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How’s your week been? I’ve had a major tech overdose, but the result is good.
I’ve finally managed to figure out a good blog setup, using subdomains. As you know I’ve been trying different blogging concepts this year – moving from having topics on separate blogs, and having them together. I’ve been messing about with it also quite recently, and thought I could do it on one blog, but I still didn’t like it like that. What I’ve learned is, I want to have them separate because it allows me to geek out as much as I want – people who enjoy my music geekery are not necessarily the same people who enjoy my other posts, and I can get rather geeky at times!

But I haven’t been able to figure out how to set things up in a way that I like, have been overthinking it a bit too much, and was hesitant about running yet another WordPress site (also in 2021, there are no real competitors!). So when I found a WordPress management tool on my hosting account, I was delighted and realised that handling multiple WordPress sites suddenly was a lot less stressful. So I deciced to give it a go, and with the subdomains, I think this is a good setup that I’ll be happy with. However, everything didn’t go smoothly…

The comment reply plugin went nuts!

I used the “clone” tool and copied my old site to another domain (a particular one for development, from where I then copied everything over here), deleted some of the content and changed design and other details. I loved the clone tool, it was exactly what I needed! But, it looks like when my content was copied over the new place, the comment reply plugin decided that all comment reply e-mails needed to be sent all over again, despite the site being in maintenance mode. So, people, if you’ve ever commented on my posts and used the comment reply by e-mail option, please forgive me for flooding you with e-mails about replies on comments written months ago, from a blog with a weird “dev” title! You can ignore these e-mails. Actually the problem was bigger than I thought but it seems to be fixed now. So please don’t hesitate to use this option in the future – it’s very convenient.

Now I (and probably you too!) have had enough about that, and enough about WordPress tech stuff! Let’s get back to writing.

Some photos from my hometown

Autumn has come to Ireland, although for a long time, I didn’t know if it was summer or autumn! The weather has been fantastic, with temperatures hovering around at least 15C/59F, sometimes even around 20! I haven’t been able to benefit from it a lot, sadly, since I’ve been recovering from lost sleep after my night-time Zoom singing class, this has been a lot more difficult than I expected and I haven’t been doing great. However, last Friday I had a good day and I went to town for a walk, lunch, and an attempt at some street photography, with my camera club friend.

I once fell in love with street photography, during a trip to Italy. Then I slowly started practising the art – but it came to a sudden halt when GDPR came along. Now, GDPR doesn’t prevent street photography – it is considered a form of art or journalism, but I became worried that easily offended people would sue me, and decided to not go on with it as I had until then. Now I’m trying to relax that a little. GDPR is for businesses, not everyday hobby photographers. However, I’m very shy when I’m out there and don’t want to risk to bother people. It’s much easier in a bigger city that is not your own hometown. I do love to take photos here though because it’s such a lovely little town. I didn’t get many this day, perhaps I’ll try again later. Some of you may have seen a few of these on Instagram.

Clonakilty, West Cork
Clonakilty, West Cork
Clonakilty, West Cork
Clonakilty, West Cork

We had lunch at a Scannell’s bar where they have a fantastic outdoors area. I’ve seen it once during the guitar festival, but never sat down there to enjoy a meal. They have created something really nice here! And the fact that they have gluten free seafood chowder, and that you get your own little loaf of bread with it, adds to the experience!

Clonakilty, West Cork
Clonakilty, West Cork
Clonakilty, West Cork
What is this thing with the heads on the roof??!
Clonakilty, West Cork

After this walk, I’ve been taking it very easy, but the other day we had some lovely weather again. And also when feeling generally unwell because of sleep disturbances, going out is good for you, so I went for a short walk down the road. It’s certainly getting autumn-like out there. I know this may not reflect those typical autumn colours, but it’s about as good as it gets around here! Perhaps we’ll find more colourful trees in Castlefreke woods next week.

And even if not, despite the lack of autumn colours in my area, I adore seeing green throughout the year. The lack of colours for many months in Sweden was a major contributor to my near-depressive state during the winter. Most of these trees will lose their leaves soon, but the grass and many of the plants by the roadsides and in hedgerows will remain and give a nice splash of green also during the winter.

Clonakilty, West Cork

Like many others, I like to photograph pretty trees and green fields, but I also enjoy photographing the old and the rough. I think there’s so much beauty in it! Perfect and curated is boring.

Clonakilty, West Cork
Clonakilty, West Cork
Clonakilty, West Cork

We’re now going into a season when we wont’ be travelling much. But I’ll still enjoy my walks, whether around here or somewhere else with my friend, so I’ll continue to post some casual “out-for-a-walk” photos here. And with my new move into two blogs, I’ll be talking more about things in life.

Please note that if you’ve been following my old blog by e-mail, this will be the last such e-mail. If you wish to continue to subscribe, please find the link in my top menu, to subscribe to this new blog, and likewise on the music blog.

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Comments:

  • 23rd October 2021

    You are making me miss Ireland! Your street photos are gorgeous.

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  • 23rd October 2021

    I love street photography – it really tells a story and gives a sense of place, and yours are good. Have a great week.

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  • 23rd October 2021

    Lovely photos, Susanne, and well done with your WP tech work. Walking has so many health benefits. I’m glad you get outside with your camera and your camera club friend. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  • 23rd October 2021

    Glad you got some of your tech woes figured out. Great photos! I wasn’t sure how to subscribe to your music blog, so i did the YouTube channel instead…

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  • 24th October 2021

    Your photos are lovely Susanne, I especially like the bright yellow chairs outside at the cafe, so inviting. I agree with you sometimes there is beauty in the most unlikely of places. #weekendcoffeeshare

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  • 24th October 2021

    Your blog has a new look ! I like it. This was not the post I originally tried to comment, where it didn’t work, but I;’ll give this a try. The new look is fabulous. The photos are so crisp, and the layout luxurious.

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  • 4th November 2021

    As always, late to the party. I think your photos get better every single time you post. The ones of your instruments, the ones of nature, and of the world around you. You really inspire me to look up and look out – although I do not live in a very picturesque place (hence my limited photo sharing on the blog, and on IG), there are beautiful spaces nearby that I must make a better effort to visit.

    Also, I love this quote: “Perfect and curated is boring”. There is so much truth in that short sentence. So much. The scars and the imperfections are what make people, places, and things so much more interesting. Homes that look like they came from a catalog (or, entire wardrobes) are too uniform, too clean. People who are airbrushed and edited all the time don’t interest me nearly as much as those who share their trials as well as their triumphs, their hard moments as well as their victories. The rough road will always be more interesting…

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    • 4th November 2021

      Oh! And of course, I am so glad that you got the tech issues straightened out. What a pain. The split blogs seem like an excellent idea, and I’m eager to keep reading about your journey in music and life. 🙂

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