I’m still here

Sorry for lack of posts, but I’m currently in Canada as my Dad is in ICU and he’s my priority.

Hope everyone is well.

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FlexiGuard baby Gate By Lindam

 

In July we went to Wales for our holiday and we knew from previous experiences with stairs at places that we visited, that they always lacked in providing safety gates and stair gates. I was delighted when I spoke to the lovely folk over at Lindam and they agreed to send over this lovely item which really helped save our holiday and let me get a bit of rest. I didn’t have to keep running after the boy when this was up and I was even able to go upstairs and read for a while or go for a shower knowing that he wasn’t able to access stairs and fall which is every parents nightmare.

When we were packing, the flexiguard was small, light , and easy to transport and this was important as we were going away for a week with a lot of items for the two kids as well as our own suitcases, which meant that we didn’t have to worry about where it would need to go in the car as it fit right into a very small space within its own little carrier bag.

Now that we are home from holiday and have a new puppy, its being used as a barrier for when we eat dinner to keep her out, or when she is in the garden and I don’t want her running up the stairs. The flexiguard has many different uses in our home and I am really very impressed by how it can fit in almost every door way(there was one it didn’t), and that we didn’t have to use tools in order to fit it. It’s a very versatile gate and only retails at approx £27.99 and with all of the Lindam products we have had in our home , I would say that it is a small price to pay for piece of mind!

*Thank you to Lindam for sending us this gate. This post is a truthful opinion of this product.

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10 Interesting Facts about Llandudno

 

Llandudno may not be the biggest town in the UK, but it certainly has a lot to offer its residents and tourists. It’s brimming with history, heritage and excitement. We’ve taken to the web and have gathered 10 of our favourite facts about one of our favourite places in Wales.

1. Alice Liddell, who inspired the character of ‘Alice’ in C.S. Lewis’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, would take family holidays to Llandudno.

2. Winston Churchill stayed in Room 109 at the Grand Hotel when he visited Llandudno for the Conservative Party’s annual conference in 1948.

You can book your own holiday to Llandudno here – http://www.ukbreakaways.com/destination-guide/llandudno.

3. Actor Timothy Dalton, who played James Bond in ‘The Living Daylights’ and ‘Licence to Thrill’, hails from Colwyn Bay. As does Terry Jones; ‘Monty Python’ star and patron of Theatr Colwyn.

4. Purpose-built in the 19th century as one of a new breed of seaside resorts, Llandudno goes 19th-century crazy each May when its splendiferous Victorian Extravaganza comes to town, a festival of marching bands and street entertainment, fire eaters and vintage fairground vehicles, striped blazers and frilly parasols.

5. Discovered in 1987, the town’s Bronze Age mines have been gradually excavated to reveal what is thought to be the world’s largest prehistoric mine.

The mines are definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Llandudno, and you can check out the website here.

6. Conwy is home to Britain’s smallest house (it is just 3.1 metres high and has a floor area of 3.05 by 1.8 metres), and Rhos-on-sea is home to what is thought to be Britain’s smallest church, which seats just 6 people!

Take a look at the website for the smallest house in the UK here!

7. There are the remains of over 30 shipwrecks in Llandudno Bay. One of the oldest known wrecks around Llandudno is the Phoenix, a warship wrecked in 1642 off the Great Orme.

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How To Get Into Professional Photography

 It’s easier to get into some professions then others, and professional photography is one of those careers that are notoriously difficult to break into. There is a lot of competition and you have to really know your stuff to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

Here are some tips to help you get ahead…

Know your camera inside out

Having an eye for a photo isn’t enough. If you really want to get the absolute best photographs then you need to know exactly how your camera works. You need to know what settings to change for different conditions as well as when to use particular equipment to produce specific effects. Only when you now the intricate workings of your camera can you really get the best from it.

Get some work experience

The best way to get into a chose profession is to get some work experience on the job. Shadowing professionals will let you see how they work and what they do to get the best shots. You’ll also be able to ask questions on why they’re doing certain things or how they produce a certain effect. And who knows? If you impress the right people then they might just remember you the next time a job becomes available.

Think about going solo

Whilst you may want to try getting a job at a photo studio such as Venture, the competition for jobs at these places is massive and don’t come up all that often. Therefore you might want to consider going it on your own.  This might sound like a big step but it would allow you to specialise in a particular type of photography and you’d be your own boss! You could also work on a freelance basis and sell your photos to newspapers, magazine and websites.

Keep a portfolio of your work

As you take photographs, remember to keep an up-to-date portfolio of some of your best work. This is an easy way for potential employers to see your work and means you can easily add to it as you go along. Websites such as Portfoliobox are great for easily creating a great looking online portfolio.

Learn about post-production

Nowadays it’s often the case that actually taking the photograph is a very small part of the whole process. You also need to be able to apply post-production processes to the photograph to ensure it looks as good as it can. You might need to lighten or darken a photo, crop it, apply filters and various other bits and pieces. Photoshop is expensive but still the industry standard, although you can do basic techniques on free websites such as Pixlr.

Get snapping!

If you’re serious about becoming a photographer then you need to be taking as many photos as possible. This will help you get to know your camera, about what settings work best in various conditions and also help you to build up your portfolio. Always have a camera on you so you don’t miss that perfect photo opportunity, even if it’s just the one on your phone.

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