I can't believe how I have abandoned my blog over the past months. My posts have been quite far between. Hopefully this slideshow will be the start of some regular blog posts.
Wind Kite Surf First Half of 2017 from Bunty Cachia on Vimeo.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
|From the exciting action in the pics above to the serene view from San Pupulju Farmhouse below|
|Fields being prepared for sowing the melon seed|
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Yesterday the news of the collapse of the Azure Window in Dwejra, Gozo, seemed to be spread like wildfire, not just here in the Maltese Islands but literally all over the world,
The last two days of severe gale force winds and very rough seas proved what a fragile condition the arch was actually in. Something we took so much for granted and never thought it would actually disappear in our lifetime. Now all that is left is a reef where the pillar once stood. No doubt we will know more in the coming days when the sea calms down and the first divers get a glimpse of what is under the water and how in tact the slabs and boulders are.
Driving down to Dwejra this evening for the first time minus arch left me with quite a horrid empty feeling but, like everything else, time will pass and before we know it we will have to remind ourselves what it actually looked like when it was still standing. There's certainly enough photographic evidence of that!
|The Azure Window as it was until yesterday morning.|
Below is what it looks today.
|You can see where the arch was attached to the cliff right where that small bit of rock is jutting out|
Views are still lovely just a few metres away from where the arch once stood
|The Fungus Rock was, apparently, part of an arch many, many, many years ago|
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
The next three shots are a miserable failure at panning. I'll eventually get it one day.
The next few were taken at Ghallis. Some pretty big waves breaking there today.
The two below were taken by Anchor Bay (Popeye Village)
Sunday, March 05, 2017
A lovely afternoon stroll along the seashore looking in to rock pools. Not much sea life to look at as such but beautifully clear water with some lovely colours. Fun to fool around a bit with the camera.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
|A lot of editing|
|A little editing|
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
After spending around eight months with a totally blank white wall in the sitting room, and not really sure what to do with it, I finally made a decision. The problem was having so much light in the room. Putting up anything like a painting, water colour, photos etc would only have lasted weeks before being totally ruined by the bright sunlight that blazes in to our room. Love the light but don't particularly like a bare wall.
After discovering an old canvas bag full of antique keys in the my father's desk I knew I wanted to do something with them. Various ideas went through my head, and after numerous searches for inspiration on HOUZZ and PINTEREST I finally made up my mind. We had no wall clock hanging up anywhere and it would be a useful object to have and could be decorative too. So a wall clock it had to be.
Some weeks before actually getting down to starting the project, I purchased a clock mechanism online. Unfortunately the black was out of stock so I ordered the silver one and once it arrived I bought a can of black acrylic paint and sprayed it. Next I purchased the wood I needed and got to work. All it took was cutting the wood to the correct lengths with my mitre saw, a few blobs of wood glue, some screws and an acrylic coloured semi matt varnish and the background was ready.
The keys were in quite a rusty dirty state, so I soaked them in vinegar for a few hours. Rinsed them off properly and sprayed them with black acrylic paint. Once everything had dried (left them a couple of days so the paint could harden properly) it was just a matter of sorting the keys in the correct positions and gluing them down using Araldyte (epoxy glue). I would have liked to have started off with very small keys at 1 O'Clock ending up with the largest at 12 O'Clock but that did not work out with the keys I had, so I was a bit random with them.
Basically that's it. It is up on the wall and fits the place perfectly.
As is the norm, after I have made something, I always come up with other ideas, like it would be fun to actually paint each slat of wood a different very bright colour - maybe the next one I will make.
Below shows the project on progress
Friday, January 13, 2017
This afternoon at Golden Bay. Just three kiters down. Conditions gusty apparently.
Click on pics to enlarge
|John looks like he is doing a ''raily'' on the top of the rock|
I still have not mastered ''Panning''! Not even close.