Have you ever seen those quirky, slightly jerky videos where items dance around the screen? They’re probably stop motions – a simple animation consisting of photos stitched cleverly together. I’ve been playing with a few of them recently, and as per popular request, put together this post detailing exactly how to make a stop motion video.
I’ve been a little obsessed with them since I discovered Wallace and Gromit – and was delighted to discover that it’s possible to make them myself – you simply take an image, move the prop in a small way, take an image, move the prop etc etc. then stitch the images together, like frames of a filmstrip.
We certainly hadn’t planned on spending this much time at home, and it’s been interesting trying to find a bit of an entertainment groove. I thought I’d share 9 things I’ve been doing during lockdown (between the days that we’ve really struggled with this comfortable but stifling state).
It’s a combination of proactive and relaxing activities – and we’re cutting ourselves a lot of slack – but it’s nice to have a combination of modern entertainments and practical things to do.
Piping hot, fluffy scones with mouth watering nuggets of dates, topped with butter melting into their hot surface. If you keep reading, consider yourself warned that this date scones recipe is addictive – made with simple store cupboard ingredients, they are ridiculously easy and scrumptious.
Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah. Date Scones. These, savoury muffins and pikelets (aka “scotch pancakes” for my Brits) are cornerstones of my Kiwi childhood. Memories of the kitchen full of sunshine, the smell of fresh baking and all us kids desperately trying to get hold of the hot delicacies. Now, I’d eat them on their own on a cosy winter afternoon or perhaps sneak them into afternoon tea.
Let me level with you – this feels a little weird to gather a list of 70 travel blog post ideas with everything going on in the world with Coronavirus. But, based on surveys, the stats of my blog and activity on Pinterest, many people are enjoying reading travel inspiration, whilst they are sheltering in their homes. It can help to dream.
If you’re a travel blogger who needs a little inspiration, someone who loves writing about travel or you simply want a few moments of armchair travel whilst sat with a cup of tea, scroll down the following list, and simply let the topics wash over or inspire you.
During these unusual times that we’re in, taking inspiration from the world around us and from past adventures is a great way to spice up meal times – both figuratively and literally. Because of this, we decided on ‘travelling by plate’ as this month’s travel linkup purely because it was a delicious walk down memory lane.
So I’ve decided to travel via my own kitchen. In this hop of 7 continents I fancied sharing some tried and true recipes that I’ve not brushed off in an age, and also been inspired by to try some new dishes whilst we’ve got more time to spend cooking. It’s conjured memories and helped to slake my wanderlust.