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Monday, May 4, 2015

me on Monday

waving to you all as I enjoy a bit of sunshine through my window after a wet weekend.

Despite the rain we enjoyed a family outing on a canal cruise in the middle of Edinburgh – if you follow the canal it eventually reaches Glasgow (our skipper told us that would take 3 days)

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I coincidentally wore the same colour as the boat

We enjoyed cake and plenty of hot tea and a lovely gentle glide along the canal watching people and ducks walking along the path, the wildlife and reflections (more on Friday for 5 in 5) and different architecture and critiquing what people have done to gardens and extensions. We saw some ducklings, swimming fast to avoid the boat – the first I’ve seen this year.

A busy week ahead with the election and then a weekend of rugby 7s.  Hope you all have a good week.

And in 4 weeks time I’ll be talking about a weekend in Bristol and meeting some blogfriends.  I’ve contacted those I know are near Bristol – if I’ve missed anyone who lives near there or wants to travel there on 30th May then let me know and I’ll include you in the finalisation of details.

Friday, May 1, 2015

April was

April was the month of Easter and my Mum’s birthday and my nephew’s return form a 6 month trip – all of which called for family get togethers for food and laughter

April was a month of contrasting weather – weeks of sun and no need for a jacket followed by cold days of wind and rain

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April was the month of the Science Festival which delighted all my senses -

I ate mealy worms and drank tea made from a jasmine flower  and an orange concoction created using molecular gastronomy

I saw the blackest black (vanta black) which is indeed very black and looks like it would feel like velvet

I heard experts talking about the ways in which human use of language makes us unique and how colour has been an important commodity through history

I smelt coffee roasting and salmon smoking and beer brewing

I touched a map to hear associated sounds (developing new technologies)

I made a smartphone microscope

April was a month of digital creativity.  I joined the 100 days project – I’m sharing them on instagram .  Each piece is made using several photographs which  I am turning into a piece of abstract digital art using Photoshop Elements.  To provide plenty of material I’ve been taking lots of photos of colour, texture and patterns of light (sunshine on clouds works very well) so my photos for the month look mostly like this

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I also had a play with merging a photo and the person’s initial – having seen some examples on the interweb somewhere – here are my nephew and my cousin’s daughter (for which there does not seem to be a concise term – ‘first cousin, once removed’ is not catchy)

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In sign language I learnt about word order – when, topic, description/comment; and the different syllable breaks in spelling words – using finger patterns rather than sound to break a word into letter chunks eg H-ele-na

I read 6 books plus a short story published as a book

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Christopher Brookmyre is an Edinburgh author who incorporates an astute observation of people and behaviour around strong narrative based on murder or espionage – I highly recommend him

The Last Days of Dogtown follows an interesting group of characters through several years with interesting stories about each but no central narrative

Bitter Sweets follows a family from India to London and The Binding Chair follows a family from China to Nice – both mix interesting cultural history and norms with stories of family and generational change.

A nicely creative and stimulating month with some much appreciated sunshine – May is already looking busy and fun – happy May everyone.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pair of views


When I walk along the beach the sky in one direction is dominated by Arthur's Seat and when I'm up there I can look down to the beach where I walk - you can see the same church spire either side of the gutter between the two photos.  It was rather hazy last week when I took these photos.

The photo on the left is taken standing in the photo on the right on the sand between the furthest right power pylon and the line of white above it.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Me on Monday

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A sure sign of how differently I now view photo taking when I picked up the vase of tulips to hold it against a bare wall to ensure there was nothing distracting in the background – and I’ve been thinking about re arranging things so I can have the vase in a spot with a plain background (!)

I had a quiet weekend after a busy end of the week with the younger generation. 

My nephew returned from 6 months in Mexico so lots to catch up from him and his girlfriend (who was in Scotland but I haven’t seen for months).

My cousin’s daughter was in Edinburgh for an open day at the University and general checking our of the city – we all told her it is a fabulous place to live and it made me feel old describing my student days here – 30+ years ago.

Then the sad news of the devastating earthquake in Nepal had me looking through my photos from 2009 when I was there for some workshops. Disasters in places I recognise always seem that bit worse as i can imagine the place and people who I have met having to deal with it all. So strange to think that no-one can now see the old buildings in the centre of Kathmandu

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Wishing you all a good week