1 EAGLETON NOTES: It's Been a Long Time

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

It's Been a Long Time

I wondered.  Why had I put the bread maker on over night when I had made a loaf yesterday?  I woke to the aroma of freshly baked bread.  Not unusual.  Except when the bread maker hasn't been on.  The brain can play very odd tricks.  I could smell freshly baked bread that didn't exist.  Hmm.

Lewis has been in the grip of a relative heatwave for May.  It was in the mid 20s and absolutely wonderful.  On Saturday I managed to get all the fences painted and a deal of other garden and outside tasks completed. Unfortunately even the rare treat of a spa bath (I do sometimes wonder why I don't have them more often) afterwards didn't manage completely to allay the stiff muscles in my painting arm shoulder the next morning.

In the evening after school the children jump off the pier into water which at best could be described as less than warm or in most of our minds downright freezing.  I'm sure that had I jumped in I would have suffered heart arrest.





All this was taking place a good way from my house and I can only marvel at the ability of modern long-focus lenses (this is the equivalent of about 800mm) to perform hand-held.

On Saturday the sun brought people onto the beach below the house in numbers I can rarely recall seeing before.





Yesterday the sun shone but the wind blew - long, strong and very cold.  Apart from a few hardened dog walkers the beach was empty again.

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  1. How lovely for the kids to be able to jump in like that. Makes theme parks look like the tame old things they really are.

    I've almost forgotten that May is supposed to be warm and sunny so the last few days have been a pleasant surprise!

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    1. No such thing as health and safety considerations here. It's children doing what children should be doing.

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  2. I'm glad you got your share of fine weather!

    Love the shadows in the first and foruth photos... They almost seem to have a life of their own, apart from the people who are casting them!

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    1. Yes the weather was wonderful and it's still sunny but the very cold wind has emptied the beach!

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  3. Goo0d heavens - the beach looks like Blackpool. I'm grateful I've never seen it so busy.

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    1. On past evidence you are safe CJ!

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  4. I agree John! I was there that day at 8am - yes you read that correctly - 8am!
    Briagha and I had the whole beach to ourselves for the hour that we were down there. It was just magical and very, very warm indeed.

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    1. I can vouch for that. Briagha's barking alerted me to witness this highly unusual occurrence.

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  5. I'd love that 800mm focal length!!! Oh the things I could capture :)

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    1. When I gave up my film SLR back in 2003 I went over to cross-over cameras. My SLR kit used to weigh 16 kilos and carting that from here to New Zealand would be an impossibility. My latest cross-over is a Sony DSC-HX100V with a 30X optical magnification. It will never have the definition that your camera has but for my purposes the 810mm equivalent with image stabilisation is absolutely wonderful.

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