With little time for writing these days, I have been editing or working with editors (to be more truthful). Love Struck, is a contemporary romance story. While the book is being edited and structurally worked on, my friend Constantinos Karentzos has been busy.
No need for me to wear a clown suit in this weather.
We can’t believe it. Irish people are now melting. We are starting to moan about the weather being too hot!
Ironic isn’t it?
The best news for everyone in this house is that one of our local filling stations has been declared, best supplier of tastiest icecream’s in Meath.
Only trouble is they don’t last long enough to be photographed, maybe next time I will stop eating one long enough to take a picture. In the meantime, there is always Bob, who is still checking out the strawberries, (still green) though in this photo it was a bee!
Before anyone panics Bob is doing well. We are delighted with his fighting attitude even though we always considered him to be a lover rather than a fighter. He is taking the tablets, taking as much exercise as he ever did..and continues to smile.
Though not in this picture as I mentioned the word ‘cat`and as you can see , he discovered it was a lie to get him to move.
I believed, that the GDPR new regulations are simple. How wrong am I?
After attending a course, we are now shredding our way through every file in the building (at work).
Data is everywhere and we are all affected because we hold onto telephone numbers and email addresses, forever. To that end, I now believe that I should contact everyone on my blog email list and ask for their consent to hold onto their email address.
Why do I want your email address?
To contact you, if and when I get a book published that will be worthy of anyone’s attention. And to alert readers or potential readers/reviewers that it is on sale at €0 or .99cents. For example:
So if you do not wish me to contact you about a book offer. Please let me know in the comments box below and I will delete/ wipe/remove your email address from my contact list.
On a much brighter note – Bob is fighting on and still swallowing pills but wagging his tail and making the most of life.
Regular visitors to this site will be aware that our champion smiling Norwegian Elkhound, Bob is now approaching 14 years. As the old man of the house, he had slowed down in the last four months but since Storm Emma and the snow, it became obvious he was not doing well.
A visit to the vet provided some helpful advice and the introduction of pills to his, and our life. Until now he was on omega’s, which he accepted like smarties.
“He won’t like these tablets (cardisure) but you cannot give them to him with food” we were told.
Arriving back home, I sat beside him. With a tablet in hand, I said, “Bob, it would make life easier for you if you could simply eat this.”
A single slow wag of his tail and in a single gulp the offending tablet was gone. So it continues, he is now on four tablets (as one of the original ones, didn’t agree with him) and eating them like smarties.
The point of this post is Bob still makes us smile by his simple trust in all we ask of him another reason for having a four-legged friend in your house, wouldn’t you agree?
Time is short for everyone these days so I have decided to be just like Bob and make this a short and sweet post.
I am dog crazy, always was and always will be but sometimes I don’t get that people fail to see the benefits that we get from having a four-legged friend in the house. The bonus in our house is varied;
Getting rid of scraps is no problem as Bob is always too happy to help out. It doesn’t matter what type of meat or veg is left over, he will gladly reduce the amount heading to the bin.
Getting in our 10,000 steps a day is not a huge problem in this house as Bob gets a very short sedate walk and then the crazy collie gets her fast-paced walk or jog. She is not limited by terrain either, beach, riverside, fields or roads Ellie will take them all on.
Finding a person to give you a hug (Bob) or nudge (Ellie) to help reduce stress levels is a handier way of bringing down blood pressure than trying to remember to take pills.
Time – on the odd occasion when the batteries in the clock failed, our friendly four-legged friends were highly reliable regarding meal times.
Then there are the amazing way dogs can assist people, – Therapy dogs, Assistance (guide) dogs, Search Dogs, Security Dogs, Cancer Detection, The trouble with this one benefit is that it takes time and patience to find which category the dog fits best with
I was delighted when Children’s author Lieve Snellings offered to share some tips on photographing nature.
Nothing gives more peace than photographing nature.
About 10 years ago I was introduced to the heavenly pleasure of nature photography. I was so charmed seeing all these pretty animals and birds in our Quebec garden. I had seen cats washing, but here I also saw birds, squirrels, groundhogs… doing the same. Observing them was so much fun.
I don’t know if these lovely creatures have emotions like humans have, though I could hear them talk. And Margot the woodchuck (above) started to tell me I had to publish their story, to show small and big kids that all creatures in nature are living beings and that they love to live too. Of course, Margot wanted to play the first violin in the orchestra, but that was OK. She loved to share the attention with her family and friends.
It was Margot, who told me about Eufrazie the hairdresser and how she created a special hairstyle for every critter, also birds, when some festivity is coming up. It was exciting to see all those birds with this special haircut. I had to photograph them and share this with you all.
Maybe you are interested in how to photograph birds too. I’m glad to offer you here 14 easy tips:
If you want to start photographing birds, you do not have to go far. It is best to start in your garden or street or a park or field in your area.
It is important to get to know the behaviour of the birds you want to photograph. Around what time of the day do they show up? On which branch do they usually sit? Do they show up alone or in the company of others?
Use a tripod.
Hide, make use of a shelter, something you’ll not too visible. An old paravan, with an opening to pierce the lens of your camera through can also be a handy thing to hide.
Don’t make sudden movements.
Birds adhere to the same habits, they regularly return to the same place. Choose a spot, prepare your camera and wait until the bird returns to that spot.
Set your camera to a fast shutter speed (S in high number) and the aperture or diaphragm as large as possible (F in small number) – this is to allow as much light as possible to come in and to make the shutter speed as short as possible.
Take your photos in the larger format (highest megapixels) because otherwise, you lose a lot of quality when you make a cut-out afterwards.
Make sure you are dressed warm enough because you may have to sit still for a while.
Pay attention to the foreground and background.
Birds like to fly against the wind direction to keep more control. So when you choose to photograph birds in flight, draw with your camera in the flight direction.
Experiment with different points of view.
Photographing birds is in fact, like top sport. Patience, exercise and perseverance are important.
It is pleasant to have a bird encyclopedia or a bird app on your smartphone or tablet so you can look up which birds you just saw and learn more about them.
I wish you can enjoy as much as I did and do.
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