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ParaScubaSailor 8:01pm, 2 January 2007
2007/01/01 - Lundi 1er Janvier.

Bon, ben voilà, on y est arrivé à 2007, il suffisait d'être patient.

Mon année commence par une annonce, c'est maintenant officiel, je ne renouvelle pas mon contrat de travail, donc à partir de fin Avril, je suis libre (tout au moins de ce côté là).

Je pars faire un petit tour à la voile dans l'océan Indien. Première étape, Afrique du Sud - Madagascar...

Ca s'arrose:
Cooling down

Plus de détails sur un Blog qui va garder une trace de ce périple.
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ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-16 - Vendredi 16 mars.

The marking event today is my visit at the photo shop. I'm looking for an underwater housing to take pictures while Scuba-diving. At first, the shop was going to sell the whole lot (Pelican case, underwater flash, camera (The original Canon EOS1) and lens (17-35L2.8)) for the price of the camera and lens, but I convinced them they'd be better off if they sold the camera and lens as separate items. There will be some adjustments needed (the 5D is thicker and of a slightly different shape than the EOS 1) but I'm quite confident I can fit my camera in the housing. I would have loved to show you the action on the table in the shop, but the camera was at the heart of the "operation"...
Earlier on that day, on my way to a meeting, I spotted this rather original car:
It's a BMW Isetta, and had I stayed in the area, I would have considered purchasing it...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
OK - I get it...when we passed through switzerland just before Lausanne we spotted about 30 paragliders in the air just off the highway. Must be great fun ! Good series here and the recent posts - I will take some time to follow the links later...

Here in the above you have a very fine example of a machine suited to task...simple to repair and economic to run...not very fast but who needs it in the city?? In very good condition as well.

OK here we go - just downloaded the US TV series Heros from i-Tunes...lazy saturday with no agenda...bon weekend.

CollardGreens: Oops !
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
the little car looks like a toy -- i don't think it would survive here amonst the SUVs

the swan is simply beautiful, especially the perspective from which you shot it -- great work :-)

You're right, daybreak is a special time, i don't usually have a spectacular view of it from my house, but I love the way everything is bathed in a glow -- different from sunset.

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
So many gorgeous images. I love the sunset and great job on the swan. Underwater photography is a dimension that I truly admire; but I cannot imagine myself doing it. Can't wait to see what you will come up with and share with us.
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
I alway wanted one of those front door little mini cars. I like the gogomobil, mesershmitt and the little nsu too.

I'd love to see this place. www.microcarmuseum.com/virtualtour.html
*sweet coffee* 11 years ago
What a cute car! Didn't know that BMW made such cars in the past, totally different from what they make nowadays.
* sweet coffee * candy for the eye
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Stopped by for a hello and to check up on you...guess its a busy time. We wait patiently for para photos...

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ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Ted, lazy Saturdays are fine, from time to time, but I have so little time that I'm very loathe to waste week-end time to be lazy. I'd rather take a day off work in the middle of the week for that ;-)
It enhances the flavour too!

Bun, to me it's more about having a car different to whatever any body else drives. I actually don't enjoy small cars, generally speaking.

Sweet coffee, it was in the daysq when companies could afford to be creative. Nowadays, bean counters and marketing drones run the shows...

Lady, I'm still wondering if it's a good thing that I systematically have a quick thought in your direction every time I feel the HL level stirring from low values, and wondering what kind of instrument you use to measure...

Ted, no worries, patience is indeed what you need :-D
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-17 - Samedi 17 mars.

Spent the day working around the house, mostly digging foundations for a small retaining wall at the end of a parking area. The marking event of the day was supper at Philippe's place. He cooked us a dish from Brazil, where he lived for a few years, when he almost ended up homeless in France after he lost his job.
He earned too much money from unemployment to qualify for low-cost housing, but could not rent anything as landlords would not accept him without a payslip...
At the end of the meal, he showed us one of the way Cachaça is sold: it looks like a cooldrink can.
Particularly convenient when going through customs...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-18 - Dimanche 18 mars.

Spent a quiet morning sipping tea while catching up with news and Flickr contacts, all the while keeping an eye on the birds having a party in the garden below my window.
I like Blackbirds...

Later that afternoon, I went back to the nature reserve at the estuary of the river Dranse to shoot some more duck pictures. The rain chased me.
I need to find a camouflage sheet to hide on the shore.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-19 - Lundi 19 mars.

It's snowing again. Snowin' again!

I'm wondering if it'll stay on the ground. I somehow doubt it...
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-03-20 - Mardi 20 mars.

I rush home from work to prepare some fresh pasta. My friend Maryse is coming for supper tomorrow, and I know I won't have time to prepare it then, so we'll actually have homemade almost fresh pasta ;-)


After supper I rush to Thonon for a cinema and debate evening organised by Attac. The movie is Fast Food Nation. Don't really feel like eating hamburgers... (Not that I normally eat them, anyway)
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-21 - Mercredi 21 mars.

The reason why the evening is somewhat rushed is that I went to the photography shop again. I've decided that I will purchase the underwater housing I saw on Friday. I was prepared to pay up to 80% of the asking price, but they let it go at 60%, so I'm quite happy. B&H will help me get rid of the leftover change, I'm sure...
Ready for the op'

Supper was quite nice (tagliatelle con salvia al burro, and a salad from the garden) and I rushed downstairs afterwards to start fiddling with the new toy...
satrina* 11 years ago
Congrats on getting the discount!

I really like the swan and the blackbird.

PS: sorry for the bad weather ;)

Satrina: av meg
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
The pasta is just...gorgeous. The irony of the narrative that goes with it is hilarious, but also wonderful. To live a life in which one has friends named "Maryse" with whom one shares fresh pasta, seems like the stuff of which dreams are made.
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
ah ah you made me laugh
what instrument I use ?
I've got a special chip, you know, under my skin
which makes tiny bips
lots of fun
go ahead and think about me whenever
makes me feel very proud
+ like your pics a lot

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
GADGETS !! Oh this is the stuff I live for !

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Hey will you make me fresh fresh pasta when I come over to visit?
New gadgets! I wish I could afford a new gadget for my camera. I am longing for the 600 mm lens. Un jour.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
the pasta is beautiful!

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "

i recognize that cachaca -- i brought back 4 bottles of that variety and it was so cheap i think only like 5 real or maybe even less. I bought the same stuff here in the US when I ran out and it was, are you ready for this $22.00 us. I never saw the cans -- good tip!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Satrina, thanks for the visit...
... and the good weather ;-)

Bun, reality is even better than dreams: you get to write the scenario, and you can *touch* the landscape.

Lady, I'm not sure it's safe to have tiny chips around, hope it's not connected to the Internets... ;-)

Ted, I'm lucky to only have a bit of spare money now that I'm not as crazy with technology and gadgets.

Gipsy, when are you coming around? I need at least one hour notice to prepare the pasta! You can try the 600 when you visit...

Bella, we didn't even taste that Cachaça that evening, but I thought the packaging was a big incentive to consume: no way you have "just a little drink" and then put it away.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-22 - Jeudi 22 mars.

Highlight of the day: went to lunch at a nice Chinese restaurant called "Le Canard Intelligent", with Nadia and Laurence. Had lots of laughter, and good food too!

On the way back, we walked past a school and briefly considered sneaking in with the little chilluns, but then decided the nice flowers in front weren't enough motivation. And there was too much dead time between the breaks...

School flowers
Loca.... 11 years ago
You have some great shots there. Really love your bird photos, I took a picture of a blackbird but he was always moving so, have to try again.

Your tagliatelli made me hungry, have to go for a snack now.

Thanks for the comments on my diary.

Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
I may be in Paris in September. I will definitely be in Corsica.
That would be great fun to try the 600--and even better to try the pasta.
Love the flower-fronted school.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
trees in bloom
theyre the best
but you're not bad either !

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
eelend PRO 11 years ago
nice pink

eelend's 2007
satrina* 11 years ago
And I was excited about the little tree in the neighbour's garden with tiny blossoms... really lovely shot!

Satrina: av meg
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Puffed up and pink ! Very nice. Have seen a number of these in recent days - will do my best to find one with camera in hand. Good stuff -

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ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
Marc, no disrespect assumed in the images my pasta conjures up in your mind ;-)
I find the coat hangers are very convenient for temporary "storage" of the pasta. It's easy to move around, and there are lots of places where you can hang it in a kitchen. I usually make several kilos of pasta at a time. The kitchen has to be cleaned afterwards, better take advantage and make a big batch...

Gabriela, glad you enjoy the birds. I will most definitely try and shoot more.

Gipsy, you're welcome anytime.

Thanks Lady!

Izas, thanks for the visit!

Satrina, I've been told many times that size doesn't count. Was that a lie? ;-)

Ted, thanks for the visit.
satrina* 11 years ago
LOL of course it was not a lie, it's more a matter of quality... ;) and the flowers outside my window definitely don't have enough quality

Satrina: av meg
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-23 - Vendredi 23 mars.

I manage to finish work fairly early and I head to the Médiathèque to renew my selection of CDs. I leave with a bunch of mostly classical music: Mizik!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-24 - Samedi 24 mars.

Gérard is a neighbour, he lives about 200 meters away and often gives me a lift to work in the morning. He started building a swimming pool a few weeks ago, and this week-end, there's quite a lot of work to be done all at once, 16 m3 of concrete will be delivered in the early morning, so I'm lending a pair of arms for the occasion. I like the working atmosphere, and Gerard is a good boss: vin blanc (white wine) at 11:00, and apéro (Cerdon, an "almost" local sparking pink wine, fairly dry) at 12:00:
Work team
Gérard's wife and daughter cooked us a wonderful meal, and the whole of Europe was represented around the table: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Romania and Haute-Savoie!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-25 - Dimanche 25 mars.

Relaxing day. I need to recuperate...
Lazy walk in the forest in the morning with Gisèle. We can hear birds all around, but we can't approach them.
In the afternoon, we go to the lake with my mother. The birds are plentiful:
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-26 - Lundi 26 mars.

I'm in bed, about to put the notebook to sleep and take a book before I go on standby, and I realise I haven't taken a photo today. I don't feel like getting out of bed again, so I take a picture with the webcam:
Image 001
I'm reading a book by Le Dessous des Cartes, a team that presents a weekly program of 10 minutes about geopolitical issues based on maps. The book is a collection of articles written between 1995 and 2003 about Irak, the political situation there, the history of the country and the geopolitical issues in the region. Having a bit of knowledge helps to understand the current issues and put them in perspective...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-27 - Mardi 27 mars.

Supper at Maryse's place tonight. She's invited Eric, a friend of hers that stays in Thailand for eight or nine months a year. He has plenty of pictures to show. So many that in fact I don't take any...
And this is my first day without a picture...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-28 - Mercredi 28 mars.

Things fall apart.
When I left work, I couldn't lay my hands on my camera. It normally spends the day on my desk, so when I pack up to go in the evening it goes into my bag. I briefly wonder if my colleagues have played a joke on me. On my way back I can't stop thinking about it. Did I take it out of my bag when I got to work? I have a clear recollection of putting it in the bag when I left for work that morning, but little by little it dawns on me: it fell out of my bag when I took out my book and the MP3 player in the tram. Lost! It's lost! Damn!
And that's not the worst thing that's happened this week...
So, no photos for a while :-(
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-29 - Jeudi 29 mars.

I started shopping around for a second-hand camera (I've been meaning to get a 1D for a while, mostly because it's weather sealed) and also a small compact one to take everywhere. Thierry from the Lausanne Flickr bunch gives me a few good tips, and it looks like a shop in Lausanne has just put a 1Ds in the window...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-30 - Vendredi 30 mars.

I don't go to work today. That was not really planned...

There's at least a bit of good news today: a friend in Lausanne managed to go and get the shop to put the 1Ds aside for me. I'll make a plan to leave work early on Wednesday and pick it up before the Flickr meeting.

The other bit of good news is that I find my camera on the back seat of my mother's car. It must have fallen out of my bag when I came back on Tuesday night.

On our way back from Thonon, where I took my mother to the doctor, we were caught in a snow storm. It abated a little when we got home:Snow. Again.

My sailing trip is on hold for a while, maybe until this autumn, most probably for much longer...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-03-31 - Samedi 31 mars.

This has been a very bleak week, and it looks like the situation is not improving this week-end...
I try and brighten my day by making a nice tartine with ail des ours(Allium Ursinum). Tartine à l'ail des ours
There's a place under the trees on the side of the road where that divine plant grows, and I pass it every day when I walk home. That stuff is great in salads, amongst others...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-01 - Dimanche 1er avril.

In France, we celebrate April's Fools day by playing pranks on each other. I'm not really in the mood for that, so I go to the woods for a walk. Well, to say the truth, I don't intend walking too much, as I've taken the 600mm and the Gitzo tripod.

In the woods, I make two very nice encounters:
... and the second encounter frightened the first one, but I didn't even get scared!
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
wow, glad you feel better
that squirrel is gonna bring you all the luck you need

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
so glad you found your camera. that would have been a sad loss :-(

checking out your picnic -- is that fois gras (not sure how to spell and too lazy to go to dictionary.com)? i will have to check into that herb and see if it is available here.
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
These last two are great. I am checking out Gitzo Tripods now. Because I have a feeling you use nothing but the best equipment.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yo ! been away a few days - you have been busy !! I'll say a quick hello here and come back to review in more detail during lunch break..funny squirrel !

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ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Thanks for the visit, Lady, good to have you back on French soil, but glad that you actually went to Sicily to bring back all those gorgeous pictures.

Teresa, it would have been a sad loss, but I'd rather not have found it and the rest of the week gone smoothly...
It's not foie gras, just some plain pâté des bois, some pâté with a rather high content of liver, and lots of mushrooms in it. Delicious!

Bun, I am in the fortunate position of having to work only to buy toys. I have a lifestyle with low enough cost of living that a couple of months work per year is enough to sustain. When I buy toys, I buy them to enjoy and have fun. What else would I save money for? I normally buy the best I can afford, given the circumstances. When it comes to photography, I did the low cost thing over twenty years ago, and I was quite frustrated, especially on film. Now the limits are in my head, not with the equipment...
To get back to the Gitzo tripod, it's one I would buy again without second thoughts. I purchased it on the advice of Juza, who has a wonderful web site. He's the one that advised me to get the 600 when I hesitated between the 400f/2.8 and the 600f/4, and also recommended I got the Gitzo tripod with a Wimberley gimbal head. I'm glad I followed his advice.
His web site has quite a few articles about "hands on" reviews in the field, adorned with wonderful pictures, well worth the visit, even if you're not looking at purchasing equipment.

Ted, you're welcome, anytime really. Really. We should go for a beer one of these days...
MarySesami 11 years ago
Glad to hear you found your camera.

Your tartine look very tasty! :)

Very cute squirrel picture.

MarySesami's 2007
lramiro520 11 years ago
So happy you found your camera! Funny squirrel picture. I think those types of squirrels are just so funny looking with their fur spiked up on their ears.

The Other Side Of The Fence
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Absolutely - it will happen - only time and place to organize now. I'm with you on the toys...I spent most of my years raising children and spending on them...now it's my turn !! Never buy anything you won't use and certainly you will never be dissatisfied with quality ! I sometimes think about the whole "gathering possessions and how they become burdens" mentality...but only for a few milliseconds ! Yep we'll get that beer !

CollardGreens: Oops!
Wonderful to be in a situation where you only have to work a few months out of the year. Wow. I have very simple needs and it is a good thing that I do, as I make very little money. I like to say "I live hand to mouth. I am the hand, my son is the mouth."

Take care, I hope the bleakness in your life turns to good things soon.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
this is beautiful!!!!
it looks so curious :)

eelend's 2007
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
Thanks for the links. I am learning about tripods right now, after finding out what is possible when one transcends one's unsteady hands.

I am still using a point and shoot with my GorillaPod. So I am not in the market to buy a tripod that costs more than my camera (well actually, my car too) just yet.

I love the smell of f8 and ISO 50 in the morning!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Mary, thanks for the visit. I'm also glad I found the camera, after all...

Yes, you're right about the squirrels looking funny, Iramiro.

Ted, for a long time I've asked myself the question "When I next move, or go on a loooong trip, how much hassle is it going to be to take this along?" and ended up not purchasing the stuff (junk or not).
I'll have plenty of free time from mid May, so we'll plan something. I might even make it to Flickr @ Paris this year after all...

Gipsy, I *like* you hand-to-mouth description ;-)
My situation is the result of a bit of luck (sort of) to start with, and judicious (I'm purposefully avoiding the word "wise" here) choices lately.
Thanks for the wishes. Will give more details when I feel I can cope.

Eelend, it was indeed curious, as it kept an eye on me for quite a while.

Bun, if I cumulate the money I spent 20 years ago on film camera equipment, and what I spent on photo equipment over the last 18 month, I'm pretty sure it exceeds all I've ever spent on cars... But that's not really a reference. I'm the one who hitch-hikes to work every day ;-)
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-02 - Lundi 1er avril.

Spent the day getting frustrated. My latest order with B&H is stuck with some custom official wanting to get some paperwork. Administrivia, Bleah!

I thought I owned all of Keith Jarrett's recordings (a lot of them on vinyl) but on Friday, at the public library, I discovered "The Carnegie Hall Concert". Quite a nice one, I definitely like it.
Evening music
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-03 - Mardi 2 avril.

The Fedex man came and delivered a box. It was only the monopod. He had to come back later to deliver the second box, that was in the truck all along. I could have told him, had he asked me (hurray for Internet tracking ;-)

So it's Christmas, and the Easter Bunny brought me some presents: le order from B&H, and later on, when I get home, Olivier comes around to hand deliver the 1Ds he bought for me in Lausanne, after Thierry gave me the tip last week, when I thought my 5D was lost...
Canon 1Ds
A toast to a new camera and monopod and hopefully better times soon.
satrina* 11 years ago
Oh, when I read you lost your camera I was really sad because I know what it is to not have one but I'm really glad you found it, congrats on your new equipment!

Satrina: av meg
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Good to go in May or even April...I will look over agenda to see some spots ! B&H is usually good about commenting favorably for customs - there is even a HongKong group that has good prices and great comments ! I do so love to open a box that I have ordered. Nice choice for the camera...I agree with not having to carry junk and never purchase something I will never use.

CollardGreens: Oops !
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Lots of outstanding potos on your diary, Sailor! Feb 2/3 stick out, Valentine's Day, Venice Carnival, steel cogs, and all of your very charming co-workers! I felt you panic about the lost camera, I left a brand-new one in a taxi once!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Yaahoo for the new camera. What is this device from 4/2. I'm a gadget girl.....
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-04 - Mercredi 4 avril.

The salient event of the day is easy to choose: the Lausanne Flickr monthly meeting. Fariba invited us to her apartment, as last month event was a great success, mostly because it's difficult to mingle and talk to everybody in a restaurant.
The roof of Fariba's apartment building is accessible, with a flight of stairs rising through a trap-door, and we met early enough to enjoy the last light of the day over the town.
Rough roof
The rest of the evening was spent tasting the yummy treats every brought along and of course taking snapshots of each other. The food was delicious, and we had lots of fun!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Gipsy, thank you.

Satrina, I am paranoid about spares and having a second body was on my list almost from the day I bought my 5D.

Ted, email in preparation so you know what my plans are and when for the next few weeks. I love to have valid reasons for traveling. Sharing a beer with a Flickr fellow is a valid reason ;-)

Thanks Marc.

Rob, thanks for your visit, comments and favoring so many of my pics. It's been far too long since I last visited your stream.

Teresa, there's quite a long story attached to the device from the 2nd of april. In short, it's an Archos AV700, a mobile video recorder/player. I use it mostly for listening to MP3s, and for dumping the content of my camera memory card when I'm away from PC storage for long periods (this device has a 100GB hard disk drive).
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-05 - Jeudi 5 avril.

Yooo-hoooo! It's Thursday and it's the week-end. And the weather forecast promissed us a sunny week-end.
After work, I rush to the public library to take some CDs out (mostly jazz and contemporary classical). From the bus stop, I can see three little girls cartwheeling, running to the top of the slope to jump and roll around in the grass...
Remember when fun was as simple as that?

Cartwheels an' jumps
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Congratulations on the new equipment!

ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-06 - Vendredi 6 avril.

My (little) brother is still here, so I take advantage of the extra set of arms to carry on with a job that's been languishing for a while: we cast the concrete foundation for a small wall at the end of the parking area in front of the house. He leaves after lunch with my mother, who is going to spend a few days visiting her grand-children.

I spend the afternoon pottering around the house. The first cherry trees buds started opening yesterday. The flowers in the garden are blooming, I guess we can officially say it's Springtime...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-07 - Samedi 7 avril.

I promissed Gérard to go and help him with his swimming-pool job. We're a much smaller crowd than last time, as the project is nearing completion. Another day spent doing physical labour in the open air, together with people with a sense of humour.

Later, I go to the library in Thonon, and since I'm in no rush, I take a leisurely stroll to the Belvedère, the viewpoint that overlooks the port area.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-08 - Dimanche 8 avril.

Easter Sunday. We mustn't forget that the Chocolate Easter Bunny died on the cross for our sins...

It's a nice day, so I end up going for a flight, it's been a very long time since I last flew.
In flight

More details on my flog (Flying Log)...
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
do you fly like an angel ?
do you fly like a bell ?
have it all good :-) anyway

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
eelend PRO 11 years ago
fly fly fly
like an eagle :P

eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Do you ever take a camera aloft? Would be interesting to see from that perspective ! Hope it was smooth air...

CollardGreens: Oops !
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Lady, when I have my wing, I fly like an angel...
Thanks for visiting ;-)

Izas, I like your new icon.
I flew again the following day, and something wonderful happened. See my Flog tomorrow for the details.

Ted, of course I take my camera aloft. Actually, I started taking a camera before I got a variometer and radio... I even started taking a video camera, and it's not going to be long before I start taking the new video camera up...
The air was fairly smooth, especially for this time of the year.

Marc, there's more... Managed to get another great flight on Monday. And it looks like I'll be getting plenty more in the coming months, if the weather is a bit more favorable than it was last year.
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-04-09 - Lundi 9 avril.

Spent the morning finishing that wall I started with my brother on Friday. Then after lunch went to Très-le-Mont. Gisèle wanted to have a short walk in the mountains, so we went to the top of Le Forchat. It's a quick walk, very popular as there is no difficulty. Coïncidence! My paragliding wing was in the boot of the car, so when we got back to the parking area, I just had to kit up and take off to meet my friends that were already up in the air:

Another 40 minutes flight. Life is good!
<James Brown> WOW! I feel GOOD, ta-na-na-na-na-na-na </James Brown>
eelend PRO 11 years ago
that's wonderful!!!!

eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Ditto !!
*sweet coffee* 11 years ago
Oh, flying high and just stepping off the edge like that with the beautiful surroundings. Oh my! Great shot.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Ray Brown? He's a (kick ass) double bass player. Did you mean James Brown?

I feel like I'm almost flying with you in this pic!!! {:->
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Thanks Izas, it was wonderful indeed...

Ted, you should try it. I know a few good tandem pilots, for your next visit in the area...

Ellen, The view is indeed amazing, and the feeling wonderful.

Gipsy, as a nature lover, you should try it.

Lara, you're right of course! I corrected the entry. I do know Ray Brown, hence the confusion, and I agree with you, a great bass player! Do you also enjoy jazz?
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-10 - Mardi 10 avril.

I managed to grab a bit of quality time at lunchtime today. The weather in Geneva is wonderful these days, and short skirts and light dresses are to be seen all over the town. A true delight for the eyes...

Springtime in Geneva
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
2007-04-11 - Mercredi 11 avril.

Just the average day at the office, but did the day get interesting as I got home... Gisèle and Maryse have been asking for quite a while that I teach them to make fresh pasta, so this is the day. We made a batch of fresh pasta, and I prepared a sea-food sauce with shrimps, prawns, coquilles saint Jaques, salmon and a few other ingredients, amonst which ginger.
Delicious evening...

We ended the meal with fresh Guarriguettes strawberries, fragrant and flavourful.

... and the food wasn't the best part of the evening...
eelend PRO 11 years ago
it's good enough for me

eelend's 2007
oh yummy--both the food and the photograph.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Yes! I love jazz {:->

This meal looks and sounds so delicious!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Geneva in the springtime...pasta in the pot and average days at the office...good stuff. Still banging on the agenda.

CollardGreens: Oops!
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
i have not read close - just quick glances but 7 avril looked so much like...ah... work memory... ah... meersburg - where i washed dishes one summer 15 years ago - and very curious about underwater housing - something i need to look into - or continue to melt cameras - hahahah

i support the prevalence of food in this diary :)
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
vivent les ... pieds !
hurray for feet
I just came to say hi

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
lramiro520 11 years ago
Wow, paragliding looks AMAZING! I've been close to going parachuting before, but I've always bailed out because I'm pretty sure that the initial jump would just scare the life out of me and I'd probably bail out at that point anyway. Maybe paragliding is a nice alternative....

The Other Side Of The Fence
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Izas, make no mistake, the food was good, but what followed was better...

Marc, the wine was Morgon, 2003, a decent wine, but nothing exceptionnal...

Gipsy, Yummy indeed.

Lara, we'll have to have a "Jazz Special" thread one of these days.

Ted, I'm not nagging. It's actually a good thing to get time with no pressure. BTW, you might want to keep an eye on the Flickr@Lausanne discussion about next month's meeting.

Jonathan, I hope I'm not going to melt my camera...

LBT, c'est le pied quand on prend son pied! ;-)

Iramiro, paragliding is very different from parachuting. First of all WE TAKE OFF. Only fools jump. Especially from an aeroplane in perfect working order... ;-)
If the thing above our head is not flying, we abort the flight and start over again, as simple as that (see further entry in my Flog, I missed a take-off yesterday).
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-12 - Jeudi 12 avril.

A little technical hitch...
I took this picture, it's almost 10MB, but for some reason, Picasa refuses to see it bigger than 288x192 pixels. What's the point of having a 10 Mega pixel camera then, I ask you!
Technical hitch...

Anyway, it was a nice sunset...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-13 - Vendredi 13 avril.

Everybody's been going on about Friday the 13th, but I've read somewhere that it brings bad luck to be superstitious, so I behave as if this was just a normal Friday... ;-)

Quite often, on my way home, I pass "Place de Plainpalais" and the tram stop is adorned with bronze statues. The nice weather having made skirts and dresses de rigueur, I get quite a few opportunities for impromptu snapshots:
Une volonté d'airain...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-14 - Samedi 14 avril.

I spend the gorgeous morning working around the house, I even mow the law (bleah!). I meet Gisèle for a walk in the forest, but there are too many disturbances to get good bird shots. After lunch, we take a nap under the cherry tree:
Siesta under the cherry tree
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-15 - Dimanche 15 avril.

It's again a gorgeous day. I spend the morning doing various housekeeping chores, and the afternoon paragliding.
I have one 40 minutes flight, followed by a 30 minutes one. I land last in the setting sun. I'll post more details about the flights on my Flog, whenever I get the time...
Sunset flight
(Yes, the sensor has dust on it, AGAIN!)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
oh...thought it was out of focus birds !! Great - thanks for taking the camera up. The view is spectacular ! Safe, soft landings... right you are...going to look at meeting dates now.

CollardGreens: Oops !
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
2007-04-16 - Lundi 16 avril.

Ever since Iramiro started talking about slicing brains, I've had a craving for sheep's brains. On Saturday afternoon, when I went to the public library, I went to a butcher shop that's owned by a childhood friend and bought some. I cooked it very slowly in butter, and then déglassé with a few drops of raspberry vinegar...
Yummy! Tonight's supper was a treat!
Supper, alone
James KEZMAN Photo PRO 11 years ago
Congratulations on the new camera! The 1Ds is an awesome machine & it looks as though you are already putting it to good use!
Innamorata Crush 11 years ago
but you make it look so elegant!
Innamorata Crush 11 years ago
wonderful good meal with Gisèle and Maryse
Dragonhide 11 years ago
paragliding and sliced brains? You're my kinda guy. How cool.

-Dragon with itchy feet- 2007 Photo Blog
I had brains of le sanglier when I was in Corsica. I wasn't particularly thrilled by it. Sounds like yours was better.
Hope you are doing well. Naps under flowering trees are certain to be healing.
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
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