365 ~ Hipstamatic week 17

This week a random shake produced the Mark lens, which adds nice desaturation and vintage colouring, and the Cinzano 36 film which adds cool tones and additional emphasis on your subject. Apparently.

Sunday 23rd April
A lazy day, and I’ve been enthralled by my new book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig. The basic synopsis of which is “a compendium of new words for emotions. Its mission is to shine a light on the fundamental strangeness of being a human being – all the aches,demons,vibes,joys and urges that are humming in the background of everyday life.” As someone who regularly adulterates or makes up words, this appealed to me, but this guy is much cleverer.


Monday 24th April
Back to work and I was taken with these two seagulls which are around our carpark most days, and today standing guard on the out-building.

Bonnie & Clyde

Tuesday 25th April
Bonnie & Clyde were back on the roof today and I tried to get a closer shot, but they flew of just as I was about to take the shot, but I like it anyway.

B&C flying the coop.

Wednesday 26th April
I tend to take photos throughout the day when something appeals, and then choose the one I like best at the end of the day. My shot in Lidl won today.

Lidl Lady

Thursday 27th April
A long weekend coming up with a Bank Holiday on Monday next week. Phil decided to attack the back leilandi with his chainsaw and Winnie went up on top of the shed to supervise.


Friday 28th April
Winnie has still been plagued with cystitis and needed a Daddy cuddle.

Comfort break.

Saturday 29th April
Sophie is back from Spain this weekend, and we went off to Alnwick Castle Gardens to see the blossom orchard. A bit late for full bloom, they’re losing their blossoms beautifully though. A group of ladies turned up and started banging drums and chanting ‘oooms’, ‘oms’, “hy-oh’s” and such like. I thought they might be a tribe of Native Americans but Sophie reckoned it was a kind of woman meditation & wellness group type thing. She was probably right but I liked my thought better 🤣. Yet another crappy weather day but we did the best we could in the circumstances.

Ladies wot drum.

So that’s that for week 17. Lots of brown tones for this combination, which is a bit like Week 15 but more so, and more contrasty with the blacks havng a purple tinge to them. But it did the job. Now onwards to 18! so


365 ~ Hipstamatic Week 16

This week I chose the Jalisco Histapak which consists of the Chivas lens, which adds cool contrast even in dark conditions, and the Estrada 83 film, which is a grungy film with a tatty border.

Sunday 16th April
It didn’t rain today though there wasn’t any warmth in the air, we did bits of housework and Phil mowed the lawns which are in pretty poor condition having been overrun with moss.

cold mowings.

Monday 17th April
Back to work, and busy as always on a Monday. It was a sunny day, not that I had chance to appreciate it until I got home and saw the view from our bedroom window is getting it’s spring greens.

Spring greens

Tuesday 18th April
It’s been a while since I got a chance to take a picture of Teddy the boss’s doggy. The little chap has been ‘done’ now but it hasn’t calmed him down any, he’s still as mad as a box of frogs. So cute and happy though.

Teddy Boy

Wednesday 19th April
The sun was out again early doors, and as the light crept up over our garden fence some rays started touching the new leaves on Mum’s plant, so I got my shot done before I even went to work.

Pieris Forest Flame

Thursday 20th April
We had an appointment to take Winnie to the vet today which was quite traumatic for all of us. She might be little but she can up up a good fight when the cat box beckons. We managed to get her in, and then to the vet, the howls on the car journey break your heart and mind. When we got there she wouldn’t get out of the box of course, so another palaver, and when eventually she did come out, she squashed herself right up to me and stuck her head inside my jacket as if to hide. But she suffered being examined, then the vet prescribed painkillers, and gave us advice on stuff we already knew. She went back in the catbox no problem, and was quiet as a mouse on the way home. Back home and she was right as rain. It was also our 11th wedding anniversary and Phil had booked us in at Bellini’s, which I hadn’t been to before. It wasn’t a cozy romanic place by any stretch, and reminded me more of a canteen. It was quite busy and noisy, and we wondered how long we’d have to wait for service, but it was all very timely and the food was really good. I liked their ceiling deco!

Hands across the sea-ling.

Friday 21st April
Phil at work this morning so I did some chores and had intended to take the Pentax out on it’s inaugural session, but it was cold and grey and I had no enthusiasm or motivation for it at all, so I did the washing instead and did a Winnie shot. She seems a little better today.


Saturday 22nd April
It’s really annoying when my work days have all been nice weather, and my off days are damp and miserable, the best today has to offer is a concrete sky and muddy greens. It’s been raining all day, but not proper photographic rain, just a continuous fine mizzle. Phil was at work again for the morning, so I read my book and drank tea, and cuddled the cat.

when all else fails..

Another week gone, and I think this combination worked reasonably well, gave a little bit extra without being too arty farty.

Fingers crossed for some nice weather for me next week! Onwards!!…..