Sunday, 1 April 2018

Spring Flowers

Well, I'm trying to keep up with my New-Year's resolution and managing to take a few photos - still only when I feel like it, but that's no bad thing really.

I'm also trying to have a fairly quiet Easter weekend, not doing to much for the couple of days I have off other than catching up on the latest Windows Spring Creators Update on my main PC and laptop. Honestly, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about as little seems to change for such a big and complicated process.

Anyway, here are some of the photos I have taken in the garden today. Spring does seem to be finally arriving - my cherry-plum trees are nearly ready to burst into flower and the rest of the fruit trees will not be far behind. I'll try and revisit the garden when they start to open up and get a few blossom photos, but for now we'll have to make do with primroses and narcissus.

All images taken with the usual Pentax K3 and today's lens of choice, the Sigma 50mm 1:2.8 DG Macro. It's far and away the sharpest lens I have, as well as the one that allows these real close-up macro shots to shine.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sulby Reservoir

At last some weather good enough to let me get out with the quadcopter. I took a trip up to Sulby Reservoir and flew from the middle of the dam.

Next time I go up there, I'll try and get high enough to see over the summit of Snaefell - I didn't quite manage it this time.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Catching up with Flying Time

I can't believe that the computers4-U website was last updated in 2010. This seems to be the problem with websites of all sizes - they get created (often with quite a lot of effort) and then they get pretty much abandoned and ignored. Of course, I'm not the only one guilty of this, but I do sometimes feel that I could do more to help.

Following on from this fairly successful attempt to use the Blogger platform to create and maintain a site, I suggested to Russell that the shop's site should move to the same platform. This would make it instantly update-able at any time, easier to maintain and a bit more contemporary. It also allows the shop to post news and special offers at any time.

Anyway, the new site is now live at and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out for just a morning's work. Hopefully, I'll move some more of my static sites over to the Blogger platform in the near future.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Making Chains

Every so often, I get the urge to be a bit more creative. To be honest, it's been quite a while since this was last the case. Even taking photos was just too much effort in 2017. I'm working on the photography side this year, but still find it difficult to just go out and take pictures like I once did - age I guess!

So, for the dark days of winter, I've tried to find something that I can do in the warm indoors. To this end, I thought I'd play around with some chain-mail (or chain-maille if we're being posh and /or American) jewellery. It's really simple to get started, just join a few metal rings together and there you go.

Clearly, it isn't as simple as that in practice, as everything is small and fiddly and there are dozens - if not hundreds - of patterns to experiment with. Here are some of my tests so far - nothing serious or very good yet, but I'm getting there. I hope to make some in sterling silver once I get a bit more practice under my belt.