Writing 101: A Day Out in Winchester

Day 8 of Writing 101: ‘go to a public location and make a detailed report of what you see’.

I’m already playing fast and loose with this Writing 101 project, interpreting the prompts very freely indeed, and now I’m not even doing the days in the right order. But I imagine the point of the project is just to get the participants blogging, and I suppose whatever we might manage to come up with is better than not blogging at all. I wanted to do a slideshow for this one because I begged for a camera for my birthday and today I got the chance to try it out and learn how to use it. I’ve never owned a camera before, apart from the dinky one on my phone, so this is all a novelty to me. I found that I don’t have a steady hand and some of the images are a little blurrier than I’d like, but I’m hoping I’ll get better.

Mr Aunty Muriel and I went to Winchester for the day. We took the bikes so we could fit in as much as possible, and we visited the Saint Cross Hospital (always makes me think of Trollope’s The Warden), the remains of Wolvesey Castle, Winchester Cathedral and Farley’s Mount. Roy persuaded me to climb up St Catherine’s Hill on the pretext of being able to try out a landscape shot once I got up there, and then bamboozled me into traipsing up Farley’s Mount by promising me that there would be ice cream at the top. There was no ice cream. But there were plenty of orchids, so I took the opportunity to try out a few trendy close-up shots: the kind where only the tip of a petal is actually in focus and the rest of the photo is artfully blurred. I’m quite proud of the last one.

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