Life, photos but not the universe

Just pics

I don’t know if I said but I’ve been invited to join a private group on Flick to discuss and vote on pictures to be in the group pool.  I’ve spent quite a lot of time recently critiquing and voting on other people pics (rather nervously, they’re very good) and also (even more nervously) watching the voting on one of mine.  It’s half and half at the moment!  It’s weird because it’s almost like speaking a different language, all about pictures and how they’re made and how they work.  I’m learning a lot but I’m also finding out what I could do better.

And then I come back here and Oh Look! there are ordinary (extraordinary) people who don’t talk about photos all the time!*  Like I said I’ll get it all sorted out eventually.

Meanwhile, one of Barney’s old uni friends is coming to stay from Canada.  It’s turning out to be quite a challenge organising it across an eight hour time difference!  We finally spoke tonight on the phone. And I think we’ve got it sorted.  Should be fun 🙂  I just hope it doesn’t stop being British Summertime before she gets here.  (when I was trying to organise Barney’s 40th birthday party I phoned her at five am her time – but I think she’s forgiven me)

And today, middle, married girl came and we went through all the wedding photos.  This was such fun.  She’s loving being a Mrs 🙂  They both came to dinner last night and you know?  I think he’s loving being a Mr too 🙂

Around Loweswater - a nice flat walk

The road can lean as much as it likes - just so long as it doesn't go uphill.

Loweswater and some really nice, really far away hills.

Last weekend the music group I play fiddle with, busked in thatcham.  It was really fun because all my fiddle teacher’s little pupils came and earned us lots of money for the charity. I wouldn’t say we were brilliant, musically, but we certainly earned points for cuteness 🙂   The smallest one wouldn’t play unless fiddle teacher played with him – no not up there please, down here with me.  So, dedicated as she is, she got down on her knees on the pavement and played with him.  This made me feel quite the complete wuss for whinging about my mountains!

Anyway, I’m goig to bed.  It’s late again – but then I’m always late – and tomorrow I shall make time to go visiting.

I hope you’re all well and good (but not too good) and I hope the sun shines now and then.  It has been doing here.  And aren’t the Autumn colours coming along beautifully?  🙂


*Actually they don’t talk about pictures all the time either but the chat threads move a bit fast for me.

October 14, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I have just caught up on your travels and pics and they are just gorgeous. i too shudder at hills and all things vertical but unless you make the sacrifice you don;t get the kinds of extraordinary views and images you have captured both in words and in pictures. To me, in Sydney, you were adventuring in a fantasy land, if you had casually dropped in a view of a dragon sunning itself on a nearby mountain ledge or a couple of elves stringing their bows by the edge of those streams and ponds i would not have been suprised (ok maybe a little). Stunning…thankyou!

    Thanks Ovagirl, it is fantasy land without doubt. And damn, the dragon pic didn’t come out – all that steam 🙂

    Comment by OvaGirl | October 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. Ohhhhhh…..but I was seeing the fairies darting behind rocks and clumps of grass.

    G’head….LOL…….tell me to put on the reading glasses!

    What gorgeousness, Mig. *happy sigh* Absolutely stunningly gorgeous!
    And what an awesome path to walk. (literally and figuratively)

    I’m sure the soon to be visiting friend forgives you–friends do that, yaknow!

    (((((((( Mig )))))))


    Well if anyone were going to see them Mel…….
    I’ll be over there soon to see what they’ve been saying 🙂

    Comment by Mel | October 14, 2008 | Reply

  3. Just lovelies…
    A group discuss on pics??
    Now that sounds just your cup of tea!
    Nothing like learning to stretch eh?
    Am wondering what they said about your lovelies, and what you’ve learned..
    any chance you sharing ?
    with us little word painters?

    Well Sorrow, the one I’ve posted , they all like the dreaminess, the detail of the house in the background and the river. Opinions are divided on the highlights and the composition and the tree/horse – too clotted and not enough detail, the highlights pixellated v liking the brightness and finding the horse mysterious and menacing. One loves the brambly bit in the corner another thinks it doesn’t fill enough of the top right hand side. One thinks the horse should stand out more. One likes the way the house and fence seem to be hiding.
    It’s interesting because I had trouble with nearly all the things that have been criticised and was happy with the photo for the same things they like. To be honest, it’s a been bit of a test to see how much I can get away with in terms of camouflaging faults and so far the critiques have pinpointed exactly what I wanted to hide 🙂 And some love it anyway and some don’t.
    Whoa!! look at me rambling on 🙂 Well you did ask! (I can’t link direct to the discussion in the group because of it being private – you’d just get a no permission message)
    I have to say, I love talking about photos 🙂

    Comment by sorrow | October 14, 2008 | Reply

  4. Mig, these are beautiful photos. Your life sounds so full and busy. Glad your daughter is enjoying being a Mrs

    Well Betty your life usually sounds pretty hectic too! And aren’t daughters great 🙂

    Comment by Betty Flocken | October 14, 2008 | Reply

  5. *happy happy sigh*


    so many good things

    how wonderful



    ((((((((((( I ))))))))) too. And I’m told the sun will shine tomorrow 🙂

    Comment by I, Like The View | October 15, 2008 | Reply

  6. (and that is one stunning photo on the flkr site!)

    It’s one of my favourites I Thank you 🙂

    Comment by I, Like The View | October 15, 2008 | Reply

  7. Kelpie! Isn’t that a wonderful name for a horse – love your pics 🙂

    I was thinking Pookah would suit a Dartmoor type ziggi, all long forelock and feather, and Kelpie would have to be quite evil and black (do you remember Ted Edgar’s Lizawake?)

    Comment by ziggi | October 15, 2008 | Reply

  8. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve nicked one of your flickr images to use as my desktop wallpaper.

    My parents came over the other day and noticed it straight away, both of ’em commenting on how lovely it was!

    Of course I don’t mind ‘shot 🙂
    How lovely that they liked it and you too of course 🙂
    (Just out of interest, which one?)

    Comment by 'Shot | October 16, 2008 | Reply

  9. This one:

    holly tunnel

    (tho’ I have nicked a few others to ‘rotate’ as my wallpaper…and I use the word ‘few’ in the biggest sense of the meaning (I’ve favorited so many of your images!!))

    I’m flattered ‘shot 🙂 Lots 🙂

    Comment by 'Shot | October 16, 2008 | Reply

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