Trafalgar Square. By Night! And Now Its 2019.

And Now It’s 2019

Where did 2018 go? Now it’s 2019, and a belated Happy New Year to all.

Our 2018 is probably best described as tumultuous. An unusual mix of highs and lows and general family chaos, though that is quite normal. The year was largely filled with great times spent with family and friends and some unexpected events. Between kids (adult) getting married, having babies (we became grandparents for the first time) and visiting friends and family the year got busy!

The Christmas period marked the first time in some years that the whole family was together. As we started to prepare for that, around the end of November I decided to take a blogging holiday until the new year.

I stopped doing anything on this blog and on most social media. Trying to find the time amidst work changes and all of that family activity was simply becoming very stressful, and there was a need to review the blog and ask some serious questions.

Should I just shut it down? Should I change track and blog about something else? Or do I need to simply improve what I am writing about?

Actually I put a lot of time into looking at the technology. That’s my overlap with blogging, of course. I run IT for a manufacturing group. In that position I have become very involved with various aspects of cloud computing, including, and especially, the classic “access any time from anywhere” idea. With the right apps and a smartphone the Gutenberg editor and a bluetooth keyboard make an interesting blogging platform (when Gutenberg actually works), among other things! Of course I am also a long time Linux fan.

In short, One of my hurdles in blogging was not making best use of the tech in order to best use my spare time.

So the plan going forward is to focus more on the “people like us”, i.e. getting older, still in the 9 to 5, limited travel (and tech) budget (and time), but a wish to travel, take photos and enjoy good food.

Add in some technology, maybe in a sister blog and hopefully you will read and enjoy.

New Content

My Trello boards and photo albums are full of content. Now it’s a matter of getting it out there. Here’s a little sample, starting with a bit of madness: we went to Trafalgar Square. At night. Who does that 🙂 !

Mountains

 

These photos are from our recent trip to Switzerland. Of course it is hard, in Switzerland, to go anywhere without seeing mountains.

The top photo was taken at Vevey on the shore of Lake Geneva. Every time we visited the lake I was reminded of the song “Smoke on the Water”. The view was always misty, with low cloud.

The photo below has such a peaceful atmosphere, I just enjoy it.

Both photos taken with the excellent Lunix TZ100. Unedited apart from minor levels adjustment.

In response to Bren Ryan’s Photo for The Week Challenge 17, Mountains.

Mountains near Saanen in the Gstaad area of Switzerland.
Mountains near Saanen in Switzerland.

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A sunny saturday afternoon at Perroy beach in Switzerland

Perroy – Hello Switzerland!

A cold beer on a warm Saturday at Perroy beach, Switzerland.Our Easyjet flight from Luton flew down Lake Geneva, giving some tantalising glimpses of the lake, especially for a first time visitor. After we landed at Geneva airport, and completed the usual arrival admin, we met our friend, as planned. Before heading into the mountains there was an errand to run. That took us to this this pretty spot on the beach at Perroy, on the shore of Lake Geneva.

It was a warm Saturday afternoon with a few people around enjoying a swim, or just enjoying the warm day.

A great way to start a trip to somewhere new – a warm afternoon and a beer on the beach!

This was, of course, where the clouds in my previous post were photographed.

We spent a short while here, before heading on to Les Moulins, which was to be our base for this trip.

 

Panorama of Lake Geneva from Perroy Beach

A panorama of Lake Geneva from Perroy Beach.

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A pretty swan on the local lake.

Swan on the Lake – with a Photo Tip

Digging through some older photographs, I came across this one of a swan on the lake.

Spring and summer can often bring swans to the lake. They always make pretty sight, somehow very calming as they elegantly swim along.

Swan on the Lake – Photo Tip

Capturing the image can, however, be tricky. The reflection of the swan in the rippling water is great. in full colour it is very “busy” with all of the reflections in green water. Rather than take it to a full black and white image I like to desaturate the image until there is just a hint of the stronger colours left. Look at the swan’s beak.

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Sundown at Camden Market

Back at the end of May we spent a bit of time in London. We always love to visit Camden Market. Never buy much but the atmosphere is great.

At the end of the day it’s great to chill out at one of the pubs and enjoy the early evening with a drink.

Here are a few views of the Camden market area at sundown.

Cranes and narrow boa
ts in the sundown light at Camden Market.
Cranes and narrow boats in the sundown light at Camden Market
Reflection in the canal at Camden Market in the early evening light.
Reflections in the canal at Camden Market at the end of the day

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