Saturday, 9 March 2013
It is very intuitive although I have only just started scratching the surface.
I love the various brushes, especially the 'wet paint' one's which enable two or more colours to be mixed together.
I use a stylus as a finger tip is too fat and large and you cannot see where you are painting. There are many different types and varying prices but they are all based on a pen shape but, instead of a nib there is a soft rubbery end which flows over the screen very easily.
I have just bought two for £5+ and they seem to be fine. I have so far only worn out two so no great expense involved.
I also use the stylus to type with. As a poor typist, I only use a couple of fingers anyway so I find the accuracy of the pen a great help.maybe a bit slow but I am in no hurry!
The biggest benefit of using a stylus is that your screen does not become coveted in sticky finger prints.
Here are some pictures and, yes, I am still fixated on seascapes!
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Change to medication maybe needed but I have to be weaned off the Prozac before I can be given anything else.
Today is day 1 of reducing the dose.
The tranquillisers have made me feel spaced out although it could be the ongoing dizziness problem which Has not yet been diagnosed. I had an MRI scan last Thursday and await the result.
All in all I am not in a good place but I keep telling myself it will pass. It always does but it does not usually come back so quickly or severely.
I am upset that I missed Phoebe's 5th birthday and her stage debut at the Princess theatre but there will be other occasions I am sure.she is a born performer.
Earlier in the month we went to Gloucester with friends for a couple of days. It was very cold and miserable and was not improved by the town.
What a disappointment. We were expecting a lively renovated waterfront like Bristol, but no, very little there to see, a large Antique Emporium full of overpriced stuff, a couple of cafes and a shopping mall which showed signs of the current state of the depression in this country. Charity shops, cheap tatty shops and empty shops outnumbered all the others.
However, on the plus side there were some lovely buildings not least the magnificent Cathedral. As we wandered around the town the bells were ringing loudly and, if you shut your eyes, you could have been back in the 18th Century, hurrying along the cobbled streets in fear of being late.
The stonework was extremely fine, almost dainty and reminded me of a fairy castle rather than a church
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
We drove the 460 odd miles from home to surprise friends in Glasgow. We went up on the Sunday hoping to minimise the traffic and had a very good run despite the flooding everywhere.
The weather was kind apart from two very heavy showers until we got within 30 miles of Glasgow when the skies darkened and the rain came down in bucket loads.
Hazel picked us up from our hotel and took us to her flat where we were sitting on the sofa (glass of wine in hand) when her parents walked in. What a surprise! They were gobsmacked and it was great to feel so welcomed by the whole family.
Jamie cooked a chilli for us all despite suffering from a chest infection, and we had a lovely evening.
Next day, New Years Eve, we went for a drive to Aberfoyle and had lunch in a pub. It was very cold so I just had to buy myself a warm cosy coat with a hood to keep me warm. Pity it was a bit tight!!
We returned to our hotel for a change of clothes and were then picked up and taken to Ann and Tom's for an early dinner. Ann had decorated her house beautifully
We had haggis, neeps and tatties, surprisingly good but we were still full from lunch.
Then, it was time for more surprises, Audrey and Alan arrived who we also know and again, we were made to feel so very welcome. I managed to stay awake until midnight, no mean feat, and Mike first footed with a bottle of Scotch, a lump of coal and a bun
Then the taxi arrived and took us back to the hotel before the New year madness started.
Monday, 24 December 2012
This year we are home!
All seems a bit flat somehow especially as the boys are too old for Santa Claus but thank goodness Phoebe still believes in the magic. We saw her this afternoon and she looked exhausted, worn out with excitement I guess. Mike had to carry her in from the car and lay her on the sofa, spark out!
As I have been far from well this year we decided to go to a pub for Christmas lunch, en famille, and we are booked into The Drum in Cockington. Nice and handy for Emma and, if the weather is kind, somewhere for Phoebe to ride her new bike which is currently on Santa sleigh.
See photo 1.
We are on the early sitting at 12 so we should be home, in front of the fire with our feet up by 5. Emma and the kids are going on to Sarah's for tea
Boxing Day we are having lunch at the Orestone with Mary & Bob from North Carolina.
Set above the cliffs, over looking the sea at Maidencombe, Torquay it is a beautiful old manor house.
See photo 2
Back here after for nibbles and drinks and hopefully we will be joined by Emma and Co.
i am writing this, with great difficulty, on my iPad as the text is hidden by the keyboard!
So, I will finish this little missive and go cook our dinner. Plain, basic stuff tonight before all the richness to come. omelettes.
I have to say I LOVE my iPad, it is so quick, light to carry, versatile, in fact, absolutely brilliant.
There are restrictions the biggest being no Flash preventing you from viewing many things on Utube but, apart from that, I have discovered that I can do my Arty Crafty stuff on here with the aid of a couple of programmes.
It is very different from using my laptop but enjoyable none the less.
Here are a couple of things I have done , certainly not masterpieces but very satisfying.
Right, let me see if I can upload them
O dear, I have just downloaded the Blogger App, another large learning curve. Now what?
There is a picture icon which has allowed me to load some pictures but they are tiny at the bottom of the ' page'.
Guess I will hit the 'Publish' button and see what happens.
Here goes .........
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
I belong to a forum and often draw banners for current events which are shown at the top of the Clubhouse page.
Here are some from this year, working backwards
I have also done some collages of the kids, two for Emma and one for Mike for Fathers Day and had them put on canvas..
Blessed with such lovely grand children.