Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Thank You …… Lost Photos ….. And Other Developments ….

What a to do!  Thank you sooooooooo much for all your help and advice and e-mails re: my lost photos!!
I shall attempt to explain the problem ….. I use Livewriter to create a blog post because it is much easier to manipulate pictures and text than Blogger.  When a post is complete I then send it “magically” to either one of my blogs to said Blogger, where, more or  less all I need to do is schedule a date for the post to be published.
But connected to the Livewriter programme is Picasa where all the pictures I have used are stored.  I don’t often look at Picasa, and goodness knows what made me look on Sunday, but when I saw I had albums containing 1000’s of old pictures I decided to have a “clean up” ….. not realising how everything was intrinsically linked! Not “only” did I delete two albums into the Trash Can, but despite the warning I also then went on to empty the Trash Can and that is when they all disappeared for good!!!!
I have never backed up my blog pictures ….. there are so many, once a story or project is over I don’t really need them, and like I said there were/are thousands of them after 5 years of writing two blogs.
I think I can salvage “Mums Monkey” in time, from what I can see I have lost six months of photos …… I can do this by retrieving the blog posts one at a time from Blogger, because, goodness knows why/how, the pictures, though they don’t appear in Blogger in any shape or form, still exist in Livewriter when retrieved, if that makes sense.  So by copying the pictures and then saving them again as a jpeg I can reinsert them back into the post …. and as before, return it to Blogger, talk about a Fiddle Fart!  However, I am a little mystified by the fact that few odd pictures remain, but never mind.
As I said, I think I may be able to do this very slowly for “The Boys”, but I think too much has been lost with Fiddle Fart ……. when I looked yesterday, there are pages and pages and pages without pictures …….. and that is my conundrum …… I think the days of Fiddle Fart were drawing nigh …. I craft so little these days …… and life, once more, if changing big time for me ….. not only do I have the most wonderful baby granddaughter Iris Amelia Geddes, who arrived on 20th June, and will be taking up an awful lot of weekends from now on ……….
BUT, redundancy has reared it’s ugly head at the school where I work, and I have “opted” to take voluntary redundancy ….. although with less than three weeks left before the end of term this has yet to be confirmed!  My old job no longer fits the new structure, and although there were jobs that were “ring fenced”, without going into too much detail, most jobs have been down graded, hours cut and responsibilities added to …….. so I have decided, foolishly or otherwise, to jump ship and not apply for any of the new positions. 
I have rambled on enough for one day  …… but I have more to add, so I will “divulge” again tomorrow


Ali said...

I am a complete technophobe so I'm afraid I cant help re the pictures but sending you hugs regarding your job - to be honest it sounds like you are doing the right thing, and as you say you dont need anymore stress in your life after the two years, but new beginnings - you have Iris and who knows what else could happen xxx

tilly said...

I wish you the best of good luck and happiness in wherever life takes you from here.....I have loved all your projects, tips and reviews and we feel we know you through your fab blog..... life changes and we must all move with it... I hope you find a job you enjoy with enough time off to go to London and Meet up with the lovely Marc. All blessed with the sweet baby Iris !!
Tilly x

Is it just me or....? said...

Hi Helen,

If you look on http://archive.org/web/ and type in your blog web address, snapshots of archived pages will come up, you may be able to retrieve photos from there!

Silvia said...

I can't begin to imagine what all you have been going through!! Baby Iris will be such a precious blessing for you and you for her. I send you my heartfelt gratitude for all you have so generously shared, not only your craft and your art but your life. You are truly a special person.

Cheryl W said...

I wish you all the best as you seek a new path for your work life. Also, congratulations on your new granddaughter Iris. Love the name! I can just see the crafting fun that will happen with her about 3 years from now.

YorkshireKaren said...

Oh Helen, I do hope this is the start of a lovely new life for you. I'm sure you will manage, and soon wonder how you managed to fit work into your busy life! Good luck with everything, and wishing you lots and lots of happy days ahead xx