Golf rules

Stylish golf shoes are essential for good play

If I played golf then a few rules would need to be changed….

No-one would get in trouble for doing wheelies or doughnuts with their golf carts on the fairway.

Nor for driving over the sandpits (or bunkers as other golfers INSIST on calling them) Also wouldn’t it be lovely if the players before you left a wee message written in the sand? Or a wee sandcastle?

Nor for driving through the ponds as fast as the cart would go (obviously MY cart would have Batmobile-type extras and also be a hovercraft for those deeper ponds) Got to check for those lurking alligators/sea-monsters you know. They lurk around golf courses.

Lurking alligator

Then for every hole you finish the final putt should set off some kind of event. Like a flock of doves flying out the hole. Or a fountain going off. Then at the 18th hole fireworks.

Now when Mr. Alba talks about retiring to live in a golf community I’ll be all “EXCELLENT IDEA HONEY!”

Golf. Woohoo. Time to party!!


Hey Alba, What happened to the pic-a-day resolution thingy?


Did you fail? That’s the point of resolutions though isn’t it? What about the walking the dog/exercise every day one then?


OK, keep your hair on! Did you keep ANY of your resolutions?

“Yes, I’ve still not eaten any chocolate this year”

Well, that’s a stupid resolution….

“I know” Insert miserable expression here.


The Resolving is going well (not!)

So the 365 (photo a day) is more like a 360 now. I AM trying to take more photographs, but life has the interfering habit of getting in the way. I guess it’s better than the alternative though.

Anyway here are this weeks photos

Airtight bridge

Airtight Bridge, Illinois.

I had seen this bridge on another photographers website and though to myself “self, you gotta go there” so I Google-mapped it last week and set out to find it… in the middle of nowhere! Over rough dirt roads and cornfields (not actually driving OVER the cornfields I hasten to add, I stayed on the roads) and I finally come into this wooded area and down a steep hill and there the bridge was. I parked the car, got out and started shooting, but I have to say I felt a bit uneasy and spooked while I was there. 10minutes later and I’d had enough, resolving to come back with my DSLR (I only had my compact for these pics) and maybe with another person. Getting home I showed my daughter the photographs and she informed me it’s a well-known haunt for local college students and there had actually been a murder committed there a couple of years ago!!! Spooky is the word!

Embarras river lowres

Embarras River, Illinois

Same place as the Airtight Bridge shot, but winter in Illinois is dreich (to borrow a Scottish word) so I messed around a bit in Photoshop to make it look more interesting.

Birds lunching

A Chickadee and Titmouse having a quiet lunch together

It’s blooming freezing here in Illinois so I’ve been making sure my bird feeders are filled up. It’s party time at my house now! I really need to get a longer lens though – this is a huge crop as I’m hiding behind the curtain at the patio doors so not only am I trying to shoot birds with a 90mm lens, I’m also shooting through the glass door. I should treat myself… now to work on hubby so he doesn’t have a heart attack when I tell him how much the lens I want to buy costs…

And that’s about it then for this week photographically-wise. Other resolutions are going OKish. Still haven’t eaten any chocolate, went swimming and walking every other day and haven’t given in to the temptation to hibernate. I’m counting this week as a win.

A footnote – RIP David Bowie, the soundtrack to my youth.

New Year’s resolutions and other such nonsense


Happy New Year and Happy 1st Birthday to my blog… yep, I’ve been on WordPress for a whole year now so it’s about time I did something productive with it instead of randomely throwing up some photographs now and again.

Soooooo, I’ve decided for my New Year’s resolution I’m going to do a 365. That is a photograph a day for a year. I might not post all the photos, but I’m going to make the effort to at least TAKE a photo a day, whether it is with my DSLR or my camera phone. I don’t normally bother much with resolutions (principally because I always break them – “NO CHOCOLATE FOR A MONTH!” (actually one year I carried on after the month and I ate no chocolate for a whole year, but that was just silly) or “I WILL LOSE 40lbs IN 2 MONTHS” or “EXERCISE EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR AN HOUR”) but a photograph a day is totally do-able.

I’m not going to blog every single day because that’s just not possible, so I’ll throw a random selection of photographs up whenever I can. Anyway this is January so far (“It’s only the 4th of January Alba – you haven’t done much to be proud of yet ya muppet”)


New Year’s day walk at the lake with the dog…. bl**dy freezing but a lovely way to start the year. phone pic


2nd January walk in the prairie…. still bl**dy freezing and dog is being a brat (pulling his lead to investigate all sorts of smells) phone pic


Traditional Scottish Clootie Dumpling… made in the not-so-traditional microwave, but I was really pleased how it turned out, ie. not burned or soggy! phone pic

Donut lowres

Doughnuts (or donuts)…. you can see why I don’t bother with the “lose 40lbs” resolution anymore! DSLR

Well, so far so good…. hopefully I’ll manage my 365. Off to eat some doughnuts walk the dog!

Happy New Year and hope whatever resolutions you have (or don’t have) you successfully keep them (or not).