The Photographic Club

Camera gear - laid outThe Photographic Club

The photographic club I belong to decided to go on an expedition, a camping exhibition. It was high summer not everyone could go (family commitments, work commitments) but we had a party of seven, confirmed.

Large TentSelecting a Tent

I was given the job of finding a suitable tent at a good price, which I did here 8 person tent And I was reimbursed by the other members of the party. There was seven of us so I purchase an 8 person tent so that we’d have enough space to store our camera gear. We didn’t want to store anything outside, just in case.

Types of Tents

As the time got nearer so some of the members cancelled, eventually we ended up with just five of us. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the Eight person tent would not have been big enough for seven people and all the photographic gear.

So the eight man tent With five occupants and camera gear turned out to be perfect.

Guide for pitching a tent

camera on a tripodI bought a Tripod Too

I came across this web site best camera tripod, that specializes in tripods. I’ve always wanted one and this seemed like a good opportunity to get one for this trip. I wanted to shoot in low light, where the camera needs to be rock steady so I invested in one that could also support my large aperture telephoto lenses, I’ve got three of these.

The five of us that went on the trip into the hills brought lots of camera gear, so the large tent meant we store everything inside it. Where it was nice and dry and this protected the camera gear from all the elements. I would not have been happy leaving expensive cameras outside even in waterproof rucksacks. You never know who might come wandering by, man or beast.

using a tripod

Tens Days Camping

We were out for ten days, which included three days travelling time. The seven days spent at the camp was just right. We had four sunny days and three days where it rained, on and off. But nothing stopped us and we all went out every day, although we did breakout out into small parties. Depending on what we fancied shooting for the day.

So the trip was a success my tripod was a great buy and that 8 person tent suited our needs perfectly and we’re planning another similar trip this spring using the same tent.

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Best Whole House Water Softener

water dropletshouse water softener

If you live in a hard water area, you’ll know, because around taps, showers, toilets, baths, kettles, you will see a white, hard, chalky substance. That’s limescale and that’s the tell tale sign that you’ve got hard water.

It’s an unsightly stain and is also difficult to remove. You have to buy special limescale removers to get rid of it. Which is both a cost and time consuming and it only goes away for a short time then comes back again. So you have to go through the motions of getting rid of it all over again.

new bathtubhome water softener

But there’s a hidden cost because the limescale you see is only a small part of the problem. There’s a lot of limescale you don’t see building up like rock inside your water system and your appliances. And it worse when the water’s hot as more landscape is dropped from the water and bit by bit, year by year, the deposit gets thicker and thicker.

You ultimately pay dearly for this. Washing machines and dishwashers need replacing every five years or so and these are not cheap. Over time, you’ll notice that you hot water is not as hot as it used to be, maybe it’s on the hotter part of warm. This takes many years but it’s inevitable if you live in a hard water area. The limescale will build up around heating elements and the elements get furred up by a thicker and thicker layer of limescale which acts as an insulator. Reducing the amount of heat energy heating the water.

Simply Water

water softening systems

But there is a solution. Make your hard water into soft water. Sounds simple enough and amazing – it is!

You just need to fit a soft water system to the water coming into your property and that’s it.. These devices are quite small and have no moving parts and are very easy to maintain. And more importantly they don’t cost a fortune, like the ones here Best Whole House Water Softener

And once installed they’ll save you money straight away over the medium term and you’ll feel more cosy over the longer term.

Water Walks

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3 piece luggage sets

Three piece Luggage setVacation Over, time to head Home

Came back from our vacation last week. I had a great time but my suitcase split along the zip just as we arrived at the departure airport. So I had to buy a me suitcase and repack.

The suitcase I bought was one of those Sets of three suitcases – a 3 piece luggage set. And the lady in the airport shop kindly let me repack all my things at the back of the shop, in her small office.

Well built small suitcaseOver Paid

To be honest I paid a lot for this luggage set that I’d bought and surfing the internet I could have found much cheaper bargains, like the ones here But I was desperate at the time and had to take anything I could get hold of.

The suitcases are very well made and I paid particular attention to the zip, as that’s what failed on the old case. But to be fair I was trying to ram it full of stuff and struggling to close it. I had to sit on the case to get the lid down before I could engage the zipper. So I have to put my hand up – guilty. Guilty of stuffing a suitcase to breaking point. other useful tips can be found here

Small packed caseThe Three Piece Set

So the new suitcases in a our three piece luggage set has a big chunky zip which I know it’s going to last but more importantly I’ve got three cases and the moral I’ve learnt from this is, don’t pack your cases to bursting point.

Another useful feature which I didn’t realise at the time I bought these luggage set was that they fit inside each other. The smallest fits into the middle size. The middle size fits inside the largest case. The benefit is obvious, when it comes to storage you’re only storing one case not three. A very useful feature for me as we live in an apartment that’s a bit on the small side.

suitcase sizing

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Health, Pure and Simple

For Health

It seems that the whole world wants to get healthy these days especially those of us that live in the west. And so we should. However it’s easier said than done and part of the problem is that it takes work and time to do and there’s no instant benefits.

The human body is designed to keep us alive. You go and find food, find a mate and raise children to their adult state. Your body will take care of all the things other that keep you alive. Many, many things, millions of things that just happen automatically.

The Automatic Body

The big ones are; your heart keeps pumping, you keep breathing, your windpipe closes as you swallow your food. You sweat if you get to hot, the hemoglobin in your red blood cells gets recycled and reused. I could go on but I think you get the point.

What you need to do is to put the right things into your body and that means food, real not the junk that the food industry wants you to eat, because it makes a profit for them, but is not so good for you. The temptations, however, are everywhere and we need to take control but not with just will power. Will power is not enough.

The Bad

We need to give into temptation occasionally and indulge. The body is not a delicate object that needs constant monitoring and to keep in good health you need a certain degree of stress. That’s what we would have been expected by our cave dwelling ancestors. So a bit of bad food, alcohol, party food is not necessarily bad, when taken occasionally.

And that’s where will power comes in. Nobody has an unlimited reserve of will power. So caving in occasionally to temptation allows you to regain a will power boost for the next health phase.

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