Now is the winter of my discontent

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Hello my dears!

Well, you won’t believe!  I received my new Canon only to find it was defective! This is now two strokes of bad luck! The first being that my old camera got wet and died,  supposedly from taking a few pictures of the lovely snow, and the second in receiving a lemon (also rare!) So I wait again! I’m slightly discouraged, but this must all mean something if I could just figure it out! Patience is not a strong point. I’m going mad! Hopefully there won’t be an impending third misfortune, unless you count the snow that is once again falling.

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Thank you Niko, at least one of us has a working camera even though yours isn’t as good as mine! (was)

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Weather has been iffy , sometimes frost, sometimes rain, even a touch of sun.  As I look out the window today, there is more of the white stuff- and it’s coming down thick!  In spite of it we managed to get the shed built and are about to redo the laundry room to include an extra toilet and sink.  The roof was fixed and new railings put up on the steps. This is the mundane!

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oh no, not again!! says Senor Frog

So now about the madness!  This last two weeks with the strange weather – and only in my spare time of course – I have become a gamer again! Years ago,  in the nineties I first discovered and played what was then called the Game of the Year;  Myst, and it’s sequel, Riven. Created by a small Indie studio called Cyan, it was an instant success due to superior graphics, a great storyline  and “brain drain” puzzles!! It was not a fast paced game.

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More than twenty years later they have come out with Obduction!  Their latest is no less brilliant; Alien pods,  trees that join universes,  and lost cliff side cities. No one jumps out to do battle. You are on your own to solve puzzles and find your way back from a world that is both alien and wonderfully steam punk, with cogs, wheels and laser beams- very HG Wells, Jules Verne and  sci-fi fantasy. There is  lots of time to enjoy the fantastical landscapes. And, be very careful which lever you pull!  Cyan delivers the adventure once again!

I have done a small review here, check it out: Another Virtuality

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I await my new Canon!! Soon Soon !! I’ll be back soon!!!

in the meantime the view from my bedroom window with iphone ( and a few of my Yucatan shots thrown in). I must take a video  course!

Orinoco Flow by Enya

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  1. Sue says:

    I have just realised today that WP must have unfollowed me, as I haven’t seen any posts from you for a while…so I went hunting. Sorry to hear about the camera, but presumably you are sorted now… Myst! Ooh, I remember that in the early 90s…loved the slow pace, the mood, the puzzles, the steampunk! Seriously atmospheric….

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    1. Sue it may be that I am posting less these days though I am on Flickr. And I have the second blog where I post even less lol. I’m trying to get some inspiration to write again! Thanks for trying to catch up!

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      1. Sue says:

        Oh, OK! I don’t look at Flickr, so please post occasionally!!

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      2. oh I will, summer has been a bit frantic this year!!! Thank you Sue for your support!

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      3. Sue says:

        Thanks, Hannah!

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  2. Aquileana says:

    I hope you could make the new camera work properly (I am sure you did!) 😀 Your creativity and artwork never ceases to amaz me dear Cybele… Also the little video at the end is so lovely (great that you chose Enya as music too!). Sending love & wishing you a wonderful spring ahead! 🙂

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    1. thanks Aquileana!! Enya is great! So pleased you enjoyed it!

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  3. Hope your new camera coming soon Cybele, amazing creative photos!

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    1. thanks so much Della. I’ve had some time off my blog but will be over to see you soon!!

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  4. sixpixx says:

    A gamer. Why am I not surprised. Always very interested (especially having raised two geeky boys) but never dared go there myself for fear that I might become obsessive and the rest of my life could crumble. It is so present in your photos and your story telling.

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    1. I’m too depressed to be obsessive lol!! But it helped me with my blues this winter! Thanks so much!

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      1. sixpixx says:

        We have to do what we can when the sun won’t shine 🙂

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  5. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Cybele. What a disappointment! Another wait. I hope this camera is perfect, so you can put this behind you.

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    1. thank you Patti!! So sorry I’m late in response. Yes I hope my spirits pick up soon!

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  6. What a darned nuisance about the camera. At least you found a decent game to distract yourself with and, hopefully, stop you getting too cross and frustrated. I must tell my son about that game. It sounds like the sort he would like. I enjoyed your video.
    I’m behind with reading blog posts and so, hopefully, nine days on, you have your replacement camera.

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    1. oh it is a nuisance. I finally got my new camera but have been suffering a bit with the blues these days. I m late in replying! The game helped a bit! But I do love computer graphic art!

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      1. Oh Cybele, poor you. I know all about the blues. They are terrible. My Vit D from the doctor is helping, but doesn’t remove the blues altogether. We creative, deep-thinking people are more prone to these feelings than some others are. It goes with the territory. I do hope you feel better soon. xox

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      2. I know I’m not alone dear Sarah!! Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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  7. Oh so sorry to hear about your camera … fingers crossed the replacement is on its way! I love your video and Enya is perfect. Mind you, I love the Yucatan shots thrown in .. hot and cold! Wonderful Miss

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    1. thank you Julie- sorry I’m late!!

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  8. Lovely contrast between winter scenes and sunshine and turquoise sea! Even with a defective camera you still share some lovely images Cybele 🙂 I think my camera may be on its way out too, but I haven’t got round to looking for a new one yet…

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    1. yes, the iphone works in a pinch!! Thanks so much Andrea! Good cameras are so expensive but the one that is coming is on a payment plan!!

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  9. That is so disappointing about the cameras. I hope the new one, when it arrives, is perfect. Your images are so beautiful…love the winter landscapes. The white tree is amazing.

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    1. oh good things come to those who wait!! lol. Thanks so much Pam!

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  10. Mél@nie says:

    amazing post, wonderful pix – as usually… oh, merci-thanx for reminding me of my favourite American writer – John Steinbeck… ❤
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    I don't dream of sunny beaches, but of mountains and volcanoes… 🙂

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    1. I dream of those too! Thanks so much Mel!!

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  11. milliethom says:

    I’ve just commented on your last post about hoping your next camera will be a good one. Now I’ll eat my words! Big breaths, Cybele – you’ll have a new camera soon. The video is lovely. The contrasting images of your snowy landscape and the warm blue sea at the Yucatan works really well – especially with the accompaniment from Enya (?).

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    1. I know, Murphy’s law right? lol. thanks so much Millie!

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  12. Mark Simms says:

    This is probably not a good to mention that bad luck comes in threes…….or so the saying goes. Hope that isn’t the case for you Cyb.

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  13. Ah, I feel your pain regarding the camera. When I bought my Df it arrived and the first thing I did after inserting the battery and finding it charged up was to take one image and check the image count to make sure I did receive a brand new camera rather than an open box, or used camera. I was suspicious because the battery was already charged, and the bits and bobs were not taped into little baggies like they normally arrive.
    Unfortunately, there were well over two hundred images already on the camera! I sent it back and had to wait for another one. 😦

    I bought it from a well known camera/video company so I was very disappointed, and will never trust them completely again.
    The next camera that arrived was indeed brand new.

    The video and images are lovely! It’s been over 10yrs since I was in the Yucatan. It’s a gorgeous there, and a wonderful place to escape the cold, dreary winter.

    I hope the next camera you get is a winner, and you’re back in business!

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    1. omg Deb- that’s so weird! You know, they do sell less expensive open box ( someone bought and returned) at the place I ordered this new one, and have an account. I don’t mind that if it’s all in working order. I was actually in a bit of anxiety over the price of the one I sent back because of all the money I have spent at the new place. I have bought a less expensive this time though still upgraded from my last. I’m going to go on – it’s not the camera but the photographer and of course I heavily edit many of mine to go more with the art type photography ( but not all!! lol). Thanks so much Deb!

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  14. Patience is a virtue we aren’t blessed with very often. Hope your camera arrives soon. I enjoyed your wintry monochrome pics. Great soundtrack too. 🙂

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    1. oh boy and if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes they say here on the island! Rain is again on the way! Thanks Sylvia!- I always want to write Silvia – my dad’s name by the way was Silvio! (Italian).

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  15. robert87004 says:

    Obduction, Steampunk, def. camera, Iphone, videos, roofing, shed, snow, laundry room. My head is spinning! 🙂 I’m almost afraid to look at that game. 😐 Hang in there, Hannah. I know you will.

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    1. haha – I managed to get a lot in one post!! Oh the game is the least of my days lately ! But wonderfully imaginative etc. a fun little excursion in evenings.

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  16. Amy says:

    Sorry to hear about your frustrations with a new camera. That is disappointing!
    Great snow captures from your window. 🙂

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  17. Anita says:

    Oh it’s so difficult when your wait gets prolonged. Maybe you should get so completely absorbed in your gaming that you don’t notice the passage of time, and before you know it, your newest camera is in your hands!

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    1. I seem to have a shorter attention span these days and do things in shorter increments of time lol!- or try to do everything at once!!

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  18. Adrian Lewis says:

    Don’t think about the arrival of a defective camera meaning something, don’t even go there! All will come right soon – trust me, I’m a FATman! 🙂

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  19. paula graham says:

    Oh Dear, what a disaster..my late mother used to say at time like that..” it WILL all get sorted” …but oh dear, patience is not one of my few virtues either..I know how you feel, but…my mother was right!!! xx

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    1. yes, I’m not yet sorted out it seems. So sorry for the late reply. Thank you!!

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  20. solaner says:

    what a pity. heads up, better times will come to you again, Cybele.

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    1. so sorry for this late response to your encouragement. Thank you! I will be catching up soon!

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  21. Peter Nena says:

    Sorry about your Canon, Cybele. And I love that soundtrack by Enya. Thanks my dear.

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    1. thanks Peter! Enya is wonderful! Hope all is well with you these days!

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  22. Well, you see to be taking it very well. Before you blink this will be dust in the wind, and you’ll be at one with the new equipment in your tool kit.

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  23. sedge808 says:

    that really sucks about the camera.
    hope they get you a new one soon.

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  24. Maverick ~ says:

    Sorry to hear about camera number 2. Hopefully the replacement won’t take too long.

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    1. ah well, I’ve been busy anyways with other things!

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  25. sheldonk2014 says:

    Sorry to hear
    I be patiently waiting

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  26. Oh No!…hope it all works perfectly for the next shipment.

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    1. oh boy eh!!? lol! It will come!

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      1. eventually, by why do things take SO LONG? or are we just too impatient? lol

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  27. disperser says:

    Lemons done do occur . . . these days, you can’t even make lemonade from them. Good luck on the next one.

    As for the meaning of it . . . well, better not go there.

    As for the video . . . I’m curious; doesn’t the use of that song violate copyright laws? Unless you got permission.

    In the past, when I naively used music I liked with my videos, YouTube took them down.

    Anyway, nice video, nice song (Orinoco Flow?)

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    1. oh they might mention but it seems they have let up a bit. I mean I post music to my WordPress too as well as other Youtube videos that who knows if they have copyright. Anyway they will tell me I’m sure. In the meantime enjoy!! 🙂 Hopefully next camera will be the one!! Thanks Disperser!

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  28. smilecalm says:

    wonderful having beautiful
    other-worldly placed to go
    while awaiting a working canon.
    i’m fortunate mine has held up
    even in the wet weather 🙂

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    1. apparently it’s rare that happens, but as luck would have it…..!! Thank you Smile!!

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  29. Sherry Felix says:

    My sympathies. I’m a lemon picker from way back. I also loved Myst. I’ll ckeck out that game. Thanks for the lead. Hope Canon replaces camera pronto.

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    1. oh Sherry, so pleased to find another Mystophile!! Check out my post, it will tell you a bit. Love the visuals Rand Miller and Cyan created!! Thanks Sherry!

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  30. Moz Loordes says:

    Oh dear, Cybele, sorry about your new camera, hopefully they will send you a replacement soon. Thanks for the info about that new game, it does look interesting 🙂

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    1. Thanks Moz, I’m running a bit behind in WP. As for Obduction do check out my post on it! It will give you an idea!

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  31. aidymcglynn says:

    What luck! Must be very rare to get a defective model. It will make it all the sweeter when you get a working camera in your hands again.

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    1. oh indeed!! meanwhile there has been a lot of work in this new place!! Thanks Aidy!

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  32. Suzanne says:

    How strange that you too are camera-less. Mine died around Christmas. Another digital artist I know is also without one these past of months too. It’s like the universe is demanding we do something different for a while. It is hard. I’ve been missing mine a lot lately.
    That game you are playing sounds good. I appreciate the look and sounds of a good game but my eye sight won’t let me play them. All that movement on a small screen gives me terrible eye strain. I can see how they would be a big influence on your creativity though.
    I hope your new camera arrives soon and that you find other ways to express your creativity in the meantime.

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    1. Many thanks Suzanne!! I’m a bit behind due to all this. Mainly I’ve been up to mundane tasks like getting this little place in order!! But as the Zen master says, Before enlightenment chop wood and carry water, after enlightenment chop wood and carry water!! The game is a lovely distraction mainly because of the visuals!! But the puzzles keep your brain busy too! Thanks for popping over!!

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      1. Suzanne says:

        I spend a lot time chopping wood and carrying water these days too. The mundane tasks are grounding. 🙂

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  33. Wow, so sorry about everything. How frustrating to receive your new camera only to have it be defective. Arrr…. And that snow. Maybe you like it. Okay, it is pretty. But I’ll take those Yucatan scenes any day over the snow! LOL! I must say, we haven’t had much of a winter here at all. No complaints on my part! Hope your camera comes soon and it’s everything you’re dreaming of! 😀

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    1. haha, I added a picture of myself to that video and reposted! Dreaming of sunny beaches and jungle excursions! Thanks so much Linda!

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      1. You know I had to go back and rewatch it! That’s a great picture of you! And those beach pictures are to die for. Torture all over again. LOL sigh…. The most gorgeous blues and aquas ever! 😀

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      2. oh thanks Linda! You know I tried again and again to get those transitions smoother. I guess I’d need a very expensive video editing program! That pic is a few years old! But I remember that lovely day on Isla Mujeres.- and the seashell house!
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  34. Leanne Cole says:

    I’m loving the view from your bedroom window, it is stunning. So sorry to hear about the camera, I hope you get it sorted soon.

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    1. oh patience I suppose! Mean while getting lots done here too!! thanks Leanne! Let’s chat soon!

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