Helen at "Helsie's Happenings" sowed a seed in my brain and this has now come to fruition. Yesterday morning my first ever "photobook" arrived - containing over two hundred and fifty pictures of The Peak District National Park. I am delighted with it. It is hard-backed and the quality of photo reproduction is excellent.
It was all designed at home using this site: lidl-photos.co.uk. When the A4 book design was finished, I typed in this code - lidlboks913 - in order to benefit from a 30% discount. Then I clicked the "Send" button and waited five days for the hard copy to arrive. Now, even if our computer explodes, I know I will always have my lovely photobook. Soon I shall set myself a follow-up task - to produce a second photobook called "Foreign Parts" in which I will marshall digital photos from various travels abroad.
The thing about digital pictures is that they mainly sit in your camera or on the hard disk of our computers. We are losing touch with that nice old habit of rifling through old snapshots or sharing photo albums with family and friends. The photobook can fill that gap. Shop around for different introductory offers. The Lidl discount opportunity may be used only once - but there are many other organisations that offer the same service. Thank you Helen for pointing me this way.
(Staircase fall update: I still have an aching back and bending down remains rather uncomfortable but fingers crossed my body is mending itself. I will just have to wait and see if there's a longterm back-ache legacy)