Saturday and I have a couple of hours spare to write an entry for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge 🙂 I’ve resisted the temptation to run off down to Victoria Station for this one 😉

Cemetery… Often called a Graveyard because it’s full of Graves…

…taken last Sunday with my new mobile phone while on a local walk. Here’s another shot with the mobile…

…Now marketed as Stephens House, the building and gardens are more correctly known as Avenue House – You can read all about the place on Wikipedia 🙂

Here’s a train photographed at Stratford last summer…

…This is an example of the new Bombardier Aventra Class 720 electric units on Greater Anglia services. Similar models are supposed to be entering service elsewhere, but that’s a story for another post 😉

Finally, from the archives, we have a convertible…

…Which I’m sure Cee would love to drive off in 🙂

Back in 2013 I wrote about the pain of changing my mobile phone. Back then I bought a Blackberry. It has served me well but time has now caught up with it. It has had a couple of cranky moments in the past year. The weekend before last I found it had totally flattened the battery while in my pocket and deleted all my contacts 😦 Sadly, that was the last straw – time for a change. Blackberry have just recently turned off their servers (not a part of my issue) and the rumoured Blackberry smart phone has never materialised. In those circumstances, I was going to be looking at a new manufacturer.

The good news is that my Son has been using smartphones for a number of years now and I could draw on his insight while choosing my replacement. He has used Motorola almost all the time and currently has the g10. He did have a brief flirtation with Nokia but that didn’t work out. As he seems very happy with Motorola, I decided that would probably be a good option for me and Epi. Alasdair and I spent some time comparing specifications and prices over the last days of the Christmas break before he went back to Uni and by the time he departed I’d narrowed down the shortlist to the Moto g9 or the g50. When the Blackberry bowled its last googly, I checked the prices again. As luck would have it, several outlets had the Moto g50 reduced, so I opted for that.

As you may imagine, Epi and I are now getting up to speed with our new phones. It’s been a blend of confusion and enlightenment as facilities gradually get tried out 😉 Trying to answer the first incoming call was fun – I thought you just had to press the virtual button but no – you have to swipe up! I rang back and was pleased to find Noel at the other end – a lost contact reconnected 🙂 One thing I did notice is that the phone warns you if a number that’s calling is suspected to be spam – big thumbs up for that 🙂

Since I bought the Blackberry all those years ago, one thing that has improved beyond recognition is the phone camera. Last night I tried it out on the way home from the football match – photographing an oversize load convoy that we were passing…

..Not quite as good as I would expect with the Canon but not too shabby either. This morning I took a stroll in my local area to try out some less challenging shots on a gloomy winter’s day. Here’s a selection…

Just crops and resizes, nowt else done on all of the above. Colour rendition and clarity seem very good and I shall be happy to use the phone when I haven’t got one of my cameras with me 🙂

Hitting Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge a bit earlier this week as Wingate & Finchley have a long away trip tomorrow and then I’ll have the match photos to sort out afterwards.

Bearing in mind that Cee was thinking of summertime and colorful photos, I’m digging in the back catalogue to find something suitable. Here’s an October shot of some trees on Hampstead Heath…

Clouds were part of Cee’s offering, so here’s some of mine – Kew Gardens with an Airbus A380 in April…

…Got some shrubs and small evergreen trees in there too. Or, if you prefer, there’s some late evening clouds and blue sky over Marbella in December…

Aeroplanes can be found in the clouds – this Bae 146 painted in blue and white, is company demonstrator G-SSHH…

…Photographed at Hatfield in July 1982 – a summer shot at last 😉

Finally a current shot, taken last week – Blue sky, a large Buddleia bush and three Sparrows catching the early morning rays in a bid to get warm after a frosty night…