However on closer inspection of the roof of the shed we knew that there was no point in starting on this because the roof was in such bad condition we really needed to get a new shed instead.
Fred went out with the tape measure on the day that our niece and her husband were visiting with their 2 year old son Adam (named after my father) and little Adam helped Fred to take the measurements of the shed (even though he can only count to 5 and despite my brave efforts involving fingers and toes he would not add the number 6 to that list).
You see any new shed would have to be the same size as the present one because the decking area around it had been just that built around the shed. So now we are trying to find a non-wood shed that is 10 foot by 12 foot, with the door on the shorter side and is not green.
And guess what? That is not the easiest of jobs here.
So what would I do this week for the housework?
Would I take a week off housework? YES! YES! YES!
But would I waste time this week? NO! NO! NO!
I decided to use the time to get on with another of the
The scanning of the negatives and photos into the computer.
Yeah this was definitely looking like FUNWORK this week.
In January I had moved all the photos and negatives from the storage under our bed to the Games Room on top of the snooker table.
They are all set out in piles of rough dates and I had been starting to scan the negatives and the photos to store these on an external hard drive because there are just so many of them to put on my laptop.
So the task involves three different jobs really.
1. Scanning negatives with a Film and Slide scanner
2. Scanning photos on my Canon Printer
3. Filing all the Scans in appropriate files in the external hard drive (from the SD card I would scan them to)
Starting to do the negative scanning from upstairs in the Games Room would not be a good idea because I would have to stand and bend over at the snooker table and also wanting to organize them in months & years meant I actually wanted to scan everything by month and so would then have to go downstairs to use the printer/scanner when I had photos without negatives.
So I decided to bring the photos & negatives downstairs to the kitchen table a year or a month at a time and do the negative scanning there and then it would be a short distance to my study to use the printer/scanner.
Now I hear you asking why not just do it all in the study?
Answer is simply that I don't have enough free table/desk space in the study at the moment and you will understand that better when it comes to the overhaul of it which is going to take the whole month of September.
Now on to the Main Job
What did I need?
3. Soft clean cloth - to gently wipe dust etc. from the negatives and photos before scanning
4. Film & Slide Scanner
6. Notepad & Pen - for any ideas or notes to be jotted down when I thought about something
7. Good Storage for the actual photos and negatives - because some of the boxes I had previously had them in were not in great condition
So I got the slide & negative scanner and accessories ready
the actual scanner,
3 holders (left to right -one for slides, one for a continuous negative roll and one for strips of negatives)
a USB lead which goes from the scanner to the computer or mains adaptor
the mains adaptor (mine is a European one because we bought this while we were living in Belgium)
and a video lead which can link the scanner up to a TV or external screen
For me to get started I needed the scanner, Usb lead, mains adaptor, the negative strip holder and some negatives.
Firstly then I had to wipe the dust off a strip of negatives and insert the strip into the negative holder
making sure that the strip was in the right direction.
Then insert the SD card to save the images on to (you can also just connect to the computer and save them directly to it), slot the holder into the side of the scanner,
and turn on the power.
The scanner has a small but adequate preview screen so you can move the holder through until the picture is properly aligned.
Then you hit the ok button and a selection of options come up on the screen and you highlight the one you want and hit ok.
Because I had the negatives placed in the holder correctly I simply clicked ok for saving to the SD card each time.
Storing the Photos
I am always obsessive about having pictures/photos stored where I can find them and in a really organized fashion which makes sense but unfortunately my husband is not.
I hate it when he takes several pictures that are very similar and keeps every single one of them instead of deleting most and only keeping the best.
I also hate it when there is a blurred picture or one that makes someone look horrible and he doesn't delete it (like when he tends to take photos of me while I am eating or in an animated discussion with someone or when I'm standing outside a country church on a hill and the wind is blowing so that my hair looks like it has a life all of its own - yes all of these have happened and in the last year).
Our other problem is some photos would be on Fred's computer and some on my computer and then some would be on his old computer and some on my old computer and then some we suddenly would think of but didn't know where they were - PANIC
So with all of this type of thing making me rather annoyed about my photos I wanted to do this job right.
I made a folder for scanned photos, then folders within this for groups of years and then folders within each group for more groupings.
Here is the example of the 1970's Group
Then here is the example of the folders scanned so far within the 1970-1977 group
Here is one of the scanned pictures (my penpal & her mum) from the Barcelona 1970 folder as it was scanned
and then here it is when I cropped the sides.
Not bad for a 44 year old negative!
I'm thankful we bought the scanner when we saw it at a bargain price and I'm thankful we will be able to enjoy the memories these photos will bring.
I'm also enjoying the scanning but it is going to be a long job.
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