Firstly, let me start regarding something I didn’t do: The Battle of Evesham 2019 re-enactment event. Because of other commitments on the Saturday, I was not able to do the parade, and in the end I felt I would be better off concentrating on the processing backlog I had (which included the Tewkesbury equivalent event) and clearing that, rather than adding to it. As of the end of August, I am pleased to report that I have managed to catch up on this work, and as by way of compensation, I have rebuilt “Fladbury Walkabout 2017” to HTML5 and added a collection of “Kitten von Mew” photographs from the work I did at the 2010 and 2011 “Wartime in the Vale” events.
August photography sessions included one at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, which in true tradition had better weather than the May gala. As a bonus, one of the gala’s guest locomotives was still on the line at that point and I obtain some shots of it that I didn’t obtain in May. I’ve also finally got the 2019 National Trust score off the ground with visits to Croome Park and Bredon Barn.
In response to the issue I had with image copying last month, I’m in the process of adding another level of security which should close the loophole off that I believe allowed this problem to occur. At this stage, I’ve now locked down all of the “Transport” collections as well as all the 2019 event ones, and will continue to work through the remaining items in the immediate future.
I’ve also decided to implement a change in the page layout of the portrait-orientated photographs. This involves reducing the photograph resolution slightly and moving the navigation buttons to the side of the photograph rather than below, which I feel makes better use of the display space. At the time of writing only a few collections are using this format; the remainder will get this change over the next few months once I have finished the copy protect changes.
Since I am not holidaying away from home this year, I am looking into alternatives that I can do based from home. Normally, if I’m not holidaying in Swanage during September, I usually consider the Severn Valley Railway’s steam gala instead, but this time round the Perrygrove Railway’s gala event is on the same weekend, and at the moment my priority is the latter (unless the SVR obtain an LMS freight locomotive as a guest). I am also considering the Dean Forest Railway’s diesel gala, with perhaps my standard gauge steam fix coming from further afield.
As far as National Trust Properties go, I’ve set myself the target of two properties per month for the next two months at least. This would at least end the year with a score greater than last year’s, and I’m not ruling out further work in the last two months of the year, depending on what the weather does.
In light of the lack of Dorset holiday this year, the September homepage slideshow is a “Dorset Special” with all photographs being taken in the county. Also, as a compensation for my non-attendance in the county, I have made a significant donation to the T3 locomotive restoration fund, and may well make a further donation later in the year.