Photo an Hour #54 ~ January 2018

Unbelievably, I am now a full year behind on my Photo an Hour posts. But there’s something quite nice about revisiting a random day from last year, so I’m not entirely sorry.

January 2018’s Photo an Hour day saw me in London visiting the History of Magic exhibition at the British Library. For some reason I decided that I wanted to post my photos in my stories instead of on my grid on Instagram, so they aren’t the best photos in the world!

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11am ~ Getting on the tube at Liverpool Street. It was a super rainy day, but of course, I had left far too early, and so had hours before my slot at the exhibition!

12pm ~ So I spent a good amount of time wandering around Bloomsbury, taking lots of photos of blue plaques, and having a look in bookshops. I assume that this building is a part of the British Library, but who knows?

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1pm ~ On my way into the exhibition, where you weren’t allowed to take photos, so I had to take a photo of this at the entrance.

3pm ~ A couple of hours later, I headed back out into the rain to seek out more blue plaques, and head to Persephone Books. I love their books, though I have to say that I found the shop itself a little intimidating (small, and not that warm a welcome by the member of staff working on that particular day), and because I always have too many books to read, I came away empty-handed.

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4pm ~ Back on the train and reading a book that does not even come close to comparing to even the worst book in Persephone.

5pm ~ Back in the car with Hannah, and on the way home, no doubt to sit by the fire and thaw out!

 

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We’ve gone an arranged the whole year, so if you’re looking to join in at some point, these are the days on which we’ll be playing! On the day, just upload a photo every hour and hashtag it with #photoanhour so we can all be nosy and take a look!

Photo an Hour #53 ~ December 2017

Looking back at my photos from December’s Photo an Hour has made me feel lovely and Christmassy! It also makes me realise just how rubbish I am at updating my blog with Photo an Hour posts. Though there’s a huge part of me that wants to just give up and start again, there’s a bigger part that wants to complete them, so I’m powering through!

As it turns out, I failed a little on the Photo an Hour front in December – I only managed six photos throughout the whole day!

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9.30am – Wrapping up some presents for a quick family visit to deliver some Christmas joy!

10.30am – Whenever I’m near a clock at a Photo an Hour time, I feel the need to photograph it!

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11.30am – Struggling to find anything to photograph, so I snapped this faux-old shopfront.

1.30pm – Some missing hours, because it’s hard to take photos on the hour when you’re with people! This was the day that I played Uno for about 3 hours with three little girls, one of whom didn’t really know the rules!

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4.30pm ~ Waiting for a lift home, and realising that I had missed a fair few hours of this game!

6.30pm ~ Is there anything more autumnal/wintery/Christmassy than the Strictly Come Dancing final? I was Team Joe, at the time, and he did win, though since then I’ve realised that I should have been Team Gemma.

And that was that – I always struggle with photos when I’m out and about, because I just don’t keep track of the time very well! Especially when I’m locked into one-after-the-other games of Uno that don’t feel like they are ever going to stop…

In case you’d like to play next time around, September’s day is set for 22nd September. It’s really easy to join in, just take a photo each hour and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag, or save them for a blog post. Once I’m up to date, I’ll start rounding up who joins in on a monthly basis.

We’ve also decided to set the dates for the rest of the year, to give people a chance to put the dates in their diaries so they can join in.

  • 27th October
  • 17th November
  • 15th December

If you want to sign up for a reminder email, you can do so here, and I’ll endeavour to remember to send it!

Photo an Hour #52 ~ November 2017

Between the October and November Photo an Hour days, I had turned 35, been to Disneyland Paris, and fractured my wrist. By this day, it had been a week, and I still had the big cumbersome plaster on, and I was still feeling pretty silly.

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8am ~ This Photo an Hour day started with reading in bed, as they so often do. The Disneyland Paris postcard is in the shot because I’d just got back the night before, and the card had been in my iPad to stay flat. Also, it makes the photo slightly more interesting.

10am ~ A quick stop at the library to pick up some reservations, before hitting the road for a journey to North Lincolnshire. I read Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, but didn’t get around to reading A Boy Called Christmas.

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11am ~ In the car, on the A1M. Is any Photo an Hour collection complete without a wing mirror shot?

2pm ~ There are only so many wing mirror shots you can take and upload without being considered a boring Instagrammer, so I refrained until we got out of the car. This badge was a brand new purchase from Disneyland, and I love it.

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4pm ~ Another missing hour, but by 4 o’clock we were at Tesco looking at alcohol, and I took a photo of me and Hannah in the security mirror. You can just about see my plaster cast in this photo, or at least you can see that I only had my jacket on one arm.

6pm ~ Hannah’s mum’s dog, Pops, who likes to have a ball thrown for him, so he can chase it. He’s absolutely relentless; once you start, you can’t stop, so it’s easier not to start, but this is him waiting patiently for it to be thrown.

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6pm ~ Admiring a mini pair of DM boots.

7pm ~ A rare Photo an Hour selfie, but I really liked my hair. I got used to wearing it curly for the six weeks while my wrist was in plaster, as I couldn’t use my straighteners. I have since had it all cut off, and almost instantly regretted it, so I’m waiting for it to get to this length again (it’s going to be a while!).

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8pm ~ A photo of a photo, and though the background suggests otherwise, this was an engagement party rather than a birthday party.

9pm ~ Proof!

In case you’d like to play next time around, September’s day is set for 22nd September. It’s really easy to join in, just take a photo each hour and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag, or save them for a blog post. Once I’m up to date, I’ll start rounding up who joins in, but in the meantime, Louisa at Duck in a Dress is a lot more organised than me, and actually does the round up post!

We’ve also decided to set the dates for the rest of the year, to give people a chance to put the dates in their diaries so they can join in.

  • 27th October
  • 17th November
  • 15th December

If you want to sign up for a reminder email, you can do so here, and I’ll endeavour to remember to send it!

Photo an Hour #51 ~ October 2017

I feel like I’m on a bit of a roll now with getting up to date with Photo an Hour, though obviously these are famous last words. Last October’s Photo an Hour saw me in Bedford, seeing my brother and his family for my niece’s birthday. I really like the photos from this day!

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8am ~ I slept in my nephew’s bed, and woke up to realise Superman had been keeping watch over me while I slept.

9am ~ Admiring Molly’s amazing autumnal dress.

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11am ~ After a stop for breakfast which I failed to photograph, Molly and I headed into town for some birthday shopping. It’s so spending time with my nieces and nephews and watching them grow up; they are so cute as babies but I really cherish the relationship I get to have with them as they get older and develop their personalities. My grown up nieces and nephews are amongst my very favourite people in all the world.

1pm ~ Shopping is tough work, and I missed a few photos! Mollly was deliberating over whether or not to buy this keyring, so she asked me to attach it to her bag and take a photo so she could make a decision. She decided against it in the end.

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2pm ~ As Molly and I have birthdays that are six days apart, in return for me taking her shopping, she wanted to take me for coffee, so we had a pitstop in Costa.

4pm ~ Another missed hour, but by four o’clock we were back at my brother’s house and Harry, my nephew, was playing with his cars.

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5pm ~ A quick stop at the park before I had to go and get my train, and Harry displayed his extraordinary climbing, swinging, and general monkey-like skills. Seriously, this boy is fearless.

6pm ~ Waiting for my train. How odd, as I write this at 9pm on a sunny summer evening, to imagine that it was this dark at 6pm in the evening. Aren’t seasons funny?

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7pm ~ St Pancras – halfway home! And that’s where the photos stop; no doubt my battery was very much dead by this point in the day!

And because I took an uneven number of photos, please enjoy this one, that my sister-in-law took of me and the children, playing with leaves in the park. There’s a few that she took that I absolutely love; these children are beautiful and very photogenic!

In case you’d like to play next time around, June’s day is set for 28th July. It’s really easy to join in, just take a photo each hour and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag, or save them for a blog post. Once I’m up to date, I’ll start rounding up who joins in, but in the meantime, Louisa at Duck in a Dress is a lot more organised than me, and actually does the round up post!