Old Post House Garden Album

W. H. Smith’s Selfix Photo Albums have served me well for many years. I have hundreds of them holding prints of various sizes going back to 1942. For the Old Post House Garden display book I found I needed something a bit different.

Old Post House Garden Smiths Album

The problem was that the landscape format 10″ x 8″ prints did not fit into the width of the albums and had to be placed after rotation through 90 degrees. And I can’t stand having to keep tipping up a book to study illustrations.

I therefore engaged in internet research that would impress my sister Elizabeth, and came up with a Walther Premium Extra Large White Traditional Album, which I ordered from Harrison Cameras. It arrived this morning.

I had stopped printing and entering the photos after the Weeping Birch Bed section, so my task today was to transfer those and print and enter the rest.

As the new album is traditional in style, I needed to stick the photographs in individually. This meant a drive to New Milton for some spray mount.

Unfortunately there was a hiccup in the printing process. I mentioned a few days ago, that photos taken directly from my earlier posts could not be enlarged by clicking on them. For the last three or four earlier episodes I have taken them from Photos and worked on them from the desktop. Readers will be aware that my head has been a little muzzy this week. That is probably why, forgetting I had yet to print them, I popped them into the trash to clear space on the desk. Oh, well. Not a problem, I thought. I’ll just take them from the posts and work on those.

Not examining them too closely, I made a batch of about 20 prints. Every one that was larger than 5″ x 7″ was out of focus.

Now, why would that be? Resolution, perhaps? I then resolved to print one of the offending images directly from the photo library. Sure enough, it was nice and sharp. Then it dawned on me. In the process of sending images to WordPress the resolution is reduced. When I get around to it, I will ask them what happens. But for today, repeating the printing was a priority.

Old Post House Garden Album

I didn’t get very far with my chosen task, especially as mounting the prints is quite a sticky business.

Oh, and I did watch two televised World Cup rugby matches. The first was between Wales and South Africa, and the second between New Zealand and France.

Experiment Pie 1Experiment Pie 2

This evening Jackie produced an excellent Experiment Pie, served with boiled potatoes, carrots, and green beans.  I have to announce that there is no recipe for this brilliant meal but the pie, I can say, is layered. The base is sage and onion stuffing, followed by pork medallions, followed by chopped apple and onion, then leftover vegetables fried in a tomato sauce, and topped off with short crust pastry. Superb. And you could substitute other ingredients, such as parsley and thyme with chicken. Jackie calls it a lost chord (a creative masterpiece that cannot be repeated). She drank Hoegaarden and I drank Old Crafty Hen.