26.02.12

Can I have a moment of silence?

Thank you.

My camera died. Three and a half years old, and I had nursed it like a baby, but it still conked out on me, and right in the middle of an important product photo shoot, damn its ingratitude.

But, it was good to me, in its own fashion. It was my first DSLR, and taught me all the fundamentals of photography. I’m not ready to move on, but I’m moving on. Goodbye D80, hello D5100. I’ll keep the D80 (once it’s been repaired and serviced) as a back up camera. I suppose it will be nice to have a camera that I can carry everywhere without fear of damage, loss or theft. Since our business is utterly reliant on weekly photo shoots, I have always been nervous of taking the camera abroad, etc, in case something went wrong with it.

Ha! That’s what you get for being cautious! A thousand missed photo ops, and a wrecked camera anyway!!

These photos are from one trip I did take the D80 on, down to the South of France. These cars were at a little flea market. The photos are SOOC. I hope the D5100 treats me as well.

Shop Update 28.11.10 & News!

I’ve got an early shop preview for you today. I had real trouble with the photos this week. I honestly think that some of the colours are just too punchy for the camera – I know that doesnt make sense, but its the only thing I can think of that’s different this week! I’ve got as close as I can, at least in tone, but some of them are more saturated and vibrant in real life, notably Ingleside, Count Von Count, And So Say All Of Us.

We have two new yarns to introduce to you this week.

Sadie Lace
50% merino, 50% tencel. 875 yards per 100g.  £13.00 per skein.

Sadie Sock
A heavy sock weight yarn, 50% merino, 50% tencel. 365 yards per 100g.  £13.00 per skein.

They are utterly delicious. The tencel doesnt take the dye the same as the merino, which gives it a tweedy look, and its soooo shiny and soft and luscious. I think you’re going to love it!

This Sunday’s update (Sunday November 28th 2010) will be held one hour later than usual, at 8pm.

Finally, sign ups for the 2011 Posh Club will open on Tuesday December 7th at 9pm (UK time). I’ll give you full details nearer the time.

Have a wonderful week!

Gardens

Now that the house is pretty much finished, we’ve started turning our attention to the garden. And boy, does it need attention. We only have a front garden, about 90 feet long, laid out as lawns at the moment. Tony has started a kitchen garden in part of the garden, growing lots of different fruit and vegetables and herbs. I’m more interested in the ornamental side of the garden. We have a wonderful growing climate in Pembrokeshire, mild, plenty of rain, very few frosts in winter (and rarely snow). Being right on the West coast of Britain, we get the very most of the Gulf Stream. Palm trees grow in many of the gardens around us.

So we’ve decided that as well as growing traditional cottage garden plants, we’d like to introduce a touch of the exotic into our garden, and to get some inspiration we took a trip to the National Botanic Garden of Wales last week. They have every kind of garden you can imagine there, but we were really interested in the section that had plants from around the world, in a giant glasshouse dome.

Walking from the entrance up to the glasshouse, everything looks like a traditional British garden, with spring bulbs and bare trees. But inside, what a contrast!!! Plants, trees, flowers, bushes, from every part of the world, in one glorious jumble of colour and scent. Look! (If you want to see full size pictures, the Flickr set is here.)