Friday, 28 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Some events seemed a bit lame - like this tyre flipping race. I'm of the age that I couldn't help thinking that they were going to hurt their backs!
Thursday, 20 May 2010
What a trip back in time that was! These are from the 1950s and we had one identical to this one in our house. My dad was at sea and we also had some relatives in the US. I think ours came from there either via my father or a relative. I loved it. If you don't know what they are, you get these discs for them with a circle of slide type images around them. When you look through the eye-pieces you can see the images in 3D. I hadn't looked through one of these for years - many thanks to the man who brought it out for me.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
I was sitting in a cafe yesterday (Monday) with my regular cafe-pal K and I told him of my plan to take a series of photos in places I'd never been before. I also told him that I couldn't really be bothered going anywhere. He then started to tell me of this church building which is local to us but in a street I'd never been along. Large brick buildings are really quite unusual in Glasgow and this one is particularly unusual. I love the brickwork around the arched windows.
The cross on the top was also really quite unusual and I wondered if the seagull was nesting up there as it seemed so settled.
I was out on my bike yesterday. I cycled to a hospital visit. I'll be taking the bike out again today. I'm hoping to cycle most days as I really need to get exercising. The hospital visit was difficult as the person I saw was very stressed and became ridiculously defensive when I was describing pain she didn't want me to have. I've not been at my best so I wasn't as assertive as I might have been. I'll need to prepare carefully for my next visit. The person I saw had been working in that clinic since 10am without a break. I left her at 3.30. She was telling me that there will be redundancies coming to the clinic too. I'm desperate to get work just now but the cuts within jobs are making people's working conditions really difficult.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
iPhone. I'm kind of glad of that. These photos were taken this
afternoon in Kirkintilloch. I had a trip there with my friend D who
can be seen in the second picture. We went to the local museum which
was once a church and is the next photo. They were exhibiting and
selling craftwork including ceramics which looked smoke fired. I
particularly liked the piece above which was ceramic and woven
material. I studied pottery some time ago and always love looking at
I will take photos this weekend, with one of my cameras, of anything
that grabs my interest. I've decided that next week my theme for
weekdays will be to take photos of any kind but in a place I've never
been before. Hopefully I will then be able to combine the quest with
I'm very happy that the weekend is coming and that a certain duck will
be making his way here.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
was very disappointed and didn't want to be around the house on my
own. I went to meet my lovely niece and great-niece pictured here.
After a few hours with them I went to see a lovely friend who fed me
and let me photograph her beautifully drawn tattoo.
I have been overwhelmed by the kind comments here and on Facebook
today. I have also had texts from friends and family. It doesn't make
bad news go away but it does make me feel better about life. Thanks to
PS My planned time of blogging soley from my iPhone will be finished on Friday. Though I've enjoyed learning about blogging and photographing with the phone on the move, I will be glad to take pics with a camera again. Need to think of another theme.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Dem votes in Scotland, I wonder where the Public Sector cuts are going
to be made? A depressing day.
EDIT: Comment seen on Facebook
I knew David Cameron was bad news.
He has only been PM for five minutes and already he's evicted a Scottish family and put them on the dole!
looking at my pictures for any length of time. I met up with them
after being out on my bike yesterday. It was the first lengthy cycle
for some time and I was pleased with my stamina. The plan is to cycle
a lot more and hopefully get to being able to zip up my cycling jacket
Saturday, 8 May 2010
in, the lovely man and I have been having a quiet weekend. This photo
was taken when we went for a walk in my local park. It was a
gloriously sunny day. Why do weekends pass so quickly?
Thursday, 6 May 2010
it still felt important to do it.
Now I'm off to prepare some food as the Duck and I are having a long
weekend. We shall eat and then watch the circus unfold tonight. Wish I
could feel excited at the prospect of election night but alas, it's so
hard to like politicians. I think of the qualities which make for a
good leader who will work for the good of the country and then I think
of the qualities which would make someone want the job and survive in
it. Alas, in my head, it's a different set of qualities so I'm not
optimistic that I'll like politicians and political leaders any better
in the future. Like many voters today, I can be much clearer about
what I don't want.
Happy election day people.
EDIT Due to nasty spam. I have turned on comment moderation. I thought I'd done it yesterday but forgot to save changes - Doh!
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
portrait. Thanks to Sandy, I have been playing with a new colour
manipulating app, Mill Colour. Hope I haven't scared you too much!
EDIT: Due to someone who posts comments with nasty links, I have had to turn on comment moderation.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
pub/club called the Flying Duck and on a Tuesday night they have a
life drawing session. It costs £4 which is very reasonable. I went
with friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't had the opportunity
to do life drawing for years and I love it. The time flew by.
Pictured here is the model's chair at the break and below, you can see
one of my efforts.
I am still sticking to taking photos and processing them with my
iPhone. I'll do this for 14 days for no other reason than I said I
would. It's quite fun learning what I can do with it.
Time for bed now so night night.
domestic item. It's probably not that difficult to see what it is. I
just liked the shape and the shadows.
I will be feeding a friend this evening and then we're off to explore
a life drawing class held in a pub with a DJ and a bar. I love life
drawing and doing it with bar and DJ will be a novelty! I'll let you
know how I get on.
Monday, 3 May 2010
was rather a lovely afternoon. My first stop was the Shelter shop.
Stockbridge in Edinburgh has rather a good collection of second-hand
shops. I returned laden with bargains including a winter coat and a
warm jacket. I love second-hand shops.
Now it's coming to the sad time when I'll have to pack up and head
home again. Hope you've had as nice a weekend as I have.
Sunday, 2 May 2010
Diane Arbus exhibition at the Dean Gallery. Sleepyduck and I have seen
her work before, exhibited in Barcelona. If you live anywhere near
Edinburgh then I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
Afterwards we were treated to a lovely lunch. Thanks Penny. We also
met a lovely little wrinkled green chap who can be seen below.
These pictures form part of my series of blogs from my iPhone. I have
discovered a limit that I can only put the images after the text. This
was not an issue when I blogged from a Nokia. If anyone knows a way
round it other than editing the HTML after submitting the images then
I would be interested to hear from you.
I plan to blog from the phone for fourteen days and then think of