My little digital camera is very ancient, but has served me well.
Yesterday evening, after a prolonged gardening session, I picked it up to take a photo of the newly planted wheelbarrow.
All that I got was "CARD LOCKED" Mmmmmmm.
Mutter a few naughty words and go back indoors. Take card out for a few minutes and replace. Card still locked. Insert into said 'puter, no probs. Put back in camera. Still locked. Put camera in case and
This morning get manual out, go me still having the manual 20 ish years down the line, and ......gibberish to me.
A second cup of tea and I turn to my right hand man Google. Up comes a few sites and BINGO the solution is at my fingertips.
Now the manual had nothing on card locking but the lock switch is on the card itself and I must have moved it when I was loading the last lot of pics. All sorted now so photos later.
The camera cost £50 and it was on a special offer. It has taken thousands of photos and been round the world. I have a battery charger, just the second set of batteries in it a couple of years ago.
It was a real bargain.
I have wittered on a few times about getting an "all singing, all dancing" model but in all honesty it would be wasted upon me.
I may have a look at a back up camera, just in case, but that might be the trigger for old faithful to take early retirement and go to sleep on me.
I have been pondering the fact that although I aim for a simple life I am surrounded by technology.
There is this laptop and the camera. My breadmaker, combi oven, air fryer and programmable slow cooker.
Then there are my computerised sewing machine, overlocker etc. Even my little manual Singer is miles away from my first sewing machine, another singer but with treadle action.
The television has all sorts of functions, I watch most of my podcasts on it. I can access so many films that it would take a lifetime, if not longer, to see them. That is without Sky and the DVD player.
We got our new Yellow Pages last week and it went straight into recycling. It is far easier, and faster, to look on the internet than riffle through a book hoping to find what you need.
As I write this my breadmaker has just started the knead sequence on a loaf that will be sliced and frozen.
The domestic freezer, another brilliant addition to most homes. I well remember filling dozens of Kilner jars with fruit and veg to use through the winter. had I been born in the US I would doubtlessly been canning meat, fish and poultry.
I would find it to be a steep learning curve to go back to the simplicity of my childhood.
Enough of this waffle, the day is still young. I had an early night and woke at 4:00, I did not exactly hit the floor running but I have a busy day ahead. A bit more gardening in the front and lots in the back and thanks to the beautiful weather yesterday there is a little ironing.
I took a boot full of things to the CS yesterday and I have a boot full of garden waste to go to the tip (aka the recycling centre) today. The compost makers are full and this will all be composted by the local council.
More tea is needed so I am off to get the kettle on, a turn of the tap for water and a flick of the switch for heat. Much easier than pumping water up from the well, filling a heavy kettle and then putting it on the range.