I was meaning to do a postman related image before I started the ‘booklego’ series, as I had been asked if I could do an image involving a postman, but it has taken me until now to get my act together. The person who had asked was celebrating a special occasion last week, so that gave me the motivation to get on with it and to stop putting it off. And of course it had to be related to a book, otherwise it would have to wait that little bit longer. Luckily for them it was on my list of possible books to do, so here it is. Everyone deserves to celebrate or receive good news, and there is no better way than the postman delivering it to your door!
The Postman ~ David Brin: The civilized world has been destroyed and remnants of civilization exist in small independent towns. Gordon Krantz, one of the relatively few survivors of the collapse of civilization, looses all his possessions to robbers. He finds an abandoned mail van and puts on the uniform he finds there for warmth. He also takes the bag of mail that was also in the van to help persuade the residents of a community to give him food. They take him to be the ‘real’ postman, the con gets out of hand, and he is forced to continue the masquerade on his wanderings.
Andy was going to get rid of the aphids once and for all
Finally we have had some decent weather the last couple of days, and it was so nice to get out into the garden and do a bit of stuff. Finally planted the potatoes I’ve been meaning to for the last month, as well as general tiding up. However it’s that time of year when aphids are at their most prevalent. And one of my plants is really being attacked by them at the moment.
I prefer a more naturalistic approach to pest control, but I do think Andy’s approach might just work.
At Christmas time I won a daily photo challenge competition with a cotton wool ball snowman. My prize was a voucher for some lovely cheesecakes. A few months ago I ordered my 1st one, it arrives frozen, packed in dry ice to keep it frozen whilst in transit. Well imagine my delight at all this lovely dry ice to play with. An idea was born and I decided next time I ordered a cheesecake then I’d use the dry ice in a photo. Yesterday was that day, we had family come to stay, and was the ideal occasion to order another delicious cheesecake. It arrived much later in the day than anticipated, however I still just about had time to do my photos before the guests arrived.
Nigel wasn’t too sure; he had seen what had happened to his supervisor. One false move was all it would take.
I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to capture the effect of the dry ice, but it was easier than I thought. It’s very mesmerising to watch it in action. But you do have to be very careful with it. It is a solid form of carbon dioxide, too much CO2 in the air is not good for us oxygen breathing mammals, so it needs to be used in a well ventilated space. It is also very very cold, so needs to be handled with care, using thick gloves to avoid freezer burns. But with commonsense it can by a joy to ‘play’ with.
so the next decision is what can I do with the dry ice next time?