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Sharing My World 2015 Week 14

Sunday is the day that I write my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What type of music relaxes you the most or do you prefer silence?
Tricky. I don’t listen to music for relaxation all that much. It’s not easy to get me into a relaxed state.

I listen to many different genres. Sometimes I’ll go down the “harder” end – Iron Maiden, The Pretty Reckless, Evanescence. Sometimes in the middle somewhere – Pink Floyd, Florence and the Machine, Marina and the Diamonds, Queen, Status Quo. Currently at work I’m listening to multiple Abba albums on a shuffled loop.

To really relax, I’d probably go for Mike Oldfield. Maybe Enya. Music for me is usually on while I’m doing something else, like driving. When I listen to it at work, it can give me a real boost.

Show us a two of your favourite photographs. Explain why they are your favourite. If you are not a photographer, think of a two favourite scenes in your life and tell us about them.
This is a tricky one. I love scenes around family occasions, but do I have any pictures? Probably somewhere.

I take a lot of photos of the scenery around here. In fact, I went out this morning to Bedruthan Steps, which used to be miles away but is now quite close since I moved house. So here are a couple from this morning, just as the sun was coming up. I wanted to try out my new camera, which arrived last week! For those of you who care, it’s a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6. I don’t know what the experienced photographers think about this low-middle-end camera, but it’s good enough for me and got good reviews!



I left all the settings on “automatic” as I don’t really know what I’m doing yet! Of course I could have got similar pictures with my phone, but I’m excited to start trying things out, like a slower shutter speed to blur out water. I also have a zoom lens coming next week, so I can try to get close-up pictures of bunny rabbits :-).

What is your favourite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)
Family Christmas! It has changed over the years. Granny used to come down from Scotland and she’s no longer with us, and my brother and his girlfriend don’t always make it for Christmas dinner, but I love driving over to my parents’ house in time for coffee, chatting, having Christmas lunch and so on.

If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself? Or if you are younger than 25 what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 50?
I’d probably be better off keeping my mouth shut. Failing that, I’d try “Shit happens. It’s going to happen to you. Just roll with it, it’ll get better.”

  1. buffalotompeabody
    April 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    A perfect article for Sunday morning. A great trip to Bedruthan Steps!


    • April 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      It was windier than I expected, though it’s the north coast I suppose. It was beautiful, though.

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  2. April 12, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I can imagine “Tubular Bells” right alongside that landscape.


    • April 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      That would be the perfect music to accompany that landscape.

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  3. Merbear74
    April 12, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Shit does happen. LOL


  4. April 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Your photos are gorgeous. 🙂


  5. April 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    With automatic white-balance, the pictures came out a little blue.

    I don’t have an app to get around that with my phone camera…


    • April 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      There’s a little graphic that sometimes appears telling me to “set white balance” with a little colour chart and cursor to move around. Maybe that’s the next thing I should learn!


      • April 12, 2015 at 5:09 pm

        Snow on a cloudy morning makes for a really good white. …Yeah, I’ve seen too much snow for my own good.

        CFLs make for the worst light for digital cameras…or human eyes.


        • April 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm

          Yeah, I hate fluorescent lights.
          This camera has so many settings, I’ll just need to try them out one at a time rather than try to do everything at once, which is my usual MO.

          Liked by 1 person

  6. April 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    The G6 is a pretty good camera. I use one of the Lumix line (the ZS200) as my lazy camera because it has a good Leica lens and it can do anything. AND it is the only camera I own with a really long lens. That’s the one I use to photograph the birds.


    • April 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      It has a lot of buttons, menus and whatnot! I’ll have to take it slowly 🙂
      I’m glad it’s an okay camera, though. Amazon had a 24 hour deal and I’ve wanted a decent camera for years.


  7. April 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Lovely detail in the photos. Reckon that camera was worth getting. Beautiful looking cliffs.


    • April 13, 2015 at 7:06 am

      It’s been years since I was there, but I live a lot closer now. I’m happy with the camera!


  8. April 12, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I envy you that lovely Sunday morning walk. I miss the sea. All interesting answers and the photos are ‘awesome’!


  9. gentlestitches
    April 13, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Good advice to the 18 year old. 😀


    • April 13, 2015 at 7:09 am

      I thought it might give “young me” some hope. Probably just panicked him 🙂


  10. April 13, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Nothing quite goes together like Abba and Iron Maiden….


  11. April 13, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Great pictures, Ali. Of course, with scenery like that you can’t miss. “Shit happens.” pretty much covers everything doesn’t it. 😀 Well done.


    • April 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Yes, we’re lucky around these parts, scenery-wise.


  12. April 16, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    We love the pictures, Draliman, Granny thinks they fly together with Pink Floyd, but I think just listen to the sea is more in line with the spirit. We loved your answers too 🙂 Pawkisses 🙂 ❤


    • April 16, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      I’m glad you liked my pictures and answers 🙂
      Sitting by the sea and listening to the waves is very relaxing.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. April 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Great pictures!


  14. April 25, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    You live in such a beautiful area! I’m with you with Iron Maiden, and I agree it’s hard to decide on relaxation music, depends how much you need to relax, I guess! The last answer made me smile 😉


    • April 26, 2015 at 6:02 am

      Yay, Iron Maiden fan 🙂
      I didn’t want to sugar-coat things for my younger self. Forewarned is fore-armed as they say 🙂


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