Welcome to Hogwarts

I spent a lovely time in Gloucester with my friend and fell magician Andy Field this week. Andy very kindly took me on a guided tour of the city centre and armed with my X-Por2 paired with the amazing Wide Angle 10-24mm I was ready for action.

The city centre is quite small - it is dominated by the gorgeous Cathedral. Your can see elements of the architecture on approach as you walk through town. If this Cathedral looks familiar to you then it should. It featured in the Harry Potter films as one of several locations for Hogwarts.

The beautiful interior was breathtaking - the stained glass windows, the majestic ceiling and church set up all contributed to a very compelling environment.

With London gripped in election confrontation, Iw as just happy to be out of London and relax away from it all. I voted today and then forget about it. Writing this blog post brought me back to a simple joy in my life, taking photographs of interesting places. Gloucester is a very interesting place. The cathedral is a tourist attraction and fortunately, there weren’t to many people about. Andy and I did meet one nice chap, a fellow Photographer named Derek. He was shooting with the Nikon d810 and 80-400mm lens which triggered a conversation for me. He was very kind, he should around the Cathedral site outlining the best vantage point and where lovely shafts of light came through the windows. I was able to capture a few nice shots. My Fuji 10-24 was fantastic and capture the wide vista perfectly.

I just want to thank my friend Andy again for a great time in his home town. I came away with a deeper appreciation for the country I live in and share with others. With all the challenges we face, let’s not forget this is where we live and there is a lot to be grateful for and celebrate.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend”. 

Melody Beattie 

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