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

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Red Dwarf

Memorable Quotes from Red Dwarf Series 2 “Kryton”

Holly: Hope they've got some odds and sods on board; we're short of a few supplies.
Lister: [drinking tea] Like what?
Holly: Cow's milk, ran out of that yonks ago. Fresh and dehydrated.
Lister: What kind of milk are we using now?
Holly: Emergency backup supply. We're on the dog's milk.
Lister: Dog's milk!
Holly: Nothing wrong with dog's milk. Full of goodness, full of vitamins, full of marrowbone jelly. Lasts longer than any other milk, dog's milk.
Lister: Why?
Holly: No bugger'll drink it. Plus of course the advantage of dog's milk is that when it goes off, it tastes exactly the same as when it's fresh.

It’s a little known fact that Asda run a Big Issue type charity, for unemployed Pantomime dwarfs.

When all the Snow White pantomime shows come to an end in January hundreds of dwarfs are out of work.

So Asda employ then to milk the giant herds of milking daschund’s that roam the grassy plains to the North of Birmingham.

So life has followed fantasy, I spotted this dog milk in Asda Trowbridge today!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Twisted Rails

These pictures are from about ten years ago when flooding and subsidence caused a rail embankment to collapse between Bath and Saltford.

Picture Copyright Sam Farr / The Bath Chronicle

Monday, January 29, 2007

New Photo Frame.

Spotted in Keynsham today, is it to entertain other motorists in traffic queues!
Or maybe so the kids know which Chelsea Tractor to run too after school!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

One man and his dog

One of my favourite candid pictures from 1991 used dozens of times by the newspaper, but a sign that times have changed little for the street people.

Picture COPYRIGHT Sam Farr/The Bath Chronicle

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Walcot Street Bath

Work in Walcot Street before building the Podium, Library, Waitrose Supermarket and The Hilton Hotel.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey at Dusk last Thursday

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Penny for your thoughts.

Penny for your thoughts.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Spotted outside the Argos Bath store today, I don’t
think that it’s part of the catalogue clearance!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

New Falconry Conservation Centre

I photographed this 2-year old female falcon today at a new Falconry Conservation Centre Planned in the Bath area.
More details in Thursdays Bath Chronicle.

Monday, January 22, 2007

email from Andy in Rome

Hi Sam and Wendy,
Thought you might like a picture of Nicky sitting on the world famous Spanish Steps in Rome.
Has been warm(ish) and bright here all day (have been looking at the weather back at home when I have been checking the weather here via the bbc site - so know it is not as nice with you).
Love to you both - Andy (and Nicky).

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Wellow Trekking Centre

Wellow Trekking Centre is run by the Shellard Family

I’ve know the family for more years than I care to Remember, here’s Frank on the beach at Porth nr Newquay doing his Mr Magoo impression.

And this is Frank with his Dad Reg.

It was great tonight to bump into Frank anf Judy with the family outside the Theatre Royal as they delivered Cinderella’s ponies.

They regularly look after pantomime ponies feeding, exercising, grooming and delivering them to the Theatre twice a day.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Baker the Jewellers

My Snap from 2003 of Bakers the Jewellers in Southgate Street Gloucester.
Above the shop is a century old clock with. 5 striking Jacks representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and Old Father Time.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Poor Old Dopey

I think the price gives away the age of this slide.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Tabitha grooming Biscuit.

Tabitha grooming Biscuit.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Bath Theatre Royal

These are pictures taken at a children’s show,
at Bath Theatre Royal about 5 years ago.

I don’t remember much, except the woman played
the ukulele on roller skates while doing the splits.

Then her companion arrived on a jet powered pogo stick,
which exploded much to the children’s delight.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


You can’t park there!
2002 plane crash at Box
Copyright Sam Farr / The Bath Chronicle

Monday, January 15, 2007

Philip the photographer

Philip the photographer is the Bath Chronicle
photographic department mascot.

Wendy rescued him for us from a
Chippenham charity shop.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey at dusk yesterday


Saturday, January 13, 2007

Grass Cutting

Andy warms up the mower for
the grass cutting season


Friday, January 12, 2007


The river Avon from the car park in Batheaston, the river is closest to the camera.

This sign is in the gent’s toilet in the same car park,
the first ambulant sign I’ve seen.
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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Windy Day

The forecast was windy, and for once they were right.
Our gas barbecue and a playhouse just blew over the wall despite being weighted down with a full 7kg gas bottle

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


The heavy rain has caused flooding all over the West, and even the Cam Brook at the bottom our garden is threatening to burst its banks.
It’s luck our house is over three hundred feet away and fifty feet higher.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Happy Picture

Onyx, Tabitha and Lottie not a very sharp picture with the little Fuji, but a happy picture

Monday, January 08, 2007

Bath Street

Bath Street and the Spa Entrance at dusk tonight

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Saltford Sewerage Works

They say that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
But they also say where there’s muck there’s brass so it could still be right!

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Lottie in Tabitha's riding jacket.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Combe Hay

Combe Hay Valley from the footpath
below Fullers Earth.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ken Russell on Big Brother

I’m not a Big Brother fan, but I’m told 79 year old film director Ken Russell has joined the house this week.
Here are some of my snaps of Ken taken when I met him in 2004.

Pictures Copyright Sam Farr / The Bath Chronicle

Wednesday, January 03, 2007



Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Hide and Seek

Lottie plays Hide and Seek with the curtains.

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