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Fings I Like Friday (12)

Let’s do this!

1) The missus. Yes, I’ve bumped her up to number 1 this week. She has been away all week (that’s not the reason I’ve bumped her up, like she’s become more favourable by not being here lol) and today she came back. I’ve really missed her. Like when you only notice how much someone does when they’re not there to do it. This morning I woke up and there were no supplies for breakfast so I put together a scone, a plum and a smoothie. It’s not great is it?

2) Baking. I love baking. The missus runs a website and she often discusses vegan baking. I figured I’d give it a go and I made some scones. I replaced the milk with soya milk, the butter with soya margarine and the egg with flax egg. That’s an egg made from flax seed.

3) Working from home. After travelling through London this week and facing bus delays, train delays and a horribly sweaty tube system it made me thankful for not having to do that crap everyday! And I get to sit around in shorts and T-shirt all day. Sometimes not even a shirt if it’s particularly hot.

4) Projects finally coming together. After months of hard work, delays, stress, working late and pissing everyone off, there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. But you know what? It really doesn’t make up for it. There’s a sense of satisfaction when something gets done, but it’s never worth all the bitching and criticism that is apparently becoming common place these days. Whatever happened to professionalism and mutual respect?

5) The garden. We decided not to cut back most of the weeds and out of control flowers and as a result, it’s become really wild and quite a habitat for all manner of bugs and creatures. Check out these lovely findings:

While watering the garden this morning, I checked out my tomato plants. I’m having babies!!

That’s it for another week. I am still working on my Fings To Do Before I’m Firty list. It’s difficult. It really shouldn’t be…

Goin’ puntin’ goin’ puntin’

Ok, so we decided not to do the open top bus thingie. It was far too nice a day to be sat on a bus yesterday. Instead, we went puntin’!

Cambridge is pretty famous for its river punts and I’ve always wanted to go but the weather is usually pretty awful. Well yesterday was fabtastic and we made sure we took advantage of it. £10 per person to just float up and down the river. Well worth it!

We also had the tour and were given all the information behind each of the colleges. It was quite interesting actually.

After that we had some lunch in a pub garden and then a BBQ in the evening. I spent far too much time in the sun and was in bed by 9.30pm!!! Rock and roll!

Here are some pictures:

Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares…

…and go, Downtown!

I have recently started following some photography blogs/sites in the hope of getting some inspiration. Photography is one of my “things” at the moment. I used to be really good at it and when the missus started taking pictures for her blog, it awoke the beast within!

One of the sites I’m following suggests themes for the weekend. This week it’s Downtown.

Luckily today has been a lovely sunny day so we took a walk into town. It was lovely. Riding into town is good, but walking gives you a lot more opportunities to take in your surroundings.

The first thing that caught our eye was this beautiful sentiment:

I’m amazed that these buildings are still standing.

The first bridge we get to when we go into town is the one on Magdelene Street. It has such an amazing view.

And of course, Cambridge is famous for its bicycles so along comes the obligatory black and white bike shot!

It has since started raining and I think it’s going to last for the rest of the holiday weekend.

We went into Jessops and had a look/feel/play with some Nikon DSLR’s. Very impressed with the D5000. I think that’s the one we’ll be getting at some point in the next couple of months.

Until next time…

We could dance and party all night…

…and drink some cherry wine!

Last night was really nice. We sat out back and had a really nice meal, cod wrapped in bacon, cooked in vegetable stock with saute potatoes and green beans. Another one the missus concocted magically which was enjoyed as we sat in the glow of the sunset drinking wine. We’ve cut back on wine a lot recently but it was a celebration of the end of a mammoth project I’ve been working on for the last few months.

Maybe Jacob’s Creek will pay me some sponsorship royalties?!

Today we gave the cats a bath. What were we thinking?! It ended up alright I suppose, the cats don’t hate us, nobody died, they’re just sat around excessively grooming. Looking much nicer now of course but this is how they looked earlier:

Me, well I got me a war wound that will serve as a reminder to only do this once a year and leave them the hell alone!!

Yee-owch! Thanks Park. Thanks very much.

Do you like to do it yourself?

If the mood strikes. How is the mood striking you now?

G’day! I like photography, the missus likes photography. She likes to photograph food and while the results have been good, she’s been limited by the terrible lighting in the kitchen. It’s not like the cottage in the Dittons, that’s for sure!

So, I’ve decided to do something about it. This weekend, I built a lightbox.

I had a quick search online and found some ideas and while it seemed simple enough, what I have noticed lately is that a lot of these DIY project websites have these impressive tutorials but the cost of doing them far outweighs just going out and buying what you’re trying to make.

I dunno, maybe across the pond people like doing stuff for the sake of just having stuff to do. Me, if I’m DIYing I’m saving money!!

So I made mine entirely on the cheap. Old box in the garage, old pillowcases (sorry missus!!), tape, scissors and pen lying about the house.

Pretty impressed with the result actually!

Tada! One home made lightbox!

Unfortunately, the missus is out and about today and has taken the good camera so I’ve re-instated our battered old Canon A75 point and shoot. The macro is awful but it has already showed the potential this box has.

Picture of some fruit

Another picture of some fruit

And some pins. Because they were there

These were all taken with natural light through a corrogated roof in our conservatory so they’re a bit yellow. I haven’t even rigged up the lights yet. That’s coming later. But as an initial test, these are pretty bad ass!

While writing this post, the missus came home. That’s how I managed to take a picture of the lightbox with a camera in place. I also did a quick test with our good camera to see how that liked the lightbox. This is a much better result.

Light was a little better from the sun but the camera is also a lot better.

In other news, my new favourite channel is ESPN HD. HD has really revitalised sport for me. It’s just so clear. I really feel like I’m there in the game. Today I’ve been watching the NBA playoffs. Boston vs Miami. What a game!

I’m enjoying sport at the moment. It’s one of my phases. The Premiership is getting quite exciting. The snooker is on. The golf Masters was good this year. I have free access to American sports in HD. Yeah, it’s a good time for me and sport. I won some money on the horses recently. I’ve been using that money to bet on other sports. It’s very hit and miss but I’ve got a fiver on Man Utd winning the league. Good odds, I get £40 if they do it. Come on you reds!!