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Why have I moved my blog?

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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.

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Posted by on 24th January 2019 in Site News

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Photo manipulation

I read an article in The Guardian today about “Selfie Dysphoria”

Photograph: Linda Nylind/Elle Hunt/The Guardian

Photograph: Linda Nylind/Elle Hunt/The Guardian

It’s an interesting article about how selfie filters are driving many people to use cosmetic surgery to make their face look more like their selfies, and how in the past people would bring photos of celebrities to a Cosmetic Surgeon whereas these days they are more likely to bring selfies with filters applied.

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Posted by on 23rd January 2019 in In the News, Opinion

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Ten Years

There is a “10 year challenge” doing the rounds on Social Media at the moment, which is fairly timely for me as it is now 10 years since I first came out in public.

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Posted by on 17th January 2019 in Diary, Photos

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Diary update – an eye infection, and new artwork.

No new self portraiture pics right now, I’m afraid. I have a cyst / lump on my eyelid at the moment which means I can’t really wear makeup. It’s affecting my vision too, which is a little worrying.

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Posted by on 13th January 2019 in Diary, Photos

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New Year, same me.

I’ve been a bit remiss about posting lately, so thought it was about time for an update.

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Posted by on 2nd January 2019 in Diary, Photos

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Women in Motorsport – the W Series

It’s been recently reported in the Media [1][2] that there is a new female-only motorsport series being launched called “W Series”.

British IndyCar driver Pippa Mann calls it a “sad day for motorsport” and that it will segregate women drivers. I agree with her.
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Posted by on 11th October 2018 in In the News, Opinion

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Girl Racer

Girl Racer

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed from my recent Flickr pics that I have a new car, and that I have also published a pic of me wearing a crash helmet in the car.

So, since I haven’t blogged for a while, and since several people have asked me for more information, I thought I should tell you a bit more.

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Posted by on 17th August 2018 in Diary, Out & About, Photos

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Out shopping

I popped out to a local Antiques & Collectables fair in Hartley Wintney today.

Victoria Hall, Hartley Wintney

Victoria Hall, Hartley Wintney

Despite having far too much jewellery, I couldn’t resist this cute pair of silver earrings for £9.

Heart earrings

Heart earrings

I liked how the inner and outer hearts moved independently of each other.

I also bought yet another ring, despite having far too many already. I just thought it was unusual. In case it’s not totally obvious from the photo, the ring is formed from the word “Love”.

Love

Love

I then had a little wander round the shops, and snapped a nice little selfie in a full length mirror in a shop.

Shopping selfie

Shopping selfie

I’m wearing a dress by Atmosphere that I bought ages ago for £5, a jacket by Jane Norman (which you will have seen many times before), and a glass heart necklace that I bought on Friday for £2 in a charity shop (you can see it better in the pic at the top of the post). The bag is by Radley, and the shoes are by Rocket Dog.

 

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Continuing journey

I received an absolutely lovely comment on one of my Flickr pics recently:

What a pleasure to see the subtle but striking changes from your first photographs to this one, you have changed into such a pretty woman 👍

Looking back on my photos over the past 10 years (have I really been on Flickr that long?), I have to agree – I have come such a long way since those initial faltering steps on my journey towards being the person that I really am.

I can’t help wondering, though, whether I am reaching my peak. I’m not getting any younger and old age is going to start to catch up with me soon. 🙁

But then I look at the wonderful pics that Janet Rainer posts and it gives me hope that an older woman can still look wonderful. So who knows what the future holds?

 

 

Posted by on 31st May 2018 in Diary, Transgender

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A visit to the hairdresser – wig revitalisation

a.k.a. “Getting wiggy with it

Like any girl like me, I’ve got a number of wigs. Many are cheapies that I bought for photo shoots and general fun, but my four main ones are expensive ones costing several hundred pounds each. I bought them on two separate visits to Beesley Wigs in Sandhurst using their “Buy One Get One Half Price” deals as mentioned in a previous post.

My favourite one is starting to get rather tired and “wiggy”, so I decided it was time to do something about it.

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Posted by on 20th January 2018 in Diary, Hair and wigs, Out & About, Photos

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