Good morning, everyone.
Thank you, thank you for the lovely comments yesterday. I had a very pleasant day, one way and another.
On the way over to Val's, it started raining which was a bit of a downer but by the time I got there it had stopped and, apart from a few warning drops at one point, it stayed dry and, occasionally, sunny.
You're right - Marks Hall is lovely. It's wilder than Hyde hall, less 'managed', and much more natural and it's huge! After lunch we took a leisurely stroll around half the lake and the walled garden - LOVED the walled garden - before leaving. We talked the hind legs off a donkey as the saying goes, catching up on each other's news.
I will definitely be going back!
One annoying thing though - I have no photos. My camera decided to be awkward and wouldn't fully cooperate. I definitely have to get a new one and fairly quickly. Eileen, you asked whether I wanted a point and click or a DSLR and, having looked up what a DSLR is I think the answer is 'both'. It looks as if a DSLR will be great for taking photography a bit further with more creativity and effect while a point and click is so useful for what it says on the box - quick, instant and lightweight. I gather you can get different lenses for the former - is that right?
Today is a nothing day until tuition and SW group (which I am dreading after the last few weeks) and, as the weather is dull, I will spend it sorting out the mess I call my home and researching cameras. Oh, and also spending some time walking around in my shoes with heels so I get used to them. Sounds daft, I know, but if you'd gone over on your ankle as often as I used to, you'd be very wary. :-)
Have a good day and wish me luck, both with SW group and with camera research. Any advice would be gratefully received.