Monday, October 22, 2007

Bloggie's Nightmare



I've been hit by the worst bloggie's nightmare- my camera went dead on me on Wednesday last week. (Now I can understand how Kate from Our Red House felt when her camera was lost in the ocean) I found out when I was trying to transfer some pictures onto the computer and it wouldn't do it, the LCD screen wouldn't show any pictures while the camera turns on and still takes photos. The first thing I did was to look for the receipt and warranty. The warranty had expired. I rang the store where hubby got it from ( it was a Christmas presy in 2005) mainly to see if it was worth getting it fixed, as many gadgets like that are not made to last these days and often it's cheaper just to get a new one rather than attempting to get it fixed.

To cut the long story short, the prognosis by the very helpful technician was that it might have either short-circuited (in which case not worth fixing at all) or something might've got disconnected on the inside of the camera. They couldn't tell unless they open it up to have a look, but that'll cost just a wee-bit less than buying a new camera, so I might as well buy a new one, newer and better model, higher mega pixels etc as prices of digital cameras have reduced significantly in the last two years.

So there, now I'm in the middle of waiting to get a new camera, hubby teased that I might get one for Christmas. I expectedly protested, "No, no, that'll be too long to wait!" "Can I have my Christmas presy early?........... Just for once?............"

Anyway, here are some photos I took prior to the "breakdown", they come in handy now.The rose bushes are laden with flowers at the moment, yet I can't take pictures of them. (Sigh) I've been continuing with the "renovation" in the back garden, have been labouring hard doing brick-paving. I had to pull out the old and put in the new and weed in between. I've got more respect for people who do jobs that need physical labour now. The first day I did it, I literally staggered and thought I was going to black out (How unfit!) when I stood up after two hours of kneeling and bending over and my fingers were sore from handling the bricks. The next day I was sore everywhere, especially in my thighs, shoulders, arms and fingers. I thought gardening was hard work, but brick-paving, that's HARD work! Anyway, I quite like the result, very pleasing indeed, it looks much better than the way it was. I've still got a bit to go, but I'm much fitter now. Couldn't take photos of the process! (Sigh again) Patience, patience, I tell myself............

9 comments:

Simply Roses said...

Oh no, sorry to hear that, but happy for you that you are going to have a better one. That IS the bloggie's nightmare. The other nightmare will be something wrong with your blog systym, you can't either answer or post new article. That's what happened to we yahoo blog users not too long ago.
Sorry, I forgot to answer your question in my blog, I couldn't add on more there, so allow me to answer you here,yep, My hubby brought the set back from U.S to surprise me. He did, with the better taste this time.

Angela Louise said...

You must be feeling very stranded without your camera! Ahhhh! The rose photos are absolutely divine. The bushes are SO lush. I think that you must be a gardener extraordinaire!
There are a lot of little paved areas throughout my garden and most of them I have done myself so I know where your coming from concerning your aches and pains.Isn't it rewarding though?!With each area of paving I got better at it. Now there is like a history of my skills and that's sort of fun to see. I even did paving when I was very pregnant! This entailed piling the bricks around me, sitting on my bottom and reaching as far as I could then moving on to the next bit.What a sight!
Enjoy your new paving, can't wait to see some photos,
Angela.

Our Red House said...

Oh Rosy, I am so sorry about your camera. I do empathise.

Can I ask your advice about a rosy matter. Many of my rose flowers seem severely stunted in size this year (drought, I know), but they are also covered in tiny, fast-moving bugs; not your usual squishy greenish aphids.

These bugs are damaging the blooms and I am not sure what to do about them. Do you have any suggestions? I'd prefer to take the organic path, if possible, whilst praying desperately for some decent rain. I'm sure so many of my plants are more vulnerable to bugs at the moment because of the drought.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

So sorry to hear about the camera. Our little techno-gadgets can be so frustrating at times.

I, for one, will never tire of seeing your LOVELY roses! I can't believe how gorgeous each and every one of them is.
You have a wonderful gift.

We laid our brick patio and I can sympathize with the hard work thats waiting for you. But, your right, it looks great when its done and is completely worth it.

Kimberly :)

Rosy Inspiration said...

Those tiny bugs might be what they call thrips. They feed inside flowers and they are more attracted to white or pale pastel roses. If they are thrips, you'll need to remove all affected blooms, spray the plant with insecticidal soap (you can google for homemade recipes)or the natural insecticide Pyrethrum. Spray the plant with garlic oil to repel future infestations.

Rosy Inspiration said...

I beg your pardon, I totally forgot to address the above message to Kate, yes, it is in answer to Kate's rosy question. Yes, I've been praying with you for the rain to come to your part of Australia as well. We've had lots of rain in Perth, but the farmers up north where the Wheat Belt is often don't get it when we've had too much. It's like you said, "too much weather"!

Our Red House said...

Thank you Rosy. I get onto it today. Certainly it seems the white roses have been worst affected. I wonder why they like pale roses?

Rosy Inspiration said...

Our Red House

Good question, maybe they can see everything better inside a pale rose? Huh huh! Just my wild guess. I read somewhere that if the problem keeps recurring, you might have to plant dark coloured roses instead.I don't think you'll need to resort to that though.

Mandi said...

am still envious....