Mrs Beeton's cookbook. She died at the age of 28 having written (or rather 'borrowed' many recipes etc from others including Florence Nightingale) a hugely popular book. I found this 2nd edition on a second-hand market stall which narrowly missed being thrown away. Such a fascinating read!
Sunday, 27 March 2016
Friday, 16 October 2015
Every month local residents receive a free booklet about our town, mostly adverts, but always with a contribution from a member of our Camera Club. This month it was my turn - but sadly they missed my name out ! Never mind, it was nice to see the pics in print!
Monday, 5 October 2015
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Monday, 14 September 2015
We go to the remote NW of Scotland each year for our fix of empty roads and great scenery. Our visit this month did not disappoint - even the weather left behind the rain and winds that had been part of the landscape this summer. Hope you enjoy the photos!
Tuesday, 4 August 2015
When I lived in Blyth (UK) we had a wonderful butcher's called Maddison's. Always busy, double queues ( we love queues) their products were so tasty, especially the sausages. I really missed those sausages Then it closed down and the shop bought by another butcher. Decades later I have just discovered that this butcher bought the secret sausage recipe and sells them in a shop 5 minutes away from my house. I've been deprived of them all these years so thought they deserved a photo!
Monday, 27 July 2015
I took this iPhone photo of sweet peas from the garden in a Virol jar. Anyone remember Virol? I can remember being given a spoonful a day sometime in the 1950s. It was a malt extract which tasted like a spoonful of melted toffee, obviously thought to be good for growing children. Also rose hip syrupy bought in small bottles. Anything I have missed out?!
Friday, 24 July 2015
Oh dear! Just realized how long it is since I've blogged. I seem to spend more time on IG these days. So much beauty and inspiration there. This is an iphone image which I did for Kim Klassen's The Studio, another inspiring group of photographers. And now that I've learnt how to write a blog post on my iPad I'll probably do more!
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Kim Klassen's Bestill52 and The Studio prompts. The image above was to find a sense of 'stillness' edited with Kim's LR preset - kk_eve. The aquilegia was the only one showing its head in the garden so far.
Monday, 20 April 2015
Kim Klassen's Bestill 52 class. Had to coerce HI to pretend to be sewing - he's such a willing helper! The reels of thread (old aka vintage) came from a second-hand market stall. Must have got rid of loads of items like this over the years. Never throw anything out, at least small things!
Friday, 3 April 2015
As you can see from my photos, for the first time in my life I have used onion skins to colour the eggs. My mum always used to do it - I had to watch a Youtube video to remind myself what to do! Never too old to learn! The bird's nest I found on the pavement (minus eggs) after it had been blown down, the egg carton I painted white and the ranunculus were one of a rare finds in this area at this time! Hope you all get some sun to enjoy the start of Spring!
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Faffing is something we all like to do - isn't it?! It often means we never get round to actually doing something constructive but recently I've found faffing with apps to be one of the most enjoyable (photography) activities! Here are some images, taken with my iPhone and edited in iColorama, a very versatile app but a steep learning curve. There are quite a few tutorials on Youtube to help if you are interested.
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Kim's texture 'follow'.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Kim's course The Studio' I've been playing around with a clementine (only one left in the fruit bowl!) and an old jam jar. The setup is in the hall with a glass door to the left. The cheesecloth backdrop has been stuck to the wall with masking tape and the base is a tile from a DIY store. Some light has been bounced back onto the scene with a white foam board (black on one side) balanced on a chair. I'm always fascinated to see others' setups, so this might be a small glimpse into the 'portable studio' which is a too grand name for what is a table and a chair! Texture used is kk_magic waterfront, 24-70 lens.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Kim's Bestill52 class this week was to shoot a still life with the theme 'citrus'. I'm almost sure kiwi fruit may not be classed as citrus so you might have to use your imagination here and think 'lemon' or 'orange'! It was set up in the hallway, in front of a glass door, south facing, but no sun today so I used a white foam board for extra light. After adding Kim's LR preset 'lightairypastel' I added her texture 'flow' in Elements. The knife is a vintage fruit knife which belonged to my mother so it's about 75 years old. In other words, an old knife! Now to eat the props!
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Monday, 5 January 2015
Monday, 15 December 2014
Kim Klassen's BeStill 52 class, week 28 the challenge was to place a chair in front of a window or glass door, together with a few simple objects. This time of year it's a challenge to catch some light suitable for indoor photos but the sun was shining so I had a go. I'm always on the lookout for an old typewriter - really old - the black ones with round keys. Very hard to find although there must be a few lurking in lofts somewhere. However I did find this cushion and cover for 50 pence in the market so this will have to do!