Well, after a long hiatus, it’s time to update this blog. We’re currently on holiday in Wales and about to embark on something a bit different: walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
We’ve been doing some training hikes over the last few months, plus I’ve taken up running. Our latest hike was from Aberystwyth to Llanrhystud, offering some breathtaking views and hopefully a taste of the kind of thing we’ll be seeing over the next week.
Yesterday we travelled down to Carmarthen with my parents, as Dad was booked to give a talk here in the evening (very good it was too – wouldn’t have missed it for the world!). Now, after a hearty breakfast, we’ll shortly be hopping on a train down to Kilgetty and starting today’s walk down to Tenby. A week of walking and B&B accommodation awaits, and we’re very excited!
After a week of catching up with work and another week of intensive examiners’ meetings following our holiday, today I have been taking stock of what I still need to get done this month. And it’s A LOT. Rather more than I’d been bargaining with.
Much of it’s bitty and routine, but the biggest thing on my mind is the seven new book chapters I need to submit by October 1st, and the thirteen I need to revise. By now I know roughly the range of how long it takes me to draft a chapter – anything from about two-thirds of a working day to three working days, depending on the whereabouts / frame of mind of my muse and how familiar with / keen on the content I am. The revisions are more of an unknown quantity as they range from simple rephrasing to moving and / or replacing whole chunks, with the attendant issues of layout to bear in mind. And there’s one chapter that’ll have to go back to the drawing board as I’m too unhappy with it.
Plus I’m going away for a week next Saturday, but hey, that’s what laptops are for, isn’t it? A change is as good as a rest, etc. etc.
I shall endeavour to provide a few updates as (if?) I make progress…
There was a time when going on holiday – or even on a day trip – meant packing my photo rucksack full of as many lenses, filters and other bits and bobs as I could carry.
Times have changed. I now have one saddle bag for all my clothes, and another that needs to accommodate my sleeping bag, cooking equipment and camera stuff. This ist smallest camera bag, and it fits inside a cycling helmet with room to spare (I’m just showing you this for scale – it’s not how I’m planning to transport it!).
Yes, I could get a teeny tiny camera or just use the one on my phone, but I do want to be flexible and (maybe) experimental in the pictures I take, so a DSLR it is. It’s my old, smaller one (Canon 300D), simply because it’s light, not worth much now and a little battered as it is. I’ve got my two smallest, lightest lenses (though one has some zoom), one polarizing filter, two batteries, three memory cards. It’ll be enough, I think.