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new camera

I have bought a new camera its an Olympus PL-5 it is a four thirds mirrorless compact system camera. it came with two lenses 14-42mm and 40 -150 mm

The pictures are good, the menu system not so much.

The video is nice and sharp and the sound clear, if i can work out how to put the video on the blog will.

The set up is as it came out of the box the colours are slightly off but not too bad

we won’t look at the weeds in this photo.

this is to show how sharp the photo is, it was taken at about 6 fit with the 40 -150 lens

here are some pictures taken in doors



Over all I think it is a nice camera not too heavy and small enough to put in my handbag, I will admit I prefer the zoom lens I have on my canon 450 but it is just too big, and does get in the way. I’ll try and do some comparison shots once my new sd card arrives, at the moment i’m using the one out of the canon, but I have a new wi-fi enabled card ordered, so I should be able check that out as well.


Hi, sorry I haven’t been around for this week, I have been in the New Forrest, no internet access 😩

it has been very relaxing, we drove up there Monday Morning, a little cabin the in the woods, we weren’t able to stay in the cabin we booked they had a land slip, but the one they offered us was really great.


we had a walk round Salisbury Tuesday, and a trip to Fabricland, I came away with  a couple of lengths of skirt fabric and two lots of cotton for blouses

Wednesday was a quick trip to Southampton and a walk around the forest.


Thursday was a trip to Marwell Zoo.


more adventures in printing

You may or may not have seen the post about changing the size of a pattern using a printer/scanner, I have taken it one step further recreating missing pattern pieces.



Last year I bought two blouse patterns both Butterick and similar i hadn’t looked at them until yesterday when I discovered that one of the patterns only had the front and back included, no facing and no collar to be fair to the seller, they were cheap and it might have said the the whole pattern wasn’t there)

back to the post, I thought to myself well I can create the facing quite easily but the three collar pieces might cause me some problems, I might be able to use the bits from the other pattern but they aren’t quite the same shape and it could cause me problems in the long run.

I worked out the ratio between the pieces that I had and the diagram on the ‘how to put it together sheet’ then scanned the sheet at 1433% size


Using the preview button I scanned each piece seperately, then printed and cut them out, they aren’t perfect but the one piece I could check with any certainty (front facing) was pretty darned close.


now I have put the top together I am very pleased, it was too long, the bust darts were in the wrong place and it was far too bid across the chest. these problem have all been solved by taking an inch out of the length and moving the side bust dart up by the same amount.


close up of the collar

I like the pattern and i think it will look good with trousers and skirts. the only thing i’m not sure about is that because the shoulder seams are cut in so much you can see my bra straps.

bound button holes and the border print dress

I’m quite pleased at how the button holes have turned out, especially as I left it practically to the last minute to go with them, note to self ‘don’t do that again’ it is awkward to do the stitching on the bottom button hole.


I do have a confession to make the photo shows the back of the best button holes, two of the others didn’t quite line up properly, but they lined up enough so as not to impair the hole on the front.

I have also stitched some of the neck facing down


All that needs doing now is the rest of the neck facing, waist binding and hemming, I also need to cut out and make the belt.

I also need to find out how to centre the photos when I import them in from Flickr.

Russell Watson at the Cliffs Pavillion

We went to see Russell Watson, it wasn’t my idea, I though Simon and his Mum were going together and I was staying at home, no such luck.

Ok, I thought, he did the theme song to Enterprise he can’t be all that bad, it was, and worse.

Now I’m not very musically inclined so I can say if I thought it sounded good or not but I can’t say if it was musically good (Simon can, he said the first half wasn’t), the Freddie Mercury song Barcelona sound so much better when Freddie  did it, we then had another song this one from Les Miserables, then he disappeared for 10 minutes while we were treated to a Les Miserable medley, as far as I am concerned the only thing worse than a medley is a mash up or a 12 inch remix.

In between song we were treated to a load of drivel, mostly about his good friends Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil who have written him his very own song, in my opinion if this is the stuff they come up with now may be they should give up song writing, it sounded as if they had got hold of a rhyming dictionary and stuck to it like glue. nice, ice, rice splice ( I made the last one up 🙂 )

We had 5 songs in the first hour and about the same in the second hour, he did two songs then disappeared for 10 minutes again, this time we were subjected to an array of science fiction theme tunes, to get you thinking he might do Enterprise after all, he didn’t. He wittered on a bit more about his ‘good friends’ sung a song, Simon says was ripped off from Miss Siagon ( I wouldn’t know I haven’t seen it) nessum dorma, and some hymns, abide with me, Jerusalem which is my favourite, which was ruined by the woman behind me who insisted on singing along out of tune and slightly behind Russell.

All in all I think I would have been happier had it been more operatic songs and less Les Miserable and a lot, lot less of him actually talking.

One other thing he was pushing a charity song, it was a good charity for soldiers invalided out of the army with bits missing, the person who wrote would probably have benefited from  Russell’s ‘Good Friends’ as any one adding a line ‘London Bridge is falling down’ to their song needs to be taken outside and shot (that could be considered in bad taste because of the charity but to have managed to get so many clichĂ©s in one song was poor very poor)

Would I go and see him again, No, No, No

Flubble a memorial

if you are not a big cat fan it is probably best that you skip this post.

Poor Kitty, after staying in at the vets over night to build her up for the anaesthetic so they could check what was causing her breathing/eating problems the Vet discovered she had a large tumour blocking her throat, we had already decided that if the results were bad it would be kinder to let her slip away rather than putting her through the stress of bringing her round only to take her back to the Vets later in the week to have her put to sleep.


only weeks old


with her brothers under the sofa


with mum Kushka and brothers


help I’m a long way up


relaxing on next doors shed with Mum


don’t look at me the camera adds 10lbs


the four musketeers Kushka, Flubble, Gismo and Ginge gone but not forgotten.


bags, boxes I love them all

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mother and son time, we like to be not quite together


Ginge looks huge in this photo I think he should go and find a bigger lap so I can have this one…



who says I don’t spend any time with the man of the house?


last photo

late post

Sorry this post is a little bit late, we have been dealing with a sick pussycat, she is a bit clingy when she is ill and hasn’t allowed us to do anything much, I am behind on my reading and on my sewing.

Flubble (fluffy bubble) has what looks like a head cold, i don’t know if cats get head colds but that is what it looks like. She is at the vets at the moment waiting to go under the anaesthetic tomorrow to discover what is bunging her up and preventing her from eating.

There is always dangers with a cat of this age (18ish) going under anaesthetic, but we have decided that it is worth the risk, just had the phone call from the vet to say that her kidneys are fine so now it is just a wait and see, hopefully we will be bringing her home in a couple of days


Night out at the Cliffs Pavillion

Wednesday evening we went out for a change, we being me and Simon, went to the Cliffs Pavillion to see Brian May and Kerry Ellis.

It was a two hour set Simon was very happy as it has been a long held ambition of his to see Brian May play live.

Some songs were better than others as you usually get with a gig like this, mainly the original stuff was a bit off but the covers were good. We had some Beatles, an Everly brothers song and of course a couple of Queen songs.

They obviously care about animals and the environment, however if the set is only two hours long people don’t want a quarter of that taken up with the Badger Cull and Lion Killing, don’t get me wrong I care about Lions as much as the next person, Badgers I can take or leave, but in a gig that short pick one or the other not both, and stick it in the middle not slap you about the face with it straight off.

It was slow to start off, I’m not musically inclined so if you were expecting a list of songs you are going to be disappointed. After the first 20-30 mins it picked up and became an enjoyable evening.

I know I keep harping on about how short it was but I don’t think it need a costume change in the middle, unless of course they both had surprisingly small bladders, the poor pianist didn’t get to leave, in fact after Kerry’s costume change I think they did about two songs and the encore.


I know the picture is bad, the main problem was the big yellow screen it put the camera off.

Book challenge February

Here is an update as to how I’m doing in my book challenge.

From my challenge I have read:-

Georgette Heyer – Faro’s Daughter
Steve Berry – The Templar Legacy
Melissa Nathan – The Nanny
Elizabeth Peters – The Ape That Guards the Balance

I still have

Lindsey Davis – Time Depart
Robert Jordan – The Great Hunt

The Lindsey Davis will be finished I’m not so sure about the Robert Jordan

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