Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Not often I take a real macro, but these blue dot flowers were ipsy wipsy.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
...chocolate cookie something frappuccino with white chocolate pudding.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Must try and finish off the boring blossom blogposts...
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Yes, life's been pretty hard since the start of April when we gave up most of out work responsibilities, and decided to enjoy ourselves instead. What's a massive paycut and less paperwork compared to frolicking in the cherry blossoms?
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
It is possible to find pretty much anything in Tokyo...
if you know where to go...
But that's the tricky bit.
[another iPad blogging expt - which didn't really work]
Location:Somewhere in Tokyo
Monday, April 23, 2012
James and I have both had a cold, so we decided not to cycle in the rain today, and get the train instead. Springtime livid green is once again upon us.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I thought I'd already blogged everything posh and parkable at Yokohama Motomachi Starbucks, but this morning was Lambigeenie green.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
A brief respite from the cherry blossom. James said some of them are not actually tulips but mint imperials.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
This is a test post. The camera on my ipad is awful, but I bought an Eye-Fi card, so should be able to blog photos from my camera via the ipad. Has it worked?
[Tenen hiking course - the alternative route to work - note cherry blossom romantically decorating the path]
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Free, slightly off the most beaten tracks in Kamakura, and open from 7am, Komyoji a good place to inspect cherry blossom. It also has a shiny new building, which has recently been landscaped around, and a Zennish garden with proper raked gravel and everything.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
I already blogged the witch hazel at the start of the walk, but here is the rest of the expedition:
After an early start we were ready for a slice of James' homemade banana chocolate chip bread in the park,
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Cherry blossom are almost over - they all bloomed simulataneously. I can't keep up. Here is some old news - ume close-up.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
On Good Friday I finally got so fed up with my Sony TX10 that I went out and bought a Canon S100. To a country bumpkin like me, it is quite a thrill to buy consumer electronics after 9pm. Even better, you just walk in to the store, say you want to buy something, and no matter how expensive it is, they run and get it, you hand over the cash and walk out with your new purchase, all done within a couple of minutes. In that time you can turn down the extended warranty with a single word, and the staff have checked you have the required accessories. Maybe the UK has improved in the last decade but it was never so easy there.
What was wrong with the TX10? Well it failed at its main task of being a fast point and shoot, because the touch screen would freeze up, often just after the camera was switched on. Yes you could still take a photo, but only in the same mode you used last time. The S100 is in theory probably a bit slower to switch on and snap with, but in practice it is much less frustrating to use (so far). I kind of wish it was a Sony so retained the great handheld twiglet, freeze motion, panorama and HDR modes, but you can't have everything it seems... Tempted by the NEX7, which has all those modes plus great image quality but it is twice the price and not so pocketable. The S100 is not waterproof like the TX10, but as James argued, the TX5 (the TX10's predecessor, which did not have the touchscreen issue) broke within a year anyway, so what value the "rugged" label? Perhaps I should try to get that TX5 repaired... I think it did a better job than the TX10.