30 September 2006

Upload of piccies

here are some of the pics that I couldn't upload previously - have decided to try and do it through internet explorer instead of AOL as it seems to be holding back my posts on there. Having said that I think one of the pics I was trying to upload may have been too large as these 3 uploaded okay :)


The first one is Erdigg House, the second they call the Glass House section and the third are some gears, which were in one of the outhouses and I turned it black and white :)

My husband is due home at 3am tomorrow - he has been fishing in France for a week with one of his mates - he has text me several times over the week to tell me that he has caught approximately 29 (at the last text) fish and that the largest was 39lb - which I take it, is large for a carp...... no doubt I will get the camera from him tomorrow to upload the pics so you have all been warned - there will have to be some in my blog or he will get upset :) :) :) am off now to have an earlyish night cos if he is coming in at 3am I am sure to be disturbed and the more sleep I get before the less grumpy I will be...... mind you I have missed him - he is my radiator on cold nights :)

17 September 2006

Erddig House

Today is the 17th September 2006 and Gill and I decided after the gym this morning we would visit Erddig House, which is about 2 miles outside of Wrexham, North Wales. The weather was warm and sunny for some of it and we got some fabulous photos of flowers etc - we had bought ourselves tripods so we took them with us in the hope that our photos would not be so blurred :) well I have to say these tripods work - well most of the time they do anyway :) We had a good time outside and then had lunch, after this we decided to go into the house - we went through the first bit and showed our tickets - now I had had to search my bag for my ticket as having been in the gardens for rather a long time it had got shoved somewhere and forgotten about..... anyway of we trundled through the courtyard etc and into the house we had gone down two corridors (virtually in the dark due to no electricity in the house) and peeped into several rooms - unfortunately we could hardly see anything also the maps and pics on the walls we could not see either as it was too dark. We got to the end of this corridor when a gentleman asked if he could relieve Gill and I of our bags - now if anyone takes photos regularly you will know how expensive a Digital SLR camera and its accessories are - there was no way on this earth that I was going or gill for that matter, was going to let this man have our bags - he was going to lock them in a cupboard - now we advised him that we had no intention of getting the cameras out of the bags if that was what he was worried about - he called for assistance and the Manageress came and said that the reason we could not take our bags - small backpacks... was because we may knock something and break/damage something - well am not sure if you are familiar with loose 2-4 year old children but I would have thought that the dangers of them knocking/breaking something were greater than myself a 49 year old or Gill and young 51 yearold doing so. We decided that we would leave at this point, which was a shame really as we had had a lovely morning until this..... That aside it is a beautiful place as you will see from the photos :) well you will do when it lets me upload them.... will try again later :)

16 September 2006

Half way Through September

Well we are half way through the month again and I havent done too much - well when I say not done too much I suppose I have done quite abit compared to what I used to do - firstly I have been to the gym several times this week - am fine when I get there but the effort to get there is great but Gill keeps me on the straight and narrow and always makes sure we go.... also on Monday went to the local Photography Society - we are hopefully going to learn how to use our cameras correctly and use more of the buttons and see how we do. Both Gill and I have just bought tripods - maybe our pics won't be so blurred now ;). There were lots of things in the shop that we think we need, quite a few we know we need and also some we know we don't need but will want anyway - hopefully if we are really good girls, father christmas will be good to us..... This is the first picture I have taken with my camera on the new tripod - it is of my 18yr old son who reluctantly sat still for me :)

11 September 2006

What a Beautiful Morning

Good morning all, hope you have had a good weekend, the weather here has been gorgeous so gill and I made the most of it.

Saturday we had our all day crop and had a brilliant day - actually did two & a half layouts which were the following two :)




















The first one was done for UKS monthly house challenge on Australia and the second is my friends small son Harvey - he is so cute. We spent the weekend with them at their caravan in Colwyn last weekend and it was lovely - we went to the Welsh Mountain Zoo, sorry but not keen on it but then I am used to Chester Zoo which is a much larger and better equipped zoo :)

On Friday night Gill and I went in search of a beautiful sunset but unfortunately missed it by minutes so we were on our way home when we went through Towyn in North Wales and spotted a small fairground - we stopped took our cameras out and got some spectacular photos of the lights as you will see :)











Yesterday we went out to Biddulph Gardens and took some fabulous shots which you can see if you go to my http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v231/merrick10uk/ site as there are too many to upload and I would be spoiled for choice. We had a brilliant day and Biddulph Gardens is a must to visit if you are near it - its not far from Congleton in Cheshire.

Well must go as getting ready for work and need time to put my face on so as not to frighten the other road users :)