Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside
I do like to be beside the sea!

But I am not, so all I can do is daydream … and eat prawns, I guess.

Enough about prawns, I hear you all groan, and it is Sunday, and I haven’t done one of my Sunday lists for the longest time, so here goes … FIVE THINGS ABOUT THE PAST WEEK:

  1. My photographs are a joke.
    I know this, because I went off to a local photographic store to invest in some equipment to ‘up my game’. The shop is manned by professional photographers. Allocated to me was a very kind man named Pierre. I explained that I wanted an infinity curve table and, perhaps, some lights and asked his advice. He asked to see some of my photos so that he could make recommendations. As he looked at my blog posts on his computer, poor Pierre clung like an aphid to the counter to stop himself from falling to the floor. His face went puce as he tried to contain his laughter. He didn’t say I should lock my camera away and never touch it again, but he recommended a ‘cameras for dummies’ course that will cost all of the earnings from my current project.
  2. My current project
    is one I wish I could write about. The subject matter is so modern and so relevant and we’d all have so much fun dissecting it. But I can’t, so we’ll just have to wait until the book is published. What I can share is that a publisher sent me my editors-copy of the book I edited last year; the project that saved me from camping. The book is Germany’s Genocide of the Herero; Kaiser Wilhelm II, His General, His Settlers, His Soldiers by Jeremy Sarkin. It’s always very satisfying to see a project finally printed.
  3. The weather
    has been most unseasonal. There’s been a lot of rain and there are puddles everywhere. It’s so damp that I saw two toads hopping around in our passage. I screamed for my husband to take them out into the garden. He said they didn’t come from the garden, our witch-in-training-pre-teen-daughter had hatched them in her bedroom.
  4. My husband
    was in the dogbox yesterday. He took it upon himself to make himself a steak, using my brand new Le Creuset griddle pan. The man’s style of cooking involves flinging condiments on top of whatever he’s frying; in went soy sauce, chutney, ketchup … all burnt down to a kind of indestructible tar-like coating on the pan. I scoured for two hours. Thanks to Side View’s advice, I can now share with the world that filling a burnt pan with fabric softener, and allowing it to boil down completely, is the solution. Pan looks new again. The house is filled with artificial scent of StaSoft Tender Peach, soft as a mother’s love … but this will pass before Our Alice gets back from her weekend and gets cross because she thinks I have been usurping her laundry duties.
  5. The laundry
    I have nothing to share about the laundry, so here is a picture of prawns and linguini, my desk-lunch on Wednesday.


64 Comments Add yours

  1. linda says:

    Oh I wish I had an Alice. I keep forgetting to do the laundry. Or just plain ignoring it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks to God for Our Alice 🙂

  2. deepercolors says:

    Lots of things to think about. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, but slowly … coffee first 🙂

  3. souldipper says:

    Alice? So that’s where she went. Give her back, Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never, I can’t live without her 😉

  4. adeeyoyo says:

    Pity we couldn’t see the moon…

  5. granny1947 says:

    What a delightful post my friend.
    Your photos are great…pompous Pierre was trying to sell you a camera.
    What a great tip with the stasoft…I shall try it..thanks Sidey.
    I also want an Alice…sulk.

  6. granny1947 says:

    p.s.Hahahaha…witch in training…tell her she will have her own specimens to dissect at school!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m not telling her anything, trying to talk to her as little as I possibly can ;p

  7. Kate’s Alice came to you?

    It’s nice to finally hear what that secret project was. I hope we’ll hear about this one when it comes out (if not you’ll be skinned with a blunt teaspoon)

    Pierre probably only does large landscapes, aeroplanes,, cruiseliners and aircraft carrier pictures, your beautiful pictures of more intimate stuff probably baffled him.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sidey, see you later 🙂

  8. Madmom says:

    I think OB has been hanging out with my dort!
    *wonders if fabric softener will work on the cauldron*

    1. theonlycin says:

      Can’t I send her to live with you, Madmom?
      *eyes clock to see if it’s a respectable hour for Merlot*

  9. Jamie Dedes says:

    OMG, that hint about the fabric softener is worth gold to me. You have no idea! Thank you! I’ve been working on my favorite pot for days now. Blessings …

    Yum! on the pasta and prawns.

    Off to do the pot …

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, Jamie, my heart really sank when I saw my pan burnt like that!

  10. Liane says:

    I loved having an Alice, but the laundry remains one thing I prefer doing myself. Simply too pedantic. The pasta looks sublime! Maybe it’s time to consider having some myself. So relieved that the pan is sorted! However, no Stasoft tast..? The pictures can be a sensitive topic indeed. Rather than just swallowing laughter I, however, would love feedback telling me what I’m doing right and what I could do better. That would be nice. Having them critique’d however can be painful nonetheless. A camera course could serve you very well – you know. Maybe you should just investigate different options. There are some more expensive and some less: depends on who presents it, what you’re looking for, and what equipment you’ve got. I still want to do one too – bought my camera but went overseas before I could attend (fully booked) – was included with the camera, but now I have to pay for it 😦 Frogs? I also prefer them outside! Enjoy your Sunday, Cin 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      No stasoft taste, thank goodness.
      What I’d really like is for a professional photographer to come here, to where I am taking the photos and to guide me through a practical lesson, because I can’t make use of theory alone. I’m considering upgrading my camera, but don’t know if it’s worth it when I haven’t mastered the current model yet.
      You have a super Sunday too, Hon. xxx

      1. Liane says:

        I hear you on the photography. However, the two courses that I know of require that you pitch with your fully charged camera and they actually teach you about your equipment and achieving great pictures. I know Nikon does this, and other photographer friend on FB (with his own business also do different courses, depending on what you photograph – his prices is more reasonable than Nikon.) Nikon is a full day course. The other one is 5 or so hours, I think.

  11. 1. Pierre’s bum – your photos are great!
    2. Sounds like your current project is loads of fun!
    3. It seems the weather is deurmekaar everywhere!
    4. StaSoft – brilliant – half want to burn something to test it.
    5. I have no Alice so am off to hang a load of laundry.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Shame for you having no Alice 🙂

      1. Not to worry I have a 3-day-a-week Drika waiting for me when I get home – 😀

      2. theonlycin says:

        I am sure you can’t wait 🙂

  12. Love your daydream in blue and linguini aux crevettes ! Tell Pierre we are Many who are enjoying your pictures. As for the Creuset pans…beautiful and resistant, aren´t they ? Lovely Sunday to you, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Isa, have a wonderful day yourself 🙂

  13. Liane says:

    Sorry, I have to add that, even though I’m not a professional photographer, I really like your photo’s and occasionally I try some things that I see from your pics. There’s always someone who does it better so we have something to aspire to. There’s always someone who learns from us, even if we don’t know or realize it 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Lee, that’s a very kind thing to say 🙂 xxx

  14. Tilly Bud says:

    But why didn’t he scrub the pan for two hours?

    That’s a great tip about the fabric softener.

    Congratulations on the book!

    I really enjoyed this post.

    1. theonlycin says:

      He was out making amends … brought home a lovely roasting pan and a great light for my studio 🙂 xxx

  15. erbdex says:

    Nice one. Very natural.

  16. Tammy McLeod says:

    I’m a fan of your photos Cin and it appears that I am not alone. A bit freaked out about the two toads though.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Tammy. I am unreasonably scared of toads.

  17. nrhatch says:

    I love that photo at the top ~ gorgeous color for kitchen ware especially in juxtaposition with that starfish.

    Thanks, Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Nancy, the colour scheme feels very peaceful to me.

  18. slpmartin says:

    Oh..love the tip about the fabric softener…thanks!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, Charlie 🙂

  19. Omigoodness, I’m jumping with joy over the fabric softener! I have several Le Creusets and I’ve burnt them all!! My hob will be steaming merrily. Thanks to yourself and Sidey…
    Alice and witches. That is quite spooky. Whatever will we write about next?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope your pots are looking brand new by now 🙂

  20. colonialist says:

    You didn’t say how you disposed of your husband’s body?

    1. theonlycin says:

      hehehe, he did make a hasty exit 🙂

  21. colonialist says:

    As for these photographer geeks – if a picture works, it works. Yours do their job adequately.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you very much, Col 🙂

  22. nursemyra says:

    Those toads? Perhaps they dropped from the sky? there’s been a lot of that recently

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eeeek, perish the thought, Myra 😉

  23. suzicate says:

    Thanks for tip #4…hope I never have to use it though!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hope so too, Suzi 🙂

  24. Love that tea set. The color is sea-like and deep. Your lunch looks good, too. Yummy. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      All the best for a great week to you, Carol 🙂

  25. libraryscene says:

    Something tells me that daughter is taking after mother’s energy and joie de vivre 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      She’s quite volatile at the moment, I’ll need much strength to cope over the next few years 😉

  26. I don’t think your photographs are a joke! Perhaps he should have been sent on sales course?
    Pasta looks delicious. Very surprised about the fabric softener though.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks bokkie, I guess he was putting a bit of a spin on making a sale 😉

  27. I don’t think your photographs are a joke! Perhaps he should have been sent on sales course?
    Pasta looks delicious. Very surprised about the fabric softener though.

  28. Tokeloshe says:

    I love your photos 😉

    I didn’t know about the fabric softener, I’ll give it a try.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Tok 🙂

  29. Tandy says:

    I think Pierre wanted to get you to spend money! there is nothing wrong with your photographs 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, they’re ok for my ‘sweet little blog’ hey? *wink*

  30. Supa says:

    How rude of Pierre! 😦
    Thanks for the staysoft tip.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I guess Pierre won’t be seeing me in a hurry 😉

  31. MissChris says:

    Pierre talks Merde – your pics are great and as for that prawn linguine – I want some.

    Also…………………. teenage – loved that – oh my word I can only wish you the very best of luck!!
    So glad the husband is out of the dog box but maybe you should hide your special cookware from him (I used to do that with the kids)

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