Anyway, despite all that, because Monday 8th was a school day for the girls and a work day for hubby, it was decided that my birthday would be celebrated on Saturday 6th - from mid-late afternoon! My parents and in-laws were invited to come round for a celebration dinner and hubby made a dinner of roast rib of beef, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and vegetables and my mother-in-law brought pudding in the form of a Cadbury's chocolate cake sandwiched with fresh cream and a lemon meringue pie, plus some extra thick double cream. Hubby also went all-out and bought a magnum of Moet & Chandon champagne. When my Dad saw the champagne, he immediately decided that Mum was driving home!
While we were drinking the champagne, hubby brought out my presents and, well, oh my gosh. He does tend to get carried away and this year he did spoil me somewhat. He decided that whilst I've been perfectly happy with my little red Nikon camera, he'd buy me a new one. Which one? A Canon EOS 700D, which is super-duper and which I can't really use yet (I'm thinking of buying the "Dummies' Guide" for it as it has good reviews on Amazon).
|My first 'Selfie'!|
He also bought me a funky, extra-zoomy lens:
That wasn't all though. He also bought me a Kindle Paperwhite (which means I now have four e-readers) and a gift pack of Crabtree & Evelyn Wisteria fragrance shower gel and body lotion, which smells divine. I'm a big fan of C&E toiletries and although they're quite expensive, they do go a long way. I only need about a teaspoon of the shower gel for my whole body!
There were also some Thorntons chocolates in a small heart-shaped box and some other little presents including a small tin of lip balm (because he knows I like to have one in my work jacket).
My mother-in-law had been primed as well and my gift from her and my father-in-law was a camera bag to fit the camera and both lenses.
I've been out and about a few times getting to grips with the camera. It's going to take me a while to fathom it and at present I'm using it on auto-focus and am pleased with the results. Here are a few pictures I've taken:
|Swan and Cygnets on Dedham Mill Pond|
|River Stour at Dedham (using zoom)|
|Dedham Mill Pond - ducks on a tree branch|
Those were taken last Friday. I've got more photos to show - the difference between this Canon and my Nikon 'point and press' is noticeable - but I think that's enough for now! Once I've got to grips with what the various buttons on my camera do, I'm going to see if I can find a photography workshop to go on that fits into the hours the girls are at school.
As you can see from those photos, we're still enjoying fabulous weather. The gauge in my car was registering an outside temperature of 25C at 1pm today :o
Not surprisingly, crafting has taken a bit of a back seat over the last week and a half, but I have been doing some!