The weekend

Thought I’d continue the trend being set by Phill and do a ‘weekend‘ post. Not that I’m giving in to peer pressure or anything…

In fact my weekend only really started on Sunday, due to working on Saturday. That said, it was fun work. I was set the task of creating a poster for the Diocese of Chelmsford, for whom I work, and since it was a last minute rush I ended up spending Saturday evening working on it. They basically wanted a poster to advertise a sponsored event that a bishop and a couple of other people are doing, sailing across Lake Windermere. The title they had jokingly given it was “Pirates of the Lake District”; I took that idea, got out the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD from the cupboard and created a poster in that likeness from scratch. There was a lot of image editing involved, taking three photos I’d downloaded from www.sxc.hu (great site, btw) and pasting them together. The trickiest bit was dealing with the boat – the original photo was taking during the day, but I wanted a nice sunset picture so had to adjust the colouring and brightness to suit the background. Then there were the subtle brushstrokes to get some definition to the sides of the boat and to provide highlights where the sun would be hitting it, and creating a reflection on the water. It all came out rather well, which was encouraging! Not exactly right, there were a few places where it didn’t look quite right, but it was better than I’d done before, so I was pleased! Thankfully so were the guys at Chelmsford…

On Sunday I had an early start, as I was missing church again (boohoo) to go on a Mini run (yay!) to Great Yarmouth. We all met up at the Cricketers Pub, which is our normal haunt, and at about 9:30am started the long drive in convoy to Great Yarmouth via Lowestoft. It was a lovely sunny day, and driving was a lot of fun – there’s a strange sense of excitement driving along in a convoy of ten Minis!! Once at Great Yarmouth we wandered through the fun fair and had a look at everything (I would have liked to have gone on the rollercoaster, but none of the guys I was wandering with were particularly interested in going on), before heading along the sea front to find somewhere to have lunch. After that we went into town to do some window shopping. I don’t think anyone really bought anything, other than ice creams, but it was nice to just wander around in the sunshine. Unfortunately I had a headache pretty much all afternoon, which wasn’t a lot of fun, but thankfully it didn’t interfere with what I was doing! After our wanderings in town we ended up on the beach throwing stones at a plastic cup. Actually it was a lot more engaging than it sounds – we had a couple of sticks stuck in the ground, with a cup on the top of each, and we were trying to hit the cup off from where we were sitting. Unfortunately I was reminded what a hopeless shot I am, but we all had a lot of fun nonetheless. The drive back was just as much fun, and we got plenty of people looking at us as we drove through town together. It was a long journey, but we all made it without anyone breaking down, which was good! Back at Colchester we stopped in at McDonalds for dinner, before finally going our separate ways. A very enjoyable day, spending time with friends, getting roasted in the sun, taking pleasure in being the centre of attention while driving through a busy town centre…

And contrary to this post’s title, here is a brief bit about Monday and Tuesday. The band I set up at church has finally been given a name, I think we’ve decided on “rooted”. I quite like the name, it fits in well with the theme of the church (Orchard Baptist Church, with groups like Little Pips, The Core, etc) and works well theologically too. I even did some more image editing in Photoshop and created us a nice little logo using a picture of a tree which I cut out into the letters of the name. Lots of tree surgery, lots of fun trying to get shadows looking realistic, I think it just about works! Oh, and if anyone’s interested in seeing how Photoshop can *really* be used well, take a look at www.worth1000.com to see some pretty amazing works of art!

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