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

Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Years Ball

Helen and David Ready for the New Years Ball
at the Assembly Rooms

Saturday, December 30, 2006

The true cost of smoking.

Health Promotion specialist Zoë Clifford shows the true cost of smoking.
The picture was taken in 2004 and rejected as it looked like we were burning real money.
No money was harmed during the making of this picture; it was Sam fiddling with Photoshop.
Picture copyright Sam Farr / The Bath Chronicle
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Friday, December 29, 2006

Five Bikes

Looks like a five bike one trailer family!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Bath Scum

Someone had a Lexsor 27inch flat panel LCD TV for Christmas, and rather than wait for the refuse collectors to call.
They brought all the packaging out to the wood on
Combe Hay Lane and dumped them.
Well what can you say about scum like that, a pox on your family and the next ten generations.

And I hope the new TV breaks down in the middle of your favourite programme and you can’t return it without the original box!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Small Dude

Spotted in Sainsburys car park.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Xmas day at the Higby House.

Xmas day at the Higby House.

Tabitha's Postman Pat outfit.

Tabitha just wants to pull crakers.

Lotties happy to watch the Tweenies and make Andy do the actions.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Terry Pratchett at Christmas

Another of my unpublished picture of Terry Pratchett, taken at a Christmas party for former C.E.G.B. employees a few years ago.
He's looking at someone's digital camera in the days when they cost more than three years fees at the Unseen University.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Ghost of Christmas past

Silver Ghost of Christmas past, photographed tonight on Bear Flat.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Terry Pratchett

Another of my unpublished Terry Pratchett Pictures, a few years ago we had an appeal to help fund a new children’s ward at the RUH.

The symbol was a teddy bear, so all the photographers carried a bear and stuck it in the hands of any famous people we photographed, mine met Jensen Button and Charles Kennedy.
When I was visiting Terry I thought, they don’t come much more famous than him, so snapped him with the bear wearing his famous hat.
No it’s not glued there his assistant Rob I behind him holding it, well the following year they decided not to publish more bear pictures, even though we had carried on taking them.
So this picture never saw the light of day.

For more of my unpublished pictures of Terry See Below

Friday, December 22, 2006

Hyde Park Corner

Well I suppose it’s useful information for someone!
Marshfield High Street

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Feeding the swans misty Wednesday in Chippenham.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


We seem to be on a doggie theme at the moment, this lady is a footpaths officer in Wiltshire.
Part of her job is to measure the width of footpaths so she has trained her dog to hold the end of the tape-measure.
Picture Copyright Sam Farr / The Bath Chronicle

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Happy ending for Bonnie

I was just taking my kit out of the car at nine forty-five tonight, when a cold, hungry and muddy dog walked into the house.
I called the number on her collar to find a tearful but happy owner, Bonnie went missing in Southstoke a 4 o’clock today.
And they were worried that something had happened to the 14-year old family pet.
She was collected in less than 15 minutes.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Winter Walk

Nicky out walking Paddy and Storm on Saturday.
Storm is poorly at the moment and went to the Veterinary Hospital today; she has had stay for a few days.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

One Man and His Dog

I achieved a lifetime ambition tonight, appearing in the finals of the BBC's One Man and His Dog.
Unfortunately because I don't have a dog or any sheep and can't whistle it was just my left ear that appeared.
I was there to photograph a visit by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, with presenters Ben Fogle and Shauna Lowry./
Picture Copyright BBC/ Sam Farr/ The Bath Chronicle

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan has been in the news lately after walking out on Steven Hendry in the UK Championship quarter-final.
Here's one my snaps of him at his demonstration at Keynsham Snooker Club on the 17th November.
He's just borrowed my Swiss Army knife to cut the kitchen film and sticky tape that covers his cue tip in transit.


Friday, December 15, 2006

Armed Police Raid

Armed police sealed off a Bath hill today to raid a house.
More at the Bath Chronicle web site, or Saturdays Bath Chronicle.




Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas Contest

Competition for the interdepartmental Christmas decoration contest is tight.
In the photographic department Clare made this model of our Christmas dinner using dishcloths, clay and cardboard.
The bottles were the only thing she bought; I’m on the right and see Becky is so pregnant she doesn’t fit under the table.

My contribution was to borrow this 5 foot high working snowstorm from Mike and Wendy at Funtastic.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Old Lumpy

Most people have had a friendly name for a favourite car.
But I’m not sure about this one!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

In Control

Personalised control knob on an electric wheelchair
spotted at Sainsburys.

If you see him coming you’d better move!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Midland Bridge

Tonight’s rush-hour sunset over the Midland Bridge Bath.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Waiting to Bat!

Waiting to Bat!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears picnic jumper spotted in Westgate Street, it came from Australia.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Nativity Play

A serious looking Tabitha at the Paragon School Nativity today!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

St Swithins

Walcot Street from St Swithin’s Church on the Paragon.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Sparrows Crane

Some time ago I went to Berkeley Nuclear Power Station to photograph the largest mobile crane in the UK.
It took me a while to persuade them to take the front off for a crane driver's eye view.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Planet Bath

I'm still messing about with Polar Coordinates,
this is planet Bath.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Winter Sunshine.

Winter sunshine casts long shadows in Newark Street Bath.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Bath City Council

It's a spot Sam contest?
The very last Bath City Council just before Avon took over.

Yes I'm first on the left second row back

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Just waiting!

Just waiting!

Friday, December 01, 2006

New Planet

I’m still messing about with Polar Coordinates,
this is planet Sports Centre and Pavilion.