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

Thursday, November 30, 2006

International Space Station

Work carries on at the International Space Station, all right it’s a lie, it’s the picture of Moonrise over Bath Gasworks that I put on the blog 5 days ago run through a Distort Polar Coordinates Filter.

If you would like to try it the instructions are here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Little Known Corners around Bath

Monkton Combe lock-up was erected in the early to mid 18th century and until about 1895/1900 there were stocks outside.
The building is approx. 8ft square with a domed roof and built of Bath stone. It is fitted with an iron studded oak door and is unusual as it contains two cells.
I have been a dozen times to photograph this lock up, but it always has a car parked outside, so this is two frames joined and the car cloned out.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Little Known Corners of Bath

This is the student accommodation in Raby Mews behind Bathwick St Mary Church in Bath.
You will note the SWGB carved across the front, because this was the billing centre in the 70s producing gas bills for the whole South-West of England.
In those days it was filled with staff producing the punch cards to feed the computers.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Baby Helen

Sam and a newborn Helen almost 30 years ago
at St Martins Hospital.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Little known crescents of Bath

One of the little known crescents of Bath,
it's Day Crescent Twerton.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Moon rise over Bath gas works

Moon rise over Bath Gas Works

Friday, November 24, 2006

Bath Crescent

One of the little known crescents of Bath,
it's Bloomfield Crescent.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The good old 70s

An old slide of Wendy, I think by the look of the hat and flares it must be the 70s.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Chow Dog

I spotted these two magnificent Chow dogs at green park station.

The Chow is a member of the spitz family and has been native to China for more than 2000 years

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

All Blacks

Here's a snap of me looking like I was hanging around with dozens of journalists from around the world for an hour and a half for a 3-minute photo call with the All Blacks.
The woman in pink is Melody Robinson former loose forward for the World Champion Black Ferns, now a TV presenter.
She spent ten minutes trying to explaining the technical differences between the men’s and women’s Haka to me?

Pictures Copyright The Bath Chronicle and BBC Points West

Monday, November 20, 2006

Autumn Ride

Helen, Tabitha and Biscuit walking in the Avenue yesterday.

Sunday, November 19, 2006


This morning's frosty sunrise over our orchard.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Eden Project

The Eden Project, a four frame join up with Panorama Plus 2.

Friday, November 17, 2006


I was photographing a football match last week and spotted this dog, I think it's a Sharpie.
But they have a wrinkly body as well as face; it may be a cross of some sort.
Anyway it was only when downloaded the file and looked at it I realised what a short skirt the owner had.
She must have thought I was photographing her legs and not the dog, I wasn't honest.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Autumn comes to The Avenue Combe Hay; there can be few more impressive entrances to a village at this time on year.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

refuse lorry

I think we can assume the refuse lorry collecting this bin went wrong!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Did anybody record the last episode of Spooks on Monday, Our timer failed and it's the only episode that BBC are not repeating on other channels.
If you have a copy we could borrow for a couple of days please e-mail me at

Monday, November 13, 2006


But not in Combe Hay

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Run for your lives!

In the early 60s my reactions were very good, as this picture proves.
I was walking down Westgate Street and heard the sound or tearing and realised a lorry was tearing down a sunblind and snapped this picture as passers-by ran.
Now remember this was the early 60s and you never left the shutter cocked as it was bad for the springs, so I had to wind the film on first.
The original Nikon F I used had no exposure meter, auto focus or motor drive.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Incredible Hulk

It’s alright; she’s not really this colour.
But off to a heroes and villains party tonight as the Incredible Hulk.
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Friday, November 10, 2006

Poole Car Park

Down in Poole they have to put things like E for egg
on the car parks walls.
So the Chelsea tractors can remember which
floor they parked on.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Happy Squirrel prepares for winter.

Happy Squirrel prepares for winter.
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Experimental multi shot panorama.

Experimental multi shot panorama.
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Chelsea tractor

With the 15,000th edition of the Archers this week even the Chelsea tractor drivers have the stickers up!
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Monday, November 06, 2006

Stand clear it’s my van.

Stand clear it's my van.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Combe Hay Village Firework Party

Late arrivals at Combe Hay Village Firework Party.