I found a great free app for the Mac for making artistic text which can also work with some built in shapes. The app is 'Art Text 2 Lite'. I wondered whether I could design a new gold star for the blog.
The first idea was to have a plain textured gold star:
Then I decided to personalise it to the blog and make a silver one as well:
The app does everything really. I just fiddled around with various choices and settings until I was happy with the results. The app can be very slow at showing the result when more than one layer is used.
It can do fancy things with text:
Even though the Lite app is a cut down version of the paid app there is still plenty to go at and experiment with. The full version allows the import of your own photos and patterns, full control over vector shapes and has many more built in shapes and backgrounds.
My ivy is in full flower at the moment and I have never seen so many flies, bees and wasps visiting at the same time. One lone fly caught my attention as the orange on its wings and face parts almost glowed even on a dull afternoon:
After a bit of searching I found the identification on the GardenSafari site. It would appear to be a Mid-day fly. This one doesn't normally enter houses. It lays it eggs on dung. Can't remember ever seeing this particular type of fly before now.
Just how good is the 5Mpixel camera in the iPod Touch5?
Yesterday I spotted a spider in its web between a water butt and the shed so I took close shots with the Nikon S9050 (which has 12.1Mpixels) and the iPod Touch5. I took three hand held shots with each as the web was moving in a gentle breeze and chose the best result from each camera. On the iPod I used the Camera+ app.
First the full shots:
Then crops which were auto enhanced in iPhoto:
As far as I am concerned the 5Mpixel camera in the iPod Touch5 does an outstanding job!
Many will have noticed the emergence of Crane Flies (Daddy Long-legs). This year they are particularly numerous. There are scores of them hunting round the nettles on the edge of the cricket field. They are harmless to humans and pets though they can be a nuisance when they come indoors. Fortunately for us they only live about two weeks, just long enough to mate and lay eggs but are a good supply of food for many birds.
This one was resting on my kitchen window:
They have one pair of wings. Instead of the second pair they have a pair of halteres or rocker arms just behind the wings which vibrate and help to maintain balance when flying. They are the two club shaped bits with round 'weights' on the end:
As I opened the back door yesterday this green Shield Bug fell on the floor:
One full virtual gold star for Wilma who recognised my summerhouse in last week's twisted picture. I think Adrian and TWG should share one. At least they recognised a shed / room like structure:
This week's twisted object is displayed slightly differently. I used the iOS app 'Video Album' which can make photos and or movies into a video collage. This was in the nature of an experiment as it's the first time I've used that app. There are three different twists to the same object.
Please leave any guesses in the comments.
They will be revealed, along with the answer, next Tuesday.
No prizes. Just for fun and a virtual gold star.
That time it was disturbed and scared off by Penny going outside but later it, or another, returned. After feasting on dried mealworms in the hedgehog house it went to sleep in there for a while before departing.
Yesterday morning it was an early visit to the vets for Penny. Her gums are still giving trouble so we came away with another dose of antibiotics. Penny doesn't care what the reason is for a trip out. She would happily jump in any car or van which has an open door. She is the perfect passenger sprawling out on the back seat and usually dozing throughout the journey.
After lunch I decided on another trip. This time to Alford to drop off some items at the Greyhound Rescue shop:
There she got plenty of fuss, a bite to eat and spent her pocket money on a new cuddly toy. I decided we would have a bit of a walk round and bought some dog food and dried mealworms for the Hedgehog from one of the market stalls, it being market day in Alford:
After dropping the shopping back in the car we then went for a walkabout to look at the old manor house, an old two storey building with a thatched roof. It houses a museum which I have looked round in the past:
Walking round the side of the Manor House I spotted the original chimney work was leaning though this has been altered a couple of times to straighten it up as can be seen by the different size and shape of bricks:
Further round is an outdoor display of old farm implements, mainly ploughs from the days when they had a horse in front and a man behind to keep things on a straight path:
Also spotted was this old millstone, possibly from the windmill which still stands on the outskirts of the town and is kept in working order:
On the way back to the car park we detoured past the parish church which is built on land which is higher than all the surrounding town:
The tower has been used from time to time for abseiling, usually to raise money. I was almost tempted one year but with my vertigo I don't think I would have been able to step out over the top. I took these photos many years ago:
After a last look round we went back to the car and Penny sprawled out and dozed all the way home where she was re-united with her new cuddly toy: