A few decorating and domestic jobs to get on with and had a rough night so didn't rush to get up this morning, it was full sunshine, blue sky so stuick close to home and in the morning went to the A500 west near Crewe a spot I've used a lot of times over the years but I don't think I've done much there for a while. There was an amazing amount of lorries buzzing back and fro and I think it was the best session I'd ever had there albeit the wintry watery sun doesn't help.I got back and caught up with weekly chores like getting ready for the bin men tomorrow and cleaners come on Thursday. I got the new shelf unit erected in the small bedroom. Picked up a huge tub of expensive grey grout, its all B&Q had, was geing to Morreys at Holmes Chapel but there are severe traffic delays from roadworks so came back via Middlewich and then to Northwich. I'm already editing the film from today lets see what the photos came out like, it wasn't perfect positioning for stills and the sun but video was first class. Hoping still to cover Mansfield and Chesterfield although yet again it could err towards a bit of sun first thing.
Busy day looking ahead at tomorrows weather, may be last minute decision on any location. I got all the DVD orders ready and stamped and dropped them off this afternoon using the gpo mail sack Lawrence gave me, I didn't get there until schools out rush hour so just dropped it off as instructed. I've put the undercoat and later top coat on the shelf unit I made for the small bedroom, its taking quite a while for the top gloss coat to dry but hoping to get it fixed in place by Thursday. I put the grout refresher on the bathroom floor tiles, might have made some difference, need to get some more actual grey grout and some white refresher. There were a couple of marks from the building work on the ceiling in the new showroom, they have now had six coats of paint and still they keep showing.
I finally reviewed all the recent cine films I'd scanned, a huge problem, dust! I'm now doing them again one by one and examining each when complete as there is a lot of dust in the air. I'll have to keep giving the machine a blast with the air canister. I managed to get these DVD covers done, it didn't take that long other than for printer inks and the like running out. I've researched the Cyprus potato harvest for the trucks illustrated in CVC, I guess the optimum time is May its down near Larnaca, might be worth a punt. I'm also gathering film for possible use in next years VE day celebrations for the 75th. I'm also trying to get my head around a possible visit to some hard to get to or 'difficult ' countries for next year. Mandy is back home Thursday night. I edited the Blackpool and Lancaster DVDs hence the rush to get all the covers up to date.
Last night before bed I decided as there wasnt much on tv and I'm avoiding the news at present that I'd put together the film for the show I'm doing at the beginning for Feb for the local Jaguar club, got it all done before 11pm then to bed which for once I'd remembered to put the electric blanket on beforehand so it was ultra cosy. Woke up just before th3e alarm this morning so had a leisurely breakfast and gentle drive up the M6 to Lancaster arriving just in time for all the school, university and college services plus the rush hour such as it may be in those parts. I couldn't believe the light, it was as near perfect as you could expect at this time of year, just still not even a breeze and around 0 or so, it was -3 at home, I don't bother with gloves which was fine for filming but not my fingers. I was amazed at the quantity and frequency of the buses and rattled off the film work in double quick time and was soon back at the car getting ready to drive back down to Blackpool.
It was a clear run although it is still a bit of a hike, Blackpool is very much a building site still and the amazing sight is the tram tracks leading into Wilkos store! The sun was trying to get out at first but this soon settled down and yet again In was soon in the thick of it and able to get the required footage in a short time and then have coffee and a muffin before heading home. Both Stagecoach as both locations plus Blackpool transport were all just so very friendly with thumbs up, smiles and waves all the way and the only minus an Alfa coach driver at Lancaster who did the usual trick of pulling up on a corner, opening his window and then start demanding that I delete the shot. I gave him a warm and friendly seasonal greeting and noted he seemed to be on a tinsel and turkey trip, bet its a whole bundle of laughs with that chap but he was just a lone misery among such friendly folk all the way, Lancashire certainly had its good side on today and I was soon heading home.
Dropped the post off at the local post office and then had a go at cleaning the car with all the kit I'd picked up at Halfords on Saturday, I gave it a really good dose of looking at , it will be a shame to go out and get it dirty again. Busy getting more jobs done, disc printer ink ordered, emails checked, more cine scanning, filled in the little bits that needed it on the bookshelf I'd made for the small bedroom, cooked dinner, about to eat and then edit todays films and make sure I look at the weather to see if there is anything I can film tomorrow in such good light. Phoned the Irish tax people who had now sent Mandy a final demand, threatening everything under the sun, bottom line thay had a backlog of cheques they hadn't been able to sort, apologised put a block on any more letters and said they were thinking next year of not sending letters out until they had put the cheques through, only in Ireland ! Photos from Lancaster.
It wasn't too late last night when I'd finished the structure of Bus Spot Ultra Edinburgh but too late to get the DVD made which I left to this morning. Not that many DVDs to get ready to post but there may well be a few more orders Sunday evening as there often is. I've also been getting together the bones of a film show I'm doing in February for the local Jaguar club, lots of pieces I've found may come in handy for other presentations, all I need to do is to finish the second and third parts of the Carlisle truck film for lat Friday, the second of the three DVDs is burning at the moment, as ever a back log of DVD covers quickly appears my least favourite part of the process.
I've been a generally busy boy today, after I got back from St Oswalds where we had a visiting non stipendiary vicar ( not paid!) from Knutsford who is in his day job a film producer - I got back and made a start on the shelf unit for the small third bedroom which used to be the editing suite. I got all the structure done, just some filling and painting to complete, its a bit cold working outside but it gave me some fresh air and after early clear sky it has clouded over. Not so cold this morning just -2.
I've also been running more cine through the scanner up to about 20 reels, while I was doing the shelf a dry joint went through and the pieces separated and it had just run off onto the floor but was still recording, self feeding and thus the good news is that I'll be able to use an old projector as a passive feed for 400' reels and let them run onto a clean surface and then rewind with the projector which will speed it up a lot as the scanner is great at scanning but the motor is weak and the reels rewind loose. This is all good news as I won't need to split the 400 footers ijn two so no splicing needed but I've bought a splicer and cement in case of any joints which need fixing.
So all good news and I can at last get on with some material I'm examining and digitising for the OTA. So all in all just another sort of PMP day, I sleep well at night! I've been thinking about the next Bus Spot Ultra presentation, unsure but requests welcome. Anyone got any transport cine that we can copy, buses, lorries, trolleys, trams etc, the results now are really fantastic. The last batch of shots from Carlisle, fingers crossed the weather this week is light cloud and I get a minimum of four days filming done.
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