Its dark at the North Door music club, the sound of the drums, guitars, keyboards, singers reverberates confidently around the balconied venue, I am drinking beer even though its Sunday afternoon trying to get into the watching a band vibe. In my other hand I clutch a type written list of songs and names. I... Continue Reading →
It's late Saturday night. Music playing. Glass of wine on the coffee table. Light low in our sitting room. I am frozen in place DSLR clamped stiffly in hand. Arms braced against my sides to minimize the wobble during the long exposure - 2 seconds. I'm doing my photography homework. Playing with time. I try... Continue Reading →
Dad left yesterday. Soon he will be over 4000 miles away. I won't see him for months. This is the expat burden. No popping round to friends and family for coffee or Sunday lunch. No casual meet ups at the cinema or spontaneous trips to the seaside. I dropped Dad off at Austin Bergstrom Airport... Continue Reading →
Second photo class at Austin School of Photography - learnt loads: its very hip, if hard work sometimes, but also fun. Here are some photos I took in the session today at the end. We were looking at shutter speeds and these all used a very long exposure and strobe lighting to create all sorts... Continue Reading →
Grief has eased its stranglehold and memory reasserted its right to travel through time and bring us back to those we love.
Amazon Alexa is playing 'music to clean by' and our kitchen island is covered in boxes. My niece holds up container after container of rice and I look skeptically at HEB ginger cookies in a clear plastic container. When did I buy these? Surely ages ago? I bite one tentatively - urgh - soft almost damp... Continue Reading →
Today we visited Natural Bridge Caverns. I have visited caves in Wales France and Italy but these were by far the best in terms of rock formation that I have ever seen. I felt in a completely different dimension as we walked ever lower 180 foot below the surface in the darkness with pools of light... Continue Reading →
My dog is sick. He is bleeding red blood from his bottom, he won't eat, he lies down and gazes at me with sad soulful eyes. I realize that I have been lying. Whilst I did make new concrete personal resolutions to change my behavior this year. I also silently prayed. Prayed for no more... Continue Reading →