So according to my archives, there was a grand total of 1 (yes one) post for the whole of 2019. Hmm. That’s quite pathetic 😉
It wasn’t that 2019 was an uneventful year, on the contrary it was action-packed with plenty of happy, sad, exciting (and boring) happenings.
Inspiration seemed to pass me by last year
I started this way back in 2011 (seems an eternity ago now) and have managed a paltry 263 posts (well 264 including this one). I have lost count of the number of themes I’ve taken into use, only to discard them some time later… some of the themes lasted a mere 24 hours. In fact, over the last day I have managed to adopt and then discard two new themes before settling on the current one (Twenty Eleven if you are interested). This time however I am taking the time to learn the theme properly, so the page / blog might be a bit on the wobbly side for a few days while I iron out the kinks. WordPress have also added in a new editor that needs some getting used to 😉
Obviously my relationship with the blog is not the same as it was back in 2011. I certainly need to improve my photography skills. The other area that needs work is determining the subject matter, tone and frequency of posts. Not just here but also on the accompanying Facebook page. Twitter / Instagram are a little separate because I like to use them a little more impulsively than the blog 😀
Working for myself I sometimes feel like I a lack a certain sense of discipline or urgency, especially if it isn’t work related. So getting my routines back on track is also important.
No better time or place to get started than here and now!
How do you reboot? Where do you find your inspiration?
Featured image: Coffee cup from the restaurant Rikhard von Trappe by Hans Välimäki. There’ll be more about Hans in the future – especially his Ramen soup recipe!
This is what you get for taking pictures in dark restaurants without the flash… Still it says warm candlelight to me…
… to ring in the New Year.
… instead a calming sunrise and the amazing ripples of the Southern Cross Railway Station roof in Melbourne
Football field morphs into skate rink.
Posted on the go! From my Nokia Lumia 🙂
I LOVE Instagram!!! There, I said it. I’m not ashamed to admit it. If you follow me on Twitter or FourSquare no doubt you’ve seen some of my posts there.
When I recently returned to the mothership that is Nokia it was the only app that wasn’t available. I could have taken the route that Mr. 14 took at the same time and continue posting via WiFi. Except that meant either lugging both phones around or moving photos from one to another. That’s far too much work. So I waited, and as they say all “good things come to those who wait”. Late last year Instagram became available for Lumia / Windows and immediately I downloaded the app!
I decided that it would be nice to have a theme. If you look at the early pictures there are all sorts of things – food, dogs, boats and with all sorts of different filters. Currently I’m focusing on lights, and one particular filter X-Pro II. When I look at it on the phone, they look fine – now on the big screen I’m not so sure 😉
Back to the Zero to Hero challenge, and a post that includes a new element. Today you get two for the price of one! I’ve added the Instagram follow button, if all goes to plan it will be at the top of the right hand side widget column! For my embedded contribution, I’ve gone back to my very first ‘testing’ shot. From memory I went to the back yard and found a plant that had been planted by my neighbour:
Feel free to check out my other offerings 🙂
Every ship voyage begins at check-in:
Check in ‘counter’ at Viking Line terminal Helsinki
My interpretation of Beginning for this weeks photographic challenge. Here we sit waiting for our turn to check-in. Destination Stockholm & Perry 😉 I actually took this photo for the tail-lights of the car in front. I like the way they climb up the body of the car.
I’m going to do something today that I rarely do: share a little piece of myself 😉
This weeks challenge is Joy and while I’m guessing most posts have concentrated on Christmas / Holiday / New Year joy, here is mine.
At the top of the mountain
Some background. My brother told of a great walk to the top of a mountain by the name of Pigeon House on the N.S.W. south coast. It was close to where we were staying and the weather looked pretty good (as in there would be a view from the top!).
It’s a pretty decent walk, not very long in distance. Instead you go up very quickly. I traveled very light this holiday – one pair of sandals and one pair of dress-up shoes and so did the walk in my sandals. We probably passed in the region of 50 plus people on the track that day and only one commented on my unwise choice of footwear!
I was extremely happy to make the top: let me just say that bush-walking in sandals is not something I recommend.
The Engineer took this on my camera.
Look what I have, courtesy of my sister-in-law!
This is just a little teaser, I’ll share my love of Leunig with you later in the week.
It’s already 2014 where I am – if you’re still waiting for the countdown, I hope your New Year brings great joy.
Posted on the go! From my Nokia Lumia 🙂
For challenge this week, I’m sharing this hang glider, spotted high above the Pacific Ocean.
We were heading south out of Sydney and decided to take the scenic route… Grand Pacific Drive, which really is grand! A small part of the highway actually is built over the ocean 🙂
If you’re travelling south out of Sydney, I highly recommend the Grand Pacific Drive and pull in at Bald Hill. There was even an ice-cream van with the usual suspects (hot-dogs, ice-creams etc). Mr. 14 was very impressed with his hot-dog.
The spot is very popular with motorists of all varieties. One side of the car park was filled with motorbikes of all shapes, sizes, colours and speeds while the other side had a wide assortment of campers, cars, utes and vans.
Be warned though, hang-gliding is what it’s all about here. Don’t stand on the lawn too long or an impatient pilot will be yelling at you to clear the way. Yes, it happened to me!
Note: This Taswegian is in Australia for some Christmas / New Year cheer. We left a very grey Helsinki (still no snow…) and arrived to one of the hottest days this summer…
For this week’s challenge, I decided to stay close to home. Following on from the earlier weekly photo challenge, here is another aspect of my neighbourhood. We live in a recently developed area (a little bit over 10 years in the oldest parts) and there has been a lot of work on the footpaths and bike-lanes.
Woodgrain contrasting with the granite slabs
Ten winters, ten summer will do this to a chair
A little old, a little new
Early morning calm isn’t so calm when you get close.
The lines go in every direction, the patterns follow suit…
Autumn is here and it’s time for the terrace to close…
Everything cut just right, everything in it’s place
My favourite combination, bricks, granite and rocks
The illusion of falling…
So much work to make everything just right
More mixing it up on the dance-floor… sorry footpath!
The leaves stuck here make their own pattern
The rubber mat just inside the front door…
For some lines and patterns that I found in an art gallery earlier this year, check out Heather’s Helsinki post here. For images from around the world, head to the challenge post here and check the comments!