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March

After well over two months of inactivity on the photographic front, March 25th saw me visiting the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.   I had hoped to visit the railway earlier in the month, but the previous March weekend weather had either been somewhat overcast or wet, and I had decided to hold out for better weather.   Just at the point that I was beginning to despair of being able to do any serious photography during March, the final weekend of the month brought some dry and sunny weather and I seized the opportunity to get the camera out. 

This visit to the railway was intended to see if there were any workable locations publicly accessible south of the line between Winchcombe and Gotherington, which could act as alternate locations to Salters Hill.   This involved walking various footpaths from Winchcombe to Gotherington, which took around four hours, and as a result I found two potential locations that seemed reasonably workable for photographing the line.   I ended the day at Manor Lane before catching a train back to Toddington, and after examining the day's work, I feel that my decision to hold out for better weather was the correct one.  

Unfortunately, the lack of worthwhile weekend weather meant that I didn't get a National Trust visit under my belt in March (had the 26th not been Mother's Day, it might have been different). 

March has also seen some changes to this website and the corresponding sales galleries:

I have also looked into custom design of certain gift products through 3XM, starting with mouse mats and then looking into mugs.    As it stands the 3XM mug image format doesn't really work with my photographs in their standard format, so I've removed this product from the standard product lists and started working on designs that do work with the format; I hope to be able to offer both right- and left-handed designs at some point in the near future.    A initial prototype ordered directly through One Vision Imaging has proven to be satisfactory, but differences between theirs and 3XM's image format mean I need to test a second version through the latter's system.   I hope to have this done in April; if this is successful, I can start work on further designs.  
Finally, I've had my first writing credit with the publication of an article on Bengeworth Station in the March 31st edition of the "Evesham Observer".   The photograph used with the image is one supplied to my father for use in his book on Sir Henry Fowler; it is not part of the Vale of Evesham Historical Society's collection, and thus I haven't used it in "Railways of the Vale of Evesham".
 
April
The last two days of the month could be very busy for me, as due to the first May Bank Holiday falling on the Monday, both Evesham Regatta and the first day of the Cropthorne Walkabout fall into April.   Having failed in my 2016 objective of photographing both Cropthorne and Fladbury Walkabouts, I suspect I will attend the Cropthorne Walkabout, but won't rule out the possibility of attending the Saturday session of the Regatta.   If I do manage to do both, I suspect that I will use a 3XM collection as a temporary facility for the Regatta photographs, and construct a permanent collection once the Walkabout photographs have been dealt with. 
As to the rest of the month, I hope to be able to slot a National Trust visit in somewhere. 
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