This week has been unusually busy for me. Normally I just kind of potter along, maybe see a couple of friends, pop into town for a few bits and bobs - but this week has been a bit of a social whirl! In addition to the usual Tuesday coffee morning and inevitable trips into town there has also been quite a lot of crafting for our school's Christmas fair - painting signs for stalls one day and the next day painting and decorating little bits of mdf to make plaques/signs to sell - a lovely day out yesterday with my friend Hazel, supposedly Christmas shopping but in reality it was just lots of chatting! Another friend this morning and tomorrow there is a girls evening in - a group of school mums having an early Christmas get together. The week has just whizzed by and the house is looking a bit of a tip - nothing new there, then!! But I really do want to try and make the house nice and tidy for Christmas - it's creeping up on me very quickly so I think next week will be spent trying to catch up. For now though, while I have some time before the school run, I wanted to finish answering my giveaway questions in the peace and quiet.
So, Lucette asked "what kinds of photos would you like to take?" (with my new camera). Very easy answer to that - good ones!! I have to come clean and confess that I barely glanced at the instruction manual for my new camera - I think that perhaps I ought to take the time to read it through properly! It's great for snapshots, and I have managed to take one or two really good close up shots, but I would really like to be able to take the kinds of photos that have real "atmosphere" to them. Before we got a digital camera, I went through a phase of buying black and white film as I think black & white photos have such a lovely quality to them, quite different from the same shot in colour, and I got some gorgeous pics of the kids. I don't even know if I can create black & white pics with this camera - or does that just depend on the computer software you use? See, completely clueless! I'd quite fancy doing a course in amateur photography and learn about lighting, how to stage a shot etc - I could certainly use some help regarding taking photos of the things I've made.
The final question was from Katy, who asked "if you could master one thing you can't do, what would it be?" Gosh, can I really only pick one thing? No, that's too tough, sorry Katy, I'm going to have to pick a few! Ok, I would really love to be able to ice skate - proper figure skating with turns and jumps and stuff. I can skate a bit, forwards no problem and backwards just a little bit, but it was always something done very rarely - there was never a rink near where we lived - and I haven't been for years, in fact I think the last time I went may have been when I first met my husband! But skating is one of the few sports I actually like watching on tv and I always wish that I could do it too. I saw Torvill & Dean once at Wembley and was just mesmerised by it. I would also love to be able to play an instrument, either piano or guitar. We have Guitar Hero on the Wii which I LOVE - a bit sad as it is my sons game, but that really made me want to be able to play for real. And we always had a piano at home growing up - my mum plays but I don't recall ever wanting to learn as a child - I actually did violin for maybe a year but couldn't wait to quit! Anyway, piano playing just looks so amazing I always think (and sounds lovely too, of course). And finally, I think that I too would also like to learn to crochet - if only because I want one of those gorgeous ripple blankets!!!
I'll leave you with a photo taken last night - as I was typing yesterday's post I glanced up out of the window to see the most amazing coloured sky, and dashed outside to try and capture it. I did even use the "sunset" setting on the camera, although even then I'm not sure that the pic really does it justice!
Have a great weekend!