Sunday, 18 October 2009

If you go down to the woods today...'re sure to find lots of mushrooms and toadstools!

We went to Bowland Wild Boar Park today, and even though the weather was rubbish we still had a nice time. We did the nature walk this time which we haven't done before, which leads you through some lovely woods that are full of different types of toadstools and mushrooms. I managed to snap photos of quite a few different ones.

Love these puffballs below, they look just like little round balls on the floor!

However, I think the only disappointment of the day was the Fly Agaric, aka the ultimate stereotypical red and white toadstool. I love cartoon type images of these but have never actually seen one in real life. When the handout told us they had these in the woods I was very excited, but when we finally found them they were all well past their best and rotten. This sorry looking specimin below was the best of the bad bunch. Oh well, maybe next time!

We also bought some Wild Boar steaks which we had for tea, they were very nice if a little fatty but a lovely flavour. If you're nearby in Lancashire I'd definately recommend a trip there, it's a great day out.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Camera Envy

It seems a long time now since I got my Canon EOS 450d DSLR. It's over a year ago now and I went through a whole range of emotions. From excitement at getting one, to being genuinely scared of it (I didn't have a clue how to use it and actually didn't turn it on for 3 days!) and then finally I was so happy to finally have a decent camera I could learn to use properly.

These days I'm very much in my comfort zone with my camera. It feels natural to use it, and I know where everything is on it. I genuinely do love my camera. However, sometimes I find myself wishing it did a little more. Don't get me wrong, it's a great camera but I find myself more and more often wishing it did that little bit extra.

Another thing I find is that I talk about photography a lot, but it's funny how many people do actually really like their photography. It was by chance that I mentioned to someone at work that I'm doing photography at college and it was also by chance that he told me his friend who had just started at our branch also liked his photography. We got talking, and I realised just how much he liked his photography. Everyone rolls their eyes these days when he comes in the office as they know the topic of conversation will be photography!

He brought his camera in to work today. And I am in awe. He has a Nikon D2X (yes I know boo to the Nikon but seriously it's amazing). It is seriously just in another league, it makes my look like a toy. It's so big!

I had great fun today with it, although I did get that momentary fear as I realised I didn't have a clue how to use it. Everything was in the wrong place! But I soon figured it out and was snapping away with it. It's amazing, there's no other way to describe it.

And to give you some kind of a comparison of this camera to mine look at the photo below. The Nikon D2X is the camera at the back of these 2. The camera at the front (the tiny little one!) is a Nikon D70 which is a similar size to mine. See, I told you it made mine look like a toy!

And so have I been converted to Nikon? I think not. It's a very nice camera but I still want a Canon. However it has made me realise just how ready I am to upgrade mine to a medium format DSLR. The next step up into the professional range have so much more to offer, and the Canon 5d Mk II is definately on my most wanted list right now. For now I'll have to be patient (and convince Alan to take me out with him so I can use his!) but today really has made me realise that I do want to make the leap of faith and upgrade my camera. Yes I'll have to go through that learning curve all over again and will probably be scared of it to start and wish I still have my 450d but it'll all be worth it. One day, one day soon!
But for now, I've got serious camera envy!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

8 Knits I Love Sunday...

...and wish I had the skill to make. {Sigh}

Bear Hat at Red Velvet Art

Thigh High Footless Socks

Jane Slouchy Winter Hat

Pasha Slouch Hat

Perdita Beaded Bracelet

Long Wrist Warmers

Baudelaire Lacy Socks

I'm loving knitting right now and I'm already well on the way to completing my first project, a scarf! However, I can't help lusting over the huge number of pretty knits out there... I just need a bit more practise first!

Saturday, 3 October 2009

The Big Knit 2009

Because I really needed another hobby didn't I? Like I really have enough time to do everything I want to do and have many a spare hour waiting to be filled...


But seriously, I have acquired a new hobby. Knitting! Yes really. I blame Jenny, it's all her fault with her lovely knitted goodies that I've been admiring.... And then talking about it at work. So for my birthday one of the girls I work with bought me a "Learn to Knit with Barbie" kit! So much fun but the instructions made no sense what so ever. All I can say is thank goodness for You Tube!

And then, with perfect timing we are taking part in the Big Knit 2009 at work with Innocent Smoothies & Sainsburys. Basically, you knit little woollie hats and send them off to Innocent and they put them on their Smoothie Bottles and for every one sold Innocent & Sainsburys will donate 35p to Age Concern & Help The Aged this winter.

I've only just started, my first is a work in progress but it's coming along quickly and while it's not perfect it's not too bad!

If you want to join in you can find out just about everything you need to know (including some sample patterns to get you started) on the Innocent Website.