Sunday, 22 June 2008

Visiting Isabelle (again!) plus house update

I'm still totally over the moon about my new niece, Isabelle. We went back to Bristol for the day yesterday to see the family and get a good bit of cuddling time with Is. As far as I can see she still sleeps almost constantly, though I'm reliably informed that she's very active from about 1am onwards which she seems to have decided is the start of her day. I took the opportunity to snap a few more portraits.

Regular readers will note the change in photo hosting site above. After a couple of weeks playing with Google pictures (aka Picassa) I've come to the conclusion that the UI is ugly, the features limited and the uploader downright painful (Picassa is great if you want a whole photo editing and organisation suite and enjoy having your hard drive scanned, not so good if you already use Lightroom). After a bit of shopping around I've settled on 23, a small outfit based in Copenhagen who have a really slick and attractive UI plus nice features like a calendar view. They are free for up to 30 uploads a month or £16/year for an unlimited account. We'll see how they go...

And now the promised house update. The survey is now complete and didn't throw up any major issues, and the mortgage should come through next week. Our next decision regards when we give notice on our current place - wait until exchange, but then have a two month gap before completion, or put notice in now and risk having no-where to live if everything falls through...

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