Hurricane Lamp QP

Yet another busy morning, filled with trampoline building, sorting out the garden and prepping for a braai later today.

It all leaves very little time for blogging.

Herewith then, a quota photo which I’ve been using as my desktop background since I took it last month.

Super simple, super relaxing and won’t get in the way of your icons.

Help yourself to it for your desktop too: the big version is here.

Some more France photos

I’ve gone through more photos from our trip, selected some, edited them and posted them onto Flickr.

The latest batch is here, and they’ve joined the previous stuff in this album.

This latest lot details the final couple of days on the Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne, from Bailly to Migennes via the prettiness of Auxerre.

This night time view of the Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d’Auxerre taken from the historic footbridge didn’t come out quite as I expected. For me, there’s a bit too much soft light on the building, but its position against the night sky together with its dark roof gives it an ethereal, otherworldly feel, so I’m happy enough.

Still lots of holiday photos to get through.

I can just sense your delight. Even from 6000 miles… away.

No quota photo

Yes, I have had a lovely weekend. Thank you for asking.

France, the UK, the Isle of Man – they were all amazing. But I can’t tell you how happy I was to get back to the cottage in Agulhas and just… be there.

The weather was ridiculously good and there was nothing pending, which meant late mornings, chilled days and plenty (or more) Castle Milk Stout.

Perfection.

There was also time for a bit of photography, and I’ve got a couple of nice ones. I’ve been playing with my new variable ND filter today – with mixed results, it’s a learning curve, ok? – but I don’t really want to mess up the holiday photos on Flickr, so I’m determined to get those sorted before sharing anything for the weekend.

So tonight is words rather than pictures. On the blog at least.
In “real life”, it’s more Milk Stout and an early night: the kids are back to school tomorrow and I’ve just seen what time the alarm is set for.

Eish.

First French pics

Did a bit of work last night and I’ve now got some pics onto Flickr.

Here they are. Please do go and have a look.

This is just the first batch, documenting only the first few days of the holiday as well. I do seem to have taken a lot of photos.
Looking back through them now, I couldn’t even remember taking some of them.

The one above though: well, I decided that I couldn’t sleep, jumped off the boat (fortunately on the dry side) went wandering around a deserted village in my nightwear looking for shots.

There’s still another week of France to come before we head over to the UK and the Isle of Man.

And there are still all the images from my phone and my Mavic.

I’m still going to be busy for a while, then.

Soon

I’ve finally got started on editing some holiday photos.
Well, I say that. What I’ve actually done is to upload some of them (the first 8GB) to my laptop.

It’s something.

So I have randomly selected this one – taken in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris – to illustrate the fact that I’m all over this photo stuff like a particularly aggressive moss.

Looking at the first lot of pictures, there are an awful lot of of images taken inside churches. But then, there were an awful lot of amazing churches. And you don’t have to be religious to appreciate the architecture and beauty of these places of worship.

Because of its location and size, Notre Dame is obviously well known and much visited, but we found equally breathtaking churches (if not quite to the same scale) in much smaller places like Auxerre, Clamecy and Châtel-Censoir. More of those later, but it’s worth noting that in many places, they would be huge tourist draws in their own right, yet they sit quietly and humbly with no signage, no pre-recorded audio guides, no nothing.

And I found that the experience of visiting them was better for that.