Missing Posts (or the Difference Between A Lot, Some, A Few and A Couple)

I have decided to take some time from posting my Photo of the Week for a couple of reasons. Well, three. But I suppose that still falls under the “a couple” area. When someone asks “How many” and gets the response “a couple” I usually look at that being either two or three. The same as “a few” is anywhere between three and ten depending on how many are in the bigger picture. If you refer to  a few slices of bread, then that means between three and five. But if you refer to the number of stars, then that could be between three and a hundred.

Anyway, I digress. One of the reasons is a broken fan on my laptop. I can hear it now clack-clack-clacking as it spins and it sounds like one of the struts from it is hitting something. This causes my laptop to freeze and I have to hold the power button to shut it down, losing everything I had. Maybe some kind person will donate a laptop to me for free haha. Seriously though, this makes it difficult to create anything. I have to save any work I do every couple of minutes. On some days I am lucky and the laptop is stable, and on other days I give up after twenty or thirty shut downs. (A few in this case would be between three and five)

A second reason is my photography skills have plummeted. I can’t seem to take a decent photo. I have been very unhappy with my photos for the past few months to the point that I have only been taking a few a month (about thirty compared to the thousands I used to take in a month so this falls under the A Few category).

As I write this and reread it, the word “few” is starting to feel as words do when you repeat them over and over. Say “banana” 10-15 times and it doesn’t sound right any more.

The third and most drastic reason is a little more crisisy.

I live in a flat that is almost 200 years old and still has some of its original pipework. On May 26th, I had just finished watching the finales of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow and I heard a sound like water. I went into the hallway and saw a wall of water covering my front door. I went upstairs to tell the owner that he had broke something, but received no answer. I phoned the plumber and he said he couldn’t get there for ten minutes. My daughter and I put buckets down and replaced the full buckets with empty ones and had to go back and change them again.

I went back up and started really banging on his door. I heard what sounded like scratching and I was about to move away when I thought that maybe he was laying on the floor and couldn’t answer and could only bang. So I leant forward to look through his glass. I placed my  hand on the window and the heat coming off it was intense. I realised that the problem wasn’t really the water. It was the fire!

Apparently, he had placed a tea-light on the side of the bath with no plate or base for it to stand on. The heat melted through the 200 year old lead pipes and both stopped the fire from spreading and alerted me to something being wrong. It could have been so much worse. There was a capped off gas inlet in the same room as the fire and it was starting to heat up the solder on the end. Had that melted and allowed the gas to escape, it would have left a sizable dent on the landscape.

These last couple of weeks have been clean up, and the loss adjusters have been so they can replace the carpets in the hallway as well as the carpets and mattress in my son’s bedroom.

So this is why I haven’t posted any photos of late, and until I can start taking decent photos again, I will only be posting the odd ones here and there.

38 thoughts on “Missing Posts (or the Difference Between A Lot, Some, A Few and A Couple)

  1. It never rains but it pours seem an apt phrase here. It must have been a worrying time, I am happy that it is being sorted though. As to your photos, perhaps after a rest your mojo will be back, I think an arid patch is necessary n order to recharge and centre yourself. I know you will be back to your best soon.

    • Thank you Ste J. I really appreciate that.

      We are just waiting to see when the ceiling is going to be fixed and the carpets are going to be replaced. Hoping it won’t be too long.

  2. I’ve been out of town. So a bit of a slow down on my end. I’ve been just doing so much and when I get caught up…I then fall far behind with the blink of an eye. And I’m just not worrying about it. Life is for living. Take time regroup and enjoy time away from electronics.

    I’ll be getting to your newest prompt when I get caught up again. Be well and stay safe!
    Hugs from across the big pond.

  3. Oh, AL! I’m so sorry you had to go through all of this! I’d say, “When it rains, it pours,” but The Dover Bucket Brigade might not appreciate the pun. I hope the rest of your summer is downright BORING! You need a crisis break.

    • Haha thanks John. I’m getting a little worried about the ceiling. I think it may be developing new cracks each day.

    • It was. Being sat at my sister’s farm with nothing on my feet and my daughter in just her dressing gown was funny when we look back on it.

    • We had a fire in our flat in 1971 and I remember that clearly. Even though I was only 4 at the time so I had a bit of a panic attack with this one. Thanks very much Alejondro

  4. I do hope it all is cleared up soon. Lucky on the other side that it didn’t burn down totally. You still got your flat! All the best with everything. With your photographs, they have always been great….it is not you… you might just want t o go out and find some good motives and you are back in your element. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Hugs

    • Thank you Ute 🙂 One of the problems I have at the moment is that I can’t carry my camera. I can only take it if someone comes with me. It weighs down on my back too much. Had the carpet meausurer out yesterday so hopefully it won’t take too long for everything to go through.

  5. When it rains it pours – and well, as frustrating as the technology bits are – and I understand how important your computer is – really, at the very least, things will sort themselves. As for the rest, definitely a mess – but if no one was hurt, then the inconveniences will sort themselves out too – it’s just time and phone calls and people coming and going. But as long as everyone is okay – then that’s all that matters.

    As for your photo taking abilities? I don’t think you’ve lost your touch. You just need a break – and since you feel like you’ve “lost” something, no matter if you set out with good intentions, chances are you’re going to be disappointed. Sometimes it’s the pressures we place on ourselves to perform that really are the stumbling blocks and limitations. And perhaps it also has something to do with you having reached a certain “plateau” – and need the break and also need to challenge yourself in new and different ways, with the photography. So just give yourself the breather you need. Eventually you will see your way clear again, however that turns up and works itself out for you 🙂

    In the meantime, be well and safe Al.

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