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Name: Mary Howard
Location: Seaside, Oregon
Hi Lucy, Gee, I was just looking at the Zim forum for e-mail addresses so I could send a few e-mails when the website is down tomorrow night and I looked at your profile and saw the website. What beautiful pictures. It makes a person feel like she's there with you. Thanks for sharing. Now you have given me an idea to do my own website with all the pictures of Oregon and the ocean and my dogs. Mary
Name: The Back-up Trust
I work for a charity www.backuptrust.org.uk and we host an event at Queen Elizabeth Country Park
I need to promote it this year and wanted a photo of Buster Hill. I googled and found you!
Could we use your photo? If yes could you send us the original jpeg?
The text surrounding the photo is;
Buster Hill May 2003
The path towards the top of Butser Hill. I love these paths that are on grass where the volume of feet has been big enough to make the route clear but small enough to keep the path as grass.
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I enjoyed looking at your photos, I found you whilst googling the capital ring and was surprised to see that you had walked the same stretch as us on Saturday! You went further though, we stuck to the stretch from South Kenton to Hendon Central. We were surprised at the ice, as was our dog! Glad to see other walkers are doing the ring and nice to see the pictures as we took fewer.
Name: Phil Butlin
Location: Harrow Weald
Came across your site by chance while looking up a business for sale in Marsworth. The pictures are fantastic and spent a considerable amount of time looking at all the places that I have also visited. Thanks so much for sharing them.
Name: Eliza Botham
Dear Stephen and Lucy
I am workign with a team of people putting together a new exhibition for Anderton Boat Lift. I am trying to get hold of a high resolution picture of the lift at pre-restoration stage. Your pic of the lift marked up with colours is perfect. Do you have a high res copy of it?
I need to have all images in next week so it might be unrealistic, but always worth a try!
By the way, I also loved your pics of the dogs - we have a cavalier and I'm feeling very sad about having her spayed this week, especially since seeing your lovely pictures of the puppies!
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Name: Mary Linne Stafford
Location: Chicago, Illinois USA
First time visitor. Really enjoyed your pix. Beautiful!
Name: Sheila Lawrence
Love your Lake District pics
Name: David Edmond
Location: London / Reading
Hello to Stephen and Lucy; popping in to wish you a Happy New Year for 2008 and to enjoy your latest photo albums and catch up on your numerous adventures since I last looked. Really glad to see the 'family' has grown with the arrival of Ellie's puppies. I was really glad to find your images of the historic 'Cutty Sark' from just prior to its disastrous fire, not having visited it for many years it was really great to find your album of what it had been like. Should you have occasion to revisit the Thames near Sonning, between Henley and Reading, you may wish to contact me for some tea and cakes, as I now live at Caversham Park, very near there. I thank you again for your permission to use your two wonderful panoramic photos of Kyrenia, which continue to feature on my website. Best regards to you, and nice to see George continues his awards success.
Name: Jon Combe
Enjoying the photos of the Capital Ring. I am a also walking the path and a little ahead of you - went from Harrow-on-the-Hill to East Finchley yesterday so not far to go now. You're right that section through Wimbledon and Richmond is excellent!
The puppies are very cute. Looking forward to seeing them on Saturday
Name: Denise Neu
Grear photographic site, please could I havce permission to use some of your photos of the source of the river thames for teaching. I work as a teacher for Three Valleys Water environment centre. Thanks Denmark61@onyourwall.com
Name: Denise Neu
Grear photographic site, please could I havce permission to use some of your photos of the source of the river thames for teaching. I work as a teacher for Three Valleys Water environment centre. Thanks Denmark61@onyourwall.com
Name: siobhan dodrill-rees
Loved looking at the dogs enjoying the river walks, might try a few with my two!! (found site via WLR)
Name: Pat Williams
Location: Romford, Essex
Looked into a site for Caen Hill Locks and stumbled upon your photos. Thoroughly enjoyed looking at them. I have a nephew who has a similar site and is also train mad!!!! Given us some ideas for places around home counties - for a start.
E Mail address is Freddie180williams@ntlworld.com.
Haven't been through the lot yet - that's for another day.
Name: Mike Sands
I'm pleased to say that your photograph, taken early last year, of the Thames Path ending at
Coldharbour Point in "rickety gates" is now out of date!
Today I was able to cycle from Rainham to Purfleet along the river all the way! It's a spectacular ride with impressive views of the river and the QEII bridge. I thought it would never happen but it has.
Oh, exciting! I shall have to go back one day and do it again. Thanks for
letting me know. (P.S. I think you mean London Loop, not Thames Path.)
Name: Caroline Etherton
Location: Rochester Kent
Love the website, especially the video clip from
Crufts 2004: that was the first time I went to
Crufts before we got Toby.
Name: Mark Vendon
Location: Upstate New York USA
Hi Stephen and Lucy, I tried sending you an email with pictures of my fly tying
project that used some hair from George earlier this month. It turned out really
well. Please contact me if you didn't receive them. You've really done a great
job with your site. I'm still at [edited]
Dear Stephen and Lucy
I have greatly enjoyed looking at your excellent web site. I own a hire fleet based on the Coventry Canal and am currently updating our web site. I would like to include your photograph of the
entrance to Braunston Marina. How do I go about getting permission to use this image?
Kind regards Elaine
I am pleased that you enjoyed our photographs. I would be happy for you to
include the image you mention on your website provided that you include a
hyperlink back to our website.
Name: Sarah Carter
Location: Canterbury Kent
You have a lovely
photo of the Grand Junction Canal Co. sign: 2004-06-05-154247_small.jpg or 2004-06-05-154247.jpg
I would very much like to use this image in a book I am researching pictures for. This is the New Oxford Companion to Law, to be published next year, and the GJCC is the subject of a famous case Dimes v Grand Junction Canal Company 1909. I would, of course, give full acknowledgement.
My email is [edited]
You have really made me want to explore canals!
I would be happy for you to include the picture in the New Oxford Companion to
Law provided that it is attributed to Stephen Dawson.
Name: Michael Lumgair
Location: Bromley, Kent
I have greatly enjoyed your website and been much encouraged by your
London Loop pages.. Currently I am nearly completing the London Loop, and getting lost too often due to poor signage, and hopelessly lost in Hainault Forest. You mention using a gps in one of your reports. What model do you use, and do you use it for measuring distances, finding your way, or what? All I have is a Tomtom only really suitable for driving. Regards, Michael Lumgair.
Stephen replies: Hi. I use a Garmin GPS
unit - previous the eTrex Vista, and recently the eTrex Vista HCx. You can get a
good overview of most of what is available at
http://www.globalpositioningsystems.co.uk/recreational-handhelds.html - some
of the models have quite detailed and reasonably independent reviews. (No
financial connection other than that they gave me a good price on the HCx!)
If all you want to do is check where you are and compare with a good map,
then the cheapest model will do. Personally I use the Anquet digital mapping
and trace out my routes in advance, and transfer them to the GPS. This allows me
to walk with (almost) certainty, know how far I've gone and have yet to go, and
even to predict when I will arrive at my destination, which is useful as quite
often I get my wife to collect me at the far end. It is waterproof too - as I
can attest, having been wearing mine when I capsized a dinghy and thus had it
under water for 10 minutes or so.
TomTom is wonderful for driving, but as you suggest not designed for
cross-country walking. Particularly for those who haven't already invested in an
in-car device (and who haven't also invested in Anquet digital maps for the PC),
Road Angel Adventurer 7000 looks worth investigating - it has separate
applications for driving and walking, and it is also waterproof, which no other
mainstream in-car device is.
Enjoy the rest of the LOOP.
Location: Alberta Canada
I really enjoyed your photos of your trip from Wyvern Shipping. I brought back many happy memories of trips
I took in the eighties.
I love the spaniels too.
Nice to see your photographs.
You have however some confusion with the Thames path at Richmond and Kingston.
The large red bricked house on the hill you call Ham house is actually the Star and Garter Home top of Richmond Hill. Ham House is a national Trust property, on low flat ground in Petersham.
The picture of the Riverfront and Kingston is actually the riverfront at Richmond.
The boats for hire just below Kingston bridge should be Richmond bridge.
The train for Waterlook should be Waterloo, and I think you will find it is the Richmond Rail bridge you are showing which stands alongside Twickenham Bridge.
When we reach Kingston Lock should read when we reach Richmond Lock There is no lock at Kingston.
As I said very nice to see your photographs, and I enjoyed looking at your site.
Stephen replies: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! I
was obviously having a bad day when I wrote up that walk. The Ham House
description was a definite mistake, misled by the guide-book, but one I ought not to
have made. Apart from the "Waterlook" typo, the rest are effectively one error
repeated, viz. using "Kingston" when I meant "Richmond". I don't quite know how
that happened, especially so many times (I found one you'd missed!). Anyway,
thanks for pointing out the mistakes, which I believe are all now rectified -
Just noticed you on Facebook group so thought I'd take a look at your site.
Dogs are gorg. Have you put Henry in Eastern CKCS? I recognize his name; will hopefully see him there.
Name: Denise Ward
Location: Brisbane Australia
I have just looked at your amazing pics of your
My husband, sister in law and brother in law will be taking off from Rugby on the 8 September on a Rose Narrowboat for two weeks. We were going to take the
Avon Ring but have been told
there is still a lot of debris in the loop. We now think we might take the loop
shown in your site. However, if you have any other suggestions for around the
Rugby area please let us know. Sent with kind regards from some fellow narrow boaters
Name: Shaun Moorcroft
Location: Warrington, Cheshire
I love your site. I enjoy walking but oftentimes sites and magazines tend to deal with walks for seasoned walkers. I can look at the photos and descriptions of your walks, feel inspired and head off feeling not too nervous about a particular hill or area. I've been up Shining Tor but never in the snow...hope it snows this Winter...Cheers, Shaun XX
Name: Adam Bootle
Location: Cranham, Essex
Great site, love the
London Loop section, just a quick note that the
section that passes through Havering Atte Bower shows a picture of Roundhouse Farm, but the round building in the photograph is not actually the Roundhouse, it is a water tower that was build in 1934. The real
roundhouse is 200 metres to the West of the tower.
Hope this helps.......Adam
Thanks for this - page updated accordingly.
Name: Keith Lindow
Location: Arundel, West Sussex
Just read your
London Loop info. Very useful, and we also find using a current Explorer Map invaluable. There is a distinct lack of signage on some sections. I hope to do a good part of the Northern section this August whilst staying in Walthamstow.
Have you thought of doing the river Arun/Wey South Path/Wey up to Weybridge: (London's Lost Route to the Sea--well, to Portsmouth actually.)
Free accommodation in Arundel.
We've done the New River--you'll know it, and the Wandle (excellent). There is also a route from Gravesend south to the coast; (can't remember it's name). We also did the Hogsmill; Kingston to Ashtead and beyond. KEEP GOING -ITS GREAT! regards,
Stephen replies: Glad you enjoyed it. The route
from Gravesend is the Wealdway.
Name: Keith Lindow
Location: West Sussex
Dear Stephen Dawson, I just discovered your website ;Route 12 of the London Loop! We did this at the end of May this year and it is even worse around Donkey Wood--now includes Giant Hogweed at the A312 and a serious "squeeze" between a high new fence and the abyss, to reach the A30. We gave up trying to find the next section by the railway line.
I e-mailed Hillingdon council about the state of the path---do you have the correct contacts?
I shall continue to read your adventures and we shall look forward to following some.
Regards, Keith Lindow.
Name: Peter and Elaine Scott
Super pictures - found through link from uk.rec.waterways
We canal with CopperkinsII - a boat we share with some like-minded souls
(from a rather neglected website)
We ring at Ranmoor in Sheffield (16cwt 10)
And ring (changes on) handbells eg
which is a canal/ringing link.
Peter and Elaine Scott
Name: Tonni Gubbens (Mrs)
Location: Terneuzen, The Netherlands
I love your beautiful website. The pictures are improving by the year. It's a pleasure to look at. I'll
certainly visit again. It's a nice way to visit a dearly beloved country from home. Thank you both!
Name: Susan Little
Location: Clearwater, Florida USA
What an enjoyable afternoon you have provided me, allowing me to look at all of your beautiful photos. The landscapes were lovely and I especially liked seeing Ellie and George enjoy themselves. We are doing the Lake District, the Fort William area of Scotland and the Cotswolds this coming September. We are three senior citizens who cannot hike much anymore, but still enjoy driving around beautiful Great Britain. Two years ago we rented a canal boat and toured northern Wales, then went on to Northern Ireland for a bit. Our trip this September will be our 22nd to Great Britain. We really do enjoy it! Thank you again for the lovely pictures.
Name: Pete Gates
Location: Leigh, Lancashire
Loved the pictures. As a disabled artist (struggling) I find on your site many views that are worthy of painting may
I have your permission to use some for art work. The finished work will be displayed in the library gallery in
Leigh in October.
Name: Tom Ventur
Location: Seattle, USA
I'd love to meet you wonderful people who put this site together. I'm going to London this month and will definitely walk part of the loop. The country and area are not only beautiful but historically interesting. Thanks for "doing to loop" and sharing your excellent photos. Regards to my favorite dog, Henry.
Name: Sue Crane
Location: Winchmore Hill!
This is the sort of diary which makes me want to be young again and doing it all!
Name: Martin Holland
It's Martin Holland from your year at Ipswich School!
Hope that you are well.
I am trying to get in touch with you to give you details about an event this June to mark 15 years of our year leaving school.
If you could inform me of your email address I can forward on the details.
My email address is [removed]
Name: Rhonda Abbott
Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Wonderful website!!! I love all the photos, descriptions, etc. You have the most
GORGEOUS dogs! Thanks so much for sharing this with me. Rhonda
Name: Richard Pollicott
Hi really enjoyed the photos & comments easter grand union
canal. We have lived in Paddington W2 for best part of 45 years and so walked the towpaths round little venice, harrow rd, the basin arm at north wharf rd where my old father had his garage & yard also up towards the ha'penny steps on the way harlesden, anyway I wonder if you could please tell me is there a towpath walk from Padd to brentford?
Kind regards RP
Stephen replies: Hi. Glad you enjoyed the
photos. Yes and no! There isn't a direct route, but the Paddington Arm of the
Grand Union Canal runs from Paddington Basin (next to Paddington railway
station) through Harlesden, Alperton, Northolt and Greenford to reach the
mainline of the Grand Union Canal at Bulls Bridge after 22 km (13½ miles), after
which you can retrace my recent walk back to the Thames after a further 10 km (6
miles). So in total a 32 km (20 mile) walk compared to a 9.5 km (5½ mile) direct
line (but more enjoyable!).
Name: Matthew Eyre
photo of Stoke Bruerne on Wikipedia
- see article I wrote on
Sister Mary Ward
Location: New York
Name: Fred Martin
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Thanks for the excellent canal photos. Walking the Grand Union Canal is an idea that won't go away. I just need some motivation. If you can provide some, please feel free.
Stephen replies: Hi. Perhaps the
recent walk might help; you
could also see the London Loop walks
to Uxbridge and
past Harefield; or the
walk along the canal and
Colne Valley Trail; or the walk
around Marsworth reservoirs; or the
visit to Stoke Bruerne; or a
look at the Cosgrove Iron
Trunk Aqueduct; relevant bits of a
canal cruise from Gayton;
or a cruise from Blisworth;
or a cruise from Linslade;
a day trip near Marsworth. A
splendid idea for a varied and interesting look at rural lowland England.
Name: Richard Abbott
Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
What a lovely website!, came across this by accident, and I have really enjoyed viewing your photos.
I used to live in the UK, and was the proud owner of a narrowboat for some years so I am
particularly interested in your canal shots.
Makes me want to come home again! sob, sob, lol.
Name: Ron Gudgeon
Location: OTTAWA, CANADA
Love your pictures and miss England greatly (lived near Bath '75-'76 ;Dad in the Canadian navy). I spent many days touring the beautiful Somerset countryside on my bike and the experience
has never left me. Hope to get back there soon.
Name: Matthew and Carol
Location: Crouch End
Lovely photos! I especially like the one of
'George in Full flight' on the South Downs (March 03). We are hoping to move out to Enfield near the
new river, and we found your pics genuinely inspirational. Keep it up!
Just been browsing through your photos and they are excellent, we live in Bristol and spend most weekends walking our dog (Cleo) in the countryside, mainly on the Mendips and Cotswolds, so we enjoyed the
hilltop pics especially.
Keep up the good work.
Name: Melanie Hinton
Location: Kerikeri, New Zealand
Have just put your website onto favourites. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourselves. We are going for a second
narrowboat holiday this year, I especially enjoyed your
Spring in Chester as we will be that way and its good to get a look at the weather. Only wish I could bring my old pussycat with me.
I share with you my magic.
My Spatsy Catsy Pussycatsy poem:
I know a little cat Joey is his name
He'd like to come and live with me
but he has another home
And Spatsy who's my catsy likes to be the only one.
So when Joey comes a visiting
I show him to the door.
He looks at me reproachfully
and says, "but I was here before.
This is my house, this is my garden, these are my birds to chase.
Those fish there in the pond are mine in any case".
My Spatsy Catsy's dozing, says, "Let Joey have his fun.
I don't care what he does so long as I am Number One!"
I was looking at your
weather station and noticed that it had gone down to -6.6C overnight. I wasn't sure if I believed our weather station which said it had been -7.7C here, but I guess that actually sounds about right! V Cold!
Name: Bob Broadhurst, Nottingham UK.
A very very interesting site with such a good variety of subjects to surf into. Well done and much success to you in any future endeavours.
It is very nice to know an American Cocker Spaniel lover in England!! You have a very nice website, very beautiful ACS, lovely family, and I love to see all the pictures. Sure London is a very beautiful country too!! I wish someday I can visit your country...
Best wishes from Solidglow Cockers - Indonesia...
We have been doing
the loop since September and have only two walks left after this weekends - will really miss the adventure. Have greatly appreciated your photos which manage to make all the walks look pleasant even if they are pretty dire. Would strongly suggest that people neither start nor finish with the official start and finish walks as these are they!
Name: Christine Petch
Hi, I found my way to your website because I was looking for information about the
Sparsholt ringing course, though when I looked through your site I failed to find a reference to it. Can you tell me if it's still running and, if so, who I should contact about it?
Stephen replies: Hi.
The Sparsholt ringing course has been based at Wantage for
several years now (and is thus now known as the Wantage Rining Course!).
Although no event was held in 2006, I understand that there are plans to run it
in 2007. You can find out some details an in particular contact details at
Name: Robin G.
GREAT photos of all three of your dogs. The more I look at your Cav's the more I want one! I LOVE LOVE Henry's coloring and his eyes are stunning. I think we are going to nix the Corgi idea and save up for a Cav!
Name: LoriH (Zim's Forum)
Your photos are wonderful. Lucy, you and Stephen and your pups sure do get around. Lovely scenes and beautiful pictures of George, Henry and Elle. I've enjoyed visiting your site and am so glad I got to meet you, Lucy, at
Pupapalooza. Hope to see you again soon!
especially the dogs! I have 3 beagles, a weimaraner and 2
American cockers - one black/tan girl about to have puppies on 28th Dec!
and a buff boy doing really well in the show-ring too. Have a look at my furbabies on my website
Don't forget to sign my guest book too!
Excellent review of the
London Loop, very helpful for those of us following after you.
Many thanks Pam
Name: Geoff Wheeler
Is it possible to use some pics for interpretation boards marking the proposed
Bedford and Milton Keynes waterway route?
Regards Geoff Wheeler
Name: Mathew Perring
Would just like to congratulate you on completing the
circumnavigation of London. Glad you had a picture of
Albany park in there as I used to cross it everyday to get to work.
Just looking at the photos of your
latest walk and wondered whether 'Węcelinga Stręt' is the same as what I know as 'Watling Street' - the old A5 that runs through my home town of Wellington (Telford)? I'd never heard it called that before, or read an explanation of where it derives from - you learn something new every day!
Hope you're both well.
Stephen replies: Hi Debbie, Yes, 'Węcelinga
Stręt' is 'Watling Street', i.e. the road from Dover to Wroxeter in Shropshire (Viroconium).
I hadn't realised that in my enthusiasm to convey information about the road's
history, I'd neglected to mention the more modern name - I've made a small
amendment to the page on the website. Many people think that Watling Street is
the Roman name, which is not the case - indeed not the case with most named
Name: Mike Fitton Salisbury
From where do you get all your energy? Feel tired looking at all your lovely photos. Keep on enjoying yourself - make the most of your time. (as you seem to do!)
Name: Betty Hicks
The photography on your site is superb, and a great pleasure to come across unexpectedly. Have you 'covered' East Anglia yet? I hope I haven't missed it!
Name: Jeff Ford
I love your pictures of the Lake District and other places. There is a picture that you had as an "introduction" to a trip to the Lake District. It is a bridge over the River Esk.
But when I click on the link and looked for it, I couldn't find it.
Stephen replies: The link takes you to the
first page of the two for that holiday - the second page, with the walk up Green
Crag, has the bridge you mention. Obviously it has the potential to confuse (as
it confused Jeff), but I generally try to pick the picture I like most or find
most eye-catching, or most different from others on the home page, even if it
belongs on a later page of the holiday or outing in question. I've added a link
at the bottom of the first page of that holiday to make it clearer that there is
Name: David and Val Simmonds
Delighted to find your entertaining and informative website, before we set off tomorrow 9 Sept on our fifth section, from
Harold Wood to the
Thames at Rainham. Our dog is not as pretty as yours but loves both the walk and the trains.
We started from our home at Elstree and are doing it more slowly than you, only about a day a month.
You will pass our house on the section from Elstree station to Cockfosters, on Woodcock
Hill (Barnet Lane) about a mile out of Elstree station on the north side of the
road, on its own.
Stephen replies: You're the first London
Loopers that have left a comment, so that was mildly exciting! I hope you had a
good walk from Harold Wood to the Thames on Saturday - I found the official
"end" was much better than I had been led to believe. I had a shortish walk on
Sunday with the third of our dogs, reaching Hatch End, so assuming no changes of
plan I will pass your house on the next walk but one (the penultimate!).
Thank you, most enjoyable
- made me choose a walk up to Blackdown Hill for my annual picnic with my best friend.
Keep up the good work.
We are large fans of the islands GB & IRL.
Also we spent one week with the boat, but such beautiful photos to all the migrations and
boat travels, must be praised.
Name: Stefan Downham
I am just re-reading the Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazons books and Googled
I very much enjoyed your photos of the Coniston area. Your visit was clearly far more energetic than mine!
Thank-you for sharing the fun.
Name: Donald Turnbull
Hi, we run the Walnut Tree Inn, near Blisworth and saw your lovely picture of
Stoke Bruerne and have
put it on our website, hope you don't mind. Let us know If this is a problem and we will remove it and if not next time you are in the area pop in and have a drink on us!
Stephen replies: Hi. No problem - the photo
looks good there. I look forward to that drink next time we're in the
Name: Bernard Hayes
Like you, I had an unobstructed view from the back bedroom window of our house in Brooklands Avenue, Fulwood, Preston, across a farm and then rolling field, right to
Longridge Fell, with
Parlick Pike and Fairsnape to the left. It was often very beautiful. I cycled a good deal around there (Longridge, Chipping, Chaigeley, Trough of Bowland). Now there is a large housing estate where the farm and fields were, so that I do not imagine one can see anything of the fells nowadays.
Name: Matt Galley
Stumbled onto your website when searching for pictures of
Leicester Line Grand Union Canal. We have booked a trip in August.
You have got some fantastic photos. I hope mine will be as good!
Your dog must be fit!
Name: Casper Strųmgren
I would like to ask your permission to use your photo http://www.luphen.org.uk/images/2002/2002-11/img_2071.jpg in an grahical contest at www.worth1000.com. Im goind to manipulate a face into the tree in the background. i can send you a copy of result.
Stephen replies: I was happy to grant
permission, and look forward to seeing the result.
Just been looking at the pictures of Ellie and the other dogs. Can't help wondering if there is some common parentage not too far back with our Jasper - see your picture
I don't think you got to see him last year when
we met at the Braunston locks.
Are you still planning on doing the Avon this year?
Keep on posting great photos.
Stephen and Lucy reply: Lucy has responded directly to
Gillian. Yes, we are doing the Avon ring this year with the same crowd.
Should be good fun, and while a fairly long way for a week, is less than the
Warwickshire Ring from Gayton we did in 2005. The two dogs do look quite similar - we've suggested Gillian
Further investigation shows that Jasper's grandfather Ch Mareve Indiana is one of
Ellie's great-great-grandfathers. We also noticed that AKC Ch Hometown Ever Hopeful At Millhill, Henry's grandfather, is one of Jasper's ancestors, so Jasper is
related to both our cavaliers. We've also now discovered that Gillian and Ian's
other cav, Tristram, has the same great-great-great-great-great-grandparents as
Ellie, so they are sixth-cousins.
Name: Aad de Ruijter
Dear Stephen and Lucy
I have just come across the website http://www.luphen.org.uk/ with some beautiful pictures of flowers at Kew.
We would like to use some of these pictures for our webdatabase.
If the copyright of these pictures is yours, could you give us permission for non commercial use of the pictures and provide us with the full name of the Photographer? Is it: "Photo: S. and L. Dawson"?
We are a non-profit foundation working on a scientific project on the useful plants of tropical Africa.
See our website at http://www.prota.org and the page with published species http://database.prota.org/publishedspeciesEn.htm for more information.
I hope te hear from you soon,
Aad de Ruijter
P.O. Box 341
6700 AH Wageningen
Stephen replies: I was happy to grant
permission for this non-commercial use with credit.
Name: Rik & Rebecca Butterfield
Hi, we are fellow cavalier fanatics. We have just spent an hour looking at your beautiful dogs. George is particularly handsome. We are actually looking to buy another Cavalier and having seen George, are considering an American Cocker. Can you recommend any breeders in the UK?
Rik & Beccy
Stephen replies: We are responding directly to
Rik & Beccy, but more generally the website of
The American Cocker Spaniel
Club of Great Britain is a good place to start.
Name: Pam Polson
I found your site through 'Per Angusta'. My husband David and I have a narrowboat 'Iron Butterfly'. We live aboard from April till November travelling the waterways. I enjoyed your
canal pics. You may be interested in our adventures, our web site address is
www.ironbutterfly.netfirms.com. Happy sailing!
Name: Keith Harris
nice collection of photographs - enjoyed them very much and we might
well have met up along the way, coz I have visited most of the spots
Best Wishes and keep up the good stuff
Keith Harris (born in the lee of
Name: Bronwyn & Patrick
have just finished looking at your
photos of Northern Cyprus, we are
going there in the summer and it has certainly wet our appetites, thank
Stephen replies: I hope you enjoy your holiday.
Absolutely gorgeous dogs and what a wonderful
pictures where do you guys live? I will move there yesterday :))))
Stephen replies: We don't live anywhere terribly
exciting, but the UK is a wonderful place and nowhere is a long way away.
Name: Melanie Neil - Dorset
Really enjoyed looking at your dog pictures
and seeing the trips you have taken them on. How little Ellie has
grown. All 3 very photogenic.
We have a retriever but also our daughter's dog lives with us - Toby is
a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles like Henry. They are a lovely breed.
Beautiful dogs they gorgeous, and some wonderful scenery. Enjoyed the site
All pet forum http://www.pettalk.co.nr
Name: Louise Edgeworth
SCIENCE ACTIVEBOOK 9 - PEARSON EDUCATION
I am currently researching the above educational publication on behalf
of the publisher Pearson Education.
I been asked to contact you with regard to permission to reproduce the
image on your website of the Seven Sisters cliffs in Sussex in our
I would be grateful if you could let me know at your earliest
convenience if we have your permission to use this image and details of
any reproduction fee required.
I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
Louise Edgeworth - Freelance Picture Researcher
Stephen replies: I've responded to confirm that I
am happy to give such permission.
Name: Ian Hayes
I have lost touch with Andrew Barham of Loughton Essex, I believe he
is/was your bass player in the handbell team. (Incidentally I tuned most
of their bells during the late 1970s & 80s if they are the same
set.) If you have an email address for him or telephone no, I would be grateful. I enclose mine for you to pass on to him if you prefer. Many
thanks, & best wishes.
Lucy replies: I've also lost touch with Andy, but
have passed on Ian's details to someone who may be able to help.
you so much for sharing these gorgeous photos. Made me totally
homesick. I lived in Oxford, and then Brighton for 10 years and then
London before moving to the US in 1958. Wading through all these will
keep me busy for some long time.
Name: Sheila Bell
I am a very keen visitor to the Lake District and very keen on taking photographs as a hobby. I enjoyed browsing your website - EXCELLENT photographs.
Name: Brian Lloyd Cardiff
Just browsing .. looking for nice scenery..
Congratulations on the photography
and 2 lovely dogs
Thanks for a very pleasant 10 minutes
Name: Philip Thompson - Bournemouth
Discovered your pictures in a search for
South Downs and Kew Gardens - my very favourite places in all the world, which I
can't visit at will any more. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous and I'm now
enjoying working my way through all the others.
Name: hey wow i love ur webbie!ur pics r great!i love the dogs!do u no anny cavalier king charles span breeders?please
Name: Ashleigh Meier
loved your pictures of your trip to Zimbabwe, especially as I am from
there originally! Thank you for the trip down memory lane and for such
a lovely pictures. Now I can show my kids some of their heritage!
Name: Lucy Low
Hey, I have the same name as you and my brother's name is also Stephen.
I love your pictures.
They're really interesting. plz reply:
Love the website first time visitor. Ellie is gorgeous, and the boys look like they are having fun.
Name: Mike Neale
I've just waded through many of your pics and I. like them, and I think
I like you. Maybe it's because I like canals, railways, the Lake
District and the British Countryside. However, more power to your
Loved your photos especially
Grassington. We were at
last weekend after heavy rain. It is amazing to compare the photos. Our
dog could not have gone in as he'd have been whisked away down the
Wharfe. If you have an e-mail address I would love to send you copies
of these photos so you can see it after heavy rain. My e-mail address
Stephen replies: I've replied to Rachel as it will
be fascinating to see Linton Falls in a different mood.
interesting places much to my own liking. Looking for The Wey and Arun Canal on web, come
across your trip on the River Wey & Godalming navigations.
Yes Broadford bridge is a little low isn't it!! If you get a chance
visit the Wey and Arun Canal. Loxwood a great place to start as they
operate a boat trip from here, and a good place to see the main
restored section. They are building a new lock right by the road at
this point to get the canal under it with in the near future a new
bridge. Youd make some fairly interesting photos here as is a quite
scenic place. Their website case you don't know is www.weyandarun.co.uk
for more info. We could do with some more great photos like the ones
you take for other people to see what they're missing!! Anyway happy
travels, and keep up the good work.
Stephen replies: Yes, that's one of those places
I've meant to go to for a long time, but not quite got around to. I've been
following the steady progress with the restoration efforts, and it would be
great to go and see for ourselves.
Name: Jane Gray
Wandered onto this site from the
Champdogs forum and was awestruck by some of your photos - simply superb!
you for the canal pictures. I was searching the internet for pictures
of a top lock gate to add some detail to a watercolour painting I am
planning of a lock cottage at Stoke Pound on the Worcester and
Birmingham Canal. The printed photo I am working from has very little
detail in the shadow area of the gate itself but your photos are
fantastic. There are so many wonderful examples to supply all the
detail I need.
Stephen replies: Glad to help. We will be taking
our boat through Stoke next year on our canal holiday.
I came across this site by chance and it's so interesting.
entered "bellringing Yorkshire Dales" into Google because I am going on
holiday there next week and I find myself looking at photos of some
What a fantastic site. I love all your pictures especially the ones of
(my favourite place in all the world). I was there a couple of weeks
before you in 2003 and stayed in one of the cottages in your pictures.
Have just got back from yet another trip there and am delighted to
report that things are nearly back as they were before the flood.
I look forward to seeing your site grow and grow!
Stephen replies: Yes, a lovely place - I hope we
can go back again sometime soon.
Nice to see the photos of your
trip to Warwickshire
and see some of what we're letting ourselves in for when we move to
Kenilworth in August. Looking forward to being so close to some lovely
Name: Mick Rimmer
Do you ever find out where the
water was coming from under the floor.
Stephen replies: No, I'm afraid not.
Name: Pat, Margaret and Catharine Shields
We have just been going through your photos. We are planning to do the
in about two weeks time - starting at Rugby. Found your account
fascinating. We are NZers who have never been on the canals before. Are
Lucy replies: I hope you enjoy your holiday - no,
you're not at all mad (or if you are, so are many other people who enjoy the
canals!) Your boatyard will be happy to make sure you feel confident before
letting you go off on your own, so you'll have great fun. Let us know how it
Just to let you know that the
'canals' section of your website is being favourably reviewed in the October edition of 'Canal & Riverboat' magazine.
Stephen replies: Ooh - exciting! (Thanks for the
just wanted you to know you have done a fantastic site: when I look at
the photos they bring back memories of my childhood. I was born in
Chichester Sussex in 1967 and moved to Canada when I was 9. I have been
back many times and still call England my home: to look at all the
photos on your site is great and you both have done a great job. Please
keep the site going as it would be a shame not to see it around. - Lisa
Stephen replies: I'm glad you enjoyed the photos on
the site. Although as its popularity increases it is costing a bit more to host,
we have every intention of keeping it going for many years yet!
Name: Alan Andrews
Superb site as I am a canal nut: I have a 42ft narrowboat moored at Gayton Marina on the Northampton arm of the
Grand Union and live in Blisworth. Will you be visiting the bicentenary event for Blisworth
tunnel on the 18/19 June? If so give us a look up as I am the harbourmaster for
the event. If you need more details contact me and I will give you details of my boat and where I will be moored.
Stephen replies: Curiously, the day before Alan's
message we had been at Gayton Marina returning our hire boat after our week on
the Warwickshire Ring. Although we had considered going to the Blisworth Tunnel
celebrations, with it being such a hot weekend (and with cricket on the radio)
we ended up lazing around at home.
Name: Robert Plevier
thank you very much. I'm an Australian attempting to build a model railway that
includes a canal scene and your photographs will prove most useful. If you
happen to stagger across a railway line interacting with a canal somewhere in
Cornwall I'd be exceedingly keen to see the pictures. Keep a look out for "The
Rogue" in your canal travels, my wife used to own it. Regards, Rob.
Name: jason vonhaartman
just like to say that i was happy your printing some of the wedding
pics i toke. and to see your was new dogs have got a lot bigger.
I enjoyed your
images of the Sparsholt Ringing Course
-- might I please use the one of Overton Church and, possibly, the
route to Winchester ringing chamber on the Winchester District website?
Stephen replies: I've emailed Rosemary - of course
she is welcome to use the pictures as she describes.
Name: Alan Hunt
A great site and excellent photos. Can you please describe your camera? My wife
and I are travelling to England in mid August for three months. For half of the
time we are on canal boats mostly in the north but also 1 week in Wales. We are
also going on a walking holiday and expect to see some areas like some of you
Peaks walks. And will catch the Edinburgh Festival. Bye for now. Alan
Stephen replies: Most of the photos since February 2003 are taken
with a Fujifilm FinePix S602. Those before then, and a few since, are taken with
a Canon Powershot A20. The Fujifilm is rather bulky by modern standards, but it
takes good pictures, and allows me the flexibility to do what I want with it,
including adding a wide-angle lens or a simple filter or two. The large majority
of the pictures are taken without these, however.
I hope you enjoy your visit - we too are off on the canals for a week very shortly.
Name: Kim Seeborne
a fantastic site! I wish my pictures came out as well. Only problem is
I want to spend 5 or 10 minutes staring at each one and I can't afford
that much time.
Name: Beaura Kathy Ringrose
I am working on a children's library and was hoping that you had a high
resolution of an image I saw on a web site. The image was credit to
you. The photo that I would like to use is of a replica of the steam
engine train Puffing Devil by Richard Trevithick.
I was hoping that you would have this image and could grant us
permission to use it inside a children's library book. We are short on
time so anything that you could do will be greatly appreciated.
Beaura Kathy Ringrose
Stephen replies: At the time of writing, the
designer has received the high resolution image and is deciding whether to
proceed. I look forward to receiving a copy of the book when published.
Name: Yvonne McFarlane,
Cornwall Editions (look at our website!)
I'm working on a book about the archaeology of
Cornwall and would like to include your
photo of Brown Willy/Fernacre your ref 154942.
Do you have a hi-res scan image of this view and can you send it to our designer on a disk? We will of course pay a fee.
Can you contact me urgently as I need to sort this out in the next 24 hours! Many thanks.
Stephen replies: The designer received a copy on CD
as requested. I look forward to receiving my copy of the book when published.
I was looking for some pictures of
Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight since we want to
go to England for vacation. Your photo gallery gave me some wonderful views of
English landscapes and showed me again the beauty of your country.
Greetings from Germany
Stephen replies: The more I explore England, and
Britain generally, the more I love it and want to spend most of my holidays here
rather than journeying abroad. (P.S. I tried to reply direct to Barbara to wish
her a pleasant vacation in England, but the email was returned with a "mailbox
Name: Derek Maris
Great photograph from
Coombe Hill near Wendover.
I have been there many times. I am currently at home in Perth ( W.
Australia ). Hope you don't mind if I use the photograph as
"background" for "old times sake". Any photographs of S. West Coastal
Path? Regards Derek Maris.
Stephen replies: No photos of the South West
Coastal Path, I'm afraid. Delighted that you found a photo you'd like to use as
a desktop background.
Name: Pat Harrison/with a newspaper photo request!!!!
I edit a Sunday section and would like to use your picture of an Atlas
cedar. Can you let me know today, April 22, if that's OK? Thanks!
Stephen replies: Unfortunately I was away and
therefore unable to respond in time, but I would have been happy to grant
permission for its use.
Name: Marcia Ridley
What a wonderful website you have. I am so happy to see that you are able to travel to so many places with your
have two cockers and am hoping to get a third. They are the greatest
companions around. I hope to be able to someday take as many wonderful
photos of my furbabies as you have. Please keep the photos coming!!!!
Name: Harold Thrasher
the Production Designer for a Movie of the Week 'MOW' - a cable feature
called Secret Santa - which will no doubt change by the time we finish
You photos are Very good - quite impressive - and I would like to use 1
or 2 of them as inspiration for some art I'm having made to hang in our
eccentric millionaire's Manhattan penthouse - in a deco style.
If you're interested I'll try and pass along air dates etc. and some
more info on the production.
It's a Good story - well written - for family.
If you have objections to our using you material as a reference for our
painters please let me know and I'll find something else - but I repeat
- you have a keen eye and a neat command of images.
Toronto ON Canada
Name: John Lindley
often I enjoy looking at other peoples' holiday 'snaps'. But they did
make me think of my younger days (4 decades ago) when I walked the
Pennine Way and Coast to Coast. I lived then in the Derbyshire hills
near New Mills.
Name: Elaine Stockley
Found your site by accident, looking for info on
It has been a delight viewing your photos. My husband and I love the
countryside and now have discovered many more places to visit following
in your footsteps. Love the dogs too, they look like great fun and
wonderful company. Many more happy days and holidays!
Name: Geoff Long
Great pics, Stephen and Lucy.
Incidentally, you've got a piece of MS clip art on one of your pages
with a Constable scene of Willy Lot's Cottage. I don't know how MS
managed it, but it's been flipped horizontally. If you flip it back
you'll see that it look more like the Constable painting.
I'll be back for more canal pics. Good stuff.
Stephen replies: Thanks for that - Willy Lott's
Cottage duly flipped! It's not an entirely canal-related piece of clipart
anyway, though the Stour is a navigation (albeit unnavigable at present).
Un saluto dalla citta' eterna
Name: Ann Blackburn
Have just read the super Crufts report on Henry. I hope the future
judges will act on this!! At last my new toy has arrived and my email
 very boring but my nephew
arranged it all.
See you soon. Regards Ann
well taken photographs - professional. I like the lovable dogs
everywhere. You have really made good use of these excellent
photographs instead of putting them away in a cupboard and then nobody
seeing them. I remember many of the places you visited, but my photos
were not as good. Thanx, ... Mat
Stephen replies: The original intention wasn't for
a public site but just as a means of creating photo albums once the move to
digital photography was made, but once found by Google the site has had a steady
flow of visitors, and it is good to be able to share the photos with anyone who
This site is very useful. Keep up this excellent work - very good. thank you.
Loved your site.
We have recently become the proud owners of our 1st dog, and I'm glad to say we
chose a cavalier. Ozzy Pob (Prince of Barkness) will be one in May and we love him to bits.
As an avid cat lover all my life I have been totally won over by Ozzy.
Your photos are great and your dogs are beautiful. Ozzy is a tricolour like yours and we are tempted to get another.
They are so lovable: he has eliminated my broody feelings as he is now my baby and
I would miss him nestling up to me in bed now lol.
Hope you have loads of fun in the future as I know we will. My son is not here at the moment but
I have book-marked your site for him to view.
to the wonderful Hooray Henry on winning your class at Crufts for the
2nd year in succession from your mum, Patsy, and your dad, Robbie, and
the rest of the Nottus cavaliers
Name: Yvonne McFarlane,
morning! I may want to use one or more of your photos in one of our
books – about the archaeology of Cornwall. I've downloaded an
image of Brown Willy from the website =15492, a small jpg. Do you have
this as a high quality TIFF or similar for reproduction? Do you have
any shots of beehive huts at Fernacre?
I look forward to hearing from you! (You might want to look at our
Stephen replies: I replied by email to Yvonne, but
haven't heard back. Most of the pictures on this site are available as 2048x1536
or 2832x2128 resolution on request.
new puppy is gorgeous! I love the
pictures of her in the snow. What an adorable new addition to your family!
Ellie on this site - I thought she'd be on it straight away!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great, great website!! I had so much fun looking at it.
Name: Mathew Perring
- I just saw your holiday pics from the south west where I am from. So many places
I have been to and miss!
Name: Mathew Perring
I am from
Britain, and now living in the USA. I loved looking at your pictures as I lived in Enfield and knew a number of the locations.
Also my parents have a King Charles Spaniel and I would like to get a cocker spaniel (as
King Charles are so expensive here!)
Name: Sandy Saunders
Great photos. I particularly liked your collection of panoramas .... brilliant, and your
'snowy' Peak District walks.
Spend plenty of time walking the South Downs as we live just north of
Portsmouth, although we do have many visits to the Lakes each year.
Name: Ben Reedy
Ah...! Others have been here before me! Oh well, at least I know I'm in good company!
Nice clear site by the way, good and uncluttered with a clear font.
Name: Mrs Palmer
I laughed out loud when I read your message to Sunday Times Travel competitors. I get it right every week but never win! Your little note really made my day! If you want to have a go the other part of the answer is the Jurassic Coast. Well worth a visit I'd say. All the best.
(Explanatory note: when I noticed the surge in traffic due
to visitors looking for solutions to the Sunday Times quiz, I posted the
following message on the Bude
Canal page: "A warm welcome to all visitors
doing the Sunday Times travel section quiz - thanks for making it by far and
away the busiest day yet on our web site, and good luck in the quiz!")
Name: Andrew Bamji
By golly, you are sharp, monitoring traffic!
The message on the
Bude Canal page cheered me by seeming so personal, and then depressed me as I realised the chances of success were so low!
Stephen replies: I wasn't aware until I got back
visit to the
South Downs and saw Iain's comments (below), and then checked the traffic
logs. I don't think your odds are that awful, but as we are used to between 200
and 220 visitors per day, with a maximum of 245 last Monday, to get 911 visitors
on Sunday, including 627 to the
Canal page, was quite exciting!
Name: Iain Cameron
I really like your web site and, of course, your lovely pictures too. Got here from the weekly Sunday Times travel section quiz with one of the answers (I hope) was
Bude Canal. And your site was first up in yahoo! I intend to keep your site bookmarked and follow your adventures. Keep up the good work.
Stephen replies: Good luck in the quiz. You are not
alone - today has been by far the busiest day yet for our web site - more than
one person a minute has been visiting after searching for "canal opened 1823" or
similar. A warm welcome to you all.
Name: Sherry Denney
I never sign guestbooks but I love your site--it makes me feel like I am in Europe--not New Castle, Indiana, USA.
I have passed it along to a friend who has visited England, etc. a few times and loves it. She will
enjoy your site, too.
Name: Chrissie Immins
Please could I ask to use one of Butser Hill to include in an advertisement I am compiling for the British Medical Journal for a Community Geriatrician in East Hampshire? I am sure your photograph will help attract a senior doctor to come and work in this area. Please let me know if you are happy for me to go ahead and use your photograph.
Medical Services Manager,
Department of Medicine for Older People,
Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham,
Stephen replies: Chrissie quickly got her
permission. I'm always pleased when someone wants to use one of our photos.
After searching the web for an American Spaniel, we came across your wonderful site.
The photos of your lovely dogs are beautiful, we hope soon to have a little pup like George, did you get him from a breeder? if so would it be possible to pass on the address or telephone number.
Many thanks Angie and Gary
Lucy replies: Glad you liked the site, and our dogs! We got George from a breeder up in
Lincolnshire; I don't think she has any puppies at the moment though. The best
thing would be to have a look on the American Cocker club website
and that will tell you all about the breed and how to contact the secretary, and
she will be able to give you information about breeders expecting litters.
Good luck and let us know if you find a puppy as cute as ours!
Have just spent the past hour cruising around your site and enjoying the photos. What energetic people you are!
I am dreaming of someday soon coming to England to live on a narrowboat for a while and have a look at your beautiful countryside first hand!
Thank you for such a wonderful and informative website!
Sue in Grand Forks, BC Canada
Thanks for the guestbook comment on
my website Stephen. You are right! Robbie does stand out doesn't he?!!!!! Or perhaps you meant Jessica?!!!!
Name: Ron Quarmby
I've thoroughly enjoyed your site and trips; keep on cruising, you are giving a lot of people a lot of pleasure.
Mick & Kath
Have just made ourselves late going out looking at your web site; got it from
Grannybuttons. We have just ordered our own boat after many years of hiring we intend to become livaboards in 2006. We also had a Cavalier ( Shandy )so the
dog pictures were also very much of interest. Is the web site of your own making? I ask because we would like to have a web site when we do the livaboard so our children and friends can see what we are up to, but do not have the
know-how to set one up, so have been looking for some sort of package. All the best keep snapping.
Thanks for your comments, and for the information about
Granny Buttons. How exciting to be
featured like that! Yes, the site is all of my own making. It is hosted by
1&1, who seem to offer the right balance
between price and service and win all sorts of awards, and is created using
Microsoft FrontPage - you can pick up the 98 or 2000 versions for good prices,
Just found your site - from a canal link, but love the
photos of your dogs.
How do they like travelling on narrowboats - did you have to acclimatise them?
We have 2 CKCS (tricolours) and are having a narrowboat built. We've never been able to take them with us when we've been boating in the past. We now have an added problem in that Tris
has gone prematurely deaf - no possibility of him hearing anything under 95
decibels. Any tips would be much appreciated.
You can check out our boat build if you're interested (www.narrowboat.perangusta.com)
- no dog pictures yet.
Thanks for your comments. The dogs love being on a narrowboat. The only real
problem is that they also love jumping off as soon as the boat is near enough
the bank, whether or not we want them too! I don't have any particular tips, I'm
afraid: our dogs seem tolerant of almost anything to which they were exposed in
the first few months of their lives, which included narrowboats. We do take a
fold-up fabric crate with us so that when we do want to ensure they are under
control, such as where we are operating a swing-bridge, or a lock by a road, we
can put them in the crate for a few minutes to guarantee their safety.
Name: Steven Hain
I have just finished looking at
your web site and I have enjoyed looking at the lovely pictures you have on show. I myself love taking pictures. I loved
your pictures of the country side and the ones of your dogs. Being someone who moved from
Scotland to the Isle of Wight I still believe Scotland has some of the best views, but seeing some of
the pictures you have taken, the English countryside comes very close. Having my own falconry company
I love taking pictures of my birds and I know how hard it is to get a lovely shot.
I hope you keep taking lovely pictures and I will keep my eye on your web site.
Name: Hilary Rimmer
I am interested in your Chester Canal trip.
My ancestor was a lock keeper in Chester circa 1841/51. I wonder if you would have navigated the area where he would have worked.
I have an address where he lived which according to an old map was close to the canal and basin and the canal from the Mersey.
Our trip on the canal to Chester
(originally the Chester Canal, and now part of the Shropshire Union Canal),
ended at the basin where the older Chester Canal meets the newer Ellesmere
Canal (now also part of the Shropshire Union Canal) from the Mersey at
Ellesmere Port. I've also walked around the area on a number of occasions when
I've been to Chester on business - a very pleasant area just away from the
business of the ring-road.
Name: Lizzy Stringer and Rosemary
Nice to see you looking so well
Stephen replies: good to hear from you both - I
hope things are going well for you.
Fantastic Photos. You are so lucky to get about so much! How do you do it? What equipment are you using to take these lovely pictures?
Stephen replies: Thanks: glad you like them. Most
of the pictures since February 2003 are taken with a Fujifilm S602Z; a few of
the very close-up pictures of flowers etc. used a close-up filter to allow use
of the zoom at close range while still focussing. Those before then were taken
with a Canon Powershot A20.
Name: John Kerrigan
Hi, I was very happy to get the information on the "Seven Wonders of the Waterways" on your site as the result of a search for information on the Pontcysyllte
Aqueduct. On holiday in Wales from Ireland last week, I had the opportunity to
walk over the aqueduct - a great experience ! I am searching for a book or other
form of detailed description of the construction of the aqueduct.
Stephen replies: Pontcysyllte is really quite
impressive, isn't it!
I can recommend
Thomas Telford's Temptation by Charles Hadfield (ISBN 0947712194) as
an interesting overview of the construction of the Ellesmere and Caledonian
canals, and in particular the story of the construction of the Pontcysyllte
Aqueduct, in relation to which Hadfield suggests that Telford's contribution has
been overstated and William Jessop's contribution hidden by Telford.
There naturally are short overviews in many more
general canal books, but this is the most comprehensive I've seen, though there
may well be others.
Name: David Edmond
Hi again Stephen and Lucy,
On a repeat visit to your site I delight again through your wonderful photos as an armchair-cyber-cotraveller ... I could just about taste the souvla with the rest of the family as well as enjoy the breathtaking view at the
Last Castle (http://www.luphen.org.uk/images/2004/2004-07/cyprus/2004-07-21-141759.jpg) ... and felt myself sitting next to George and thinking "On a Clear day you CAN see forever" (http://www.luphen.org.uk/images/2004/2004-08/2004-08-21-113020.jpg) while being glad that the very wet August weather we had this year did give you a decent day for such great photos!
Thanks again for allowing me to use some of your images from a previous visit to Cyprus. I'm so glad to see now that you liked the island well enough to want to visit there again with all the rest of the family this time! Oh, the blueness of that sea and sky, those watersports (waterskiing was always my favourite during our family's years in Kyrenia, and catamaran sailing was one of my dad's faves) ... and glad to see how much Robyn and Matthew enjoyed the swimming pool!
As one who appreciates the hard work you put into sharing all your photos with us in the rest of the world (not to mention the amount of storage space it must take to hold them all on your website) ... many appreciative thanks indeed!
Good site especially as I first opened
Bluebell Railway - which I lived near up to 18 months ago. Now near Carlisle in Cumbria.
Do you, or do you know of anyone who would do handbell ringing at a Christmas Lunch on Jan 9th for a group of about 20 at Armathwaite between Carlisle and Penrith
Stephen replies: You could try the
Carlisle Diocesan Guild or
Handbell Ringers of Great Britain - good
Name: Mr B. Allwood
YOUR PICTURES ARE FANTASTIC
Name: Vyacheslav Spirin
Hello, Stephen and Lucy!
My name is Slava (the reduced name). I am sorry, I not so well know English. I
am from Russia and live in Saint Petersburg. I am the designer in the field of
publishing and graphic design. I searched for photos of Cyprus and have casually
got on your web site. Probably it little bit weak and not organized. But your
photos are just magnificent! And many of pictures without ceremony can compete
to professional photos! I with the great pleasure and long examined them. I
frequently should use different pictures in the work. In it I well understand
and I can safely tell - good fellows! I see, that you like to travel. In our
city many historical sights, the beautiful nature. Welcome to us. Your
collection will be filled up with remarkable photos.
I Wish success! Slava.
Name: Trevor Hinchliffe
First I must say that I loved the pictures you have posted on your website. As a child I walked throughout the Lake
District, Cumbria national park area amongst others. The pictures brought back to me warm memories of cold nights spent on those hills. To the point:
I'm considering another gaunt to the area.
I am a student, currently studying web design, and am in need of some pictures, specifically of Henge's and stone circles for a website project i am undertaking. I would be most grateful for permission to use some of the stone circle pictures from your site.
Finally I felt I should mention that access to your site stats are available to anyone who clicks the link.
Thank you for the web site
Stephen replies: Of course, Trevor got his
permission. Not being a commercial organisation or in competition with anyone, I
am relaxed about the web site visitor statistics being publicly accessible (if
you can find them).
I'm not sure which one is the photographer, but I love your photographs. The light, depth, the scenery...all beautiful. Thank you for brightening my day.
Stephen's photography is getting better and better, I am green with envy. How pleasant to be sitting at a desk in Wimbledon looking at your gorgeous
flowers from Cyprus, with a heavy thunderstorm raging overhead! Hooray for English weather!
see you both another time.
Name: Eileen Harrington
Hello, I came across your website as I was looking for photographs of
canals in Yorkshire. Do you make these photographs available? I am trying to source some canal/ countryside photographs in the Ripponden area of Yorkshire. I noticed that your pages were copyright. Are these photographs available at a high res
(300pdpi)? and what would the charges be. Thank you
Stephen replies: I contacted Eileen to confirm that
I have always granted permission for non-commercial use of our photographs,
though she hasn't replied.
We're waiting for your latest Cyprus photos with eager anticipation - go on, put us out of our misery! Hope your reunion with the boys was a happy one x
Stephen replies: Patience, Debbie! A
few flowers for you to be going
Name: Andrew & Jasmine Houghton caverndale&yahoo.co.uk
Dear Lucy We have just fallen in love with your beautiful and very handsome Henry, we have just recently began to show ourselves and we enjoy every minute of it, we hope to see you in the show ring and would be happy to introduce ourselves. We wish you best of luck and a big kiss to Henry from Sophia our little special tri girl.
Andrew, Jasmine & Sophia xx
Name: David Edmond Efthyvoulou
Discovered your site following a search for "Kyrenia", and have loved ALL your photo collections, and spent a good few hours looking through the various albums (which is not enough time to do them justice). Fascinating to watch Henry and George grow, and delighted for you in the success at the competitions. Having spent a few years sharing a 40' narrowboat with a friend (though only pottering around the North London canal, while moored at Islington) I'd heard all about the
Foxton locks and loved seeing photos of the many other places I'd heard about that you've visited. You have a truly amazing photo collection, with so many subjects of interest on your site! To return to the subject of the
Kyrenia photos, they are of my home town which I've not been able to visit since I moved to London in '68 and so it was with a bit of a lump in my throat that I looked through your Cyprus visit album. I presume you won't mind my putting a link to your photos from my own website as I have also been doing some photo-albums on various subjects at http://aspects.cjb.net
Stephen replies: Thanks for your very flattering
comments. Please feel free to include a link.
Name: Ken Jones
I do not wish for a reply - I'm sure you must have FAR too much on your plates to be bothered with that !
I REALLY enjoyed navigating your superb site -- so many tremendous photographs.
My favourite photo was that of the
Lancashire fells spanning from Parlick in the west to Totridge in the east.
That view alone , which is never "truly" represented in any of many photos I've seen, must have been worth that monumental £2.99 flight from Stansted to Blackpool!
I STILL can barely believe THAT price!
Quite apart from the name "Sykes Fell" which you so interestingly pointed out has been known to be given to this entire range of highland, so prominent from M6 and M61 motorways when driving north through Lancashire, I can testify to the fact that locally, the "apparent ridge" is well known variously as "Bleasdale Fells", "The Trough of Bowland" (which actually runs BEHIND it)
"Longridge Fells", "Preston Hills" and "Fairsnape Fells".
I was actually born in a house with a view of these fells from the bedroom in which I was born , and have walked all over them many times.
I scan the area almost every clear night through the best binoculars and spotting scope money can buy -- all of which I bought specifically by virtue of inspiration of the view.
No photograph I have seen comes even close to doing justice to the beauty , majesty and occasional (depending on the weather) sheer AWE of the appearance of this range.
Congratulations on a truly WONDERFUL web-site, and finally, give George a little tickle from me!
Kindest regards -- keep up your excellent work
Kenny Jones -- Hoghton, Lancashire.
Stephen replies: I agree that capturing that view
is very difficult - the enormity of the panorama doesn't lend itself to being
recorded, but really ought to be experienced.
Name: Bernard Fletcher
As a fellow bell ringer, I would like to say that it is lovely to see a young
couple enjoying good old fashioned bell ringing fun. It is surely dying out
amongst you youngsters, and at 67 I am getting a bit old to be ringing myself,
something which is disappointing to me and my good wife. Keep it up! This link
may be of interest, I have contributed to the site myself.
http://www.unirom.co.uk/guildford-guild/ Yours faithfully, Bernard.
Name: Barry Treviston
I've been wracking my brains since first finding your site. I'm sure I've
stumbled across the word "luphen" before. Then I saw that you were called Lucy
and Stephen, and just assumed that it was an amalgamation of your names. Then it
came to me that it was a polymer used for waterproofing that was previously used
in kitchen plastics until its now well known eye-irritant properties came to the
fore. Is this reference to the polymer intentional, or is it a coincidence?
Stephen replies: Hello again! It's just a
coincidence: luphen = LUcy + stePHEN. We used "dawstin" as a similar amalgam of
our surnames until we got married. It was only later I learnt of the use of
Luphen as the name of a polymer, used in
manufacturing film-to-film laminating adhesives, but our site doesn't seem
to have caused BASF any concerns yet!
Some terrific pics there, Stephen and Lucy. I really enjoyed them especially
the canal ones. Errrr, so you don't find time to have a job of work? ;-)
Stephen replies: If only that were true! Fingers
crossed for the Lottery :-)
Name: Barry Treviston
Hi Stephen & Lucy. Thanks for creating that link on the last message I
posted. The item on your newly created
12 wonders was really informative. As someone with an interest in canals,
but in no way an expert, some of the photos and information were very new to me
and really interesting. I'm particularly keen on the Falkirk Wheel. Is there a
way of getting more information on this, as I'm intrigued to know how the wheel
works. My ex-work colleague (Gareth Bowdler) who I said Hi to in my last post,
has since been on your site and is also very appreciative of the work you put
Stephen replies: Hi Barry. Thanks for your
comments. Since our visit, the Falkirk Wheel has, of course, opened to the
public. Their official website at
http://www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk/ is a good place to get more information.
Just saw your
photos of the Wrekin. Did you know that was where Debbie and I got engaged?
Stephen replies: Yes, I did, and nearly said as
much on the page, but in the end didn't!
How WONDERFUL to see my precious Henry enjoying himself so much (and you
George!) What a pity you don't live in the Lakes cottage all the time as he
could have such a fabulous existence there!
Name: Darren & Lesley
Hi there. I'm Lesley from Weipowa Weimaraners and I have enjoyed my visit
here. You should be very proud to have made such a wonderful site for yourself
and everyone else to see and enjoy. Your design, text and Graphics are very
beautifully coordinated; a real picture. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Your
pages are lovely, a real breath of fresh air. You made a most awesome and
wonderful website. I really enjoyed my self visiting your delightful pages.
Congratulations you have a very entertaining and beautiful site. Thank you so
much for sharing it.
Name: Barry Treviston
Stephen & Lucy, A marvellous site. I particularly like the
photos of Crofton Pumping Station. An old work colleague of mine (who
incidentally I first met at a kitchen plastics sales conference in Great
Yarmouth) used to live nearby. If I was visiting him we'd always walk down to
admire the 5th (of 7!)
wonders of the waterways world. Look forward to seeing more photos on the
Name: Lewis Collard
I came here via a Google image search for Epping Forest and stumbled across
your site, and particularly on your wonderful pictures of
Connaught Waters (or, as I knew it at the time I lived near there, "the big
pond"). The first time I went there I was at most four years old, and I used to
revisit it as regularly as I could right up until the time I was 16, when I
moved away to Norfolk. I desperately miss the place, because of all the memories
attached to it; far too many to want to bore you and your readers with on your
guestbook. But your photos brought all this back. So, as odd as this will sound,
thanks for the memories. If I could have permission to use one of your Connaught
pictures on my
livejournal (with appropriate credit given to you, of course), I would be
Stephen replies: I've always been a bit
disappointed with the Connaught Water photos, feeling they weren't quite up to
standard, but I was pleased to hear they have brought back some memories. Lewis
has, of course, had permission to use one of them in his livejournal where
he reminisces further about the big pond.
Name: Renee Astley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hiya Lucy. Just seen the
Birmingham results – well done to you and H. Our daughter has now been
married so should be back on the circuit soon. See you Ren
Hey, it's me again. I have now made a ringing robot at
http://mybots.kiwilogic.com/sv_us/?user=picky&mybot=Marvin. He answers
questions with ringing answers.
Stephen replies: He's a bit monotonous! And he
seems to think that references to queens is "sexual language". Someone buy him a
Steve Coleman book!
Great to have you both with us for the mediaeval fair on Saturday – both
looking a bit thinner, but especially Stephen who may be fading away. Lucy's
cooking not up to scratch? :)) (the second ) is really my double chin!!
Name: Mark M
Great website, very nicely set up and well organised. Mark
Hello I was passed link to your site to help me identify a postcard I was
selling on ebay...Winkle
Street IOW. Great photos, great website. Been exploring your website and off
to do some more. Well done to
Henry. He reminds me of Nicky, a Cavalier KC that my family had. Wish I
could remember her kennel name. Probably no link though as we lived in Norwich,
Norfolk. You can see a very young Nicky at
www.btinternet.com/~pennypjflive/indexnicky.htm I live in Marlow...not that
far from where
Henry's puppies were born I see. All the best. Penny Frosdick
Name: Sue Greensmith
Just seen the
photos of Henry at Crufts. He looked lovely and moved very well for you,
better luck for the CC next year!
Name: Mark Dawson
Well Done to Henry on winning his class at Crufts! What a star!
Name: Renée Astley
Hi Lucy and Stephen, Well
what a wonderful day you have had. The pictures and video are great. and the
suit looked good too!!! Congratulations to you both and to Nicky on your win and
to Hens for doing so well. I look forward to being his groupie again in the
future!!! All the best Renée
Hey. I have been ringing for two years, and love it. I still haven't done a
quarter peal though, although I have made a bellringing forum at
Name: Gary & Karen
Lovely. We lived on the canals around the
Tring area for about 13 years. Wonderful photos, bring back all our great
I much enjoyed your photos. I was doing a search for an ornithologist friend
anxious to find a 19th century site to do with a Dotterel reported as on Woo
Fell, we think N.Yorkshire. In desperation I tried Wool Fell and got Wool Knott
and your photo. A welcome interlude in an otherwise fruitless search! I am
familiar with quite a lot of your views so it was rather nostalgic. Thank you.
Stephen replies: I responded to Roger to advise
that, as far as I can determine from the Ordnance Survey, there is no Woo Fell
on any 1:50k map anywhere in Great Britain, nor any other feature marked as a
hill/mountain and with the first name Woo, and the only Fell starting "Woo" is
Wood Fell in Dumfries & Galloway.
Name: Sherilyn Collins (from Texas)
I am thrilled that I stumbled onto your website tonight. Mark and Debbie are
old friends of mine, and I have lost touch with them in the last few years.
They'll remember me as the obnoxious hugging American who ventured to St. Paul's
Church in North Finchley during 1997. My husband and I visited them in 2000, but
I have not spoken to them in ages. Mark and Debbie are such wonderful people,
and I would love for you to forward my email on to them or let me know how to
get in touch with them.
Name: Emmanuel Lambert
Hello, I would like to know in front of which castle was the
paddle steamer "Kingswear Castle" in the picture you show in your site. It
is a serious question. It would be very nice of you to answer to me. Good Bye
Stephen replies: I think Emmanuel is referring
to the picture of the White Tower, part of the Tower of London. I have emailed,
and await confirmation that I'm looking at the right photo! I wouldn't normally
call the Tower a castle, but I'm unsure why not as it seems an appropriate word.
Name: Ann Bushby
Glad you enjoyed your
visit to Foxton Locks. Our website has now moved to
www.fipt.org.uk and would
appreciate it if you would update yours. Thanks.
Stephen replies: duly updated!
Name: Dave Robinson
I'm the webmaster for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (www.gwsr.com).
I'd like permission to use
your picture of the "Austerity" saddle tank from the Colne Valley Railway,
on our site. You would, of course, be credited for it. Please contact me through
http://www.gwsr.com/html/contact_details.html Thanks. Great site, by the
way. Lots of quality pictures.
Stephen replies: Dave got his permission the
next day, though it looks, from the
page, as though he had already received permission for an alternative picture of
an Austerity saddle tank, on the North Norfolk railway. Ah well, it was nice to
Name: Peter Johnson
I really like your site.
Bellringing rules !!
Have a really happy Christmas!
(P.S. thanks for the Christmas present)
Name: Jane Dixon –
Welcome to cyberworld.
David Saunders and Ireen Jones
Nice wildlife pics. Generally good layout of information. Will be good to catch up with you two as and when is mutually arrangeable.
Hope you have a good Xmas and New Year. See you soon. xx
I noticed that in one of your narrow boat pictures you have got the ropes laying on the deck......
this is both hazardous to you and your dogs.
I hope that in future you're more safety conscious whilst on the waterways.
Sorry to be critical, you seem like a lovely young lady.
Thanks for your comments, which we read with interest, but with which we
disagree. The only hazard presenting any significant risk would be pushing the
rope into the water and fouling the propeller, which would be more of a nuisance
A very nice site ......well worth a look
Name: Hans Doeleman, Haarlem, The Netherlands
After a Google search for
Bellapais Abbey I landed on your site. Quite enjoyable photobooks there! Nice to see so many places in Northern Cyprus I recognised. You may be interested in the Cyprus
section of my site 'All
About All Crusades'.
Kind regards, Hans Doeleman
I never even knew you went to
NY! Some decent pictures there, well done – esp of the
Chrysler building and the
Flat-iron building, very clear. Nice
stuff about the Statue of Liberty; knew I could rely on you guys to give such info.
I first ate sushi in the cafe under the Empire State Building, I remember the trepidation very well. They had green tea ice cream, too, but we were too full to try it. See you later on!
Name: Matthew Fry
Really enjoyed looking around your photo galleries. I have a similar sort of site (www.geocities.com/matfrygbr) but It's pretty modest compared with yours.
Keep up the good work. I'll be back!
This is all rather random.
Name: Emenic Harrison
Man, that is so beautiful. I have spent over 1 hour in your site. What does it cost you?
I need it.
Name: Peter M. Burgess
Surfed into your site whilst browsing for some information on
Muncaster Fell. Currently in the process of compiling a club journal as someone has written an article on the ascent of Muncaster Fell. I am glad to say you had a good (if wet) day near Ravenglass. If you are interested the journal will be available from the OFC before Christmas and you can take a look at our antics at
Found you by mistake looking for a business called Wendover on the Internet. Great pictures nonetheless – particularly
Name: pick bus
signed your guestbook before, and like the way that if we mention anything which is on your site you highlight it.
Stephen and Lucy
Name: Jenny Taylor
This is so cool. You guys should get some adverts up here so you can do this full time!
Name: Roger Traviss
Very nice site, especially liked the trains. :-)
Roger T., late of Havant, Hants
Victoria, BC Canada.
Home of the Great Eastern Railway
photos of New York.
Thanks to Nickie for recovering the contents of the Guestbook which had gone west when I fixed a minor problem with the site.
Name: John from Rochester, Kent
Great site, very informative. Can you help me in locating the trig point at
Black Down? Also, would you know if there is a trig at Betsoms Hill. If you can
help please can you email me on
email@example.com. Thanks, John.
Congratulations to my beautiful baby. Henry – you made me sooooo proud of
you. Thank you Lucy for capitalising on my mistake (selling the best dog I ever
bred!) and I am sorry Stephen for getting her hooked! Champagne all round on
Sunday at Sheringham show, I think?
Name: Colin Chinnock
Great to see that someone else "collects"
Marilyns in the south of England – I
have 99 English Marilyns completed and 197 Marilyns done countrywide.
Isle of Wight
pictures and found your site. Beautiful pictures, clear and unusual. Living
on the island I appreciate the beauty and you have captured it so well. Thank
you so much
Name: Jennifer and Nicola
We really like your website. The photos are really good and the dogs are
Cool website – I came across it because I was thinking of choosing
Stourport Manor as a wedding venue...
Good to see Lucy finally relegated to the
Third class compartment, as is
right and correct and her just dues. I trust Stephen was upgraded to 1st class
Name: Winn Dawson
What did the dogs think to the
birds? Or even what did the birds think to the dogs?
Stephen replies: I think they wouldn't have got
on too well! Fortunately we had a dog friendly B&B in Ventnor, where they stayed
for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
Some very nice photos.... what camera do you use and how did you do the
panoramic shot... especially like the shot at top of
Leith Hill. Mail me
Stephen replies: Thanks. Until February 2003,
the photos were taken with a Canon Powershot A20. Since then, most are with a
FujiFilm FinePix S602Zoom. The panoramic shots are sometimes just cropped
regular photos, but the wider ones are stitched together using a program called
Photo Stitch, which came with the Canon.
Name: Steve Watt
Just happened on your site. Good stuff.
Name: Richard Robinson
Lucy said to sign this. ("Oi! Oi" from her.) I am speaking to the dear girl
at this very minute. Hello Stephen! Very very good pictures, especially the
floral ones and the use of light in the dogs in garden ones. Have you entered
any into local competitions? I think they'd do really well. Love, sister-in-law!
Name: Jane Early
I love your artistic flower photos Stephen! Congratulations Lucy and Henry on
your recent success at the dog show! Love Jane
Name: Winn Dawson
Have you got a Flora to identify all the
wildflowers? Looks a very pretty
Name: Cornelie Meijer
I got your address from Roger Dawson during one of his visits to Holland.
When he heard I breed dogs he advised me to visit your site to see the photo's
of your beautiful dogs, and the rest of course, they are all very nice. Regards,
Name: Winn Dawson
Looks like it was fun. Where do the dogs get their energy? Looks like a
super day all round.
Which way is George facing on the
from agility?! Wish we had a website like this but I never seem to take
photos of the dogs so it would be a waste of time really.
Stephen replies: he's running from right to
left. It is a bit blurred, I know, due to combination of the very low light and
the fast movement. Alternatively I could claim that it is blurred deliberately,
to give a sense of movement!
Name: pick bus
I like your bellringing pictures especially
the ones of you struggling with the
which had "unringable" bells. I ring at a church in Wheatley, Oxfordshire
and started learning 10 months ago. Now I absolutely love it. I have done a
section on bellringing on
website. Please do visit it.
Name: Janet Baker
Fantastic photos. Accessed your site through Google (Middlesex Bellringers).
See U on 25th
Name: Debbie Dawson
Wow – you got the
photos up fast! What a lovely time we had – they bring back lots of happy
memories and have cheered me up on my first day back in the office. It was great
to spend the week with you both (and photos of the dogs!) in Cyprus! Debbie xx
God those dogs are growing fast! Hope to see you all at Christmas. I have to
say I hope I don't have to climb any
Marilyns (why that name? Something to do with M Monroe's personal
Name: Philippa Biddle
Hi Lucy, I hear a lot about the lovely Henry from Nickie, so it is nice to
see some pictures of him, and his teddy bear friend! I have a Robbie baby lying
on my feet. My bitch Saffy had 9 in 2000. Jasper is now 2 and looks very like
Henry. I will send you a pic some time. Philippa
Name: Nickie Miller
Who's a clever little bunny then? Me and Internet got together at last! Yes
Henry photos are wonderful but so is Henry – biased or what?
Name: Sue Greensmith
Lovely photos, I visited your site to see the pictures of your dogs. Nickie
Miller told me about your cavalier. He looks lovely. I have just used his dad at
stud so fingers crossed in eight weeks we should have some babies!
Name: Winn Dawson
It's great to see you both enjoying life and to see all the places you have
visited. It's great to watch how the dogs are growing and they must be the most
travelled dogs I know.
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