I’m coming home…part 1 of 2

34 Bishopfield Close.  What’s in an address?  Type it in to Google maps on your phone and it will probably take you 500m down the road to a dead end(I find google maps on the phone terribly unreliable…).  Google street view on the other hand gives an image from 2009 of 3Ps Tuckshop, complete with it’s green wheely bin outside the front gate.  I think that wheely bin eventually got stolen.  It was replaced and the replacement was also stolen.  For a long time that’s what 34 Bishopfield Close was, 3Ps Tuckshop.  But not many people actually called it that.  It was more affectionately known as Aunty Lallie’s Tuckshop, after my mother who started up the business years before that carrying a basket to the primary school on the opposite hill.  When we were young we would be able to look out from the school playground and see 34 Bishopfield Close calling us back when the buzzer went.  Time before that almost seems unfathomable but trust me, there was a time before that.  For years it was a partially completed construction site, complete with a putt putt course that only had one hole but different tees.  And golf putters fashioned from metal pipes and tree branches that bent just so.  Farther back still, and before any construction started there was a set of very uneven stairs that seemingly went up a grassy bank in every angel except flat.  A grassy bank that was extremely fun to slide down using a cardboard box but one that would occasionally wash away if the rains were too heavy. Continue reading “I’m coming home…part 1 of 2”

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Finding your passion – a video by Jason Silva

I follow Jason Silva and his youtube channel Shots of Awe for his excellent and though provoking short videos.  If you haven’t watched any of his videos you should definitely look up his youtube or facebook pages.  Better known (for some) as the host of Brain Games on NatGeo, one of my favourite videos of his is Existential Bummer – I will not go quietly into that good night!

He recently posted this video on how to find your passion, quoting writings by Steven Kotler which says list all the things you are curious about and wander about, and then find where the things you are curious about intersect.  This blog is my list.  And i’m trying to find a purpose through it!  See the link below:

Shots of Awe – How to find your Passion

Making the most of lens filters

Before you get excited, this is not a post about the type of filters one would use on Instagram or any of the other social media sites.  I know, I know, they are marvelous and I also use many of them and have a few favourites as well (Hefe, Lo-fi, X-Pro) but this is actually a post about the lens filters that go on the end of my DSLR lenses.  If you are not already using them I am hoping this post will convince you why you should be using them and what the best use for the different filters is. Continue reading “Making the most of lens filters”