Author Archives: John Rose

MonoChrome Monday : St Andrew’s, Scotland

The eagle-eyed viewer might recognise this beach as it played a prominent part in the opening sequence of the movie Chariots of Fire. Vangelis’s Anthem of the same name booms while all the actors including Ben Cross and Nigel Havers run across the sand and incoming tide. Powerful stuff. Here is another shot from the […]

MonoChrome Monday : Kaikoura

New Zealand South Island. View from Kaikoura Beach across the waters to Kaikoura National Range beyond.  

Road Trip to Blenheim

April 2019 After breakfast we took a leasurely stroll towards our Car Hire pick–up. This took us north and through the heritage Street of New Regent Street. Opened in 1932 by the Mayor of Christchurch this small street of 40 units looked very cute. Different colour buildings in a Spanish Mission Style facade provide an […]

MonoChrome Monday : Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise in the distance and The beaches of Miami, Nobby, Mermaid and Broadbeach in between. Gold Coast, Queensland (Photo taken from Mick Schamburg Park Lookout)    

MonoChrome Monday : Fun Fair?!?

Pictures taken on a rainy Sunday morning at Luna Park in Milson’s Point in Sydney. What should be a bright colourful place looks a little scary in Monochrome.    

A Canterbury Tale…

April 2019 It had been a while since we had jumped across the Tasman Sea and visited the awesome New Zealand. On Previous trips we had visited North Island and spent time around Auckland. Then we had ventured down to Queenstown and spent a week there. Looking at the map it left us a huge […]

MonoChrome Monday : Pak Ou Caves

Pictures taken in the Pak Ou Caves, on the banks of the Mekong River near Luang Prabang in Laos (2014). These caves are noted for their collection of hundreds of Minature Buddha Statues.  

On an Island in the Sun….Bali

February 2019 Karen’s mum, Bernadette was taken on a surprise Asia Trip for her 60th Birthday in Feb 2019. The last leg of that trip was in Bali. Unbeknownst to her Iain and the girls had arranged to make this part a family trip with Laura and Dan flying out from Glasgow in secret and […]

MonoChrome Monday : Island of Bali

Selection of monochrome photos of Bali, Indonesia – Ubud and Tirta Empul  

MonoChrome Monday : Three Sisters

The Three Sisters – Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia  

Scotland Island – Small, Far Away

January 2019 The travel bug started for us when we realised that with both of our birthdays being in January ( a mere 4 days apart) we could get each other stuff for presents or we could spend the money on travel and explore the world together. About a week out from John’s Birthday, Karen […]

MonoChrome Monday : Uluru

Uluru National Park- and Kings Canyon – by Land and by Air – Northern Territory, Australia

There and Back Again – Falkirk and Fife

Chariots of Fire During our Hogmanay Hootananny in Pitcarlie House we found ourselves a short drive from a lovely spot of Scotland. Located between Dundee and Edinburgh is the coastal town of St Andrews and it’s West Sands Beach. This provided the perfect spot for a brisk walk and chance to blow out the cobwebs […]

MonoChrome Monday : Kelpies

The Kelpies – Falkirk, Scotland, UK

Yes, but what about Second Christmas Dinner?

The main benefits of being in an ‘International’ relationship is that every trip home involves two locations – two families and particularly at Christmas – two dinners 🙂 This year would be no exception. The Scottish leg of our home trip began with a night in Shawlands staying with Dan and Laura where we had […]