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May. 10th, 2007

I spent Tuesday morning straightening up things in the house and on the church website! Also painted the bathroom door. In the afternoon I went round to see Kathryn for coffee.

In the evening Ian and I went up to church for a concert given by the Blagovest Ensemble. We heard them last year and were very impressed, they did not disappoint expectations this year either. They are a group of 6 young singers from St Petersburg who tour around for about three months each year giving concerts all
around Britain. They sing Russian sacred music in the first half of the concert and Russian folk music in the second half. Each of them has powerful, distinctive and beautiful voices and together combine to give a huge dynamic and tonal range, just wonderful, a beautiful and distinctive sound. If you ever get the chance to hear them I would strongly encourage everyone to do so!

Yesterday I did the usual round of making playdough, going to Little Fishes and housegroup. The playdough was red and a very good batch though I've now run out of salt and will have to buy some more.. Fishes was fun and it was a good housegroup meeting, all the better because Debbi and Ian saved us from getting drenched by giving us a lift in both directions!!

Today Julienne has been round for coffee, not sure what I will do this afternoon... not that I'm short of ideas!!! - Laurence might be coming round to put up the new bathroom cabinet...

In the background to all of the above I am busy designing websites which takes a disproportionate amount of my time, but which is really interesting and lots of fun...

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natesmountain
May. 10th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
The singers do sound great. I can almost imagine them from your description.

Do you ever get sick of making playdough?! I hate washing the bowl afterwards.

And designing websites, I'm so jealous! I know I'll never ever have time to learn that particular skill. I'll just have to admire yours.
vivh
May. 10th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
I love making playdough, cleaning up isn't fun, but I only make a batch every three weeks or so now, so it's fine! In my Playcentre days I made 3 or 4 batches a week and a similar amount of fingerpaint... to say nothing of mixing up powder paint galore...

Designing websites - it doesn't really take long to learn enough skills to make something attractive - but I think you'd probably rather spend the little free time you have writing!!!
natesmountain
May. 11th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
You make fingerpaint? Is that from powder? OMG I looooove making up paint from powder, I find the colour and texture development quite orgasmic *g*

-but I think you'd probably rather spend the little free time you have writing!!!
And that's what I shall do this evening!
vivh
May. 11th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
The texture is what I love about playdough (and fingerpaint!). I made lots of different sorts of fingerpaint, the main one was using cornflour, and you could use powder paint or food colouring (dye) to give the colour, I also did a frothy sort of fingerpaint using lux flakes (that felt lovely!) and an amazing gloop using pva glue and powder paint - I really wonder if the knowledge of how to make satisfactory "messy play" products has any applications outside a preschool setting!!!! lol

natesmountain
May. 12th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
The preschool where my children attended did a coloured PVA mix, and it was the only thing I could never get out of their clothes!

Lux flakes would be wonderful, they're so soft. I can recall times back home when I would pour too much into the laundry bucket, and as you say, gloop! *g*
margaret_r
May. 10th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
That concert sounds great. I'm sure designing websites would be fun, do you do it as a business? It's something I would love to do but doubt I'll ever get around to learning.
vivh
May. 10th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
I am not being paid for the websites, but I do view them as a business venture in some ways, the websites I'm designing have real purposes, one is there to sell CDs, others to raise money for a charity, so they need to work well and let people find the information they are looking for easily.
The most developed of the websites I've designed are here and my own website here, feel free to have a look. The others that I'm working on aren't public yet, but I'm hoping they will be in the next few weeks...

I stumbled into the whole thing around this time last year when I started to make the site for Steve, at that stage I only had the most basic skills and a very basic site of my own. I went through a steep learning curve in order to do everything that was needed. It is a process of constantly refining what's there, to keep information current and everything looking fresh - also trying to ensure that your pages look good with all the different browsers and screen definitions that people use - I'm now in the process of changing things a little on Steve's site from that point of view - as well as working on 5 new sites!! I do enjoy it but it certainly takes time!!
margaret_r
May. 11th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Wow, that's fantastic. The sites look really good, you have done a great job with them - they look so professional. I'm full of admiration for you to have learnt how to do all that and be able to present such attractive web pages. I wouldn't even know where to start!! Maybe you should think of taking it up professionally.
vivh
May. 11th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Thanks!
Maybe you should think of taking it up professionally.

In a sense that is what I have done, but the charities have no money to pay for website development and an old friend of mine from university days is a key person in them so...

I was looking at a couple of sites offering website design yesterday, I can't believe the professional companies charge so much and offer so little!!!
margaret_r
May. 11th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
Well, if you did decide to take on some paying customers I think you would do very well with it.
vivh
May. 11th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Well if you happen to know anyone who wants a website...
margaret_r
May. 12th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
I'll know where to send them! Do you set the actual sites up from scratch - do the domain names and everything?
vivh
May. 12th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I will do the whole thing, domain names and finding a web host... obviously there are costs involved in the set up process, (though I am doing that free of charge for the charities...)
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