Archive for April, 2010

Flying again

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Flying again

The skies were clear for about a week. No planes whining overhead or writing lines across the sky. The ban on flying was put in place after a volcano near Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland spewed out a massive ash cloud that was thought to be capable of damaging plane engines. This security measure left people stranded, unable to return to the UK at the end of their holidays. Now the ban has been lifted and planes are flying again, trying to repatriate stranded people as well as take new passengers to their destinations.

There’s talk in the media questioning who is going to pay. The airlines have lost millions of pounds and some of them are saying that the Government should pay. Is that right? Should taxpayers who can’t afford holidays of their own be expected to subsidise those who can afford them?

Passengers have incurred a lot of extra expense trying to get home using other methods of transport. I think travel insurance should pay for that. If it doesn’t, what’s the point of having it? If claims for the results of the ban put up Travel Insurance premiums, then that’s the price of the situation. I don’t think that those who can’t afford holidays should be forced to subsidise those who can.

Spring flowers

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Inside a tulip

I’ve really been enjoying photographing Spring flowers. There seem to have been more of them this year than I’ve noticed before. I wonder if that’s because they’re fighting back after such a long, cold winter, or if I just haven’t noticed them before!

First of all there were snowdrops, then crocuses, then daffodils and hellebores and polyanthus. I’ve been really looking forward to the arrival of tulips. They’re so beautiful. They’re tall and elegant, and are so intricate inside.

But they haven’t arrived yet! Everything’s late this year after the cold winter. I’ve been walking around looking for them in garden borders near the pavement, I’ve been to the park, but none there. I’ve been to several flower shops and not found what I’m looking for. So when I was as a friend’s house and saw some yellow tulips in a vase, I had to take a photo! Aren’t they beautiful? What a wonderful creative work of art they are!

Cadbury’s Mini Eggs

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Cadbury's Mini Eggs

Since I heard that Cadbury has been bought out by Kraft, I’ve been going round the shops trying to take photos of all the different varieties of chocolate that they make, but it’s proved impossible.

The iconic Cadbury purple packaging is very difficult to take in artificial light. It comes out blue, which doesn’t look right at all! So I’ve given that up, but I love Cadbury’s Mini Eggs. I bought myself some for Easter so that I could record them for posterity, because you never know what might happen. I think Kraft would very foolish to get rid of popular lines like this, which is presumably what they paid for, but you never know.

Didn’t Mini Eggs used to be shiny? They’re sort of dull and unpleasantly dusty now. Does anyone know what’s happened to them and why? They’ve also changed from pretty pastel colours to dull, muddy colours.

I was so disappointed when I opened the pack and poured them out. There they were in a heap of dirty dullness. No pretty blues, and only a dirty, dusky pink. They were very unphotogenic and unappetising looking. So maybe I didn’t need to worry about Kraft spoiling Mini Eggs. Cadbury seems to have done it already themselves!

Still, I had to make the best of it, and so that they would make a more colourful photo, I put them in some of those colourful silicone cake cases.

Happy Easter everyone!

John 3:16

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 New International Version

John 3:16