Well, having stated in my post yesterday that I seldom go out, I decided to go out today. 🙂
Sorry about the lack of posts and new pics lately.
Back in January I developed a cyst on my eyelid that progressively got worse. In the end it was felt that minor surgery was needed, which was done under local anaesthetic as an out patient at my local hospital.
It was an unpleasant procedure, and they had to cauterise it which was a horrid smell and rather distressing.
I had quite a lot of post-operative swelling, and it took quite a while to heal up. During this time I was unable to wear any eye makeup, so photos were rather out of the question.
I’m all healed up now, so hopefully I can get back to regularly posting pics on Flickr.
I never thought, when I joined Flickr in February 2009, that 10 years later I would be seeing peaks of hundreds of thousands of views per day, nor that I would see 20 million views.
I wish it were possible to see the lifetimes stats, but Flickr doesn’t retain these. But I think the growth has been exponential. Even as recently as 2014, I was only celebrating 2 million views and daily peak views of a few thousand rather than a few hundred thousand. It’s been quite a growth.
It’s just nice that people like to look at my pics, and leave such nice comments about them. Thank you!
Alita’s search for identity has been something extremely special and personal to me, and it is probably my favourite manga.
I have been aware of James Cameron’s love project to turn this into a live action film, and have followed its progress through Development Hell with interest.
So when the film finally hit cinemas, I approached it with some trepidation.
Here are my thoughts on it, now that I have seen it.
In this post, I buy a reproduction of a painting by Gil Elvgren, and trace some of the history behind it. I also have to modify the painting in order to be able to hang it.
I was at an antiques trade fair recently, and a few of the sellers had the odd fountain pen here and there. Nothing that caught my eye. But one had a reasonable collection and amongst them I spied a Sheaffer.
Why have I moved my blog?
You may have noticed that the web address of this blog has changed!
Ever since I started this blog around 6 years ago, I have used WordPress via their free hosted offering at wordpress.com
It’s worked well enough for me, but since then I have become quite au fait with self-hosted WordPress and the power and flexibility that it gives. I use self-hosted WordPress on several other sites that I own, and have a web hosting package that allows me to host a number of websites.
Up until now, I’ve kept the Hay Llamas blog at wordpress.com out of inertia, despite owning the domain name hayllamas.com, but recently I have felt that WordPress spam you, my visitors, with way too much advertising. I don’t see a penny of that advertising either.