Weaver Bird

weaver bird close up

It’s been a while since I posted here, or so it seems. So here is a weaver bird hanging in the nest it is building. Tamara and I watched weaver birds when we were in South Africa in September.

One thing I kept thinking was that the birds never seemed to step back and say ‘Right, it’s finished.’

Rather, they keep twisting, tying, adding and tweaking endlessly.

Here’s the full frame of the close-up above.


Do Not Adjust Your Set

TV set with distorted test card

Made in Photoshop

Image made in Photoshop. Because I upgraded to OS Catalina, and it does not support 32bit files, I am now using the subscription model of Photoshop. A pretty seamless transition, and Photoshop is nice to work with, as is Lightroom.

I have Affinity Photo, but I am not that impressed with it: It is not a Photoshop replacement and it doesn’t handle text very well. I will plug away at it when I have time to see what I may be doing wrong or missing.

I also have Capture One Pro 20 and that is a superb RAW converter.


Hartebeest and Young

The Red hartebeest was a long way off, so this is a crop from the full frame, and the quality has suffered. Still, I am putting it up because the young one looks so sweet.

I wrote about Red hartebeest in an article on my travel site at, if you want to take a look.


Themes For WP.Com

While looking at a site on I noticed something.

The VARIA theme is the basis for a number of child themes made by the WordPress team.

If you perhaps want to use one of the child themes on a self-hosted site, then you can download it from but you also need to download the Varia theme (and activate that first) before you try to activate the child theme.

Here is the list of child themes that spin off of Varia

  • Alves
  • Balasana
  • Barnsbury
  • Brompton
  • Coutoire
  • Dalston
  • Exford
  • Hever
  • Leven
  • Mayland
  • Maywood
  • Morden
  • Redhill
  • Rivington
  • Rockfield
  • Shawburn
  • Stow
  • Stratford


Carolina Wood Duck

Carolina Wood Duck

Photographed at WWT Arundel, a couple of months ago.


Safari Issue With Draft Post Preview

I reported this issue to the Happiness Engineers yesterday

I am getting the recurrence of an issue I had months ago – maybe a year ago. This is the issue: I am in WP Admin, creating a new post. I save it as a draft, and then hit Preview. It says ‘post not found’. The way the issue was resolved last time around was that I would refresh the ‘post not found’ page and if would then find the draft post. It is no longer doing that. When I refresh, it still says ‘post not found’.

The only way to see the Preview of the draft is for me to come out of the post and then hit ‘Preview’ for that post in the list of posts.

This is the URL that keeps saying post not found photographworks dot me/?p=12442

And this is the URL that does display the draft post photographworks dot wordpress dot com/?p=12442&preview=true

Happiness Engineer:
Hmm, this seems to be working fine for me. I wonder if it’s a browser issue this time. Which browser do you use?

Safari. So are you seeing the draft even when you use photographworks dot me/?p=12442

Happiness Engineer:
Yep, using both options. I know Safari had a very recent update that’s causing some issues, and our developers are still trying to provide a workaround. Are you able to test another browser and see if they both work or not there?

Yes, I can do it. In firefox, when I am in the post and I click Preview, it goes to photographworks dot me/?p=12442&preview=true. So yes, it looks like it’s a browser issue. Good sleuthing

Happiness Engineer
😉 Well, glad that at least works. We have found in general that Chrome and Firefox tend to be more compatible with lots of things compared to Safari.

If it is a known issue and being worked on, I can put up with it while a fix is put in.

Happiness Engineer


So it is still happening this morning, and it occurred to me that perhaps I could add ‘&preview=true’ and force it to reload and display the draft post. But it didn’t work and it is still showing page not found.

So then I thought perhaps if I changed the URL to photograph works dot wordpress dot com and then added &preview=true – And that works and I can see the Preview of the draft.