When I opened the door this morning to take the dogs for a walk, the low angle of the sun was hitting my mums just so. They were glowing as if lit from within, the picture doesn’t really do them justice. without the sun they look closer to brown.
These are ancient, low resolution pictures from a trip to New Zealand in 2008, for Grandma’s 85th birthday. The housecats on top of formal columns tickled my fancy. They were taken at a potanical garden on a hill in Aukland, I can’t recall its name right now.
It took a bit of editing to try and reclaim the details.
My grandmother passed away this year, the day after my 57th birthday. It is a rare gift to have a grandparent in your life for so long. I am going to do some posts this month trying to put some of my lessons from that gift into words, not my best thing.Continue reading For all the saints
A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING
Welcome to week 43 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2019.
Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.
It is always fun to see the variety of ideas.Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2019-Week 43
Since I started with red lines I thought I’d end with them as well. I feel like I ran a marathon posting every day for a month. Maybe the habit will stick and I’ll be more regular in the future.
Many thanks to Becky of Winchester for hosting this great challenge. I learned a lot about composition as I looked at people’s squares this month and spent time reshaping my own pictures to look at least okay as squares.
A couple of days ago I noticed that there were more blocks in my Gutenberg editor (they have been there a while). I decided to give them a test run. CoBlocks was originally an independent company, but now seems to be owned by GoDaddy.
As I could find no documentation for using these blocks, I put together this CoBlocks Test Page. It demonstrates the blocks available in WordPress.com for sites that are below the “business” grade. I did it for myself, but decided to share it because others might find it useful.
My not-so-humble opinions:
- Most of the blocks are underwhelming.
- There are some lovely button styles. I really dig the gradients.
- The galleries aren’t as nice as the regular WordPress and Jetpack ones…except that the lightbox is more elegant. I don’t like that one cannot give the entire gallery a caption.
- The “Hero” block could be useful. I used that on my Gallery of Images for Sale and I think it looks nice there.
- If you are doing e-commerce you might find the “Pricing Table” block useful.
My only other comment is that, since CoBlocks is a free plug-in on WordPress.org sites, it doesn’t make a ton of sense that WordPress.com doesn’t let one use the full set of features.
Aside: I’m not crazy about GoDaddy, because I find their advertising sexist and unprofessional. As a woman who was a stress engineer I had to deal with too much of that kind of crap, and am opposed to supporting it. I have no reason to doubt that they have fine products.
For Wordless Wednesday
It is a myth that the Great Wall of China is visible from space but one time, when the air was exceptionally clear, I saw it from the window of the airplane as I headed for home. The picture is not great, taken with my old cell phone through a plane window, but I was pretty excited since this is the part of the wall that I walked.
I find traditional Chinese roofs fascinating. The Forbidden City is a great place for roof watchers. The picture below isn’t square, but it contains information about the guardians.