Tuesday 10 January 2012: SP: Woman and Beagle on a Blue Bench, c. 2012
Yes - it's me. Today was overcast and flat, so with no real incentive to go out and photograph anything in particular, I felt that the dreaded moment for the SP had arrived. I HATE having my photograph taken and, even worse, I hate seeing the results! But, I realised that as some sort of Blip initiation I really ought to make an effort and force myself, especially as I've passed the 100 blip-milestone and I do expect other people to pose for me.
I'm afraid this isn't really a very creative pose, but believe me - getting to grips with a) the self-timer and b) the flash settings on the camera presented quite enough challenge for one day! Next time - for I suppose there will have to be a next time if I'm to improve! - I will try and experiment with more creative poses. On the plus side, Gypsy decided to join me for some of the shots which took the pressure off!
So here I am. What can I tell you about me, apart from what's already there on the bio? I'm a Capricorn, born in Dublin 16 days before John f. Kennedy succeeded Dwight D. Eisenhower as 35th President of the United States of America. Importantly for Ireland, he was the first American President of Irish descent. In other news that year, the Berlin Wall was built in just 18 days; the Vietnam war officially began; both Ireland and New Zealand abolished the death penalty and, in the Gulf region, Iraq announced that it intended to annex Kuwait, resulting in the deployment of British troops there (so history really does repeat itself!)
My father is of English and Scottish heritage, my mother a Scot with a dash of Italian, but both my parents grew up in India. I am the eldest of six children, four girls and two boys. Nowadays three of us live in Britain, the other three reside "abroad" as the British like to put it. I got married six weeks after Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer but, unlike them, did not divorce. Like my mother, Lady Diana's mother lived in Argyll (and owned the shop from which we bought our office newspapers in the early 1980s) but unlike Diana I did not become a kindergarten teacher. I also had two children, but unlike Princess Diana's children mine were both daughters.
When we were first married, my husband and I were accidental florists for a while, but then I went to work for an estate agent before we both got bored with the weather in Scotland, and went to seek our fortunes in New Zealand. I spent 14 years working in Public Relations, which took us from Auckland to Bahrain, where we live right now. Next week I will go back to New Zealand... and the story will continue!
I like many things including raspberries, exploring history and going for long walks. Oh, and taking photographs. I hate baked beans, fishing and cleaning windows.
Solo sitting for some of my SP photos, too!