Lockdown photography and a vlog

Happy new year everybody! May your 2021 be much more fulfilling and less turbulent than your 2020. With the new year came a new camera for me (a few weeks before to be precise). More specifically this is a Nikon Z7ii for those of a technological bent; hot off the mirrorless press. And I'm loving it!  Naturally I've been out and about over the Christmas holidays doing my best to capture some nice photos. This has been easier said than done during the pandemic, and especially now we've been fully locked down again :( Photography is something I've been doing for many years now, but this time I've tried my hand at producing a little video cataloguing my exploits over the last few weeks. This is the first time I've filmed and put together something like this, and truth be told I'm a little nervous to put it out in the World. I don't think I have the best on-camera persona, but perhaps this will get better over time if I do it more. SO... I'd really apprec

Weekend read: A Whole Life (Robert Seethaler)

My partner and I decided to have a "blind book date" this weekend. The idea being that you visit a bookshop with somebody, and pick out a book for the other that they've never read before. It should also preferably be something they wouldn't usually pick out; expanding horizons and all that. Don't show it to them before you buy it so they can't weasel out of it!

The book chosen for me on this occasion was something I certainly would not have ordinarily picked for myself, and I'm very glad I read it. A cliche perhaps, but stepping outside of my usual choices really paid off this time.

Warning: bring your tissues.

A Whole Life

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quite a tragic book for me in places. A man with such potential and a gentle temperament should have had better cards dealt to him. Certainly tugs at the heartstrings. He's happy with his lot though, and that's life really.

This is one introvert's way to battle through some of the great hardships that can affect us. It makes us value more and more the relationships we have with our family and friends, and why it's important to keep them strong.

Not one to read if you're a tad melancholy to begin with. But excellent nonetheless.

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For my partner I chose H.G Wells' classic sci-fi The Invisible Man. Something I've been meaning to read myself but have not got around to!

Bonus points for having a good chat about the books afterwards. I will hopefully report back when we're both finished!