Thursday, 28 April 2011

Take the knitting survey.

After my very lazy day yesterday I've been a little busier today.  I spent most of the day at the Museum of Army Flying where I volunteer.  Alex had a very nice time celebrating the Royal Wedding at school, then reading his dinosaur books while I poo picked.  Archie was quite snugly today as well.  I bought some very nice sock yarn, lots of vibrant colours, which I'm going to turn into a shawl.  I've just got to finish the jacket I'm knitting for a friend and then I can start it.  I got the photos (10"x7") which I wanted to frame for my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/Beakerbutton.  I just need to find frames for them and then they can go in. 

I've included a survey for those people who like to knit. 

http://www.practicalpublishing.co.uk/knittingsurvey

Monday, 25 April 2011

Happy Easter

Spent a frustrating day at work again, although I did enjoy the sunshine.  No horses tomorrow or Tuesday so I'm having a small lie in if my dodgy back will let me stay in bed.  We bluebelled, Mum, Alex and I, on Thursday.  Lots of lovely photos, some of which I'll put into the Etsy shop.  I've included a very nice one of Alex below.  It took ages to convince him not to be a clone (from Star Wars Clone Wars) and to just walk normally.

Friday, 22 April 2011

New series of Little Books

I've started a new series of Little Books, the first one being The Little Book of Flora.  The first book is a collection of original photographs taken by me.  The subjects are flowers, shrubs and other interesting and beautiful flora.  Click on the widget on the right to view more.  I'm going to create more as the muse strikes me. 

Feeling of the day: 'Once more into the Breech my friends!'

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Archie always knows how to cheer me up.

My beloved horse this morning made me feel loads better about life, just by snuffling through my hair when I was sat on the grass in the sun.  After a horrible day at work yesterday it was just what I needed.  I seem to have acquired a cat as well, having said I would have no more pets after Meg my beautiful dog was put down in January.  Obviously the cat, now called Tetley, didn't get the memo.  Mum and I spent a lovely evening on the allotment tidying up.  Now I'm going to watch telly, and knit of course, with my Hubby.  Must get some work done tomorrow.  There are photo's to print, WW1 men to research, stuff to put on Etsy, paperwork to do, gardening to get done.....

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Off to Legoland tomorrow

I'm taking my son and my Mum to Legoland tomorrow. Its the Star Wars day so I'm very over exited.  I managed to get the day off because Hugh is covering me, so he deserve a mention.  I still haven't decided if I'm dressing up or not, depends on the weather.  I've started a new photographic project, which I'm calling The Big Sky.  I've posted one of the photos below.  I'm helping my Mum do her garden on Tuesday, and trying to catch up with all the work I have to do for Beaker.  If only there were more hours in the day!  On the plus side, very much enjoying the sunshine.  Long may it continue.

May the Force be with you

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Stonehenge starscape

I skived last night.  Instead of doing all the work I'd planned I took my camera and my husbands tripod and decanted to Stonehenge.  I spent the next couple of hours taking photos of the sky.  The stars were exceptionally bright.  The light polution from Amesbury and Salisbury gave the photos a sureal glow.  I tried lots of different settings, changing the apeture, ISO and F-stop.  I loved having the tripod, which gave me all the angles I needed to take the constellations I wanted.  I've included some of them below.  What's really amazing is when you zoom in there are lots of red, blue, purple and yellow stars which I had no idea I was taking. 

Wisdom of the Day: Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there.
                            
                                              Apache Helicopter flying through the shot

                                                                  Stonehenge

                                                                              Orion

Moon

                                                                       The Plough

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

So much work to be done

I have this massive list of stuff that needs to be done.  Most of my jobs are etsy related.  I also have to plan the craft fair to raise money for the Ostomy Life fashion show.  I have lots and lots of First World War research to do.  I need to write to The Knitter about the Dorset Buttons I've made.  I think I need to go and live on Jupiter.  I'm sure there are more hours in the day there.  I did manage to get the battery on my new phone changed to one that doesn't run down every 2 hours.  One down, squillions to go. 

Grrrr of the Day:  missed Saturn last night due to cloud.  Bah Humbug

Sunday, 3 April 2011

obsession with the stars

I've been playing with my camera in the dark, taking photos of the stars as the light pollution around my friends cottage is minimal.  I've just downloaded them and they aren't to bad.  I realise I need to make sure I mark which part of the sky I'm taking the photos of so I can work out which stars I have managed to capture.  I'm going to put some of the other photos in my Etsy shop as canvases.  It's all very exciting.  I'm back home now, but planning on more night time photography sessions.  I bought a Sky at Night magazine because they had a course on astrophotography.  Can't wait to try out some of the techniques.  I've added some of the photos from the Weymouth trip to Dad's as well.

Quote of the day: That's no moon, its a space station.