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Archive for October, 2009

The Bed

Posted by HelenEdith on October 23, 2009

Monty reclining on Stephen's Clothes

Monty reclining on Stephen's Clothes

We tried to keep the kittens out of the bedroom, but our resolve has been slipping – and they have been getting better at slipping in!

Here Monty is reclining on some of Stephen’s clothes.

Rolo in the middle of the duvet

Rolo in the middle of the duvet

Rolo has found himself a spot right in the middle of the duvet. The very nice Catherine Lansfield duvet, to be exact. I think it suits him, too! 🙂

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Rolo evaluates Quilted Velvet

Posted by HelenEdith on October 22, 2009

Rolo considering the qualities of Quilted Velvet

Rolo considering the qualities of Quilted Velvet

Both of our kittens have a fascination with the downstairs loo and will slip in there any opportunity that they get.

Here Rolo is on the cistern inspecting a roll of Quilted Velvet. I doubt whether he would know how to use it for its intended purpose, but he’s bound to think of an alternative use for it. 🙂

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Monty had his nose where no nose had been for a long time

Posted by HelenEdith on October 21, 2009

Monty with a cobweb draped across his little nose

Monty with a cobweb draped across his little nose

Monty just looked so cute after he had been chasing spiders in an obscure corner. He emerged with a cobweb draped across his little nose and he posed for me before he lost the cobweb. 🙂

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The City and Waverley

Posted by HelenEdith on October 20, 2009

City skyline with Waverley at Tower Pier

City skyline with Waverley at Tower Pier

On the evening when I took my camera up to town to take a look at Waverley, I took some wider shots which showed The City skyline. It was the first time I have looked at the City skyline in the dark since the Willis Building was finished, and I notice that it has a vertical light going up one side of its tower.

Waverley is tied up at Tower Pier down in the river part of the shot.

City skyline with Waverley at Tower Pier

City skyline with Waverley at Tower Pier

I zoomed in closer, excluding the Swiss Re “Gherkin” building from my second shot. I liked the composition a bit better.

Waverley at Tower Pier

Waverley at Tower Pier

Then I went in closer again. Plantation Place is at the top of the skyline of this picture.

I think that I did better about four years ago with my Pentax *ist DS than I did with the Pentax K10D and these pictures, but I wouldn’t blame the camera. I’m out of photographic practice; and I was about a half hour too late for the best light.

Maybe I’ll do better next year… 🙂

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Waverley in the dark

Posted by HelenEdith on October 19, 2009

Waverley passes through Tower Bridge

Waverley passes through Tower Bridge

My personal timetable didn’t allow me many opportunities to see Waverley during her Thames season this year. I did snap her on my cameraphone one day, but least said about that is probably best!

I did haul my camera up to town one day and watched her pass through Tower Bridge, but she was really a half an hour behind optimal lighting conditions and this isn’t the best Tower Bridge lift picture I’ve ever taken!

Waverley at Tower Pier

Waverley at Tower Pier

This was probably the best picture I took. I set my tripod up on one of the Tower Bridge piers for this. There’s no point in doing tripod work from the suspension sections or the bascules as they are not steady enough!

Waverley under tow approaching Tower Bridge

Waverley under tow approaching Tower Bridge

This is probably the worst picture that I will admit to taking. Believe me, there are a lot which are considerably worse in my reject pile! I just couldn’t achieve a fast enough shutter speed to freeze Waverley’s motion and now I want a Pentax K-7!!!

I hadn’t stood on Tower Bridge and watched Waverley approach before, so it was an interesting thing to do. She departed from Tower Pier and went up near London Bridge, where her tug swung her around. Then she stayed under tow for her departure.

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The strangest picture I’ve yet taken of Rolo

Posted by HelenEdith on October 18, 2009

Rolo with the oddest expression

Rolo with the oddest expression

Rolo and Monty enjoy climbing up under the central heating boiler. We’ve more or less stopped Rolo from doing it, because he isn’t much of a jumper and we’ve taken away his “stepping stone” articles, but Monty is an excellent jumper and can still reach these places.

Here is Rolo on an occasion when he was up there and was walking along the top of the microwave. I’m not sure whether he was mewing or just had his mouth open, but this is certainly an odd picture of him!

Rolo being his kittenish self

Rolo being his kittenish self

This one, however, is Rolo being his usual photogenic self. 🙂

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Portrait of Monty

Posted by HelenEdith on October 18, 2009

Portrait of Monty

Portrait of Monty

It is harder to get good pictures of Monty than Rolo. Monty is becoming very sleek and he does something odd with light. My camera is inclined to depict him as a black blob. However, here I’ve managed to do a bit better than that and Monty is portrayed in all his innocent soulful glory.

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Rolo emulating The Sphinx

Posted by HelenEdith on October 17, 2009

Rolo emulating The Sphinx

Rolo emulating The Sphinx

Rolo is certainly a good-looking kitten. It’s pretty difficult to take a bad photo of him. Here he is, sitting very Sphinx-like on the hall carpet.

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Rolo playing with trailing leads

Posted by HelenEdith on October 17, 2009

Rolo playing with a trailing power lead

Rolo playing with a trailing power lead

In well-run households, pets don’t get near trailing leads, but ours isn’t a well-run household and Rolo has found something to play with here!

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Busy, busy, busy…

Posted by HelenEdith on October 9, 2009

There hasn’t been much time for blogging lately.

My http://www.wuronga.me.uk webspace got hacked. I’ve taken out the bad stuff and changed my passwords, but I’ve had to submit it to Google for reconsideration as Google has flagged it for malware. 😦

I finally got rid of the priority-2 items on my work queue. I’ve been working on a variety of items with lower priorities, and have cleared up a couple and am well on my way with a third.

Waverley was in London between 7pm and 7:45pm this evening and I hauled my camera and tripod up to town to take pictures. It’s a pity that she wasn’t there a half hour earlier as it was a bit too dark for good pictures. Now I want a Pentax K-7 as I reckon that has a high enough ISO setting that I might have got my pictures this evening!

The Beckenham Concert Band are doing a memorial concert for Ken Messenger on Saturday. It’s in the Hayes Free Church on Pickhurst Lane and it’s for a good cause: the kidney charity associated with the hospital where Ken received dialysis for the best part of a decade.

I’m supposed to be getting music to practise for a massed bands concert on November 11th up at Central Hall, Westminster. It will be interesting to participate in, and being the daughter of a returned serviceman, taking part will have considerable personal meaning for me.

The kittens continue to grow. They look like proper little cats to me, although Stephen has seen his Mum’s cats today and that cuts ours right back to size for him! Monty is the better jumper. Rolo’s success rate is much lower, and sometimes he sits of the floor and mews pitifully when his brother achieves a more elevated position.

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