Although now into March we have more normal weather the “Mad March Days” wet and windy, February was of a very different order, very Spring like which led me to focus on preparing things for my next home improvement project which I hope is the last part of the jigsaw. However after a spurt of such activity encouraged by very warm weather, I returned to my photographic archiving task which increasingly is like disappearing down a rabbit hole !
Although I haven't posted anything just lately, it hasn't been through a lack of interest on my part, simply that I am busy on other things which in their own way, are related to what this site is about. The Winter is always a relatively fallow period for me photographically with the shorter days and it is only around now as the daylight hours noticeably lengthen that I start to get excited again !
In a sense the above title is rather misleading at it seems to allude to “New Year's Resolutions” which I don't believe in too much. However, the period between Christmas and the New Year 'Twixmas' as I amusingly heard it referred to, is a time for reflection and a 'gathering of strength for the year ahead plus a time to get your existing goals into sharp focus.
A little while back, I spent a brief time walking around Oxford, it was one of those sunshine and showers days but interesting never the less and I took a few photographs. Although not likely known to many people overseas, there has been two TV detective series which were set in Oxford, Morse and a spin off Lewis, both were very good and made heavy use of the University part of the city as a backdrop for the drama.
As we approach that time of the year again, many of us send out Christmas cards to family and friends. A few years back and after the passing of both my Parents, instead of buying cards from a shop or on line, I decided to start printing my own and more personal greetings cards.
A few weeks ago my Uncle Mickey died just about a week short of his 94th birthday, an excellent innings by any standard, he lived in Washington State in the USA with his wife, Jeanie had US citizenship and was a staunch Republican. As it is Rememberance Sunday today, it is a fitting moment to think of him as well as all the other ex servicemen and women.
This post describes my background in photography and how I arrived at where I am today, the friend in question is a dog called Jack and more about him shortly.