A Wanderful Life

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Foto Flashback Moment

Yes — I am aware that I have spelled PHOTO incorrectly — it’s intentional.

Still wading through hundreds of photos and every once in awhile there is one that has nothing to do with commercial viability — but it just makes me smile.

Here is Mark, camera in hand, slightly out of focus, as we are out walking around in mud and much taking photographs of ruins in England. I do miss that — rather a lot.

 

Mark in Ruined Church-580

 

Stay tuned. The link to the new site should be up any time now — hopefully by the end of next week???

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Rediscovered Treasure

It happens that way sometimes. You open up an image file (or set of files in my case!) and discover that you have somehow managed to not ever get around to editing it! We were travelling so much from the years 2010 through half of 2013 that it was bound to happen. But it’s fun to discover new things to upload to my NEW SITE (link coming soon) that I am setting up right now. 150 images up so far and hundreds more to go!

By the way, if you notice that the watermark on the photo is larger again, that’s because someone tried to use one of my pictures for their website without paying for it and frankly, I am not putting up with that nonsense! (cough-cough-SCUMBAGS!) Please do note that all of my work is STRICTLY copyrighted.

Until the next time — enjoy this shot from Portsmouth’s historic docks in England.

 

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24/11/2014 at 12:32 AM Comments (0)

Nothing like a challenge — or TEN!

You know I’ve given myself a challenge with the novel writing deadlines — but now I am adding to that.

There has been a “Coming Soon” over in the right side column where it says PHOTOS TO PURCHASE for the last couple of years? In the spirit of better late than never, I am putting up an online store that will go live in a couple of weeks. You’ll be able to purchase everything from prints of your favourite pictures or canvas wraps that are ready to hang on the wall, mugs, t-shirts, aprons, and lots more. And since I am outsourcing all of this, you can use your credit card on that site and I won’t have the stress-wrangling of dealing with a shopping cart installation on this site. Whew!

The new photo site will have images broken down into galleries from each of the 12 countries we’ve travelled to over the last 5 years, so it will be easy to work your way through the premium images from all of the tens of thousands that I have shot. Not everything will be on the new photo site — just the best artistic or stock-type images. But if you have a particular image from a past story that is not included, just drop me an email and I will create a custom link for you.

I continue to find funny images like this one below that I never got around to editing. So look forward to the new launch quite soon!

 

Jack wants some lunch, too!

Jack wants some lunch, too!


 

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21/11/2014 at 10:53 PM Comments (0)

There are days when I miss the darkroom

There are still days when I miss working in the darkroom. I loved the process of manipulating images with a bit of push and pull, dodging and burning — then going tray to tray with those precious pieces of white paper and watching as an image suddenly bloomed into life.

As I said in an earlier post — I’m uploading new images to stock agencies and every once in awhile there is one that is much better in black and white. At least when I do this in the digital darkroom, I’m not breathing toxic and carcinogenic fumes!

Enjoy…

 

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18/11/2014 at 8:18 AM Comments (0)

Haven’t Disappeared Altogether — REALLY!

It has been ever so long since I updated the site and there are a lot of reasons for that. Short explanation…

1. Some health issues (now completely resolved!)
2. Buying a house
3. Moving and unpacking (and that is still an in-process situation)
4. Renovating

Additional delaying factors…
1. Trying to decide whether to stay in Australia or go straight back to Europe
2. Busy with the stock photography (surprisingly, on the upswing!) and uploading
3. Writing not one but TWO books.
4. Being a total nut-case and signing up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and trying to produce 50,000 words of a rough draft novel in 1 month. Did it — in 15 days with not enough sleep. But the novel isn’t done and will probably end up being about 70,000 words. So yes, I still have the rest of November to slog away.

 

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Got oddly Mother Earth-ish (small doses!) and decided to try doing a smidge of gardening after over decade away from that and have been remarkably successful thus far.
 

Freshly planted garden bed.

Freshly planted garden bed.


 

Seriously? It has been so long since I did one of these posts that I had to go back and refresh my memory on the html coding!

Plan to TRY and do better with keeping up on this site once again. Lots of things are percolating now that our lives have settled down and there are some big plans afoot.

Also — am rebuilding my portfolio with a new agency. Plan to upload weekly (fingers crossed!) or more often examples so you can see what’s up for sale as stock. As soon as I get several more dozen images up, I will post a link. In the meantime, here’s an example of what I will have on there for one time rights.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge on a stormy day.

Sydney Harbour Bridge on a stormy day.


 

More soon!

 

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18/11/2014 at 12:58 AM Comments (0)

Marvelous Metis and Lovely Linen From France

We must have lived in a golden bubble during our time in France. I found the most amazing bargains on items that are soon to find a home in our ‘new’ 1950 house in Australia.

I had learned about metis by doing a bit of research after seeing vintage bed linens on sale for stunningly low prices in some rural communities in France. And when you use the phrase bed linen, that refers to the time when sheets and pillow cases were actually made of long wearing linen. In many cases the linen sheets in a household were passed down from one generation to another because the fabric was so dense and sturdy that it practically never wore out. It might have had a mend or two after 30-50 years, but it was still intact. And nowadays, interior designers just love to re-purpose metis and vintage linen into drapes or upholstery because the pieces are always huge size-wise compared to today’s bedding.

Linen is warm in the winter and cool in the summer because it’s a natural fibre and it breathes just as pure cotton does. Metis is a 35% cotton and 65% linen blend and is equally valued by people who appreciate fine bed linens. Just try checking the prices nowadays on Ebay for vintage metis or linen sheets from France!

On several occasions, I found packages of linen or metis sheets that were listed in estate sales and they were — wait for it — pre-World War II pieces that still had the original ribbons around them. The pieces of fabric were simply huge and all they needed was a long (long!) soak in several consecutive containers of gently soapy water to remove the yellowing of age and bring them back to a pale cream hue.
 

Vintage French bed linens from the 1940s soaking

Vintage French bed linens from the 1940s soaking


 
The seller of one batch, the owner of an estate sale company, said she had opened up a massive linen press in a large country house and found stacks and stacks of never used bed linens that had been purchased and stockpiled before the war began. What a treasure horde that was!

Just before we departed from our lovely hometown of St. Girons, we visited a depot vente (a vast second hand goods dealer in a former mill) and trolled through table after table of bedding sheets that were crisp white 100% linen. Mark and I filled our arms with the best of them and I purchased them for a fragment of what they sell for in boutiques or online.
 

Vintage French bed linens packed to return home to Australia

Vintage French bed linens packed to return home to Australia


 

More than 2 large boxes of these vintage linens came back with us from France to grace our new home and remind us of a place that seared its beauty into our hearts. I’ll make sure to take pictures once they are unpacked and in place on one of the beds.

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27/01/2014 at 1:19 PM Comments (0)

And So It Begins

 
And so it begins — the gathering up process prior to construction.

We’re serial renovators since every single house that we have ever owned has been a project. So that probably explains why Mark was not keen for us to buy a brand new house. And truthfully, I don’t mind the idea of taking a run-down property and completely transforming it. We’ve worked together for years running a restoration business both in Australia and on the road in Europe, so none of this is a drama.

We paid a visit to a tile warehouse the other day to pick up the tiles that I had purchased online for the kitchen backsplash. Here’s the vast space below and a sheet of the lovely glass mosaics we’ll be using. I particularly like the way the light will bounce off of them since every little rectangle has been imprinted with the texture of a hessian sack fabric in all sorts of different angles.

 

Tile warehouse

Tile warehouse


 
Sheet of glass mosaic tiles

Sheet of glass mosaic tiles


 

Once we got them back to our current (for a few more months only!) residence, Mark placed them on a vintage table that we have sitting beneath a window. I put the paint charts next to them (yes — that’s our ‘old friend’ the Dulux dog on that chart) and right behind it sits the new vintage themed Bush radio that I got for my birthday. That radio is going to be sitting on the kitchen counter and it certainly does go nicely with the colour scheme we’ve chosen.

 

The new kitchen colour scheme.

The new kitchen colour scheme.


 
The new retro Bush radio will fit right into our kitchen colour scheme!

The new retro Bush radio will fit right into our kitchen colour scheme!


 

Bye for now!

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