weekend to do list // no. 5

weekend to do list // no. 5

A little bit of fun for your long weekend break.

Have a good one!

how to be popular this Easter

This post is a partnership with Baker’s Delight.

easter faves // hot cross buns

Like to join me for some afternoon tea.

The quickest way to make friends and influence people at Easter time ~ have a stash of hot cross buns on hand.

Young and old find it hard to resist a fresh hot cross bun at this time of year and if you’re not a fan of the spiced fruit kind, Baker’s Delight chocolate versions are sure to be a winner.

I shared my stash of hot cross buns at home, I had to hide some from the smalls to make them last, sent them out to family for the holidays and took some into work to share with my new workmates.

easter faves // hot cross buns

Now I think the buns are pretty tasty on their own. My favourite way is a few seconds in the microwave to make them warm and, in the case of the chocolate, a little bit gooey.

But the fruit ones get an extra lift with a dab of lemon curd while the youngest is partial to a smear of jam on practically anything and caramel sauce goes with everything.

What I love is they keep well in the freezer, so I’m putting some away for the smalls for then get home after spending a few days with grandparents and extended family over the Easter break.

easter faves // hot cross buns

But if you do happen to have a surplus at the end of Easter, I’ve scouted at five different ways to spice up your life with hot cross buns:

How do you like your hot cross buns?

I was given a basket of treats from Baker’s Delight to prepare this post.



hello lunar

lunar eclipse

Did you catch the lunar eclipse, or the blood moon, this week?

Here in Australia, we were only treated to a partial eclipse but in a rare appearance, the moon was already in eclipse when it rose. While this was interesting, it made photographing it that little bit harder and the “blood moon” was really only short-lived.

In my part of the world, the moon rose on dusk and there was  still a lot of light in the sky. In fact the moon was already quite high when we first noticed it, it was so camouflaged into the dusk light, as per the image on the far right above.

As darkness fell, the moon took on more of that rosy glow but as the Earth turned, the light started to glint on the edge and gradually the Earth’s shadow moved across to reveal a stunning full moon.

The first couple of photos here, starting on the right as that is how the moon rose for me, were taken at a hill lookout, a little bit out of town, which gave a clear, uninterrupted view away from the city lights.

But after an hour the rest of the family was getting a little restless and so we headed home, which is where I took the rest of the photos, popping out every so often to capture the shadow moving across the moon.

It was by no means an exact science, just a little bit of fun. But for your information:

  • I was shooting with my 5D with a 500mm Sigma lens. It’s a big sucker but it’s one of my favourites to shoot with for it’s great reach.
  • The white moon was much easier to shoot than the red moon, and much sharper. The camera’s setting are quite high as the moon is so bright ~ f6.3, 1/200 while the red moon was about 1/50 with a high ISO as I was trying to counter the stiff breeze that was blowing my camera around.
  • Tripod, absolutely!
  • I then created an eight-column layout and using clipping paths, dropped the images in Photoshop and created ~ a rather inexact ~ the moon’s rising arc.

That’s the image above. It’s by no means perfect but it was a bit of fun and, as always, an interesting lesson.


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