I think that might be the longest I've gone without blogging in four years (yes I missed my blog birthday again. 650 posts, four years, go me!)
Anyway I've been very busy wasting time over at Twitter, and playing Wordtwist on Facebook, and other important end-of-semester, end-of-term activities you know. And knitting, and indulging in a full on Festival of Jane Austen. I'm on a mission to watch all the different tv and film versions of the books, am about to read Persuasion, and yesterday I went to the exhibition at the NGV of clothing from the Regency era, featuring a plethora of empire waistlines and possibly, but possibly not, the shirt that Colin Firth wore in the wet shirt scene but the costume mistress can't quite be sure.
Also we went away to the beach for a midwinter weekend "minibreak" (as Bridget Jones would call it) with five other adults and nine children aged 15 to 5.
And I'm trying to come to grips with my new camera. I love it but I want to be brilliant at it instantly. Of course. Still hadn't worked out how to manually set the aperture and then I realised that the lens on the camera is a Sigma not a Pentax and doesn't have an aperture ring like my old style SLR. Okaaay. The manual is, of course, no help at all in a real life practical way. But I love the colours and the clarity and sharpness (except when photographing a speeding greyhound - he always comes out slightly blurry). Also iPhoto doesn't deal with these shots as well as I'd like so now I'm trying to learn The Gimp and that is NOT going well.
It's a huge learning curve and it feels very different from my old film SLR days. Anyway, enough with the whingeing and the first world problems! Stand by to be inundated with photographs you lucky lucky beasts!
First up, a winter weekend at Anglesea. Three families, beautiful sunny skies, a couple of fabulous op shop expeditions (including one that was just me and six children who told their parents they wanted "Suse to take us please!" Oh how wonderful to be considered cool by other peoples' children and to have girl children asking me my opinion on dresses and trashy op shop jewellery. Good times).
Seven of the nine children
Son #1 looking all teenage and pensive. Note almost straight horizon this time
Loving that Pentax colour
silvery sea at Pt Roadknight. That romantic looking cloud formation is from the Alcoa smelter I do believe
Sunset shots on the way home
The sky was dramatic
Next up, Suse goes to the City. Child free and with her new camera. I know you can't wait.