Tuesday, 24 January 2012

'I must go down to the seas again....' John Masefield

....I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife

Soon I'll be off back to the edge of the Arctic Ocean. I understand that the Aurora Borealis has been very active the last few nights, up in Vesteralen, above the Norwegian mainland. I just need it to keep going for two more weeks!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

"Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow." (Imogen Cunningham).


Well, I finally bought a new camera! (When I say bought, I mean - Thanks mum! fantastic early birthday present!) Thank you to everyone who gave me lots of advice. I almost went for the Canon powershot, instead I chose the Canon IXUS 220. It's a compact digital camera which is small and I can just slip into my handbag when I'm off and about every day. However, it has a manual or automatic function. The manual function has 32 different settings (at the moment, the toy camera and colour select settings are my fave) so it appeases my instagram envy and, to be honest, Gimp has left me a bit stumped. So, I headed into St Albans yesterday with my friend (who's visiting me in Bedfordshire at the moment). I had a bit of a play around and am really pleased, as a first attempt, with what it can do! I'm going to have a happy snapping time in Norway in a couple of weeks (snow and low light settings) and back living in Sicily (beach, underwater and vivid colour settings) again this summer! Love, love, love the Canon IXUS220....

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

"Opportunity never knocks. It hangs thick in the air all around you. You breathe it in, unthinking, and dissipate it with your sighs" (Roy H. Williams)

 In 2011, I set myself 24 goals. In 2011, I achieved 23 of them. It came as a shock to me, too!. What I wrote in January 2011 were a mixture of mundane hopes and ~what I thought were~ impossible dreams. It shows you that with a will and a purpose, you can achieve what you set your mind to.
 I didn't think I had moved that far, but in fact I've been on an incredible journey and arrived in a completely different place. So, I face an exciting 2012, with yet more unachievable goals and I know I will endeavour to conquer and complete them by sheer grit, determination and by grasping onto every opportunity life throws in my path.

Good luck to all of you who have set your own sights high in 2012.
May you all achieve what you strive for...