Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Frivolity In The Wind

by admin - 18:45 on 13 May 2014

I'll never be a photographer. I don't own bagfuls of expensive lenses, I don't have heaps of paraphernalia, I don't own the most up-to-date software and a snazzy computer on which to run it, I've no idea what the difference is between the Canon EOS 5 Mk III and Mk II. So I'll stay a snapper.

Yvonne (the only non-photographer on the holiday) knows how I feel. Her husband, John, has it all and can talk happily for hours with fellow EOS owners Ken and Jenny about apertures, autoISO, Lightroom and Photoshop. That's why a raised eyebrow or a rolled eyeball was enough to bring on the giggles over a splendid lunch in Mahon, where the group spent much of the day.

Sadly, the weather wasn't so jolly today – darker skies and a ferocious wind meant coats or jumpers were donned for the first time, although not by me. It's not that I'm hard, just used to worse back home. Later on, the sun returned and the wind eased, you'll be relieved to hear.

Photo opportunities were sought today in shops owned by more of PhotoActive Philip's tame snappees, at an open-air market, in the fish market, and along the harbour – although the wind meant a few were scurried past, as were several luxurious yachts. Having money doesn't mean the owners can spell, however, unless the captain of Artic Sea, emblazoned in HUGE letters on the stern of his shiny toy, was having a joke. Or maybe he drives a big truck.

The part of the day involving cameras took about four hours; the part involving knives, forks, spoons and wine glasses took getting on for three – not because the service was slow but because meals are to be savoured. We should also have been able to savour the view from the pavement tables but a canopy had been erected around them to protect diners from the wind, so we had to look out through plastic windows. No-one complained.

Dinner will soon be served (well, self-served as it's a buffet) then we're out again for a late evening of night photography. And snappery.

Comment from Cathy at 22:34 on 13 May 2014.
Nonsense! You're a brilliant photographer, and I know Philip would be the first to say you don't need all that Stuff. It's like saying you can't be a runner if you don't have a GPS, six pairs of trainers, and drawers full of clothes and kit!
Comment from Russell at 09:16 on 15 May 2014.
Don't tell that to Matchgirl the trainer queen!

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