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Signs of Spring 2012
Wed 25-Jan-12
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Toffeeapple
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Lucky you, I have lost my Reticulata, in the deep freeze of last winter.  The Bearded ones are showing signs of growth though, so only four months until I can smell their sweet scent again.

Martin, I meant to comment on your photograph of the pea flower, both the photo and the flower are very good.  Are you enjoying the new camera?

I'll try that again!

Wed 25-Jan-12
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Hi Toni,

Not having the use of an SLR for some time, I have got in to the habit of everything being automatic. I am getting to grips with all the things I used to know about, so re-reading about aperture priority etc, and trying to remember it all.

The photo was taken on full auto this time, as I was just trying the camera. The good thing with digital of course is that you can see your results immediately, and have not wasted a shot on a roll of fim.

 

I did find though that my old lenses, although they will work, come up with an error report on the camera, and I have to switch off and on again. Sigma have quoted me £65 to investigate the telephoto lens and probably to re-chip it to allow correct communication.cry- so I have bitten the bullet and sent for a lens from Amazon which was not hugely more expensive than the repair chargesmile

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Thu 26-Jan-12
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I know what you mean about re-learning the way SLR works, I was very proficient when I had my old Pentax (boy is that heavy compared to modern cameras!)  since I used it every day but I've had more than twenty years of not using any camera so seem to be unable to get to grips with shutter speeds and depth of field etc.  Maybe one day I'll read the manual...

I'll try that again!

Thu 26-Jan-12
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Toni,

I have been reading some photographic magazines- our local market has a stall which sells off unsold magazines at 80p each if you buy three mags, so I picked up three different ones to start to re-learn. I already had the photoshop elements software which seems extensively used to correct or add special effects to digital pictures, so that is a whole new learning curve as well.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Thu 26-Jan-12
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Blimey, Photoshop too?  I'd better not look at that for a while.  I seem to have no energy at the minute so will, again, put it on the back burner...

Glad though that you are enjoying it all, hope your new lens will suit you.

I'll try that again!

Fri 27-Jan-12
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I have a passion-flower vine by my front door & this morning I noticed it had long new shoots all over it. I was pretty amazed as normally this happens much later (sometimes as late as May). I can even see see some shoots which are over 2ft long. The front of the house gets a lot of sunshine every day. I must see if my fig tree is shooting too. The two big rosemary bushes out there is covered in blue flowers (has been since early December) & there are a couple of small roses in bloom. 

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Fri 27-Jan-12
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How exciting!  My Rosemarys have flowers too, they taste so intense.

I'll try that again!

Fri 27-Jan-12
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According to what I've just read in the paper, the whole of February is going to be very cold and snowyeeek.  So any newly-emerging/flowering things that have been enticed out by the warmer, sunnier weather thinking it's already Spring, may well soon wish they hadn't! doh

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Fri 27-Jan-12
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It doesn't surprise me Sue...it is just what I've been afraid of. My only consolation & hope is that the forecasters are so often wrong........ !!  wink  whistle

Well there is nothing we can do except WAIT & SEE.  wave

 

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Fri 27-Jan-12
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I was afraid of that happening also- frequently February is worse than January in terms of weather- stiil not point worrying- it will happen or not.

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Sun 29-Jan-12
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Ne'er cast a clout till May is out cheers

Sun 29-Jan-12
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Just listening to countryfile weather forecast and they are warning for frost days ahead, just noticed yesterday that our camelias have a few open flowers on them, and yes we have flowering rosemary too.

Sun 29-Jan-12
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A well fed rat is a HappyRat    A smile a day keeps the psychiatrist away.

Mon 30-Jan-12
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wow Simon

Mon 30-Jan-12
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There are a few snowdrops out near one of the car parks in work but that's about it. Nothing as impressive as all those.

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