Friday, 22 July 2011

Photography - my other love

By now you all know Petar is my numero uno, how many know about my other one on the side so to speak :D Of course I'm speaking about my camera...and it bears a mention that my numero uno was the one to give me the best present ever!! (For the record, it is a Panasonic Lumix FZ8)

I only started getting into photography after I met and started dating Petar, so it is still a young hobby. I've been told I have a keen eye and have started a Flickr account to see for myself if anyone else (besides my parents) feel the same way!! For Christmas 2010, Petar bought me a Pro account, this means a paid account with extra functionality, and I am really enjoying it (you can see my pics on the left side of this page, the most recent uploads display).

I don't really have a specific "theme" of tings I photograph, like some people are wedding photographers, some are studio or portrait photographers only, whilst some only shoot wildlife and outdoor. I take photos of whatever is interesting to me at the time...if there is a tumble-down house in my view, it better show me it's best side! Like-wise if I spy any little creatures in a field...or clouds...or family at a braai!!

Me and my camera are very rarely separated, so watch me your best side!!


Saturday, 26 March 2011

Summer Holidays!

We're all going on a summer holiday...Well, just me really :) Actually, I'm already here, soaking up the rays, loving being on home turf...but most of all loving being back with my Petar!!!

These following two months promise to be exciting, adventure-filled, gloriously sun-filled and action-packed. We have kicked off the season with the scaling of Moses Mahbida stadium.

We've also plunged, aprons blazing, into some very different foodie methods and styles. Some better than others, some agreeing with us more than others, on the whole, satisfying to the brim.

Petar and myself are planning all sorts of fun things, here's hoping we can fit them all in (inbetween meal breaks hahahaha )

We've made some friends and stayed in a cool new place (pics to follow) and are hoping to get away to the Midlands sometime. Just for the day.

All this holiday and food talk has made me tired, off I go tgo bed.

Think I might give twitter another bash in the a.m. Or the work blog...lets see if this rain keeps it up!!

Night night!!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Food, glorious food...

This post is dedicated to all chefs, cooks - aspiring or otherwise, moms and dads who cook for us kids daily, ancestors who have passed on recipes, and most of all, the one who finds a recipe and dares to try it, having never cooked before!

No food tastes better than food you think wouldn't work, simply because you were too daunted to make it, is a family recipe and how you remember it tasting, couldn't possibly be replicated by your own hands?! I really believe that memory and senses play more of a roll in cookery than the recipe. Of course, skill and common sense lend a major helping hand, but if you can remember how it looked on your plate, and recall the airoma lingering in the air and if you had an important part in the making...say, the stirring in of an ingredient, you are more likely to be aware and remember how things worked, looked and tasted.

We seem to be losing these skills in modern society. Is it the break up of families - people not spending this kind of quality time with their kids or are we just not cooking any more - opting instead for convenience foods and take-away.

Over the next few posts, I'm going to find some of traditional, organic and wholesome food sites, recipes and blogs which I think represent what we have lost in modern society.

Here's one to start:

She's good!!

Seeya back here soon,

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Different strokes for different folks!

I've just been sent an email with this amazing video, it's not a Youtube video, so I can't link you via them...just spare the bloke 5's a lifetime of practice!

Friday, 4 February 2011

~*Friday Favourites*~

We all heart fridays, yes? no? YES! So, while this blogspace is still in it's youth, I want to start a tradition...FRIDAY FAVOURITES. I thought about it yesterday, but it didn't roll off the tongue quite as silkily...Thursday faves, things, throwabouts...nah...Friday Favourites it is!
I didn't think too hard about it yesterday, just the name really, and that I wanted to add it to the parameters have really been set out. We can do that as we go along. Hows about,Friday is the first Friday favourite, fitting indeed :) Thanks, Friday February fourth.
One of the best things about Fridays, in my opinion, is the comforting knowledge in the back of my mind that I don't have to wake to the annoying persistance of my cellphone alarm. Sometimes I think that thing is shortening my life. Friday's too are the evenings of some of the best/worst tv...depending on personal taste...on this point I reserve judgement :)

Some famous Fridays:
Black Friday - Black Friday is the day after the American Thanksgiving, and it is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. The tradition of Black Friday has marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season as early as the 19th century, when stores often sponsored Thanksgiving Day parades. When the parade was over, Santa would show up, and the holiday shopping season would officially begin.
The 1930s marked the era when shoppers first received a longer Christmas shopping season. That is when president Roosevelt actually moved Thanksgiving up a week during the Great Depression so that retailers would get more revenue.

How Black Friday Got Its Name

Black Friday owes its name to the fact that retailers typically begin to start making a profit for the year on the day after Thanksgiving. You see, traditionally red ink has been used to write sales in store ledgers before a profit for the year is realized, and then black ink is used for the rest of the year to record sales that are actually profits. Hence a store that is 'in the red' has not yet made a profit for the year, and one that is 'in the black' has indeed made a profit.

Good Friday -  also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.
 Based on Christian scriptural details of the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most probably on a Friday. (ref )

Back to Childhood days, I loved this nursery rhyme, features a Friday!
Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

Friday in our house...normal day really. We get up and go to out respective duties. Dad to work, Mom too, Lynn too...Me...reluctantly ooze out of my cocoon, to the loo, snuggle back in and get to work for the day with my headphones!!
Later on in the day, Mom and Gran go shopping, off to Sainsbury's for the next three hours or so, Lynnie helps unpack the spoils. Petar time, dinner then bed, then...Saturday!
Any fun, freaky, frivoulous or fruity Friday fables? comment below and let me know!

Looking forward to a Sterling Saturday :)


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Dog Days...

...Are over!

long two days...promise more intrepid tales in the wee hours...

watch out for bedbugs :)



Saturday, 29 January 2011

World of blog - Day 2 - still not broken the Internet!

Phew, much to my delight, I awakened this morning after a rather disturbed sleep, to find the Internet still where I left it last night. Safely in my Mozilla browser, just one double-click away. In hind-sight, I now realise, my restless night may be attributed to the sub-zero temps and inadequately covering sleepwear (no long thermals, just short-sleeved top and 3/4 bottoms and a thin jacket I forgot to take off).

Also to my delight, I discovered it is only Saturday and not dreaded Sunday as I had thought...where on earth did I lose a whole day? I'm not sure, It's not like I've been anywhere else on the earth to lose it! maybe it went the way as all those socks...
oh well, at least I got it back :)

Very kindly, a good friend has offered to help me find my feet in this strange world of blogging. Yikes, there is so much to think about, though I do feel it will all iron itself out into one nice flat sheet in my head fairly soon (good, I really don't like ironing!) Big ups to Mr T for helping a clueless Dame!

Petar and me made a strange Japanese dish today, well, he made and ate it, I had the foreman's job. I'm still not entirely sure what it was, but it looked really yummy! Once I find out how,I'll post a link to the Youtube video and then anyone can try it.

Ok, that's me done, I think I posted a cartoon from a site we look at for a laugh - Counterthink - it's a Political Satire and a really good one to boot. take a look and let me know what toy think and tell me if you know of any other good ones.

Au Revoir for now

The day after Christmas

The day after Christmas

Friday, 28 January 2011

Rollin' rollin' rollin' here I go!

Hooray! I finally get to blog something! It's only taken me all day to learn how, who, where and ask myself  WHY?

Blogging is a new experience for me. I've never really taken much of an interest in the activity before, and was surprised when I woke up feeling all creative and like I have something to say :)

Do we all have creative juices? Do these juices boil to the surface at some point in each of our lives? Maybe, maybe not, mine were set to simmer, short of three years ago, upon meeting my (gorgeous) boyfriend and taking up photography with him.

My last writing efforts were all those years ago at school...don't laugh any of you who are younger than me, it wasn't THAT long ago!

So, why blog, you ask? Especially when we have Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Well, to answer honestly...I'm not really sure!

Stream of consciousness? Most likely, or just a way of letting others in on things I know and love and want to share with them. In the coming days, weeks and months, i hope to share with you my fave websites, some recipes I love, music I can't do without, news from around the world and most of all, all things RED!

So, with all this in mind, I think this is a relatively good place to end off, before I start rambling too much. Purposely a short first blog, just to get into the swing of things...I've enjoyed it and will now focus my mind to more clearly defined make for better and easier reading :)

Okay, goodnight world.
Wake fresh for news from me in the morning!