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This is a collaborative post. Since our children have grown a bit older we are all happier on long car journeys. They can watch films or play Minecraft on the long roadtrips. When the roads get more scenic and winding, they are mature enough to appreciate the views. In recent years we have taken some long roadtrips through France and the American Midwest. We switched to a more fuel-efficient car and having saved such a lot on petrol we are able to travel further afield. We are stretching our imaginations about where we might go. North Pennines Dark Skies A…

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*This post contains affiliate links* As a family we are pretty keen on easy bike rides together. There are enough other things in life where we disagree, but a bike ride is quite a leveller. We don’t like traffic or hills very much so when we had an autumn break in North Devon, we thought the Tarka Trail looked ideal. It’s a former railway line and is part of national cycle route 3. Barnstaple to Instow We didn’t do all of the Tarka Trail, but started in Barnstaple where we parked at the leisure centre. Heading south, we wound our…

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As a family we are fairly keen on cycling, but we are soft. We like short, flat rides in good weather. We prefer to cycle when we are on holiday and where there is no traffic. As a result we have researched a lot of cycle paths around the UK and a few in France and America. The Tarka Trail in north Devon ended up on my cycling wishlist some time ago. It’s a former railway line which mainly runs by the river Torridge. It’s a beautiful part of the country with some cafes here and there to break up…

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Lately, the most common question I get asked about photography is how to brighten a photo before publishing. You can do this in any editing program, even an app on your phone, but the results may not be great. A simple app will just add light to the whole photo, including the parts that are already bright enough. I use Lightroom on the PC but you may think it looks quite complex to use. This is a simple demonstration of a few of the Lightroom brightening functions. It should help you pick the right one for your photo. The Original…

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Cathedral Quarry in Little Langdale is a stunning manmade cave. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Lake District. We went here on my last walk before I was given the news that I had to stop hiking to save my sore foot. I really hope I can go back one day. The tough thing about this cavern is doing it justice in a photo. It’s very dark, but the openings are large and very bright. It’s too far from the car park for me to carry a tripod so I don’t think I would attempt an HDR…

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