Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thumb-twiddling...

Everything's fine. We're just waiting. Things don't quite happen as and when you'd expect. Scared by loss of control before, I reckoned I'd got it all sorted. Now even being a bit less in control than I thought and I'm out of sorts. But really, everything is fine...

Can't quite settle to blogging; I haven't even had the dashboard open today until now (it's usually open all day), and I've just looked and almost all my feeds have gone into bold again, sorry not to be round.

Messing about on Sunday with Picasa double exposures. Here's some results. Just by way of passing the time...

Barley Pool


Butterfly shore

Pink egret wading dahlia...


And thanks for all the good wishes and kind words.

17 comments:

Granny J said...

Your butterfly eyes made me think there was an owl behind that curtain! There are few things more awful than being out of control; my sympathy, Lucy!

Lesley said...

I love that second photograph and my thoughts are with you.

Rosie said...

gosh, I've come over all girly...how unlike me! I'm for the pink egret

Bee said...

These three images are all so striking and lovely.

I'm sorry to hear that you are back in the world of hospitals and waiting again. Fingers crossed for a healthy outcome.

Catalyst said...

Hope Tom will be better soon, Lucy.

Lucy said...

Thanks chaps.

Tom's really in good form, and very calm about everything. He wants to get the operation out of the way and get on with getting better once and for all, and we've got ourselves all prepared for it mentally and practically, but now the surgeon's away for a week so we're rather in limbo.

But it's not really anything to worry about, we'll try to count our blessings and make use of the time...

Reluctant Blogger said...

Limbo is a horrid place to be. The worst. You just have to struggle through it, don't you? And time seems to go so slowly even if you try to keep busy.

My son was hovering behind me yesterday when I looked at your post on my Reader and he adored the photos - he wanted me to embiggen them for him. So I never got to comment then as I got sidetracked.

I hope all goes well and that you make it through this time of uncertaintly without going too crazy.

Take care
Gina x

Barrett Bonden said...

Hanging around - not nice. So difficult to concentrate. I'm never sure which is the better accompaniment: profound or light familiar music.

A week or two ago you seemed on the verge of a blog sabbatical and the perfect pro tem solution occurred to me. How about a Channel 4/5 standby "The Best of Box Elder" with links to a selection of memorable posts. The one about the déchètterie doesn't deserve to languish in the archives. Nor the one about pointing. But there I go, pushing my own interests.

Lee said...

Waiting's a bugger. I hop everything settles down soon.

Love the barley pool.

Lucy said...

And again.

RB - that was cute of your son! They don't enlarge very big... I'll e-mail you about bigger ones if he wants.

BB - Yes, music's a good idea, I don't think about it enough these days. Like many bloggers, I seem to be perpetually on the brink of a sabbatical, but then I post again! But you're the second person lately to mention doing some links to archives, which always seemed a somewhat narcissistic idea, but it has some potential perhaps, and could be thrown open as a meme kind of thing... I'll think on it.

Lee - aha, a vote for the corny fish!

Zephyr said...

love that barley pool!
Waiting is the pits...i'm like Tom: let's get it over with. but you guys have the right attitude about it.

Julia said...

Aha! I said when I saw your double exposures. I fiddled with them when Picasa introduced that feature and then gave it up as an extra feature I couldn't use. I really like yours (especially the fish, the double exposure adds movement to them, just right for what they are).

So sorry about the waiting, it really is no fun, and we all send our best wishes! (And C sends a kiss blown all the way from Prague).

Plutarch said...

Love the photos. Waiting is the worst part. Some years ago I had a by-pass operation. Once it was behind me, the process of recuperation was almost enjoyable. There was nothing bad to look forward to. I was fortunate in having Heidi to help me as Tom is in having you. Keep listening to that music - a very present help in time of trouble.

SpiralSkies said...

Waiting can be agony but it sounds as if you're both managing pretty well.

Sending positive vibes and all that sort of stuff.

marja-leena said...

Fascinating, fun and lovely photos! Did you layer two images in each (I don't know Picasa's features). Glad to hear you are both doing okay, just hang in there and enjoy your favourite things.

Dave King said...

Pink egret gets my vote - and by a long, long way.

Lucy said...

Thnaks again.

We're really OK, I'm just not very good at adapting when things do't go according to plan... but it could be so much worse, and with French healthcare you don't have to do half the waiting you might elsewhere.

A by-pass op sounds far worse, Joe.

The double exposure is just two images, you can do it with many more, but that gives a much more abstract, dense tapestry-like effect. I was inspired by one of my Flickr contacts, who did some lovely portraits overlayered with other images, which looked really ethereal. Another of my French contacts called the egret 'une aigrette qui butine', which is to gather pollen like a bee!