I always thought I should give then and now photographs a go. However what I have started to notice is that I have been doing Then and Now photographs unintentionally over the years and have been taking photographs of the same thing or place from the same view or perspective years apart.
Jedburgh Abbey, a ruined Augustinian abbey which was founded in the 12th century, is situated in the town of Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders 10 miles north of the border with England at Carter Bar.
At Legoland Windsor there is a Lego model of Jedburgh Abbey, which I have photographed a lot over the last twenty years (or so).
I took this photograph in August 2006. At this point the park was ten years old.
Here is the same model two years later in August 2008.
By August 2014 the ruin had become overgrown with real plants growing across the ruins.
A year later in July 2015 it didn’t look too different.
When we visited in August 2017 there had been some gardening done and various small trees and plants had been removed.
For the most part I did not realise I was taking a similar photograph of the same model. However now this has come to my attention that I have been taking similar photographs I have started to intentionally take photographs of the same place. So in October 2022 on my most recent visit to Legoland I sought out Jedburgh Abbey and took a photograph.
The trees behind the model had grown somewhat, but other trees around the model had been removed.
Across this blog I wrote fifteen posts in 2016. As might not be expected most of the top ten posts that year were from 2016, and I was pleased to see how popular my 1990s photographs of the Bristol Harbourside were.
I visited Legoland in 2013 and felt that it was A bit tired and this was the tenth most popular post, dropping one place from last year.
The sixth placed post was from my 2012 series of Cinematic Advent Calendar posts, this one was #07 – The Eagle has Landed. There were quite a few films in the advent calendar that have significant memories over and above the film itself. Queuing for Star Wars was significant for example. With The Eagle has Landed I went to see it at the Aldeburgh cinema with my grandparents.
The post at number 5 was from the Cinematic Advent Calendar which I posted back before Christmas in 2012. The post in question was #24 – Back to the Future and as 2015 was the year in which Marty McFly went to in the film series, it’s quite apt that it in this year’s top ten.
Over 2015 there were seventy Shaun the Sheep sculptures places all across Bristol and the top two posts on the blog were about these Sheep. At number two was Ten out of Seventy and the most read post was about all seventy sheep, Shaun in the City.
This is the onsite workshop at Legoland Windsor where they fix, refresh and make (some of) the models across the site. In the workshop are various broken, old, new and part-completed models. Mainly for Miniland, but also other parts of the park.
The tubes are ventilation tubes, as the Lego models are glued and these tubes take the fumes away.
This cabinet contains a range of models, mainly heads and vehicles.
Note the drawing on the bottom left that was used to help plan the lego model next to it.
You can also see a small Lego version of the Atlantis ride submarine.
One of the fascinating aspects of any visit to Legoland are the models in Miniland. It always impressed me how detailed and authentic the models look as well as they are made with lego bricks.
The models cover most of Europe including Belgium.
The models are very clever and must have taken hours to build and also required a fair bit of planning.
After our visit last year I write a post about how tired the models in Miniland looked, it was nice to see that Legoland has listened 😉 and there was evidence that many of the models were been refreshed or renewed. There was for example a whole new section on France including the Eiffel Tower.