Windgather

Windgather is a wonderful outcrop of perfect gritstone on the western edge of the Peak District, not far from Macclesfield. It’s a wonderful rock climbing crag, especially if you like easy climbs (which I do). Good rock, easy access, wonderful views. I wanted a bit of bouldering and soloing and thought I’d have the place to myself on a weekday. No such luck. There were several minibuses-worth of school children on a day out, though they did stick to just one part of the crag so no too much of a problem. Continue reading

Around Llangollen

Joy and I did a lovely walk around Llangollen a couple of weeks ago. We started from the top of the Horseshoe Pass, and the deluxe and homely Ponderosa Cafe, a throwback to the 1950’s and very popular with bikers. The walk was lovely but I didn’t expect to take many pictures so here are just a handful.

iZettle again

I wrote about iZettle some time ago when I got myself an iZettle credit card reading device. I was delighted with it at the time but I had taken a chance because officially my phone wasn’t a supported device. This finally bit me, as the card reader became increasingly unreliable and finally just didn’t work. Fortunately, the customers were patient and I didn’t lose any sales but it couldn’t carry on.

So I checked with iZettle and I’ve spent £70 on a new, bluetooth-connected, iZettle reader.

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Old (left) vs. new

This worked first time out. Set-up was easy and in fact, compared to the previous model, this one is almost instantaneous in use. I no longer need to engage the customer in polite chit-chat while we wait for the swirly image on the phone to indicate “ready”.

In use, it’s basically the same as the old device except you don’t need to plug it into your phone. I’ll write again if I have any trouble with it but for now I’m going to be optimistic and assume it will work.

Wild Garlic

Today we went walking in the most garlicky place I’ve ever been – around the world heritage site of Pontcysyllte in the Llangollen valley, north Wales. Acres and acres of wild garlic in the wood and along the river banks, all in full flower. I took a few shots, here’s one of the better ones. Apologies for the recent dearth of posts, I was a little under the weather.

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By the way, this is an example of a picture that looks quite different on my laptop screen than it does on my calibrated/profiled external monitor. God knows what it’ll look like on your screen. Colour management – pah!

OMD EM10 RIP ?

My Olympus is broken. I’ve had it for about two and a half years from new, bought with the kit lens. It’s had a couple of breakages before this – the battery compartment cover didn’t last long at all and some time last year the manual focus ring just disintegrated.

This time, there are a variety of symptoms of misbehaviour – no image on screen or EVF, lens hunting through the zoom range without me asking it to, won’t focus, won’t take a shot, etc. All intermittent, but it just won’t work. I think it might be the lens. I’m going to go to a shop and try it with another lens. If so, that’s not a long life-span for a lens. It’s the M.Zuiko 14-42 pancake zoom. A very nice lens image-wise, and very small and light, and cheap as a kit lens (not cheap to buy on it’s own though). However, not the most solidly built piece of kit. I’ll see if I can get another on ebay, assuming that’s the cause. I hope so, because I’d be really disappointed if the body has given up after such a short time.