… is not as easy to do as you think.
Take, for example, the picturesque small town of Ribchester, a nice couple of hours ride from my front door. Bedecked in history, blessed with a set of Roman ruins, and an apparently thriving artistic community, it’s a no – brainer to head there on a sunny day, right?
Of course. But let’s introduce one of the fundamental rules of travelling somewhere with Trigger: if you intend to visit somewhere, at first check that it’s open.
Let’s set the scene. This is how beautiful the ride looked.
On the road, riding headlong into shadow.
I was struck by the quintessential Englishness of this house, and set the exposure high to highlight the scene.
I’m always drawn to churches, for some reason, despite being pretty much a pagan S.O.B. Still, I find them beautiful and the drapes on the crucifix I thought a particularly nice touch.
Ribchester church has an ancient graveyard, and this plinth inspired a chapter of a book I’ve been working on. It’s a sundial, possibly dating back to the 17th century.
Here’s the whole place in profile. Hard to get the shot without people walking through. The sun brings ’em all out, you know.
Bend in the river, many folk with portable BBQ’s just out of shot.
Bluebells resolute by a blank headstone? Inspiration for a song if I ever saw it.
Roman ruins? Couldn’t find any. I’m told they’re accessible by wandering through a sea of houses. Next time, eh Ribchester?
And make sure that the pub on the corner’s open, eh?