.
I suppose it says something for my luck that I escaped with a small cut on my forehead and badly bruised ego.
Though I still got the camera out to photograph the scene, the insurance swine's put my insurance up to £90 a year.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Golden Wedding

The Tabitha and Lottie’s grandparents John and Margaret Mattock had a Golden Wedding lunch today.

All the party pictures are Here.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Feeding time for Jack.

Andy feeding his nephew Jack!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Baby Hedgehog

Those who read last Sunday's entry will realise we gained a new resident in the stables.
The advice was not to feed the hedgehog and move it away before it moved in as a permanent resident.
Helen went to move it on Wednesday and found that our visitor has multiplied.
The stable is now full of baby hedgehogs, and it looks like it will be a while before the stable is mucked out again.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Spotted in a supermarket car park.
Is the Jesus mounted on a spring to save you if you crash while dipping your chips in the tomato sauce?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


A butterfly/moth emerging, it was on our wall yesterday and when I returned it had gone.
So I never did find out what species it was.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Wendy at the Dome

Wendy in her days as a tutor, pointing out a suitable sign to her students at the Dome.

Monday, June 05, 2006

A rare Nikon.
What an idiot takes the trouble to fix a Nikon nameplate to an Instamatic 126 camera.
Yes that's right a rare, but not as grey as he is now Sam.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Hedgehog visit

We have a new house guest; well it's a stable guest I suppose.
A large hedgehog has moved into one of our spare stables.
Unlike last year when the dogs found them first, and killed three, I heard the dog barking today and rescued this one.
He or She is locked in the stable to recover for a few days and is eating chopped peanuts and raisins with a little cheese.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Lottie dressed for Pippa's wedding.
Photo Wendy

Friday, June 02, 2006

Unusual container for donations at art show.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Glass Bikini

I went to photograph Steve Williamson blowing this year's glass bikini at Bath Aqua Glass in Walcot Street, watched by a model Rosie wearing last year's.
Annette Martin the owner thought it would be fun to put me in last year's bikini, luckily for you I kept my shirt on.