Late crossword

I’m going to be in trouble.
This was supposed to be posted over the weekend, but I did other stuff instead.

Here’s a summary of the exciting stuff that I did instead:

Some taxidermy.
Some standing in the South Atlantic Ocean at 9 o’clock at night.

Please click those links. I need the traffic.
The weekend was great fun, but it wasn’t posting this month’s crossword.

(here’s the link if you can’t see that crossword puzzle above).

Good luck. Even I managed to do ok on this one. 🙂

Maybe no-one will notice that it’s a couple of days late.

Expedition with Experimentation

Some time ago, I said that I would get around to doing some steel wool (wire wool) shots.

Ja. It was 2012. So what? I still did some.

Eventually.

8:30pm on a quiet April night in Suiderstrand. Not much wind, low tide, warm. Time for an expedition with the kids. A quick glance at a couple of posts on the internet to decide on the best settings for this experiment, and off we trot.

An hour later, tired, a bit chilly (one of us fell in the sea) (it was me), we returned. With these.

You need to see it on black though. The reflections made these shots a whole lot more dramatic than they would have been, but I was surprised at just how easy it was to shoot them.

The kids had a great time, helping out with focussing and lighting, looking after the equipment while dad waded out into the shallows and whirled his thingy around. (Careful now.)

I would highly recommend wire wool ‘togging for keeping the kids interested and engaged, and for pretty easy, but effective shots. We might try some more advanced stuff like silhouettes and the like next time.
But for now, I’m pretty happy that just 5½ years after I said I’d do this, I did it.

Short long weekend

We had a great long weekend. It had been too long since we were down in Cape Agulhas. And so, after a bit of a shaky start, we made the most of the Agulhas weather and welcome, and the only issue was that it had to end. I’m now back in the lab, knee-deep (no, not literally) in paperwork and I would much, much rather be back here:

The good news is that it’s not going to be another three months before we’re back there. But I think that the old adage that “absence makes the heart grow fonder” fits completely here. We didn’t realise quite how much we had missed it until we got back there.

Even over the busy Easter weekend, the peace and quiet was wonderful. The kids stepped away from their technology and drew, did puzzles, carved sticks and made rope swings.

And us – we just chilled. Took photos, had naps, walked the beagle, sat on the beach.

It was a great long weekend. Just not long enough.

Small

Spotted earlier on some site or other – just how small are a virus?
Well, that depends on your virus, of course. But basically: really small.

I’m sitting here chilling in the braai area at the cottage with my laptop, a wifi router, Nemone’s Electric Ladyland wind down playlist on Spotify slipping gently through my Sony Bluetooth speaker and my seventeenth Milk Stout of the day.

Portishead – Roads. Incredible moments. [link]

It feels like I’ve somehow slipped into someone else’s life. Someone far, far cooler than me, but still with the same great taste in music and beer.

Remarkable.