We got four more rows or sugarcane planted this last week, and that’s IT for planting this year!
Except for perhaps a cane or two more that we forgot to plant. We have bits and pieces of sugarcane all over the place.
This bed is alongside our driveway. The soil is wonderful, and I think it will do excellently when it pops up in spring.
A few days ago I finally, at long, long last, broke down and bought the 24-105mm L lens for my Canon R6. It’s hard for me to spend that much on a lens, but it was worth it. It’s really a business expense, since my YouTube channel is now huge.
Fortunately the lens looks truly amazing. We went to a Christmas parade on Saturday night and I took the camera with us as a test to see how it performed.
The autofocus is incredible, the zoom range is quite good, the clarity is startling and everything I shot looked colorful and cinematic. We’re looking forward to giving it a good video test. The extra zoom range and reliable autofocus will help Rachel immensely.
Along with that lens, I also bought a new (and much less expensive) 100-400mm telephoto lens for shooting better nature photography, as well as B-roll for my videos.
I used it to take this picture of a white heron that visited our pond on Saturday afternoon:
I don’t just want our videos to be “decent,” I want them to be truly excellent.
On Saturday we spent most of the day working on our big, ugly outbuilding.
A ton of junk was left in there from ages of use before we arrived, so bit by bit we’re sorting, giving away, burning, recycling and selling what we find. So far we’ve gathered almost THREE five-gallon buckets of screws, bolts, nuts and nails from the floor and shelves and various containers strewn about the place. we’ve also found dozens of hand tools, lots of random car junk (including a full bag of chrome lug nuts), odd pieces of metal and wood and more. Most of it has very little value, but some bits and pieces will be useful for future building projects.
On Sunday we attended St. Andrew’s Eastern Orthodox Church in Pensacola.
Over the years we have been rather dissatisfied with the Protestant church at large, so Rachel and I have been researching the original church. This was the first time we’ve attended any Orthodox congregation, and it was truly a beautiful service. Who knows… maybe we’ll end up in the Byzantine faith.
Today, though, I’m working on finishing up a video on sugarcane, which will cover the bed we just planted. This will be the LAST video on sugarcane.
I also hope to shoot some pictures in the garden. The Grocery Row Gardens are covered with beautiful winter weeds right now and look truly lovely.
This year is coming to an end so quickly. I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas season.