Camera Testing & Chapelton Steam Rally

I do like to try to stick to a schedule of 3 posts a month here on my blog. I don't know why I picked 3, I just think it's a nice amount.
This month I had my two theatre-based posts planned, and one of them is already up but I feel like two performing arts based posts so close together doesn't really work somehow.

For any of you who were hoping to read my War Horse theatre review, as promised it is all ready and in the process of just adding some finishing touches but I feel I don't want to upload it until the first few days of July.

Side note: Is anyone else finding the fact that it's already July as freaky as I am?! I swear it was July 2013 just yesterday. In fact I can remember July 2012 as if it was just last week as well..

This weekend just gone I finally had enough money to buy my lovely new camera; a Fiji Finepix S4800. I've been out and about just having a test with it and here are some of the outcomes:

A shot of my garden.

This is was my first shot using the zoom feature (the main reason I wanted a good quality camera). This was taken from the seat across the other side of my garden.

This is when it really starts to get exciting! This is a picture of Instow beach from my balcony- across the estuary. That is some serious zoom.

Another shot of Instow.

The corner of Appledore Quay: yet again another zoomed in shot from my balcony.

As you can probably tell I don't have a clue what I'm doing, but I am very excited to get some photos of Zante this August. The photo opportunities I look forward to the most are this October when I am going to see the Blackpool illuminations.

I love having a good camera, mainly so you can always capture and remember the times that are best.

Rather than take endless photos of my garden, as my Mum was away, my Dad decided to take us along to the Vintage Steam Rally in Chapelton on Sunday. It may surprise you that this did in fact excite me- I know, who wants to look and old cars and tractors for the day? Well I did.

 As well as admiring over the selection of vehicles (my favourite were the old caravans), I managed to eat not just cheesy chips, but a hockings ice cream topped off with a pot of strawberries and clotted cream!

 As you may be able to tell from their look of complete juiciness, they were probably the best strawberries I've ever tasted.

Hope you all had a nice weekend.

99% Proof: The Peoples Musical

I was fortunate enough to be invited along to the rehearsal of new musical 99% Proof this previous week as a taster of what's to come.

After 5 months of vocal runthroughs, blocking and choreography the cast of 99% Proof are nearing the finished product that will be performed to the public at the Queens theatre on the 17th and 18th of July.
The production, written, directed and produced by Jennifer Wilkin Shaw, tells the story of the unexpected and follows a modern rags to riches storyline.
"99% Proof is a story of love, betrayal and redemption. Through a simple act of compassion, a jobless hoodie, brings an evil boss to his knees and their salvation."

The story is one that mirrors the feelings of society, and is key to realising just what people are suffering with in this era.

At the rehearsal I attended, only about 1/3 of the cast were running through vocals yet I could here them from down the road as they are some of the most powerful voices I have encountered. They will fill up The Queens Theatre with ease, with very strong voices coming from the male and female leads.

The cast contain the most vast variety of ages, yet the mixture of young and old complement and enforce the atmosphere surrounding their singing.

After a mere hour long vocal rehearsal, I can't wait to see what is to unfold in the story of 99% Proof, and I hope many of you decide to take a night out and book tickets to see it alongside me.

(I should probably also point out that I went to the rehearsal last Wednesday, 3 days later I am still singing the songs. They are so very catchy!)

If you would like to watch 99% Proof you can book tickets by clicking on either of the following links:
Thursday 17th July:
Friday 18th July: