Scotland and Mum

Last week, we spent some very damp days near Poolewe in the Highlands of Scotland. There is plenty of picture evidence available here.

The week went, more or less, thus:

  1. Friday night: Drive from the Deep South to Inverness via Tebey and Stirling — the A9 is a fantastic road at 2am
  2. Arrive at Inverness at about 0700 Saturday after a nap near Dalwhinney and catch a train to the Kyle of Lochalsh (because we can).
  3. Conclude drive to cottage and unpackCoille Bheag
  4. Go for an extremely soggy walk around Inverewe Gardens (nearby National Trust for Scotland property with lovely trees etc).
  5. Sarah and her Dad went to attempt a walk over the hills behind our cottage to Rubha Reidh lighthouse … but were forced to abandon this due to encountering a 4″ deep river which the buggy was thwarted by… so, instead, we drove 🙂 Once there, we found the old supply jetty for the lighthouse complete with former railway for whinching the supplies up the steep incline (with kart and whinch in the gorge below).
  6. A trip out to the other side of Loch Ewe to see a tiny distillery and while going there found a small NATO navy base… which initially dates from when the loch was using extensively during WW2 by the Navy with a lot of the old emplacements still evident.
  7. We left after lunch on Friday having seen the surrounding hills covered in snow overnight to drive back during the day to see the landscape.

On the Sunday, we received a phone call to say that Mum had been taken into hospital suffering with what turned out to be a stroke hense leaving a bit earlier than we would otherwise have done.

She’s doing really well, having been transferred to Addenbrookes (Cambridge) a few days after it happend near Enfield. Having intially been unable to move her left side or talk at all, she’s now making reasonable sentences (while still struggling with remembering some words) and, although having issues with sensation, able to mostly move but is still quite weak and gets very tired easlily.

We’re taking Benji in to see her as much as possible 🙂

Benji

Camera Update

Ok, so after much dribbling… they went and took away the decent 350D deal I was looking at (350D+18-55mm+55-200mm+grip). So, instead, I’ve gone and got myself a Canon 400D with standard 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 and dmc‘s 75-300mm f4-5.6 to go with it… along with a rather swish looking backpack to keep it all in.

Oh, and “yay for Jessops” for price matching. Shame the only black 400d in Kent appears to have been in Maidstone… oh well, it’s in Whitstable now 🙂

In search of…

I’ve been umming and arrings (and drooling) over getting a new camera for some time now (seriously thinking since about March).

Most of this time, I’ve had my eyes on a Canon 350D with some combination of lenses. [1]

What I’m after is a low-end, but extensible DSLR which I can experiment with, have fun with and, hopefully, take some nice pictures. I have borrowed a number of FD lenses from my dad which I’d like to be able to use (there are converters around), at least to start with.

I currently own a Fujifilm 2850Z which I’ve had for just over 4 years now and, although it’s a great camera, it’s showing its age [2]. I’m going to keep it, if anything, for Sarah 🙂

I suppose what I’m asking is: Any advice?

Footnotes

  1. Probably either the kit Canon 18-55,55-200 lenses or the Sigma equivilant.
  2. 3 cyan pixles, only 2 mega-pixels…