Saturday, 14 July 2012

Two more to tick off the list

When I did my post about school uniform on Thursday, it had totally slipped my mind that things may be different outside the UK!  Over here, it is the norm to have a uniform at school, even in the 6th form (age 16 – 18) and I have to say, it does speed up the morning routine when you don’t have to think about what you are going to wear!

So I have ticked off another two scavenger hunt photos.  In a brief period when it wasn’t raining, I took Coco for a walk and noticed that the border between grass and driveway at home would fit the category Number 3 – A border.

3 A border This morning I went into town and noticed this whilst waiting for the traffic lights to turn from red to green.  Number 19 – An outdoor stairway

19 outdoor stairwayI have to say that if this had not been a rainy Saturday morning, there is no way I would have been able to take a photo of this stairway with no people cluttering up the photo.  It leads to what is undoubtedly the most popular outdoor terrace in town.  On a sunny day, this place is heaving with customers and every table full of people enjoying a glass of wine and a plate of tapas or a cappuccino and a pastry.   This building is what used to be the Corn Exchange in town and as one of the more important historical buildings which dates back to the early 1800s, could double as a ‘historical landmark’!  When driving home, I noticed what may be a better outdoor stairway but by then it was pouring with rain, so I may return there at a later date and see which picture I prefer. 

Exciting news – one of the reasons we went into town this morning was for my husband to buy a new camera!  A digital SLR which I have been hoping he would buy for some time now.  He used to be such a keen photographer back in the 70s when cameras used film and was a regular member of the local camera club.  At that time I was happy to let him have control of the ‘proper’ camera while I used my little compact one, but I have plans to share this one!  I really want to learn how to take better pictures and I am determined to ‘get out of manual settings’ and take control of the final picture.  At the moment the battery is charging and he is busy taking it all out of the box and setting it up but as soon as it is up and ready I intend to get my hands on it as often as I can.  For those with an interest it is a Nikon D5100.  Be prepared for more photos per blog post …

11 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

Our local schools don't have uniform in the 6th forms....probably because they have a lot of competition from the local 6th form colleges to get students!!
A very elegant staircase.

Cheri said...

love the staircase! Have fun with the new toy!

Alison said...

Love the staircase..have fun with the new camera!
Alison xx

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful staircase! Here in the USA, public school students do not wear uniforms (except in charter schools.) I went to Catholic school where uniforms are mandatory. I hated wearing my jumper at the time (not a sweater but sort of a sleeveless dress.) Later I realize that with everyone wearing the same thing, it cut down on the peer pressure to "be in style."

Karen said...

Well done on the photos and all I can say about this mornings escapade is 'Boys and Toys'!

Melissa said...

Great scavenger hunt photos - I like the outdoor stairway (I'm still looking for that one.).

Sian said...

Great pictures! I'll be looking out for Deb's new adventures in photography, then..

Ginger said...

I love your photos Deb! I am still learning how to use my SLR and am enjoying it everyday :) Look forward to your photos!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I bought that camera earlier this year. I really like it, but I'm still learning it myself.
Love the stairs and your observation about them.
rinda

Maria Ontiveros said...

I bought that camera earlier this year. I really like it, but I'm still learning it myself.
Love the stairs and your observation about them.
rinda

Gail said...

What neat looking stairs. Looking forward to seeing how you like the new camera