Between Two Minds

Bilingualism

Bilingualism describes the earlier years of my family life – indeed, ‘bilingualism’ meant nothing at all to us as children… we simply spoke as our parents talked! Nowadays, I’m both parent and grandparent, while being aware that my youth’s world was entirely different from our grandchildren’s present world! My opening begins with the word ‘Bilingualism‘ – however, for me, the phrase “being between two minds” has much, much more than the metaphorical meaning… writing thoughts rather than ‘minds feels reasonable too! Perhaps, a monoglot person cannot easily relate to someone using or speaking more than one language?

Most of my reading and writing was via this adopted language – Beurla/English (language) – which I learned to read and write in – (an element of being “Mainlandified“ as some might put it? 😉) Ironically, while my Primary Schooling was conducted in a semi-foreign language, it eventually became my main language… coincidentally, my first opportunity for official Gaelic tuition was in Oban High school – that was absolutely ineffectual and quite bemusing! That tuition system was really faulty! Anyway, felt that I was at fault… instead of the teaching’s inadequacies; but that’s another long story!

My last job before my retirement involved me in being one form of a teacher: I was a professional Driving Instructor, a Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor (DSA ADI), or ‘ADI’, as we called ourselves… it even sounds neater. I didn’t leave that profession – IT actually left me, via a traffic accident that annihilated the car and the business – but thankfully, no one was harmed, bar my bruising and scratches, etcetera! My employment and lifestyle were absolutely changed in an instance… yet I’m happy to say that life’s very good, if not better than ever?!

Ewen A. Morrison

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Ewenart’s Photos ~

Below is an example of of File details for this photograph:

IMG-5556 (4); 11 April 2021; Size 1.3 MG; Shot 1/60 SEC.; f/10 ISO 800 (W.I.P.)

As a non-professional photographer – an enthusiastic one – I don’t usually need many of the details shown above; modern digital cameras are mostly computerised cameras, thank goodness for smartphones and cameras!

When a hobby’s for relaxation, why ponder potentially stress-inducing rules and regulations? With relaxation in mind, I hope that you’ll enjoy these photos as I enjoy sharing them?!

My main camera is a Canon EOS 1000D, and along with its two main lenses, they are regular luggage while travelling; but not so much in recent times… in fact, I’ve been an enthusiastic photographer since my early teens, and coincidentally, I’ve got photographs which were taken when I was about six or seven years of age; and although most of these older photos were kept in our family’s photograph album, a number had been taken by neighbourhood friends and a few of them by one of my father’s workmates, especially by Mr Jock O’Kane… whose daughter, Cathie, who’s now one of my ‘Online’ contacts

This fact actually feels as if it’s science-fiction, becoming science-fact which is too great to be expressed or described in a few words; anyway, I’m hoping to create an online form of an illustrated essay-like journal within this hesitantly evolving ‘ ewenart.studio’- as Ewenart’site ~ the occasional photograph along with few camera specifications/details etc. Because my photography’s seldom a planned process, seems to be more off-beat than it might be; after all, the enjoyment and/or pleasure of a photograph doesn’t always need knowledge of shutter speed, f/

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