Last week I’ve been to a blogging event organized by Bridgestone at Chateau Impney, a stunning hotel, as you can see in the picture below. The gardens are so beautiful, I had to take a couple of pictures there.
Bridgestone is a brand I know from F1 when they were supplying Ferrari. I was a Schumacher fan for a long time, since I’ve started watching the races a few years ago (19 to be more precise, gosh, that sounds like a lot). Bridgestone is the largest company of tyres and rubber products worldwide. It was established in 1931 in Japan. Today it has 13 manufacturing plants and offices in 35 countries; that is impressive.
The event was focused on a run flat tyre called DriveGuard. This tyre will allow you to drive for at least another 50 miles at 50mph, while giving the same comfort and performance in wet conditions as any other premium tyre. I think that is fantastic. It doesn’t matter where the damage is done, even if it’s on the sidewalls. It can be fitted on most cars with TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system). The tyre is fully recyclable at the end of its life.
A few days ago I’ve attended BlogOn MSI May Conference, the 3rd conference I’ve been to. It was held at the Science Museum in Manchester. If you want to have a look at the other two I’ve been to: BlogOn Conference and BlogOn Conference, September. I had a wonderful time and I already bought my ticket for September. Before BlogOn MSI, I went to Paladone Party, it was fab.
BlogON MSI started with the Introduction and Keynotes – Getting organised.
I was invited to the Paladone Party in Manchester before the BlogOn MSI last weekend. I was so excited to get to the Village Hotel Ashton Moss, where the party was held. Paladone is a company I worked with before, they send me this cute chalkboard bundle a couple of months ago. I like their products a lot, they are really fun.
When I arrived we had all sort of drinks to choose from and I had a glass of prosecco with one of those funny straws.
With Blog On approaching, which is this weekend, I’ve been thinking of the technical side of blogging. So, I’ve decided to talk about Photoshop and why I’m using it.
I’ve been using Photoshop for many years, after I learned the basics from my husband. I can’t say I know a lot, but what I know is enough to help me edit my pictures. I will give you a couple of examples of what I’m doing in Photoshop and why.
All the pictures that are taken with the DSLR are shot in raw format, so that means all of them have to be edited using Photoshop to make them jpg, to resize them and make them suitable for web. This is what I do to all the pictures on the blog. Besides this, I might crop a picture or edit to take out something I don’t want to see in it, like a plastic bottle from the grass in the park. I don’t want to look back at that picture and remember that someone didn’t trouble themselves to throw away the bottle properly.
This is how I’ve edited a picture from Burnley. The shadow under the building didn’t allow enough light to show the mechanisms underneath. To edit the picture, I opened it again using a different setting with a high exposure, I added to another layer. After that I made a mask and, with a tool from Photoshop, I’ve uncovered the lighter layer of the shadows under the building. The layers and the mask are visible in the printscreen of the Photoshop.
After modifying the picture, I resized it and saved it.
I’ve been invited, along with my husband, to the Very Holiday Event last weekend and I was so excited to attend the event. I blogged before about another very event, when they organized the Very Big Catwalk two years ago.
I love taking long day trips. In the last years we had long day trips in: Anglesey, Powis and other places in Wales, we went to Harrogate, Birmingham, Glasgow, Gretna Green, many times in Yorkshire, White Peak and Cumbria. Of course, one of our favourite places for a long day trip is London. We tried to get there with the train and it doesn’t work for us, while the journey with the train might be faster, we’ve spent too much time to get to the train station and, of course, we didn’t have the same flexibility in London as we do with the car. So, after that, all our day trips to London were with the car. We did 2 day trips to London this year, we both love it.
One of the most important things when it comes to long day trips are the tyres. Having to change a blown up tyre on the hard shoulder while cars pass by you at 70mph can’t be a very pleasant experience. Tyres in Liverpool can be found on Point S*.
My husband checks the tyre pressure on the day before the trip, when he is topping up with petrol. We always try to have them in great shape. We might take the dog with us, so that adds a bit more pressure, as the spare tyre is in the boot, underneath his cage. I can’t even imagine how stressful that would be. Something like this can ruin a lovely day trip.
Beside having the car ready, my second tip is to have a list with at least a couple of car parks for each place you want to visit. Of course, a lot of coins are a must, unless you fancy spending 5 minutes to pay by phone and getting an additional fee for the privilege. I know it’s boring looking for car parks, but it’s so much better to have a look at home rather than driving around hoping there is one available at a great price.
The first time we parked in London we’ve spent almost £30 for half a day and not exactly in the city centre. Now we have a list with better options, depending on where we want to go. The car parks might be in the Congestion Charge or not, but close enough to be in walking distance of what we wanted to see. By chance we discovered a free car park in the centre, but only on Sunday and quite small.
The third ingredient for a perfect day trip is a list with what to visit and, more important, second (or 3rd/4th) options. An attraction might be too crowded and you might decide it’s not worth waiting so much time for it. Another thing that can happen is that it takes less to see it for whatever reason, like a part being closed for a special exhibition/event. I always try to have at least one more option. If everything goes to plan, I can always keep the option in mind for a future trip.
These are my 3 tips on how to prepare for a long day trip. Do you have any? Writing this post made me think of our next very long day trip and that might be as early as the next couple of weeks if nothing else happens, as for the destination… as you might have guessed: London. But, before that, tomorrow we are heading to north Wales.
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Another batch of questions about me, the ones from the 365 Provoking questions I’m answering to this year.
01. What is your most beloved childhood memory?
I have a few, I don’t know which is the most beloved. I remember when I went to a BBQ with a lot of friends and parents when I was 7, we played and it was a great day out. I remember a trip to the capital that I took with my mother when I was 6, we had interesting desserts and we walked a lot. There are many other memories.
02. Is it more important to love or be loved?
I don’t think it matters, one without the other is just as bad.
03. If it all came back around to you, would it help you or hurt you?
I imagine a bit of both. I did my best, but I’m not perfect.
04. If you had the chance to go back in time and change one thing would you do it?
Nothing. It would mean that my life would be different right now.
05. If a doctor gave you five years to live, what would you try to accomplish?
I can die tomorrow or right now. If I don’t live my life at the fullest now, does it really matter if I have another 5 years or another 50?