Saturday, 29 September 2007

Catching up

I think you will be giving up and not visiting any more, it's been so long since my last post. I just re read it and saw what I said about finishing the memory book that weekend. LOL, that was a joke - I spent 3 to 4 hours a day for the following 10 days before it was finished. It was worth it though - my parents are so thrilled with it. Today my sister visited and brought it with her so I could see the finished result (I'd had the book sent direct to Mum and Dad). It is lovely, good quality & beautifully finished.
I've had a few excursions now that Mary is back from Canada so at least I have some photos to post but have done very little to the robin. Now I have no reading glasses for a few days so cannot draw anyway. Our excursions include the usual walks, the local nature reserve, another nature reserve near Lymington and our big trip to London. I will save London for another post and just show you a few nature pics today. It was a thrill to see deer so close at Fritham, a Black tailed Godwit (and the Kingfisher again) at the reserve. We saw the heron at Eling and the little bird, which I am assure is a Wheatear, at Lymington.

Saturday, 8 September 2007

At long last.......

........I have started my new drawing - I've only done the line drawing but at least it's a beginning, getting me out of the rut. I hope now that I can get on with it quite quickly though as I still haven't finished the memory book I won't get much done this weekend. I'd like the memory book to be finished and ordered by tomorrow night and that's going to take all my time - fortunately Clive is away this weekend (in Pontsticill) motorbiking with some friends, so I am free to spend all day on it and forget about cooking etc.

Anyway, here is the line drawing - I have enhanced the lines for your benefit, they are actually very faint. My thanks to Jan for allowing me to use her lovely photo.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Memory book and macro pics

Another week plus has gone past since my last post, I can't keep up with things recently - the time is going so quickly.

I have been busy the last couple of days, working on a "memory book" as a gift from me and my two sisters to my parents on their diamond wedding anniversary. Sixty years of photos to look at, decide which ones to use, either photograph them or scan them, edit any which need it etc. We then had to fathom out how to actually design and make up the memory book - I'm using the company that prints my photos so we were able to upload the photos direct from my computer but that in itself took close to a couple of hours. My sister travelled down from London on Saturday and was here for eight hours! We were working solidly for virtually all of that time - and we are only half way through! So I have the rest of it to do, placing the photos and adding captions. I'm very tempted to order a book for myself - it was great looking through all the pics, brought back so many memories. But don't expect much in the way of posts this week either!

I'm still getting to take a few photos while Mary of Forest Walks fame is away on holiday, just local ones but there's plenty to take. Here are some of my recent favourites. The hoverfly was minute - barely longer than my little finger nail.