So I was looking through some photos and realised that I could now use an online program called Pixlr to have some fun with photography filters. I couldn’t use the website for the longest time because its flash based, and my “Tea” Laptop (I’m referring to the one I drowned as the Tea Laptop, just for future!) did not have flash capabilities at all. So there were many websites I couldn’t access, which was vaguely annoying. I thought I would mess around with this shot I took on the Isle of Bute, in Scotland a few weeks ago to see how it could look with a nice dreamy filter on it.
Hello, hello! Oh its so good to be posting here again 😀 I’m kicking things off with some vibrant street art that has sprung up recently round my town. We (the town, not me personally) are trying to win something called City of Culture 2021. Its a *thing*, y’know, to raise the profile of large towns and cities across the UK. Hull have the honours at the moment for 2017, and we, amongst others are competing for 2021 (its every 4 years if you haven’t worked that out already…..!)
So, amongst other events, plans to brighten up the place are afoot. This includes things like festivals (food and beer, mostly), lights strung up across various dark lanes, flowers all over the place…..and of course, street art. (Lets not mention the council raising business rates for retail places and the amount of empty shops we have….nope)
Now these were all down the same street, which is a street full of clubs and music venues – hence the common theme. Sadly I don’t know who the street artist is – I have seen him around hanging from various scaffolding (these paintings are HUGE!) so it didn’t seem appropriate to chat to him. If I catch up with him on ground level, I shall certainly credit him.
I do have lots more to show you but I will leave that for during the week. For now I’m trying to get a video set up, about planners and suchlike. 😀
We went for a walk a couple of days ago along the beach, and I took a photo of a lighthouse that was on some craggy rocks. The rocks were split so far apart that we couldn’t reach the lighthouse for a proper look, but apparently it was built in 1911 and still works as a proper guiding light for ships (or warning, depending on your point of view on a stormy sea!)
I made it black and white for effect – I love that sky!
So today we sailed off to the beach – one of many little islands dotted around the Scottish coast. It was a bleak day, mostly…muggy and grey. I only took my phone camera with me to snap a few shots, so here they are…
This was the view from the ferry – see how grey blue it all is? But interesting things happen on the water…
A rusty old fishing boat
A yacht. (Not mine, sadly!)
I found some jellyfish….GIANT jellyfish on the empty beach as the tide was going out…
My walking boot for scale
These things were like something from a horror movie!
Look how clear the water is though!
We found some ancient standing stones – I took this in black and white to highlight the “faces” I see there. I see faces in most things!
I tried to rescue an escaped cow that couldn’t get back in her field…..she ran away from me and her friends gathered around moo-ing defensively. I left them to it. Scary things, cows are – especially in a gang!
On the way back on the ferry, I just had to take a photo of this adorable lighthouse!
As we waited for the train, I saw this……now someone did make a face with this….didn’t they? They did. So funny!
I was out with my little dog today, and came across some lovely flowers – tulips I think. They had ragged edges, which looks quite lovely. The Frayed Tulip its called.
This one looks painted doesn’t it?
This is pretty as well.
Of course they have been modified to look like this, which my heart doesn’t agree with really (hypocritical, i know, since I’m posting them here saying “oooh pretty”) but I’m more of a wild meadow flower lover.
I took this shot in the High Street, as a flock of pigeons rose and swarmed like locusts swooping on a field of….what do locusts eat….grain? A field of grain.
So! Why is life like pigeons….well, we have the Lurgy again. Apparently its the 100 day Cold, according to the doctor. Hubby is on antibiotics, while I’m just sniffy. I tried to continue with doll production, but its not really happening. I got as far as this….
…….then got bored. I’m all out of patience right now. Bleugh. I want to paint, but the Room of Doom is all Doomlike again, which makes me fed up.
I need more space (hahaha! Nope.) I need to chuck out some stuff. Purge time. The idea doesn’t excite me, but needs must. I have to start the week productively and no sniffles are going to stop me!
Hope you are all well here in Blogland.
I took this photo last night when out with the dog. Again its the local Abbey (12 century dontchya know!) and what struck me was the single cherry tree – which is now very old, blooming as much as it can. I think the surrounding trees are struggling to flower this year….I have noticed that less and less blooms are appearing as each year passes. In fact, the council are now starting to chop a few trees down, which is very very sad, but if they are diseased or something, maybe its for the best. Down below the Abbey is the river which cuts through the town. It hosts so much wildlife, like herons, swans, ducks, otters, kingfishers, etc. This was taken in the evening so its getting dark and not much can be seen, but I thought this was a nice shot anyway. I’m trying to record the Abbey as it is, before it becomes a visitor centre with a glass frontage (ugh!).
So I was out walking the dog this morning, and felt that, despite the gloomy skies, Spring was stepping her little dainty toes in and around the local area. I haven’t seen much in the way of snowdrops or crocuses this year, but daffodils, oh they are in abundance! One thing I will say about round here, nobody picks the flowers. People tend to leave them alone, which is quite nice to see. I took this shot at the local Abbey and fiddled around with filters to highlight the daffs. The building is beautiful on a nice sunny day, but being gloomy as it was this morning, well….not looking its best.
Wherever you are, I do hope you are having a lovely weekend! 🙂
Look at this! Isn’t it fabulous? This is on the side of a building close to where I live, and its been done by two guys called Mark Worst and Ross Dinnett. Its huge and bright, and you can see it for miles (almost). I took this shot on my way back from the shops this evening thats why its a little bit bluegrey. Darkness falls quickly here in Scotland, ha!
Anyway, how are you? I hope you are all well. Not to spam or anything, but I have started a youtube channel. There are only two videos up at the moment but I want to do more. I’m having a problem with lighting and shadows, which is annoying but its all a work in progress I suppose. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Do you have plans for the weekend? I’m hoping to get out in the woods a little bit and take some photos of Spring flowers. I can feel the air getting lighter and things are beginning to blossom. I do like Spring. Of course *rolls eyes* it depends on the weather. Sometimes we have to dress for all 4 seasons on any given day!
Off to have some pizza now (gluten free, of course) Bye for now! P.S WordPress seems to have gone all wonky with stuff on the side? Is that some new formatting they are trying out or is it just me?
We just came back from a few days away. Well….it was supposed to be a “few”, but turned out only to be two. Saturday, Sunday, returning Monday. Now we actually went because of the dog. Let me explain….in a word, Fireworks.
Fireworks are the bane of our lives. From the last week or so in October, through to the middle of November, these things are let off randomly around where we live. Not including the big main “event” on the 5th. Our dog is terrified of them, and scrabbles on the floor, runs around the house, hides in the darkest cupboards, in an effort to escape. She shakes and pants and panics so much, its awful to watch. So, this year we booked a little place in the middle of nowhere, in an effort to get away from them.
It was a log cabin, surrounded by hills and water. (not the cottage pictured though)
Lovely walks in Autumnal woods
Being here was so relaxing and peaceful. But there were still fireworks. So we came home again. Because thats what we do. So far the night seems quiet, so fingers crossed. But the colours at this time of year are quite stunning – my phone doesn’t do them justice, sadly. But still….I love the countryside.
Hubby allowed me to post this – only because “its the back view” he said. He isn’t keen on getting his photo taken, ha!