Just Catching Up

It has been one of those weekends just catching up with thing. As we’d been away house sitting for a few weekends it was nice just to chill out back at Cherie’s place. One of the big tasks was to get the desktop computer working in the Granny flat. I thought the problem was that the router was just too far away so bought an extender. This worked really well and we now had wifi right to the motor home in 4 devices but the 5th one (Yes that’s right we have 5 devices we use for accessing the internet), being the desktop, was the problem.  I worked out that the issue here was it was too old and didn’t even have wifi installed. Another trip to JB Hi Fi and another gadget and all is good. Ah as much as I love the I devices and the lap top it is still a please to sit at a desk with the full size computer.

The next job was to move photo’s from the I devices and the camera’s to the desktop, sort them out and back them up to a remote hard drive. Ah not a small task as since I’ve had my new lenses and done the camera lesson I tend to go just a little crazy taking photos. Also I’ve not downloaded any photo’s to the computer really since the US holiday  a year ago. Oh dear a big task.

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Cup Cake anyone?

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Or is this high tea?

 

Here are a couple of photo’s that I rather like that I figured were good enough to share, this is the tea set I bought Indigo when Asha was born back on New Years Eve.

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The bubbles wand is very tickly Papa. Also time to give the motor home a clean up.

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Learning curve on the photography scene

Before travelling to New Zealand in 2014 I bought myself a new camera, I’d always liked Rob’s DSLR but found it too heavy then I discovered the Olympus EM-1. This was exactly what I wanted the same as an SLR but without the weight and shower proof.

I did one photography lesson but sadly just came away more confused and since then just used the auto setting. This was a frustration as I knew I could get more from my camera if only I knew how. I tried reading books and looking at others work but no it still didn’t make sense. I wanted to get extra lenses thinking this might help so in the post Christmas sales bought myself a telephoto lens 75-300mm and a portrait lens 45mm. When purchasing these from my favorite camera shop in Brisbane (Digi Direct) they persuaded me to do another day lesson (50% off was a great motivation). I had fun before the lesson using my new lens on the variety of animals we have been minding and found I especially liked the portrait lens.

Then it was lesson day and surprisingly things did start to make sense and since then I have mainly used the manual setting. Of course there are still many photos to be deleted but I’m certainly getting a lot of satisfaction and fun in trying out the settings and seeing the results. I have also gone to one evening walk provided by the camera shop at no charge. I definitely felt like the amateur here but I will preserver and hopefully start to see some improvement.

I thought I’d share some pics with you and would appreciate it if you give some feedback.

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A Lovely Place to Lounge

Today I write this as I recline on a sun-lounger in a lovely back yard which belongs to my friend Geoff. We have had such a relaxing day starting with a nice sleep in listening to a few showers on the roof ah how nice it is to again enjoy the sound of rain. I finally got up when Geoff’s 18 year old cat meowed in the hall to let us know it was time for breakfast. Didn’t mind the reminder as Sandy is a shy wee girl so nice that she was finally coming in to talk to us after we’d been minding her for the last week.

Yes another house sit this one on the south side of Brisbane in an area we only pass when going on holiday. Yes quite a distance from my work and no train line. I had said to friends I wouldn’t have considered doing this but Geoff is such a dear friend but after commuting for a week by bus and enjoying different views I think I’d do another sit in this area. Of course it is a bonus that the bus comes every 15 minutes so walking the 2 kilometres to the bus station was acceptable.

For the first time in a while Rob has been home all week with no driving jobs probably just as well as he has had a nasty cold that he just couldn’t shake. He has enjoyed this house with its tree filled yard, Geoff had been here 40 years and has developed the small block with lots of short paths and hidden nooks it feels like we are in the country not in suburbia next to a major highway.

Where we are is a short drive to a koala sanctuary, Daisy Hill, so we went there for some bush walking and a picnic lunch sadly no koala in residence today as it has been so hot he was having a break in the air conditioning.

Tonight is our last night here so time to pack up again back to Cherie’s where we will probably stay until our USA trip. We already have another house sit set up for when we return this time with a large dog and Devon Rex cat so that should be fun.

 

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So pretty

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Lovely bloom

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Georgie Girl

 

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Sandy

 

A Second House Sit Ends

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This time we’ve been looking after a menagerie that included 2 dogs, 2 fish and one bird. The dogs are both full of energy and took a little getting used to, we are more used to larger dogs so having a terrier who at times was a little terror did take some getting used to. I stepped up to the challenge and have enjoyed their company and was pleased yesterday to be able to take them both for a walk single handed. Fish & bird of course no problem and liked waking up to tweeting – reminds me of when we camp.

Just a short house sit being just over a week but very quickly we got into the routine of caring for the dogs including regular walks and lots of ball throwing for Ruby the red cattle dog. Also quickly got used to the longer commute by the train to work an hour just to listen to music and read twice a day really isn’t too bad.

Next week another house sit but will tell more about that later