Repost of my first post back on the 18th of August 2009

Following is a clip of my first posting to this site when I started my blog.

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It does not seem possible that I started this blog back in 2009. It will be ten years on the 18th of August this year. If I remember I might have a small party.

Following is the text from that posting:

I thought I might as well commence a blog. Everyone else seems to be doing it. I suppose if nobody seems to be interested in it then I will stop blogging. There must be thousands—if not tens of thousands—of blogs around the Web that nobody reads or that have become orphaned (where even the originator/author no longer checks or updates them). I started a blog once before a couple of years ago. It was orphaned after the first post, so let's hope I do a little better this time around.

From reading other blogs I think one of the main things is to be as short as possible but to get all the juicy stuff in. So a short full-fruit blog post seems to be the best way to go. This will be a bit of a challenge for me as I tend to waffle on; especially since I mastered the art of touch-typing and can type a lot more a lot faster.

My two primary non-family interests are IT (computers and software) and photography. I have been into photography since I was about 12 with a Kodak box brownie. I keep complaining to my family and friends (friends=about 2, but don't hold that against me) that I am really starting to hate IT because it chews you up and spits you out—it is so draining. And you can never really be up-to-date. Just as you approach being somewhat up-to-date then IT shifts a gear, or engages boost (for those of you who are lucky enough to own a turbo boosted car), and zooms ahead of you again.

Photography is something I plan to do more of in the future. Over the last 20 years or so I have been much less active in photography than I was in my earlier years. I find that it is one of the perverse things about life that when you are able to afford the really good gear (in this case cameras and lenses) you have either less time or less inclination to do whatever it is you really should be doing (but you still buy the really good geat just in case you do).

Anyway, what was it I said: short fruit-filled blog posts! So I should finish this one now and work out what fruit to put into my next one, which will really be my first actual blog post as this is really the "Hello World" post—as us IT types call it.

It is kind of interesting reading this old post. Not a lot has changed in 10 years. I still don’t take any where near as many photographs as I would like to. And I am very tired of IT; and of working in general.

Added five pictures to my Photo Blog page

After missing 29 days of posting, I have added a number of pictures to my Photo Blog page where I am trying to post a picture a day.

Obviously my plan to post a picture a day is not going too well; given that I got 29 days behind. But I am trying to catch up and hopefully will post about five pictures a day until I do.

Link over to my ‘photo blog’ page to check out the five new pictures I have posted.

Click on either of the picture strips to link over to the photo blog page.

Post with the most comments: Whitby Falls

I decided to check which of my posts over the years has attracted the most comments.

With 16 comments the winner by far is my posting about the Whitby Falls Coach House.

I did this post way back in September 2011.

Should you be interested, then click on the image to open the page.

Following are the last four comments posted.

  • From Shannon : I love this property and see its potential as a micro brewery, restaurant, function centre, accommodation

  • From Raelene : Can anyone tell me who owns it as I would like to take our Paranormal team in for a few hours

  • From Annette : Norma (or anyone else) - do you know where I would be able to locate ownership/employee or any other records regarding the coach house.....

  • From Norma : The Whitby Falls Coach house (previous the Jarrahdale Inn) and the asylum were on opposite sides of the Road. I don't think the asylum was visible from the Road. The asylum housed the more improved patients and they help run a bit of a farm.

    The Coach house was owned by the Cockram family and after the death of Mr. E. Cockram it lay empty for a number of years until it was bought by my late husband's father Victor Silich in 1933. They lived there until 1940,working the property as a farm. It was sold to a Mr. Riley who ran horses on the property. Then it was sold to a Mr. Edwards who turned it into

    restaurant etc. He built the brick shed and extended the house out the back for a kitchen and eating area. There have been a few owners since then and apparently the property was not viable, so it has been closed for a number of years.

The Whitby Falls Coach House would be one of those projects you might take on if you won $10 million on the lotto because, sadly, due the current state of dis-repair, I think you would need at least a million, and maybe two, to bring this great old property back to any useful state.

Oh! No! Is this the end of all the special goodshit over at Goodshit?

Just been to the Goodshit site and encountered this . . .

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Looks like Fred over at Goodhit is changing his site format and posting policy.

Looks like the interspersed “Rule 5” light relief postings that Goodshit was ‘famous’ for are going the way of the Dodo bird.

If this is the case then it is a sad day for the Web. First Tumblr and now Goodshit.

This might mean I have to remove the link to Goodshit from my sidebar. What a sad thought after all these years.

Attempting a "photo-a-day for 365 days" projects in 2019

I think I am going to attempt to take on one of those ‘photo-a-day for 365” days type of projects. Some time back—probably at least 10 years ago—I tried the “photo-a-week for 52” weeks challenge. But I failed at that after about week five.

So there may not be much hope for me in this new undertaking. But I am going to give it a try.

Sometimes the photographs posted will be new, and sometimes they will be from my back library of digital photographs stored in Lightroom. And maybe, if I ever get around to it, they might be a scanned slides or negatives from the times before about 2002 when I went digital.

By doing this project I might:

  • Use my camera more. I have the best camera I have ever owned. A 42MP full-frame SONY A7R III and, seriously, I am taking the fewest pictures ever.

  • Enhance my photo-editing skill further in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Luminar 3.

  • Get out more. Lately I have more or less just been staying in-doors and letting the days glide by.

  • Finally start digitizing some of my thousands of slides and negatives from before about 2002.

I have created a new page to post the “photo-a-day” pictures to. It is in the title bar as “Photo Blog”. Or just click on the picture to jump over to the Photo Blog.