I hope your Christmas celebrations have given you many happy memories for years to come!  We spent a lovely day with W’s family, ate way too much gorgeous food (if I do say so myself being the cook *ahem*) (oh, and much thanks to my mate Delia Smith), and watched his two nieces, aged 6 and 3, rip all the pretty parcels to bits until exhausted by the action of paper ripping and ignoring their masses of toys, asked for paper to colour.  Gotta love those kids.

Now, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned how much my W rocks.  Because yeah, he totally does.

The most fabulous gift I received this Christmas was from my gorgeous W, a Canon 500D DSLR camera which looks the biz and intimidates me entirely.

It took me 20 minutes just to figure out how to attach the strap.  I’m not even joking.  I’m scared of this thing.  I’m clumsy, I drop things, I know this about myself.  Having such precious kit in these awkward hands is enough to send me into hyperventilation.

So yeah, I’m not holding out a lot of hope for mastering it quickly but I do hope that in the fullness of time, I’ll be able to produce some quality images for ze dear blog.  The camera is amazing – or at least I think it will be amazing.  I haven’t even fully figured out how to shoot on Auto yet, never mind understanding things like f-stops and ISO settings and so there will be much practice ahead.

I’m looking forward to really getting stuck into the manual once the fullness of Christmas dinner (and Boxing Day dinner) has passed.  I intend to read the manual, practice taking pictures like crazy, read the manual again.  And then watch the DVD that came with the camera.  And then take more pictures.  And then go online and do more research.  And then take more pictures.  And then possibly read the manual again.  And take more pictures.  And maybe read that manual once more.  Yeah, you get the idea.

By the end of 2011, I intend to have firstly, not dropped the camera and secondly, have at least a small clue on how to take a semi-decent picture.  Gotta aim high.

Image credits:  Amazon

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