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Apr
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April 1st Greetings
 
showing all for charityshowing all for charityWhat did you expect of me?  This is one or our caenhillcc cocks and one of our socks.

  Always good to see people coming up with fun ways to raise money for cancer research.

I was impressed with the ladies without make-up and dare I say some looked even better without.... as for men with cock in socks hmm maybe not the image for facebook but well done to all who took part very brave.

 
We have helped many charities and out chosen cancer charity we support is Macmillan so if you want to donate just visit > http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Donate/
We are doing some fundraising this year for Macmillan and our Community Farm Centre and the theme is a naked vegetable shoot around the farm.. well your not naked you will be wearing vegetables! and you will be a jigsaw so if interested let me know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and don't worry I will not be taking the photos but my good friend Diane


 I am sure it will be fun and raise money and awareness for two worthwhile charities. Happh fundraising and supporting community projects. If you want to get involved with our Caenhill Countryside project then please visit this page and fill in the form

Yes the photo top right is me.. a few years agao and  I was not naked *smile*

 

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23
Feb
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Greetings

the ghomatsthe ghomatsIt was good to be invited by chief Wiiltshire Gazette photographer Diane to do a ghost investigation at the old Gazette Ofice in Devizes on the 8 February. Its been a long time since I have done a ghost investigation with the ghomats team and good to have original team members Chris Corbett, Helen Green and Natalie Elliott there for the evening.

The Ghomats (Ghosts, Haunting, Orbs, Mystical, Aura, Tarot & Spirit's)  team that night were a group of psychic & sensitive mediums, dowsers and evidence gatherers. The team was led by Chris Franklin & Natalie Elliott with Christine Corbett, Emma Ellis, Helen Green,Tracy Bailey, Jane Yates, Chuck, Belinda Talbot, Alan Large, Dave & Jacky Wicheard with guest Diane Catherine Vose. The team used infrared camera's, digital camera's, dowsing rods, pendulums, tarot cards, EMF meters (electro magnetic fields) and even phone apps to help with their investigations. Check ouy Ghost Radar on your phone!.

The team are always looking for interesting places to investigate and people to join the team. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use my ghostly feedback team

Good to see a great report from Lewis Cowen in the Wiltshire Gazette well worth a read online on of course on a Thursday lets hope they feature us again *smile*

http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/10240016.Ghosts_haunt_Devizes_Gazette_office/

I have set up a facebook group so you can join and share your stories and photos.

Find out more about the history of ghomats ghost busting team and soon lots of photo and footage from our ghost cam.

Video of a ghostly tarot card reading


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19
Jan
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snow we gosnow we goGreetings

As you can imagine I get a lot of questions asked about websites so thought I would explain what you need to do to get a website presence. For any business (small or big), charity, organisation or community project you need a web presence basically its a shop window or sign post to you 27/7 (24 hrs - seven days a week)

A good website needs planning I always say think big but start small I use a CMS (Content Management System) called joomla which allows you to easily expand without too much cost. The costly part of a website is your time producing the content. As i say a website is as only good as its content. You can make it look 'pretty' but you need to make sure your content is updated and relevant for returning customers.

You can start your website for free with google websites > https://sites.google.com an ideal start to get to understand a website and then decide if you want to take more control and add more dynamic features.

Plan your site on paper first. What pages do you want? Start with a home page with links to a About Us, Contact us, News / Blog, Advice / FAQs

Also try writing a free blog to get into a habit of writing content if you cannot get into the habit of writing content your website will fail so a blog is a good start and you can if using a system like I use joomla you can easily import all your content into your website from your blog later. A good free blogger is http://www.blogger.com/ You do not need to write a lot, little and often like most things in life is best *smile* I do have another blog about setting up a blog.

Of course the first thing is to come up with a name / brand. Take time thinking about this and look to see what is out there using google. For my business I went for cf10ten (long story) rather than chris franklin. As you will see if you googl there are many chris franklin! (167,000,000 results) and with cf10ten ( 359,000 results which are mainly mine)

A good place to start http://namechk.com/ which will check your name for domains and social networking which you will need. No need to buy from them.

Its good to have a social network presence on facebook and twitter but do not rely on this as though a must your content will be lost on social networks and is not always free as you will find out. Best method is to add content to your website and push it to your facebook / twitter pages and with most website builders this can be set up to publish automatically. I always set this up on my customers joomla websites.

Also worth setting up a youtube account as video is getting more important and its easy to add video to your website, more on this soon.

Then consider a logo / graphic and of course you can have a play yourself or go for a professional design contact Emma at > This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you know a good designer let me know.

Next step you will need a domain name and this will cost you  about £6- £12 a year I will give more advice on this soon and point you in the right direction. This is just your domain name think of it as a registration like a car number plate which is unique to you / company.

If you take the step for your own website you will need web space, basically is a folder on a server which allows you to put in content and share to the world via the internet and your domain name. Webspace will cost you around £50 - £75 a year and will give you the space for a large website and your own email addresses. I will write more on this and of course happy to point you in the right direction.

You will then need something to build your website. I recommend joomla as its open source no license fee, no software required (just need an internet connection) and well supported and developed. There are others all very good but will stick with joomla and will give more advice but of course feel free to contact me with your questions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What else can you have on your joomla website? photo / video galleries, forms, shop, blog, document management system, forums, directories, events calendar, search and so much more but apparently it can't make your coffee... yet! *smile*

Okay covered a lot of ground and will write more soon. Feel free to ask me questions or of course ask for a quote........ now go write your own blog or start website planning  *smile*

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02
Jan
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the walkies chappiesthe walkies chappiesGreetings 2013 let get fit.

Well I guess with most years everyone wants to get fitter and yes me as well I have certainly put on the pounds.(KGS)  My virtual exercise online is not working so as I love to organise I am starting the 10-10 walks again and the first one is this Saturday (5th January) from the Main car park in Avebury starting at 10am a leisurely 7 miles and a visit to the pub after if required. Friends, families and dogs welcome....  there is more...

In June planning a fun farm sports day.. chucking the wellie, 100m mud race, catching the egg, sack race and more....

On 13th October a cycle ride from Devizes to the coast a distance of about 63 miles we get a lift back! More events soon

Oh secret of losing weight eat less exercise more.. I am a genius *smile*

Just trying out audioboo a get free app for your phone allowing you to record 2 minute messages for free..  my first one.. how long with I keep it going? *smile*

 

 

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29
Dec
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Greetings

naked fruit  veg jigsawnaked fruit veg jigsawI always look for new ideas for fundraising and have organised some fun events over the years from 24hr events, Quizzes in a swimming pool, Photo hunts, bike rides to the coast, fancy dress socials and even a pace race chase! Don't ask a long story but trust me it was crazy and fun. All fundraising was under the umbrella of my B.A.S.I.C. club which is a fun club who's strap line is a Club for all ages and abilities with the emphasis on fun.  10-10 is part of this and regular walks and bike rides take place. Events have been organised for various charities raising much needed funds.

For 2013 a few new fundraising ideas. We will do a Person Auction of skills and services. Basically people will put themselves forward for an auction with a skill or service. The highest bidder gets the person and the skill.. what skills do you have to auction? *smile*  drop me an e-mail or fill in my feedback form This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The fun fundraiser will be a photo jigsaw with a naked difference.

 As we will be raising funds for the Community Farm the photos will be of people wearing nothing but fruit or vegetables to hide their blushes. All photos will be tastefully done and the person choose their own fruit and veg. I know what you are thinking melons and cucumbers though someone did ask me for a runner bean!... the mind boggles but it will be fun and once the photos are taken it will be turned into an electronic jigsaw where people can buy a piece via papypal. Once all 100 pieces have been bought everything will be revealed!..... well almost everything the photo shoot will take place in the Spring when it is warmer as shots will be done around the farm. In the photos you will be perceived as being naked but in reality you will not be.Of course looking for volunteers who want to model a fruit or vegetable, photographers who want to help with the photo shoot...... welcome to send in your funny fruit and veg jokes about this.. yes you can take the pea! *smile*

Photo of me and a friend naked apart from fruit. Find out moe on our BASIC facbook page

Feedback - Volunteer form email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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16
Dec
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Its the month to have fun at parties and of course when you think of fun you have to think of our mascot chuck leduck who started life nearly 20 years ago when he was hatched at a charity swimming quiz night at Devizes leisure centre. He soon became the mascot of the BASIC club and when my friend Paul Trimnell picked him up and throw him his name became chuck.

It was at this time I had an idea and thought why not make a video of people throwing and catching chuck and to make it more interesting film them in different locations. It took off and before long chuck was being chucked around bringing *smiles* to peoples faces not on in England, Wales but in Kenya and Gambia.

This December I am looking to get 100 people throwing chuck leduck around drop me a line if you want to take part. You can of course help by sending me your own video clip of someone catch and throwing a duck or any soft toy you have. Basically you stand someone in front of your video camera and get someone off camera to throw a duck or soft toy to the right of the person who catches looks at the toy and throws to the left so it goes out of shot. Its as simple as that upload to youtube and let me know. I can download and edit into my video.

chuck and his friendschuck and his friendsAlternatively if you have a smart phone download free app tango > http://www.tango.me/ and send me  a video clip of your Chuck the duck video to +447816816125 or of course if you see chuck send me a pic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lets if we can chuck the duck or other soft toy all around the world! *smile*

oh chuck is on facebook so please be his friend > http://www.facebook.com/chucktheduck

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07
Dec
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Diana Ralls was press lady  for KDCDiana Ralls was press lady for KDCI do recommend to all my customer to have a blog. Its the best way to promote yourself, company, community or charity as it will keep your followers / customers updated and help you to get you more hits and better rankings in search engines regular post always help. More hits more customers more opportunity to network *smile* If you think of it every time you write your blog you will be adding searchable words or phases to your site and to search engines like google. For example if I type "Caen Hill home of chuck Leduck" this will go into the search engine and people will find it if they search on these words.. not sure why they will type it but they will find it! we will see how long search engines takes to find it. *smile*

Questions I am asked -  I don't have time to write a blog but I say you already do if you add updates to facebook or twitter its basically a mini blog. The only problem is of course with social networks your words are quickly lost where in a blog they are there in a more organised way.

Next question is  I don't have anything to say I don't do anything interesting. Wrong again your life, you observations your feelings all make for an interesting blog. Always write about something you enjoy have a passion for as this will come over in your blog and in a short time you will connect with like minded people who share your passion. You do not have to write loads its just getting into the habit and before long you will look forward writing your blog and seeing the number of hits you will have. Of course if you have a good imagination why not write some fiction. Maybe you will write your own fifty shades of oh arr! Every bestseller has to start some where.

Next question is how much will it cost?. Basically nothing but your time there are many free option out there if If you are going to write some fiction get yourself a gmail email account https://mail.google.com and create a fictitious profile and use http://www.blogger.com/ a free service by google. Sign up follow the instructions and away you go!

One good example is the blog written by Elizabeth Gomm about the Happy House a true story about the day to day life of the children and the supporters of this great children's charity. http://childrenofwchildrenofwatamu.blogspot.co.uk/ Daily updated and keeps everyone updated and shows what you can do to help. Of course you can sign up to follow blogs and even publish automatically to facebook and twitter.

Another popular free blog site is wordpress which an open source system which is good for websites as well as blogs but have a look watch the video on this page to learn more > http://wordpress.com/ Not used myself but a good example is the one by the lovely talented  Vanesther Rees who has a blot titled http://bangermashchat.wordpress.com/ and its award winning.

Those who have one of my joomla websites will have a blog built in called easyblog it just needs me to switch it on and is easy to use and of course great as it integrates in your own website. It can be set up to post to facebook, twitter and LinkedIn. You can also email in your updates as you can with blogger and guess wordpress. Maybe email in a blog with pic from your mobile or tablet?

If you don't have a website but plan to don't worry its easy to import your blog from blogger / wordpress at a later date. So no stopping you get on your blog.

Can I blog with you?  Yes on my Wisit site you can create a fictitious character and wirite a blog http://www.wisitmaster.co.uk/join

Maybe write a strory around an old photoMaybe write a strory around an old photoOr on the Chris Franklin site you can login with facebook and create your own blog for free. The login is on the left towards bottom of the page. Any problem or advice on these two let me know. A good example is my good friend Tracy Bailey who written this great blog Secret Diary of a Wiltshire New Potato  http://www.chrisfranklin.co.uk/bloglatest/secret-diary-of-a-wiltshire-new-potato Great fun and Ken Forey also started started one http://www.chrisfranklin.co.uk/bloglatest/blogger/listings/sherford1389 all getting lots of hits which makes my site more popular. *smile*

With a blog you can add photos,  video links even add others blogs via RSS (will answer that another day)  great fun and worth the effort to get you message across, to network and have fun.

Of course if you are like me and prefer to take photos rather than write a lot of words then Blipfoto is for you where basically you can blip a photo every day or as often as you like. A good one to look at is the talented Hels who is based in Egypt great shots and person *smile* http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2523439

When your blog is up and running copy and past your link into your facebook page or set up and auto feed with something like http://twitterfeed.com/ or http://twitterfeed.com/  or http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/?fb_source=timeline of course in joomla you can set up via easyblog to publish automatically (more on this later).

Well hope this has helped look forward seeing you blog and when it becomes a book can I produce the movie? *smile*

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06
Dec

What I want for Christmas

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I tell you what I want.. what I really really want...

take a phototake a photoIts that time of year for giving and I thought I would share my Christmas list with you just in case... you never know you may just want to get me something. Sorry its a want want want list *smile* But as I always say if you do not ask you do not get!

What I want and hopefully as I have been soooooooo good is at least one or two from my want list from you or your friends.

I want a *smile* from you at least once a day.

I want  to see you do chuck the duck at least once.

I want to see you join up to my Wisit whodunit site and be a fictitious character > http://www.wisitmaster.co.uk/

I want to you throw chuckwant to you throw chuckwant to see you down at the Caenhill Countryside Centre and help / support if you have time.

I want to see you with a carrot and / or banana!

I want to see you follow the Children of Watamu Happy House charity I support... http://www.facebook.com/happyhousewatamu

I want to see your blog if you have one or start one. Its free and of course will bring you more interest in what ever you write about. www.blogger.com/ or use the free one on my site.

I want to get you to help with my prediction pack > http://www.facebook.com/thewisitmaster

Ido a star jumpdo a star jump want to receive a message from you on facebook at 10-10am or pm one day!

I want to see you on one of my walks or bike rides

I want a weekly photo of you or maybe one at the same location every week like I do  in Devizes Market

Finally I want to see you have a lovely year .. maybe do a star jump.... dance... win the lottery...  be happy.... catch a sunrise.. make a difference..  and of course *smile*

Oh PS do lihelp with the prediction packhelp with the prediction packke pringles!

You can feedback via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  use the feedback form

twitter @cf10ten   facebook wisitmaster  or telepathy  *smile*

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05
Dec

Christmas Franklin the ideal present

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Seasonal Greetings

christmas franklin and Suechristmas franklin and SueI guess I can say that now.... already this month is flying by and with the cold weather I guess its beginning to look a lot like Christmas *smile*  Those who follow my readings will know I always say the best gift you can give anyone is to give someone is your time a gift is nice but spending time with a friend is precious. So thank you for your time readings this *smile*

Web work is busy and pleased to be helping a lot of people start their adventure into business with a website which is the best way to promote yourself and a dynamic joomla  website can cost as little as £100 with all the features you would want. I  have lots of people who have domain, hosting but fed up with their website and want something dynamic and more control which joomla will do. All you need is an Internet connection I guess a lot of people start with a 'free' website from 123-REG or 1&1 and want to move on and take more control...

Anyway the reason for this post was really about Christmas and I had an e-mail from a client who wanted me for Christmas! Well sort of..... (maybe it was my wish?)  basically they wanted a cf10ten voucher to give to their parents so they could learn to use their new Christmas camera and use picasa3 to manage their photos.  So basically yes you can get me as present and I do vouchers for £25 which gives you an hour of my time for anything Internet, video, photography or tarot.  So 3 vouchers will give you a morning, afternoon or evening of learning and fun.  This can be for one person or a group....This can be via SKYPE or in person at the farm or your place though there is traveling expenses if more that 3 miles of Devizes.

I do like teaching / helping people and I am a qualified trainer.... of course you could book a tarot, mystical or a whodunit evening all are fun especially with a group.

I also will do special rates for a mystical, tarot or whodunit fundraiser for your chosen charity.

I will put out a list on my business site of what your could use your voucher for and I do have others is the team who will be able to help/ support you around internet, web design, photography, video, tarot and more.

Chuck does come along and I am sure you will learn lots and have fun doing so *smile* Drop me an e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out my feedback form.

Photo top right was me and Su a lovely lady I used to work with and I think we taught each other a lot *smile*

The photo of the locks below was taken using hdr one of the many things I can teach you *smile

Now how do I wrap myself as a present??  *smile*

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03
Dec
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Greetings

Its funny how you meet people by chance and instantly know they are a bit special ..then wonder why have I not known them earlier? Well this year lucky enough to get to know Tracy Bailey a bit better and loved her sense of fun and mischief. Tracy was the person who ducknapped agent 002 from the steps of the old TIC in Devizes before myself and Jane could get there and then to my surprise she sends a pic of the duck in Morocco. *smile*

Tracy also started a blog about the secret life of a Wiltshire potatoe on my site which became a mashing hit with lots of a peel.. okay wil stop all the old potato jokes will come out... but feel free to chip in with your own.

Lst Saturday Tracy held her birthday party in boomerang in Melksham a child fun centre which opens up to adults in the evening. So good to see her having fun with her family and friends.  From a bucking bronco.. to a slippery slide.. a ball pit.. a bit of duck chucking... to ropes and nets.. hmm.. better go back and make sure no typos! *smile*

A fun night was had by all took some pics and of course a few video clips though it was a bit dark in places... maybe just as well as maybe some of the angles not so lady like... I did a birthday reading for Tracy and good to see an excellent year ahead. Maybe one day we will get to work together on the farm. Funny how people are drawn to each other in the strangest of ways. A big thank you to Jane Yates for this chance meeting, Jane is a special lady who went out with me on many a 10-10 bike ride and we have our own lovers lane but TAS Thats another story and photo *smile*

Oh me and Jane did present Tracy wiith her own carrot, banana and potator but you guessed it is a TAS!

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02
Dec
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A busy few days but was lovely on Friday to be able to get a few local photos and video the Devizes Lantern parade with of course Santa switching on the lights. I try to attend every year and its always a great atmosphere and seems to get bigger and bigger each year. Never quite sure what works best photos or video I guess my personal preference is video as its a it more giving in low light as with a photo you have to use flash and that can burn out the white of the lanterns or if you up the ISO shows a bit of grain.

I use a canon eos 7d which is good in that I can switch modes so able to get a few photos and some hi def video. Two different disciplines but with some care and thought you can do both. I do what I can for local community projects for free and I will come out and cover your event for a donation to my charity or of course you can pay our set fee to have your event covered by photography and video.. chuck is of course and optional extra. Video is becoming more important on any website as its a medium people will watch and now with better bandwidth enjoy noty difficult to set up your own video channel and programmes give me a shout and I will explain *smile*


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27
Nov
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Ken and Coral Franklin weddingKen and Coral Franklin weddingGreetings

As you may well know I have a passion for old photos and do enjoy an opportunity to scan in old negatives, slides and prints for customers and myself. Also able to scan in documents and convert into editable pdf as I have  OCR optical character recognition software.

With old negatives and prints when scanned they can be repaired, cropped and corrected so even an old fade print or scratched negative can be repaired with a bit of care. I scan in at least 1200dpi and I edit in photoshop mainly using the cloning tool.  You can also use the free google software picasa3 using the retouch tool.

But remember when you scan in an old photo save as a tiff and make sure when you edit to make a copy so you always have the original scan to work with. Once edited you can save as jpg and print off with your printer or using online printing service like photobox when you first sign up you can get up 40 free prints! 

Most of my grandads  (Robert Cave Longcroft photographic services Devizes) negatives got destroyed but do have a few which I am scanning in for my family tree and some Devizes social history. Good to find one of my parents wedding Ken & Coral Franklin St Mary's Devizes 12 April 1952. I wonder who all the guests were?  Also one of my brother Simon Franklin and my gran Dorothy Franklin which need a bit of repair. Also pic of my uncle Robert Cave in a tin bath*smile*

If you have some old local negatives, prints let me know or if you need a hand in scanning let me know. Cost is £25 hour *smile* This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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26
Nov
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Greetings

chuckchuckI do enjoy making video's for people, companies, charities and no better time or way to promote yourself on the web. Your own TV advert recorded and edit from only £75 from me and cf10ten or a morning teaching you how easy it is to do.

A lot of video editing today and now have a  video studio to do recordings with a green screen.  Basically  you film in front of a screen and replace anything green with video or photos just like on the news.

Did a very quick video yesterday with a few chuck the duck video clips which basically is a person catching and throwing chuck on camera. All stitched together to make a fun video. As its the month of parties I thought why not make a special December episode of chuck leduck so if around give me a shout or invite me to your party. Its going to be a classic.  As you will see in the video met Michael a very talented juggler to start things going.

Talking of video daughter Sal in Brisbane told me of this great mobile app called tango where you can record and sare video clips with familiy no matter where they are in the world. Sal may regret this! *smile* http://www.tango.me/


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22
Nov
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Greetings another busy week with web building , video editing and of course work on the farm project.

I decided on Sunday to do a bit of a walk around the cottage / farm so people can an idea of what it is about and to update on my other project a set of our own prediction cards which are about done but no time to market them yet. So I will be using them during December with a view to publish in the New Year as a fund raiser for the farm as a lot of the cards do have local images on.

It was funny that when I was doing my recording and showing everyone where the deer come to feed a little field mouse popped out for a feed and listen! Even the fact our cat gizmo was next to me did not put the mouse off who happily trotted away knowing his belly was full and his future good.

It was good to have out first meetings with Pete, Sue, Pete, David, Helie, Chris and Chris starting it all off with a name. It was  decided to go for Caen Hill Countryside Centre or CaenhillCC exciting times. Its hoped that other who shown and interest before will come forward to join our group and be a member. *smile*


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20
Nov
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mum-dad-wedding 1952mum-dad-wedding 1952 Greetings well how come its so difficult to write my blog I always say to people to promote yourself / business / charity a blog is the way to go as you are adding new content to your site with metadata. More hits more customers? I always put in easyblog to cf10ten websites. Of course you can sign in with facebook on this site and start your own blog on here for free!

Will try to update more as I can pass on free advice on creative media.

Last Saturday there was an open day at at Mary's Church, Devizes so they could show off the plans for converting the church in a community centre. Great plans and it will be good for concerts, events and weddings as there will be an attached function room, restroom and kitchen. It will still be used as a church but added features. f I fin a link to the plans I will add here.

On reason for my interest was that mum and dad Ken & Coral Franklin (Knee Cave) married here on 12 April 1952 and I was christened as I was born in New Park Street many years ago. So feel attached to the church I hear they may well sell the phews so wil have to see if I can buy one for the farm project in memory of mum and dad.

Apart from the plans there was a tour up the tower I think 106 steps with a chance to see the bell ringers platform, the clock on the way up. It was well worth it and you can see some of the pics below. If you click on the banners up will pop a larger image which you can download to your PC if you wish.

What i do is use my digital camera and take a series of photos with about a third overlap then stitch together using the free version of serif panorama plus. Easy to use and with a bit of practise some great results.

Of course I do training and happy to help where I can on photography ,websites, video, software, tarot and more. I aalways make training fun *smile*  drop me a message if you want some training for yourself, business, family and friends. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Toward Centre of Town - Devizes Castle

 

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05
Oct

October its a special month

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roundway walkroundway walkTime is flying by October already and its a busy and going to be an enjoyable month. The farm is one step closer and pleased to have so many people come forward with offers of help and ideas. It is a community project therefore pleased others will benefit from the project and hopefully starts few new businesses with money making opportunities.

Started the month with a walk great company and views.

Of course its 10 10 Oct soon not only is it Hels birthday (who is over from Egypt) I will be launching the Wisit Whodunit website its basically a fantasy whodunit facebook site where you can login under fictitious details and be who you want and interact with fellow suspects, detectives, victims in a fun way without knowing who is who. Wisit came from my work with fundraising for Wiltshire Crimestoppers in 1993 and my first website online in 1998 a bit before its time but brought together a good team who I am meeting again after all these years. George, Lady Fran, Sophia and Wisitmaster were the nucleus. Its worth joining and its all set in 1912. Oh get asked why Wisit well its a play on words Who isit Where isit What isit When isit I guess you see where I was coming from. As I was running it I became known as the Wisitmaster *smile*

I have brought my tarot reading to the site as make it easier form me to maintain and works in well with my new Wisit cards a 52 prediction pack using my photos and 27 years of experience!

On 13th its my birthday and will be doing a walk from the farm of about 7 miles towards Poulshot > Barge at Seend and back along the Canal it of course starts at 10am or probable 10.10am.. as to age I must be getting towards 100 *smile*

brother simon cousin David and me Chris Franklinbrother simon cousin David and me Chris FranklinOf course what is exciting is that Sal and Nathan is back for two weeks will be great to see them over a year must book some warm weather!

Starting putting together work offers for Christmas around websites, videos, photography, whodunits and tarot. So it you want a web site or some lessons drop me a line I make a good Christmas present always good to have feedback *smile*

ALso please feedback on Franklins good to get contact and wil be sharing photos from the past as well as present

and of course at the end of the month its Halloween.... now that is scary *smile*

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17
Sep

Good service and weddings

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A busy day finally swapped to my new dedicated server a few minors problem but Byron from Webfushion sorted as did Mark from stackideas makes life so much easier when you get good support.  Sometimes I spend too much time chasing people up for support its one of the areas we are strong on at cf10ten Ltd as we always give solutions not problems.. every request is 'no problem' we give service with a *smile*

I have been doing a lot weddings lately which I do in exchange for a donation to the children of watamu charity I support. It allows me to donate my time to the charity and raise some money. Do try to have some fun with my photos. Thanks to Lizzie & Barry and Karen & Paul great people.. great weddings......

paul & karenpaul & karenHappy to do photos for events in exchange for tickets or donation but I can't help everyone photography is my hobby I make my money from my websites and video work.... I do know a lot of good photographers so I can always point you in the right direction.

Asked to give some photos for the Mayors 2013 Devizes calandar always try to help as I know many will help me when the farm project is up and running.. which is getting closer *smile*

As to photos happy for people to share, us my photos for personal, community or charity use and a mention now and again is nice.

Photos are important as they do capture social history as does video just need more hours in the day.. tonight scanning in old negatives for Mr Banks a man with a passion for social history just like me *smile*

 

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27
Aug

The Secret Diary of a Wiltshire new Potato... good girls use protection.

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Well I was just about to start the blog in an entirely different fashion when I received an unexpected knock on my door. Flowers! For me?! Apparently, yes, they are for me *Smile*  Ohh-err indeed and they really are rather lovely. Well what a wonderful surprise for a little potato like me... who are they from you may ask?... you may ask, but should I tell?... (Maybe later.. I do like to keep you all in suspenders from time to time)

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So I’ve had a week of hot potato fun involving *leather, lubricant, and racy behaviour*... oh and a man in uniform (sort of). Sound interesting?...Yes it was thank you ;-)... and no, I haven’t been taking hints from ‘that book’ (chuckles).

My lovely new racing carrot (the motorbike) has proved to be an endless source of fun and entertainment.... I must make a general observational comment at this point; I do find it rather amusing how a lady in leather appears to ‘stir the sauce’ for some members of the human race... but that’s another story, so back to my week...

The main event involved a lovely ride (now don’t even get me started on that pun or I’ll have to start x rating my blogs!) on one of the rather surprisingly sunny evenings we have had. ... surprising as the weather does appear to be rather confused at the moment; tropical fruit one minute and autumnal apples the next (well... I had to get the fruit/veg ref in here somewhere).

So to the ride - a hot potato and some CHiPs set out to ride off into the sunset in search of sustenance    ... a nice veggie dish is what I had in mind but I suspect I would have ended up with meat and two veg (as I said earlier don’t get me started on the puns!) as we were heading to some good old fashioned pub grub...     joyous, wind in the hair riding, unhindered by the traffic, a little *racy* at times (chuckles), when oh no, one of the bikes broke down (a red hot Ducati chilli pepper, in case you are interested in the detail)! Darn those dills and bugger those bananas (general swearing and absolutely no puns intended)!

Being a prepared and ‘protected’ rider (the only one in the group with Radishes And Carrots membership) it was up to me to save the day.

So we spent the next three hours in a lay-by... ... ...

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Can you tell it was a long wait?... ... ... ...

Eventually the cavalry arrived wearing a rather fetching orange *uniform (well I did tempt you by saying there was a uniform involved ;-). The cavalry ruled out a *lubricant issue (see I don’t make it up ;-) but alas the ailing machine had to be towed home. ...  for all of those that are now worried for the health of the chilli pepper, you’ll be pleased to hear that it wasn’t a major breakdown and parts are on order.

So, not quite the food feast I had in mind, and boy was I as hungry as a haricot by the time I got home, but still, the chilli pepper and CHiPs appear to have been thankful for the use of my 'protection'... hence the lovely flowers. *Smile*

Whilst talking about protection, and I do feel I haven’t mentioned the leather enough, I am overjoyed to have finally found a pair of biking trousers that fit – as after all, a good girl must use protection (chuckles).

I’ve spend endless hours trying on leather biking trousers these past few weeks with little success; it seems that the makers of girly biker gear don’t expect us to have a bum or waist! Grrr! But sing the sweet potatoes praises! I’ve finally found some... I’m much relived to be finally properly protected when engaging in my racy past time... ;-)

So on that note I’m off to stick my head out of the window in the hope of a break in the cloudy skies ready for my next racy adventure...

Have a great week folks and just remember -

“Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly”     ... or at least make sure your angel carries the right kind of (breakdown) protection LOL – I’ve never been called an angle before *Smile*

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Aug

I eight my carrot

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I cannot believe how big my carrot has got since pocking its shoot out of the ground it has grown and grown.... the problem is now do I pull it and stop it from growing or should I let it keep on growing.. the trouble is I guess at some point it will go to seed and I know what that is like *smile*  The other question is should I eat it? Can you eat your own carrot? .. have you tired? is it wrong?..... or should I give it to someone else?? and if so who???  so many questions.....8 is my number of connection and it will have to be given to someone who connects with my carrot.. what if I get it wrong and give it to the wrong person??  anyway enough of this worry just let me know if I should give it to you... I am just going to admire my carrot on this sadly damp Saturday but I assume a washed carrot is good.

All a bit crazy and lots if ideas at the moment .. okay every day!.. I have opened my carrot & banana group to all and now allowed in other veg, fruit and dare I say flowers..... its been blooming lovely and now able to send virtual flowers to all my friends.. so please join  http://www.facebook.com/groups/ghomats/

Added a couple of pics below to celebrate the openness...It was good this week to see potatoes, carrots & onions hitting it off and as for the Lady I found in Lacock, which may I add took hedges and hedges.. wow what a bush... not a privet moment but I think she was all yew *smile* You saw it on facebook... of a pic of some flowers just for you and a pic of me in 1965 with my sis on the farm.... not changed a bit have I? Bo I am not the dog nor is my sister.. I see slap coming my way *smile*

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What happen this week e-mail messages from Mr Banks..... won a driving experience at Castle Coombe.... Got my proofs prediction cards from China in 2 days can't believe it.. moved 50 websites to new server... taken wisit whodunits to a new level.. created 8 wisit profiles on facebook... the magic number.. but looking for people to take them on for me! Helped launched a new shop  in Devizes called push.. went to Lacock at War.. thanks Gary.. met with Karl to sort out new  10-10 bike club or should that be 8-8? .. and lots more but most of all  pleased I have spent time with you and hopefully see you at the Devizes street festival on Sunday (Green) Monday (Market Place)

Have a great bank holiday weekend and don't forget you are what you 8!

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19
Aug

Oh Oh a carrot seven

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I cannot believe how my oh so little carrot has grown since popping its head out. I guess once it was out in daylight its courage swelled and the sun did its work. I do not think anything  is now going to stop our 007 carrot reaching its full size.  It may seem strange but I now have developed a bond with our 007 carrot I guess M is the word....  Looking at its shape it could have a license to thrill though we will have to wait for its training.  You don't get anywhere without good training, mentoring........

Not sure how you train a carrot but I am sure there is a manual and if you google you are sure to find something. I did google and found the Great Carrot Train Robbery.. link at bottom of this page  *smile*

A lot of things rhyme with seven but at the moment no time to right about Devon but I bet many of you have been there?

 The first command to teach to a carrot is stay I have tried this on a carrot recently. I placed my carrot on a table and its not moved for a week!! It has withered a bit but I can understand that as I am sure many of us have been there... Hopefully my carrot will of course reach this standard.

Other news this week is I have opened the secret banana's & carrots facebook group up and extended to other vegetable, fruit and flowers its so exciting to see the group grow.. fruit salad, stew and bouquets are all in order. So please join us > http://www.facebook.com/groups/ghomats/ together we will make a good crop which I think is a separate blog entry....

Going back to google I  typed in by accident ' secret diary wiltshire' and wow was impressed with what I found I never know this was going on in Wiltshire and it seems that the life of a certain potato is not only below ground its seems a lot is going on top ... I think I may convert this to an e-book.. I am sure a movie is on its way... talking of things on its way Wisit Whodunits will be going strong and by September wil life for all to see. It will be fun and you can of course can  play detective...  all we need is a secret agent... hmm...  I know 00 Carrot *smile*

Check out Wisit Whodunits here > http://www.facebook.com/wisitwhodunits

Have a great week and I hope others will see their life through vegetables, fruits and flowers....  how clever Mr C loads more key words google will love this *smile*

.... better go tend to my carrot as its needs some watering.. maybe time for a sweet pea *smile*

 
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