Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American followers. We don’t celebrate it out here in Australia, but it was a perfect excuse to make apple pie for dessert (after having the equally American dish of meatloaf for dinner).Yum yum.

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And all that baking was just too much for Pip!
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Banana slice

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I thought it was about time to try out my new camera on some food pics, and, with the weather being so unseasonally cold, this spiced banana slice were a perfect choice (plus we had one over-ripe banana – perfect!).

The recipe and orginal post can be found here.

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Profile on Pippa

Pippa has been a very good model for me to try out my new camera. After years of using my little point-and-shoot Panasonic Lumix (which has been very good) and my iPhone to take my pictures, I’ve finally bought a Canon EOS M Compact System Camera, partly for my New Zealand trip (so it better take good scenery shots!), parlty because I just wanted a proper, good camera. I used a DSLR at uni for one of my subjects, so I know a bit about ISO, shutter speeds and the like, but realise that I still have a lot to learn! These photos were taken while playing around with different settings and have not been edited.

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What a little model

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Pippa was doing her cutest little facial expression, while just sitting so nice and neatly underneath the coffee table. Those big yellow-rimmed green eyes, the little smile, the shiney silver furr – you’d hardly recognise her from the scared little thing we adopted back in May. I know one shouldn’t really gush on about one’s own little cat – but Pip’s just too cute!

Pip in the sun

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Though it’s been a bit cooler this week (and quite cold today!), Pippa has been enjoying the sunshine. Though she’s still too scared to go outside, she loves lying in an open doorway or on an open window sill, letting the breeze in, not to mention all the smells and noises.

Also, Pip turned 1 last week (according to her RSPCA records), so happy first birthday Pippa! You can be assured, she was most spoilt on the occasion – much as she is every day.

An Unusual POV: Weekly Photo Challenge – Pippa

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Standing at only about a foot high, Pippa is very little thing. It is easy to forget how big we must seem to her, so when playing with her this morning, I lay down and took this photo from ground level, looking up on our little cat. As children, we spend much more time down low, playing on the floor, sitting on the floor in class, etc, but as we grow up, we don’t get down that low nearly as often, so photos from this angle look quite particular to us.

What’s Pip looking at so intently, I hear you ask?

Maggie the chicken, who was taking herself for a walk around the yard (no particularly special POV, just a rather funny picture of Mags!).

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Find the weekly photo challenge here.

Best of the week ending 2 August

Here are my top five things that I’ve seen/stumbled across in the last week, in no particular order:

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1. Courtly Cats. Although these amazing pictures look like oil paintings, they were actually created digitally by Eldar Zakirov. I love a cat in clothing (think Louis Wain), and these six fellows are fantastic.

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2. Sunny winter days. It’s supposed to rain for the next week now, but we had some lovely sun this week. The photo above was taken on Monday around 1pm. The tower with the sun reflecting off it is the Eureka Tower, the tallest building in Melbourne and (as of May 2013) the 12th tallest residential building in the world. The Eureka Tower has a big gold bit at the top (hard to explain), which reflects the sunlight like nothing else, as seen above!

3. Charted cheese wheel. I actually came across this a couple of weeks ago, but I’d forgotten about it. It’s something I hadn’t thought much about, but to see the cheese in a wheel like this is really handy!

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4. Early blossom. It’s only just August, but a lot of blossom trees are flowering. It’ll be another couple of weeks before the blossom is in full-swing, but it’s very pretty to see the trees beginning to show life again.

5. Trask Industries. This full website has been set up in preparation for next May’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. At the end of The Wolverine, we see a Trask Industries poster in the airport. I know a lot of exciting films are going to be out before the next X-Men, but certainly makes me excited.