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  1. MidnightUK

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    Just wanted to say hope you enjoy your increased leisure time, looking forward to you continuing to post on the forum and to say thanks for all the really useful stuff you have already posted up here for us all to enjoy. All the best and a special New Year to come.
     
  2. Bobsyeruncle

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    Has he finally retired?
    Have a good one Garry :beer:
     
  3. MidnightUK

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    Enjoy it Garry.
     
  5. Garry Edwards

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    Thanks for the good wishes.
    I'm sure that I'll be just as busy - there's my clay pigeon shooting, and there's my small farm in North Yorkshire, which is being used as a horse rescue and re-homing charity and which gets by, as far as possible, on volunteer labour. I can drive a tractor - not well, but adequately, and I can pick up horse s*** in the boxes - we have a machine that does it in the fields, basically a van-sized vacuum cleaner. We need to do a lot more fundraising for the charity, and I want to make a timelapse video of the work that's done there, to help with fundraising.

    Timelapse is my latest photography venture. I had a go at it on Sunday, just as a practice, at a clay shooting club that I'm involved with. Probably not the easiest choice of subject, it requires 2 or 3 cameras running in various positions, and the cameras need to be in places where they can't get shot:) Also, I found that because of the hilly ground, my camera needed to be at least 9' off the ground - my Manfrotto tripod goes higher than that but the ground was too soft to use a stepladder to get up there, in fact it was too soft for me to get my off road car there to use as a ladder.

    Over the years, I've done just about every type of photography there is except for news and sport, my guess is that I gravitated towards studio photography and lighting not because I'm good at it but because it's nice not to have to worry about the weather, soft going and having to carry heavy gear around:)
     
  6. HoppyUK

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    Season's Greetings to you Garry, and every best wish for the future (y)

    Hope we've not seen the last of you round these parts though ;)
     
  7. Phil V

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    I'd like to add that Garry has been an inspirational teacher and a thoroughly decent bloke.

    Hope you enjoy your retirement and get to enjoy many years of it.

    I know it won't because 'rest' but you should at least slow down a bit and devote some time to yourself and the family.

    It's often said that if you do what you love you'll never work a day in your life, and you're the nearest I've ever met to someone who got paid for pleasing themselves.

    Thanks Garry.
     
  8. Cobra

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    I just like to echo every one else's good wishes for your retirement, Garry, although by the sounds of it you are going to busier than ever!

    And also thanks for all the informative posts and assistance over the years, not least the "lectures" you provided at the TP mega meets.
     
  9. PaulButler

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    I'm jealous! :) Enjoy it Garry, and I hope you have a long retirement too!
     
  10. Garry Edwards

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    Those "lectures" weren't my best work and this one went on and on and on:)
     
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    Enjoy your retirement Garry, but please do keep posting here, as your insights are always useful and informative :)
     
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    A true gent and thoroughly knowledgable man. Definitely used his vast knowledge to help better other people.

    Certainly time to enjoy some other aspects of life now - as described above, doesn't sound like you're going to be any less busy!!

    I still look at the numerous videos and tutorials on the lencarta site that you've written, and always enjoy reading your posts on here.

    Enjoy your retirement Garry

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  13. Cobra

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    I certainly heard nothing but praise and thanks :)
    I didn't realise you were recording it either TBH.
     
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    I think it was Matt who recorded it - it certainly wasn't me
     
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    Ah OK, he never said either :)
     
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    All the best with your retirement Garry, you were always every helpful when I called for help or to ask for a non existent item, talk specular highlights & watching your tutorials, top bloke !
     
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    I can't believe that you have finally given the reigns over to someone else . I know that they'll strive to be better than yourself , but you have left some very large boots to fill . Enjoy your retirement Garry , I'd say slow down a little but I'm sure you won't too much . So in which case maybe just pause for a minute each day instead .
     
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    Hope you enjoy all your new free time. That's bad timing on my part as I was debating buy now or after Christmas. I was very much looking forward to speaking to you regarding a small bedroom studio, I'm sure you've left it in very caperble hands.
     
  19. Garry Edwards

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    It won't matter that I'm not going to be here, over the last couple of years we've been taking on and training new staff, and I won't be missed.
    I will still be available to Lencarta if and when needed on the really technical aspects, and if anyone wants to ring me for any technical advice that's fine too - look on my profile for my mobile No. Be aware though that I will be spending a fair bit of time on our farm, where mobile reception is worse than very poor, and I also have plans to have a free holiday visit my eldest daughter in Adelaide - but not now, I will wait for their winter. So, if you ring and can't get through, just leave a voicemail, or send me a PM
     
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    Happy retirement or at least semi retirement shall we say, I've only met you the one weekend for the national TP meet at Blackpool many moons ago now and I'll be honest I was a little the worse for wear on day two :LOL: :LOL: :LOL: but it was great to meet you as your a genuinely decent guy (y)
     
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    How many rescue horses does your family support? Its really nice some get saved, so many have sad endings. I came from a smallholding background, but am stuck in the suburbs now and its a harsh change when you are used to greenery and less people. It must be great to have a farm to retreat to, esp when you are using it for so much kindness.

    I suspect from friends who have 'retired' that you will end up doing far more when so called 'having a rest' than you have done at work for years.

    I once bumped into a chap at a pub, stopped to admire his interesting bicycle and got chatting. He told me he was disappointed how the last few months had gone as he had been stuck helping his son replace flooring and doing building works as they were renovating a house, so he was only doing around 70 miles per day on his bike (it was summer, long evenings) and he was going on a European multi country bike tour with his mates soon and did not know how he was going to keep up, he was so unfit and out of trim as "them lads are from up north are well hard!" He looked to me to be at least mid to late 70's in age. Really nice bloke, very interesting to chat to. I slunk off home after feeling such a whimp :)
     
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    28 horses at the mo, including two foals born there. They are all cruelty or neglect cases (same thing really) and we only take on horses that can be turned around and be re-homed, in other words it's a re-homing centre, not a sanctuary.
    Physically, I'm far from capable and if I tried to ride a bike I'd be out of breath instantly, and I respect people who have taken better care of their bodies. My idea of taking more exercise was changing from a car with an auto gearbox to a manual one...

    Yes, I'll keep busy, but I'll be busy doing what I want to do, I will no longer be constrained by going to work every day, coming home tired and only having the weekends to myself
     
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    Garry, you,photography aside are a top man. RESPECT.
     
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    Thanks for the help when I was pondering buying my first studio light kit @Garry Edwards.

    I went with your recommendation and very happy I am too.

    So far my "Rosie" portrait has earned me an instant 20 in the local camera club competition and I've entered it in the Bristol Salon competiotion too.

    Oh, nearly forgot.............


    Just got an email telling me the image has got 2nd place in Lencarta's December 2016 monthly competition.


    Thanks in no small part to you sir.

    Enjoy your retirement mate.


    Terry. :hug:


    That's a man hug!
     
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    Have a good one Garry...

    Some of the best studio stuff I have done to date was shot on one of your early Lencarta workshops... I still enjoy looking back at them now.

    Link (Warning - NSFW)

    Thanks for your help Garry....
     
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    All the best Garry, I'm sure you won't be able to keep away from this place, its to addictive. I have fond memories of your studio day a couple of years ago, was quite away from me but well worth it, I learnt a great deal and got some great images from the day, I'm sure Lencarta will miss you although I have a feeling you will always be lurking in the background giving advice, look forward to your continued posting on here :)
     
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    Again, my thanks to everyone for your good wishes.

    I've just got back from 2 weeks on the farm, I know nothing about horses so all that I can usefully do is driving and labouring jobs, but every little helps.
    Now that I have some time, I intend to use whatever talents I have to fundraise, improve the management and use my photography for publicity.

    Just a couple of new examples of what goes on there...
    There's a Shetland pony stallion there, he's been there for a few months, a cruelty case that has just been left to run with the herd to rebuild his confidence, which usually takes a year or so, following which they are socialised, handled, trained and then hopefully new homes can be found. Anyway, this little fella couldn't be approached at all, so when Louisa was driving around on the quad doing her twice daily welfare check and he approached instead of running away, it was obvious that something was wrong. So she got hold of two horses that could be handled and led them back to the yard, and the stallion followed, and a gate was shut after him...
    He had a very bad eye injury. The vet came immediately, didn't think that the eye could be saved but said that she would try. He was in the veterinary hospital for 3 days, they inserted a very clever tube that allows drops to be fed into the eye, and he came home. The drops had to be put in every 2 hours round the clock for 2 weeks, then it went to every 4 hours, and today the vet came back and took out the tube.. He has made remarkable progress and the eye is almost perfect now, and he has had a lot of handling and now trusts people again. And best of all, one of the veterinary nurses wants to adopt him!
    Problem here is that the vet bill will be at least £1000. Once we have the final bill I'm going to start a crowdfunding appeal, and will probably get some donations.

    And there's a brand new coloured cob filly, we've had her 3 weeks now. She came to us at just 11 weeks old, her mother died. Now, a foal should be with its mother for a year, although sometimes they are separated at about 6 months. 11 weeks is pushing it though, and she wasn't expected to survive, after all she didn't know how to eat and hadn't had any milk from her mother for 2 days.
    So, 7.5 tonne horsebox to pick her up, then a drive to the nearest vet to get a horse passport, which cost £150. It's illegal to transport a horse without a passport and although some people will happily break the law, a charity can't.
    It took a few days of hand feeding, but she is now eating out of a bucket and is also eating hay from the ground (haynets are a bit of a mystery to her) and she has now started putting on weight and although she isn't out of the woods yet, it's looking good. If she continues to progress, we'll be putting her in a field with another foal, aged about 7 months now, so that they can play together and she will be able to learn from the older foal, and its mother.

    I took my camera there but like a fool forgot my battery charger, so the photos and short videos of these two are just on my phone, will sort them out when I can.
     
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    Garry, congratulations on all that rescue work. I hope you continue to update us about your horse projects and let us all know when you have a website or crowdfunding thing so we can take a look etc.

    It sounds a great project, well done to you, your family and staff for enabling it. Hope you manage to extract your phone photos for us to see.

    Not the same scale, but I have a cat I rescued who was so scared of people you had to put food about 20 feet away and pretend to look the other direction before he would come out of the bushes to eat, even though he was starving and bony. When he moved into our garage he would attack you if he thought you were going to the car out on the driveway as he feared being left and deserted, trying to herd me back to the house. He is sat here in the living room next to me now and he is no longer afraid. Its taken a couple of years though. He is a most warm and loving cat and no one could ask for better. Respect to you and your folk as trying to do similar with so many horses must take not only physical energy, but a lot of mental strength - sometimes, things are so sad you just want to cry, even when the longer term outlook is very promising for an individual creature.
     

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