Oct 25, 2015

On the Move (again)

Wow, just realized it's been months since my last post.   Also realized that I haven't even gone back and looked at all my black and whites from my last Bermuda trip.  In fact I have barely touched the cameras since that trip.   I guess two quick back to back Bermuda trips kinda burned me out on the cameras a bit.   But we have been busy.

We learned late in the summer that our landlord had decided to sell the house.  He gave us first dibs on the place but we decided this is not the house we want to settle into.   After some discussion we decided not to rent a new place but to buy a place instead.   We pulled all our pennies together and got a hold of my old mortgage broker and decided it would work.

The search was on.   Actually didn't take too long, turns out it's becoming a buyers market and the time of year was good.  People are motivated to sell.   Helps that interest rates are at a nice low.  Now we're on the move.   Just 1 more week until we close on the new house.   The past month has been sorting out the legal, booking all the installations for the house and packing our stuff.

The new house is a nice 35 year old bungalow that has been well taken care of and upgraded.   Also has almost 3 acres of land and a nice big shed.   Inspections all went well and we're really looking forward to the move.   A couple of pics;

Was unable to get the guy I wanted to move me so decided to do this myself (again) after not learning the last time how much it hurts - lol.   Fortunately I have 13 days to fill these and some friends to help with the big stuff on the last day.

Now, some plugs for some great people who made the process so easy for us.   Our agent, broker, lawyer and inspectors are all great and come highly recommended by Jen and I.   Be happy to give any of them a recommendation.  Here is there info but if you want to ask questions about any of them give me a shout.  Each of these people will take great care of you if your looking to purchase a new home.

ALANA DENNETT   (Real Estate Agent)
165 Pretoria Avenue
E-mail: adennett@sympatico.ca

Elaine Simpson, AMP    (Mortgage Broker)
Broker #M08004806
Mortgage Broker
Dominion Lending Centres – Smart Debt
150 Isabella St., Suite 110, Ottawa, On K1S 1V7
Phone: 613-791-1798
Fax: 613-736-1765

Ken Hoyt    (Lawyer)
157 Gilmour Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0N8
Tel: 613-231-2995, ext. 28
Fax: 613-231-1121

Stephen Clayton   (House Inspector)
Phone: 613-233-4515
Email: aclayton2000@rogers.com

Aug 1, 2015

Back in Bermuda, the black and white edition

Yes, I just left here 6 weeks ago  ;-) but was asked if I would house sit for a few days and I jumped at the chance as this time of year I can get Jen and Erin down to the island with me.  Given it's just a quick 10 day trip and I'm playing tour guide vice hardcore photographe I decided to do something different.  Set the Fuji X100s and X-T1 to black and white and that is where they are staying.  If I can resist colour in this amazing place I can do it anywhere.   I also have raw turned on so there are colour versions available to me to look at during a later date if I so choose.  

The other part is I'm doing all of this with an IPad mini.   Left the laptop at home.  I have the mobile version of lightroom and what a pain trying to figure out how to move files around but discovered that if I share to G+ then I can snag them from google for the blog.   Only 2 days left in the trip and we lost 3 days to rain but got a few pictures I like.   Some of these are a bit out of my comfort zone but have to say I'm enjoying living in monochrome.

As I said, crappy weather when we arrived but made for nice moody skies.

Inside the cave at Tom Moore's jungle.   It was a hot humid day and a Bermuda holiday (Cup Match) so locals were taking a swim in the cool waters.

I love this floor.

Jen "Monroe" at the Frog and Onion

Caught Erin posing for her mother but have me a great angle to sneak a shot in.

Did I mention I like this floor?

The clocktower at the Royal Naval Dockyard and the "Spirit of Bermuda" a beautiful Bermuda sloop.

One of the feeders at the Bermuda aquarium, I like this shot.  It's a harp seal.

A lemur hiding in the trees.

An otter came out to say hi.

Not something you see everyday.  A dog on the back, a kid on the front.  Both having a great time.

Hamilton was pretty quiet during cup match.

He was checking out my beer.

Not sure what these berries are but the bird like them.

Jun 11, 2015

The East End - St George's

Yesterday was the west end so today was the east end, in particular the town of St George's. Met up with a couple of friends to explore the back roads, Tom and Cathy Schmit Czaja. Had a great time chatting and taking pictures. Again I tried to stay outside of my comfort zone and do something different. For the most part I stuck the XF-35mm lens. .

If you go back in the archives you'll see this is not my first post of the back streets of St George's :-)   A great town for photographers who love colour and different content.  Enjoy.

 Someone took my picture when I handed them my camera :-)

 St Peter's Church, St George's Bermuda.

 Looking out one of their upper old windows.

 I love Bermuda colours.

 The Old Rectory

 Guess the two neighbours couldn't decide on a colour so 50/50 it is.

 Inside the flower.

 Bermuda roofs.  Not a straight line anywhere on this beautiful old home.

Running out of days on this trip :-(   Only a few more to go.