It was Phils birthday this week on Monday and I had to work, but in the evening we went to Phil’s model club, as one of the modellers, Dave, who runs AFV magazine was doing a talk on photographing models and I wanted to go along. (By the way we are talking model tanks/planes/ships etc, not ladies or gentlemen models.) It was a good night, we went into Newcastle on the metro and I took a shot of Central Station, which is a beautiful building.
Dave’s talk was really interesting and I loved seeing his set up, he has a Nikon D800 and some cool gear.
Afterwards there was chatting and tea drinking, and a fab night for me as I’d never been to the club before, inspite of being an honorary member, (I run the Faceache page for the club and used to do model figures).
Did not take any photo’s on my travels this week, but did make a panorama of my shots of County Durham
and my blogger friend Francis post gave me the idea to do it portrait, before then I’d always tried pano’s in landscape mode duh!!
I saw one of those pithy sayings over on Faceache, “I love being over 50, I learn something new every day, and forget 5 other things.” That’s me and Phil 🙂 I forgot to post a couple of my faffing about shots in my last Faffing report so here they are:-
and I orbed one of my other faffs which I also forgot to post.
Today I’ve been doing a HDR for my Sunday Challenge, of Phil’s hairdresser car 😉 and we had a traumatic journey to get it to the carwash as Phil didn’t want me to take a shot of it being mucky. We had to go to B&Q to replace a bulb on the way, actually to return a bulb already purchased by Phil a couple of days beforehand, but he’d forgot to check the size and bought the wrong one. So we got to B&Q and did the swap, Phil nearly had a heart attack at the cost of the bulb, £15!!! I bought a new orchid whilst I was there, its spotty, (polaroid in SX70 section) and then we went off to the carwash. Except we nearly didn’t as Phil took the wrong road on the way home. Phil has lived in this area for 50 ++++ years, and B&Q is only 4.6 miles up the road, and we’ve been there many many times, but the way home is one of the 5 things he forgot for today I guess. Anyway we did make it to the car wash, except we went in the wrong entrance , but managed to get to it through the petrol station.
After we went through the washing machine Phil remembered (yay) he needed to put some air in the tyre, so back round we went and this time got stuck behind all the people putting petrol in their cars. Of course we were stuck behind a slow old person who was filling up a huge 4×4 and took forever to pay at the pump. Luckily one of the other lanes opened up and Phil manoeuvred round to get to the air pump just as another guy slipped in before him. I think we must have been about an hour at the car wash altogether!! Anyway we got home and the replacement bulb doesn’t work 😀 :D, Phil will have to take it back on his own next time, I may never see him again.
Anyway here is the cleaned car in glorious technicolour HDR’d before I forget……
Another week of cold temperatures but at last I got to see some snow! Had to go to North Yorkshire to visit a client and the hills were covered, managed to get a shot with a bit of sunshine lighting the landscape, that didn’t last long.
But the rest of my work days didn’t have much in the way of snow or views.
On Thursday Phil & I decided to go to Piero’s for our dinner and we had tomato & basil soup and then pasta, really yummy but filled us up too much!
We stayed home mostly this weekend, it was sunny for a couple of hours but cold, so stayed in and played with my camera. Really upset that my new SX70 has stopped working, it got jammed, and won’t eject the photo’s and so will have to send it back for repair 😦 bit fed up as I’ve not even had it 2 months yet and I really like it. My Sunday challenge group this week had us find 3 same/identical items and shoot them so only one item is in focus, so I shot 3 buddha statues, 3 poker dice and 3 of my scale models that I used to paint before I got into photography. We also had to process the shots using past challenge techniques.
I saw a tiny little bird hopping around on our back lawn yesterday, I didn’t get a brilliant shot of it, but enough to find out it was a wren, which is new to my garden.
This afternoon mad~Cal and Shelley came for a visit and that was fun he cracks us up. And that’s another week gone by, not much ado,
Christmas and New Year are well gone now, decorations are down and back to full on at work. The weather has been pretty meh so Monday- Wednesday were not inspiring for photo’s, but Thursday perked up with a clear blue sky and the sun out. It was cold though so I wrapped up warm and went for a walk on Littlehaven Beach at South Shields. This was my first chance to use the new polaroid outdoors, but like a twit I forgot to take a new film with me and only had 2 left in the camera. I did have my Iphone and the Nikon too so I got a fair few shots all in all.
So let me take you on my walk…
First through the dunes to the beach, taken with the VSCO camera app on Iphone.
then looking left towards the groyne pier and lighthouse.
walking towards the groyne, Tynemouth Priory in the distance
and then on to see the Herd Groyne Lighthouse..
The lighthouse was built in 1882, and made of iron, the history of it is quite interesting ( and short!) so if anyone is interested CLICK HERE 🙂
Then I turned back to walk up the other way on the beach and to look for sea glass, which I’m collecting each time I go there, eventually when I retire I’ll hopefully have enough to make a mosiac garden table top or similar. Of course you can’t shoot directly into full sun and get a decent picture, but I took one anyway and processed the heck out of it!
then along the beach looking for sea glass..
Took a shot of the view back to the lighthouse..
and came across too old boys with a metal detector..
I had a chat and asked them if they’d found anything, and they showed me some metal things and told me they were Roman tile holders. Wow I thought, how cool to find roman relics in the sand. When I got home and googled roman tile holders, they are not ancient roman relics at all, Roman is just a style name of some tile holders and you can buy them in any hardware store. Haha numpty me. 🙂
The Weebles live near Littlehaven beach so I went forf a quick visit, can never resist a few shots of them,
and then I found a new sculpture that has been put up nearby..
I like the view to the sea side best. The words are from an old traditional Northumbrian folk song.
As I walked back to the car the sun was sinking low enough to backlight the long grass..
and that was the end of my walk.
And the weather has been atrocious ever since. But I did some more polaroids which I’ve put in my SX70 project, and today did a collage of ‘tools of my trade’ for the Sunday Challenge theme.
Phil’s been on nights all week, so have had a quiet week, and he’s got a week off now whilst I’m battling the howling winds going to work, I used to be very jealous he gets 6 weeks holiday a year and I get 2 if I’m lucky, but now I work part time it’s not so bad. I still call him Father Christmas though. 🙂
Well it’s been a while but December has been busy. Work has been hectic with trying to sort everyone out so they can hear The Queens speech on the TV 🙂 We had our grandson Callum to stay a couple of weekends ago, and last weekend I travelled down south to see Ben, Charlotte & Lewis. Managed a few pictures along the way so here we go..
Firstly another trip to see my clients who live near Finchale (pronounced Finkle) Abbey, and it was a nice day with the sun out but low in the sky.
That’s been a rare blue sky and grey days and rain have been a constant on my travels. This week I had to park and wait for a client and saw a rooftop gathering of pie fodder..
but 10 mins later..
the pigeons had left and a rainbow appeared bringing a bit of blue sky with it, that didn’t last long.
It was great fun having Callum to stop over and most fun was had with the ducks in the bath.
And also lovely for me to see Ben & Lewis on my visit down south. Though not so brilliant for Ben who had a bad toothache, so painkillers and a visit to the dentist took up a fair amount of my first day,but eventually got him sorted.
Apart from a trip into town when it was dry but freezing, the weather was mostly raining so much staying indoors, keeping warm.
So this week I only worked Monday & Tuesday and had Wednesday off to prepare for Christmas day lunch and do some tidying up. All accomplished quite easily 🙂
Christmas day was lovely, just me and my hubby so we opened our presents, I cooked dinner, and we played with our toys.
This was my present from Phil, a refurbished land camera, it’s a tricky beast to use and so far I’ve botched my 1st 3 attempts to get a photo out of it! Luckily I got a shed load of film too so hopefully I can get the hang of it soon and post some cool polaroids. In the meantime my last year present Polaroid 600 is still on the go and I took a couple with it. Not sure why they have a green cast, maybe because I didn’t store the film in the fridge.
I had Phil take a shot of me injecting the turkey with melted butter, it looks like our turkey is a junkie 😀
Got some fab new slippers from Shelley, they are SO warm and toasty, my feet are in love with them.
And my friend Kathy who I went to stay with in USA sent me a picture of Phil & I she had taken whilst we were there, and did her artistic stuff with it, awesome work.
Phil got loads of blu-rays and whisky and I got some vodka liqueur with gold flecks in it and some champagne. Dinner was lush, Phil made the Yorkshire puddings, (we usually do ready-mades for normal Sunday lunch, but Christmas Lunch is too special for frozen stuff) and used the 3 glass measurement method!
We were stuffed!
Always room for champers though 🙂
and I have kept the corks from every bottle of champagne I’ve ever had with all the names of who shared them and what the date was written on them, it’s been a long time since I added to the collection!
Phil has had an analogue Christmas too, as his friend Mick needed to get his record deck working, so gave it to Phil to do, so we have been listening to vinyl records!
and this is Phil taking pictures of his DAC that he got himself for Christmas about 2 months ago!!
So that’s Christmas done, boxing day today so now to sort out Turkey & Veg Crumble!
Winter is Coming…as the saying goes, or rather it’s here, and my photography has dropped, grey days and wet days so last week didn’t bring much in the way of pleasant views.
My work mornings and evenings have mostly consisted of the above, roadworks everywhere, traffic jams and queues, it gets wearing! Never mind, on my travels I meet other miserable creatures and I stopped and had a chat with this fellow..
gave him a handful of fresh grass and had a pat on his nose. He seemed lonely.
My lovely hubby had a few days off and did the grocery run, bought me some chocolates too, 🙂
This week hasn’t been any better with the weather or the traffic, but I managed a sunset when I was in MacDonalds carpark having a cappucino.
Also we had two really cold sharp nights and the moon is on our side of the world so I’ve been practising my astro photography.
I think they came out different colours because I left the WB on ‘shadey’ for the first one, but I like it as it is.
My Christmas present from Phil arrived this week 🙂 and I’ve been SO good not to open it, only 18 days to go!
Phil also got our new Christmas Tree from ASDA when he went to the supermarket, and couldn’t find a plain one so had to get one with integral lights, the instructions were not too bad and we managed to get it working this weekend.
and so it was time to get all the decorations out..
and this is what the tree looks like now!
We also have a tree outside I got lights for a couple of years ago, poor Phil, I cajoled him into getting them on this year and he did them even though it was horrid outside.
and it looks fab!
Today has been a nice quiet day, Shelly & Cal came over for a visit, and I cooked Sunday lunch for Phil and me, chicken breasts stuffed and wrapped in garlic and herb stuffing with glazed carrots, green beans and lush roasties.
and now I”M stuffed. Time to get ready for work and start all over again.
Ho hum, late again, 🙂 Another week with crap weather so not many photo ops. Still a few animals found, should have posted this one last weekend but forgot, these are the famous cows of Milton Keynes ~The Concrete Cows in Milton Keynes, England are an iconic work of sculpture, created in 1978 by Canadian-born artist, Liz Leyh. There are three cows and three calves, approximately half life size.The Cows are constructed from scrap skinned with fibre glass reinforced concrete donated by a local builder.
This week I passed O’Briens, a shop in Boldon that sells garden sculptures, usually plaster Venus’s or Caesars and stuff like that, but also these…..
I mean, would you?? I also see an elephant in the background, so if anyone wants a static safari park in their back garden, you know where to come. 😀
I did manage to catch the sun going down at the beach at South Shields, it was bloody cold but I sat on the beach dunes and took some shots of the guys trying to surf. The waves are not really great for surfing as far as I can see, but a couple of the guys managed to get on their boards, but slim pickings really and they must have been freezing their particulars off!
and the view over to Tynemouth Priory was nice with the sun angled low.
Friday was the 3rd anniversary of Yoyo’s death, still miss this special little guy, full of character and made us laugh a lot.
Which it is here at the moment, and quite sunny, but cold now autumn is passing and winter is looming. I’ve had a week off work which is great, but also not so great as it’s the last day and am back to work tomorrow. 😦 I do like not being at work, a lot. The weather has not been so kind though and I have not got out much which is a shame as I’d fancied a few walks with my camera, but I did read a lot, I finished the series of Jack Reacher novels, and am into book 4 of C.J.Sansome’s Shardlake series, set in Henry the 8th days and as we are currently watching the HBO series The Tudors ties in nicely with that.
My visit with Helen last week inspired a trip to ASDA where I purchased a slow cooker, and last Monday cooked pulled chicken which was lush, forgot to take pics of the end result but here it is in action!
Helen also gave me a cutting from her bamboo plant, and I spent yesterday potting it and also moved all my herb pots indoors to protect them from frost.
Have also been doing stuff around the house, sorted out my spice shelf which was in a bit of disarray!
Phil is quite shocked at my domestication! Not sure how long it will last.:D
On Wednesday night we had a spectacular sunset over Wardley, so I hung out of bedroom windows to get some photos of it, it was glorious.
Friday I had a meeting with Rory from our head office to get some new equipment for work, and to learn some new test procedures, it was a long day and my head was at exploding point by the end of it, but worth giving my day up to get the training.
On Friday night Phil and I always have ‘music night’ where we play loads of discs, get quite merry, and sometimes I get a live performance!
So today it’s sunny as I said, and I would love to go out with the Nikon, but I have to learn all the stuff I did on Friday, ready for tomorrow. Practice makes perfect and all that. But I took a couple of pics in the garden for my fix.
Have been down south, first visiting my pal Helen in Biggleswade. I love Helens home, it is full of dogs & chickens and quirky items so I took some photos indoors and in the garden.
Helen is a fab cook and made us pulled chicken which was gorgeous and has inspired me to buy a slow cooker!
Also it was Halloween so a pumpkin was carved.
As the evening came Helen and I went out with our cameras to catch some autumnal colour and the sunset. I took some shots from the car window as we travelled.
We parked up and walked about to get some detail shots and Helen sneakily took one of me!
Then we went back and had the lush dinner, and had a few wine’s and Tia Marias, then to bed and the next morning we went out to the tree nursery we spotted whilst out and about and took some more photos.
I left Helens on Saturday morning and travelled down to Leighton Buzzard to visit Ben & Lewis. Lewis wanted to go on a boat on Wirren Lake at Milton Keynes so off we went to the park and the lake.
We did quite well at peddling out into the lake, unfortunately the wind was quite strong, the rudder didn’t work too well and we couldn’t get the damn thing to turn round to head back in land. It got quite stressful trying to steer, and I got a BIG headache when I was peddling really hard (must get fitter!!!) so we ended up waving our arms in the hope of being rescued, and just drifted on the lake in the hope we wouldn’t crash into the water skiers. Luckily (?) there were 2 young lasses in another peddle boat who were having the same problem, so they were yelling and waving their arms about, and the chap in charge came out in a speedboat to tow them first, and us second back to dry land. Lewis was well impressed with the speedboat ride, as was I!
Nice view on the lake though 🙂
Anyway, now I’m back home, and have a week off, got lots of things to get sorted, and hopefully if the weather isn’t wet, can get out and about for some more togging.
Haven’t been taking many photo’s of late, have been thwarted by the flu, the weather, life in general. I did manage to sit and have lunch by the sea one afternoon, and took a series of people walking past the gap in the dunes, which amused me as I was sitting in the car at the time, had a Warhol moment 🙂
On one of my client visits I went by Ludworth Tower, I have shot this before but had another go as it may just fall down one day though it was built in 1422, so nearly 600 years this wall has been standing. Also I liked the crow sitting on it 🙂 I do like crows.
I joined a colour wheel project over on Ipernity and the first colour we had to do was Pink, so I dragged Phil out one evening and we went up to St.Mary’s Lighthouse as I knew it was being lit up pink every night in October for breast cancer awareness. As it happened the sky was doing it’s own pink thing too, but we were bliddy cold with the wind coming off the sea.
Last weekend we had Phils son and his family over and I got a couple of roids of his kids.
Last night Phil and I went out on a date, dinner and the cinema, dinner at MacDonalds lol, it filled a hole, as Phil says, and we were pushed for time so cheap and cheerful.
then onto Cineworld where we watched Fury, a war movie starring Brad Pitt in a tank.
The movie was 2 hrs 15mins and it was OK, not a patch on Saving Private Ryan, which is still our benchmark war movie, but it was fun, and I don’t mind looking at old Brad for a couple of hours. However the seats in our cinema leave a lot to be desired, I was SO uncomfortable, my bum hurt and I couldn’t wait to get out.
Also yesterday I had to make a ‘spooky’ photo for the Sunday challenge group, and so faffed on in photoshop with a picture I took in May back in the States, at Rochester cemetary,
this is the original
and this is what I did with it
Steep learning curve to turn day into night! 🙂
Today have been back to work, the weather is meh, and the A1 Western bypass is just godawful with roadworks, as they’ve decided to widen it which is going to take forever. I had to go both up and down it today, and each journey of 6 miles took an hour!!! Fedupski me or what. I heard on the local radio that the whole North East is full of bliddy roadworks all over, and I can attest to that, it’s making my work life even more grim than it is normally 😦
Well more of that to come for a while so I’ll just have to suck it up and leave earlier when going Northwest.
Books I’m reading..still going with the Jack Reacher series, really enjoying these books by Lee Child, on number 15 now, think there is 4 more to go.
TV..started watching The Knick, really good as its about surgery -“A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century”. And Clive Owen stars, someone else I can happily look at for a couple of hours 🙂 The surgery bits were really well done, as an ex – operating theatre sister I was very impressed with the realism.
Am supposed to be going down south again next weekend to see Helen then on to see Ben & Lewis, but I have a huge tax bill to pay which is going to wipe me out, so not sure yet if I’ll make it 😦 life huh, does have it’s challenges now and then. Well quite often really. So fingers xt for a good sales week this week, and a lottery win would be good too.
It started off well enough on Monday, with lovely blue skies and nice drives out in the country to see some far flung clients. On Monday I spotted the snail~mail and dumb~phone combo on one of my journey’s
and on Tuesday I spotted this field, in which the lake pond thing, I think, is a consequence of the heavy rainfall we’ve had over the past couple of years.
Lots of farm land has been flooded over the past couple of years and some of the resultant ponds have never quite retreated. You can see a fence trotting out into the water going nowhere, and those trees started out on dry land!
Then on Wednesday I started feeling a little off during the day, and by the time I got home, I was absolutely poorly 😦
So for the past 5 days I’ve been miserable, full of not nice stuff up my nose and on my chest. I had 4 days off, the weather was glorious and I couldn’t do anything but mope and read my books. I don’t get poorly much, yes I get aches and pains, and niggles, but colds/flu etc usually pass me by. Not this time though!! I mean, my eyes were so stingy and runny I couldn’t wear make-up for 3 days!!!! So I couldn’t go out of the house, couldn’t do shopping or photographing, and was a total recluse. I tried to cook dinner for Phil and made a total cock up of it and resorted to toast and take-outs instead. (Take out WAS yummy though – curry 🙂 )
I had to miss visiting Phil’s family gathering as his younger sister and hubby had come up from the Isle of Wight to visit and were staying with his older sister, so there was a big get-together, with buffet, and I would have loved to have gone and taken photo’s of everyone, but Phil had to go alone and I had a snooze instead.
Sophie wanted to go on a shoot on Sunday too and I just could not do that either, so all in all a rubbish week.
So not many photo’s for the blog, I did manage to try and catch the sunlight in my spider webs on the bird feeder (those spidey’s sure are prolific!)
and also hung out my bedroom window to catch the lovely cloud formations. It would be so much nicer if I could bulldoze the rest of the houses out of my view, but you have to work with what you got sometimes.
Anyway, in spite of still being a bit crock, I went back to work today (more fool me) and struggled through. I had to really as Phil is on nights and needs to sleep through the day, which would have been nigh on impossible for him with me coughing like Calligula’s nephew, and I may have ended up with the same fate if I had!
I suppose the good news is that this is a shorter post than usual for my dear reader to trawl through 🙂
Here we are again at the end of another week, Autumn is just about upon us, the trees are starting to turn quite quickly now, and they’re moulting. We’ve had some nice sunny days, and thats’s never a bad thing.
I did have my mega busy day on Wednesday, and no time to stop for photo’s, but on Thursday I managed 10 mins to take a shot of St.Mary’s lighthouse while I was in Whitley Bay.
On Friday I had a day off, and as Phil was off too so we went into South Shields to check the junk market and do some banking. Also I bought a new lens & film combo for the Hipstamatic app on the Iphone and wanted to test it out. Couldn’t believe the silly old lady person was there again, dancing to a busker, and this time I did take a shot as she was entertaining a little girl in her pram. Still wearing the green dress, but a nice blue cardigan with dogs on!
Well I guess silly or not, it’s good to be full of fun and dancing when you are old. Think I may be doing the same, but in the privacy of my own living room!!
The guy had a nice voice. For anyone who remembers, a couple of weeks ago I was remarking on the shutting down of shops and the opening of a new trainer store..
Well 2 weeks on and ta dah!!!
not exactly overrun with customers. Looks pretty though.
Also one of those human statue people was in town, I last saw him in Newcastle, got a better shot of him today.
Phil and I had a good rummage around the junk market,
and had our lunch sitting in the eighteenth century Town Hall that is in the centre of the Market Square
Lots of ‘Produce’ which is the buzzword for fruit n veg these days 🙂 but I didn’t buy anything this week, Phil found a couple of cheapo dvd’s though and we watched Pompeii (the newish one) in the evening,which was laughably historically incorrect, had loads of cool CGI effects and starred Kit Harrington with a rather fetching 6 pack, so a good romp. I Was NOT impressed with the ending. Spoiler alert…..they died!!!
Phil worked on Saturday and I was going out with Sophie on a shoot, but the rain came in so we called it off. I took a shot out of my window so this is my front room view, gloomy skies or what?
So I did some housework and read my book, then blow me but the sun came out and it ended up a nice afternoon, but too late to salvage the shoot, so I took some more shots indoors and out, at home.
I bought these groovy candle holders on my previous trip to the junk market, they are quite heavy and cast lovely refractions of light. Got 3 for £1, was disappointed this week not to find any more.
I loved the sun shining on the web on the birdfeeder, this one was very fine and delicate and the spidey was very small.
One of the flowers on a plant still going strong 2 years after I bought it. Really it should have perished last winter, but it was so mild it just kept going.
My new glasses, quite classy I think. Still have to take them off to read. Am just starting No.4 of the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child, I’m also re- reading C.J Sansome’s Shardlake series, so plenty of good stories for me at lunchtimes and bedtimes. I do love my books. I don’t care if they’re on the Ipad or paper, so long as I have something good to read I’m happy. Talking of lunch, I’ve recently tried and fallen for Sushi, never thought I would but I tried some on a whim and now am hooked!
I don’t suppose it’s much like the real thing, as it’s supermarket stuff and not restaurant, but it’ll do for me.
A quiet day today for me and Phil, as family were busy doing other things, so we got up late and did our own things. I had to do my SUnday challenge photo for Ipernity, the theme was ‘Legs”
so that’s my take on it 🙂
And this evening we cooked a magnificent dinner, I did the special roastie spuds Phil likes, and he cooked his superb Lamb in red wine sauce. It was bloody lush man!
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