Here we go again..

Yes isn’t he a cutie. I met him when over at Thorndon Park last week. He’s a stranger and yes I do feel it’s safe to talk to strangers in the park but only when they are a few months old, have 4 legs and are as cute as this little man!

Lets go back to the beginning….at a BBQ a couple of weeks ago we met up with some neighbours who had moved away to another part of town but were now back living just about 6 houses away from us. As it turns out the husband takes lots of photo’s mainly of birds but is happy to include other subjects as well. So the conversation went as to how I as a women didn’t feel comfortable going off walking on my own taking photo’s. Chris the husband said just let him know and he would be happy to walk with me any time. So I wasted no time but contacted him a couple of days later and we arrange to meet up last Wednesday for our first outing.

So off we went to Weald Park. I wanted to play around with Shutter priority this time out and I know for those of you with experience will be saying ‘ so what’s special’ about shutter priority but again it’s all part of my learning photography and I must confess to saying that it doesn’t come easy to me. Although when I look back over the last couple of years I can see that I am making progress.

Anyway here are some photo’s I took that day:

and with this photo I wanted to capture the ducks swimming in the rays of the sun coming across the works ok to a degree but I think I could do better!

Now to other everyday living matters… I had a busy time last week with golf played at my own club in our Lady Captains Day and yes I won a prize for the straightest drive which is so not like my golf, and then on the Friday I went off with my friend Kathleen to a Ladies Open at another club where I’m afraid it was not a repeat of Tuesday. In fact the weather was so hot and humid which didn’t help and I really think with playing on the Tuesday, walking for 5 hours taking pics on the Wednesday my body had decided it was tired and it showed with my golf. Oh well there’s always another golfing day.

So my final photo for you today is of something ‘very delicious, very fattening, and one must have a piece of everyday, and it’s home made by me!!

It’s called Rocky Road!!

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments and a special thank you to Diane and Nina for your support against ‘Mr Pauls’ comment about my Mum – it will cost him dearly!

Time for another update..

Ok so what’s been happening since the last post…actually not a lot but some how I’ve managed to keep very busy, I suppose it’s the usual household chores that take up time as there always seems to be a basket full of washing needing attention and of course the ironing follows on from the washing. I’ve also played golf and whilst that is mostly enjoyable there are times when I wonder if I ever did have a ‘golf lesson’!! but, then you get the good round which makes you go back to try again and so on.

Another thing we’ve been busy with is trying to sort out a return visit to Cape Town. WOW have the cost of flights gone up, each day as we check there seems to be an increase and of course we have a ‘chicken & egg’ situation where we don’t want to book flights without having an apartment decided on, and then we don’t want to pay a deposit for an apartment unless we are sure we can get the flights we want – this is all bought about of course because we’re doing all the bookings ourselves? We are very lucky to our friends Fiona and Anthony in Cape Town who are busy finding and checking out apartments for us..we are hoping to be out there for 6/8 weeks so the apartment must be in the right location, right facilities, security is high on the list and so on…we’ll get there I’m sure in the end.

Now back to my photography. Well the last few days I’ve been out in the garden trying different settings but not quite achieving what I have in mind. Anyway here’s a few photo’s I took this week including the one at the start of the post..

The photo’s look pretty but I’m not happy with them as I can see that I haven’t got the focus just where I want it to be and that there is a ‘softness’ around areas that I would wish to be sharp but then this is all about the learning process of photography. I expect if I was to get them ‘just perfect’ then I’d be selling them and making lots of money…now that’s something to aim for!!

That’s all for now, take care and thanks as always for visiting my blog. I know quite a few of you that just come in and read what I have written and look at my photo’s but don’t leave a comment and that’s fine by me. The important thing for me is that you have stopped by.


Getting up todate…

with the latest things on the market to keep us entertained!

So only a couple of photo’s with this post as it just a quick one to let you know what we’re up to in the Aston household.

A couple of months ago we treated ourselves to an iPod and I’m now feeling quite pleased with myself that at long last I’ve transferred several of our music DVD’s onto it and I can then play them at random which helps me through the boring jobs like ironing!!

Well the next thing we bought was a Wii complete with the games Tennis, golf (for me) and of course the fitness and some other games that came as part of the package.. What a laugh to see me doing the fitness but I must say what a clever design and creative work to produce something like this! As for the other games lets just say I can at least in ‘real life’ still play a better game of golf than on the Wii…tennis we haven’t tried out yet but it all got very competitive when it came to a game of Ten Pin Bowling and a return match will be held very soon…but I just might have to pour DH a large glass of something strong before we start as I really need to win the next game.

And something that happened only yesterday afternoon. We do know most nights that a fox or even foxes take a route across our front drive on through the hedge and goodness knows where when on their nights out. Well there we were in the lounge in the afternoon which is at the back of the house and what walks past our French Doors yes you’ve guessed it a fox!! It spent quite a bit of time wondering around the garden quite casually even at one point stopping and looking directly at us before going down the other side of the house where we assume it climbed over the fence (7ft high!) or over the gate to carry on with it’s afternoon outing..they are getting very brave these days!!

Finally, as I was sitting here at my PC last evening I couldn’t help but notice this sky, so I grabbed the camera and quickly took this shot…it was the end of a lovely evening weather wise but with a forecast for the horrible wet nasty day we have today.