Photo an Hour #43 ~ February 2017

I’m not going to start this post bemoaning the fact that I am never up to date with anything – it just gets boring!

February’s Photo an Hour took place on Saturday the 18th, a day on which I had no real plans. This is often the way with a Saturday; they just end up involving pottering around and spending too much money.

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8am | Reading in bed. The best days start like this.
9am | My huge mug filled with tea.

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10am | Saturday mornings are invariably soundtracked by these two. (Some time I’m going to count up how many times they’ve appeared in my Photo an Hour posts!)
11am | Off out wearing a scarf my friend V bought me for my birthday (it’s a map of Manhattan). I look very orange in the photo, but my make-up tastes don’t lie that way, so I think it was a trick of the light.

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12pm | A vegan burger in a cafe in Sudbury called Kind Cuisine.
1pm | Charity shopping; Sudbury has some good ones.

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2pm | Heading home, and marvelling at the blue skies and sunshine that have since taken over our weather in recent weeks.
3pm | Home from the shops and admiring my bargain of a dress that went on to be worn at my friend’s wedding. £10 for a Billie and Blossom dress in Dorothy Perkins was very welcome.

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4pm | Reading again, with athletics on in the background.
5pm | My friend Hannah was dog-sitting on this weekend, so she went and picked up Scooby and brought her back to ours for the evening.

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6pm | The sunshine and blue skies hadn’t translated to a warm house, so the fire was on and crappy Saturday night television was being watched.
7pm | Neapolitan ice cream – sophisticated? No. Tasty? But of course.

And that’s where I finished off. A fairly short (and not very interesting) Photo an Hour day in the end!

As ever, one of the joys of a Photo an Hour day is the company we keep – there’s now a sizable group of us who join in together on Instagram and Twitter and through blogs after the event (though not usually this long after). If you’d like to join in with the next one, we’ll be playing again on Saturday 22nd April. I send out a quick email reminder a couple of days in advance (when I remember), you can sign up for that here or via the form on the right hand side of this page.`

Photo an Hour #42 ~ January 2017

The unthinkable has happened. I have got up to date with Photo an Hour! The February date is set for this coming Saturday, and this is January’s round-up! Who can believe it? Now let’s see how long it takes me to get behind again…

January’s day was Sunday 29th; Louisa chose a Sunday for a change as it was her little one’s first birthday. I had no great plans – I started the day at my best friend’s Anna’s house, having stayed over the night before, and then came home and did nothing. Prepare yourself for some scintillating photos!

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8am – Breakfast at the Divalls.

9am – Searching for something to take a photo of, I chanced upon these lovely canisters in Anna’s kitchen.

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10am ~ On the road; Anna and Rob dropped me home before going swimming. This interesting view is the A130

11am ~ One of the best things about being away overnight is getting home to discover what the postman has brought you. On this particular day, it was a book that I’d bought from Amazon, to try and help me with meal planning, something at which I am terrible.

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12pm ~ Getting home early-ish after staying out all night is always good, particularly on a Sunday, because it means you have a whole day ahead of you. I had a whole day of doing nothing planned! But first, to the shop, to buy food to accompany my laziness.

1pm ~ I have sort of decided to start watching Neighbours again. Except that since this day, when I watched a few, I haven’t done very well at keeping up. And as it’s on every day, this is a problem.

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4pm ~ At this point I had just woken up from a rather long nap! Tea, a blanket, and some blogging. I genuinely can’t think of many better ways to spend a cold Sunday afternoon.

5pm ~ More blogging – trying to get up to date with my end of  month posts, which went rather well for a change as they all happened at the right time, rather than in the middle of the month!

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6pm ~ Incredibly, I was still writing blog posts. I must have been in a productive frame of mind, something that doesn’t happen too often. I was watching The Voice from the night before as well. Because I genuinely love the blind auditions so much.

7pm ~ Oh look. It’s a photo of me uploading my photo an hour photos from the previous month, in a blog post about photo an hour. I think this post just swallowed itself whole.


8pm ~ Because I’m stupid, I took a photo at 8 o’clock, instead of just leaving it, and now here we are with another odd number of photos. It was obviously too interesting not to take a photo of… Or not. I was looking at the Radio Times. I subscribe to it, so it comes through my door. I know that everyone thinks that TV listings magazines are redundant in this day and age, but I’m willing to explain, in detail, all the reasons why that’s wrong. If you’re interested.

So that’s that. Can you believe that I am actually up to date? Now my plan is to have a round-up of each month up within a week of the actual day, and I should actually be able to do a proper round-up, and include links to the people who play!

February’s Photo an Hour day is this weekend – Saturday 18th February. If you’d like a reminder as to when it will be taking place, please leave your email address here, and I’ll send you a reminder a couple of days in advance.

Photo an Hour #41 ~ December 2016

December’s Photo an Hour fell on one of those days (as Photo an Hours often seem to) when I was doing nothing. Last year’s December was odd for me in that I had a couple of entire weekends where I didn’t have any plans; usually the weeks leading up to Christmas fill up really quickly and I end the month feeling totally overwhelmed and needing to spend a week on my own to recover. But luckily that wasn’t the case this year, and this was one of those days where I had a festive day doing not a lot at all.

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8am | Waking up and reading is my favourite way to start the day, particularly in the winter! At this point I was reading a book I’d bought from eBay called Zoey Fools Around, the first in a YA series I read when I was a teenager. I want to reread the whole series so I’m in the process of trying to find them all.

9am | My friend Anna made an advent jar for the four of us in our group; she put challenges and festive ideas into it for us to open each day. I cannot remember what day 17 was!

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10am | Doing some wrapping to get some last minute gifts sent. I hate wrapping. I’m rubbish at it!

12pm | I had a phone issue at 11 while I was in the village, so missed an hour – by noon I was back at home, listening to a typically cheesy Christmas playlist while Hannah and I cleaned the kitchen.

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1pm | For basically all of my life, Saturdays have been library day. I don’t go every single week, but it always feels like a proper weekend when I do. These are the books that I grabbed on this particular Saturday.

2pm | Settled in front of the television, watching Hustle, and trying to resist the urge to eat an entire packet of biscuits. I’m fairly sure I resisted.

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3pm | Still in front of the television – didn’t I say it was a lazy day? – with a terrible Channel 5 Christmas film on. It’s called Love Always, Santa, and it’s awful, but Christmas isn’t Christmas without at least one terrible Hallmark movie.

4pm | It’s hard to be inventive when you don’t move for an entire afternoon, but the Christmas tree is pretty, so I shared a photo of that.

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5pm | Christmas truly isn’t Christmas without watching the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special.

6pm | Time for dinner.

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7pm | Last photo of the day, and unfortunately I obviously didn’t realise I was on an odd number! It was the live final of Strictly, and it was a total disappointment for me, because I did not want Ore and Joanne to win. Even though I knew they were going to.

January’s Photo an Hour took place this weekend, so my round up will be up soon, and February’s will take place on a date soon to be decided. If you’d like a reminder as to when it will be taking place, please leave your email address here, and I’ll send you a reminder a couple of days in advance.


Photo an Hour #40 ~ November 2016

You see how organised I can be sometimes? I’m catching up with November’s Photo an Hour already! I just have December’s to go after this!

November’s date fell on Saturday 19th, when I had made plans to meet my sister for lunch.

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8am ~ Awake fairly early, reading in bed. i loved this book, one that I picked up at the library on a whim (I wrote a full review here).

9am ~ I bought a waterproof bluetooth speaker for the shower, and it’s proving very handy!

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10am ~ Getting myself ready to head into town to meet Kim.

11am ~ On the bus. (Thriling morning so far!)

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12pm ~ I cannot deny that I am one of those people who gets drawn into the hype of wanting a Christmas cup from coffee shops. I try not to be that person, but I just am. And these cups are pretty, and the toasted marshmallow hot chocolate tastes good.

1pm ~ After a quick look around the shops, Kim and I went into the Slug and Lettuce for some lunch.

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2pm ~ After lunch we did some more shopping, and these glasses in Fenwicks caught my eye.

3pm ~ There’s only so much shopping you can do in Colchester, so we headed into a cafe for a cup of tea, and sat there for a couple of hours chatting.

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5pm ~ I missed the 4 o’clock photo because of the aforementioned chatting, so I took the next one when I was getting ready to head home on the bus.

6pm ~ Checking out my purchases – I picked up a couple of tops in H&M; the checked shirt was for my Luke Danes costume for our Gilmore Girls party, and the stripy top is one of my current faves. Also, I don’t tend to buy DVDs anymore, especially new ones, but the likes of Meet Me in St Louis and Calamity Jane are never, ever on such things as Netflix, so I want to have them on hand to watch if the mood takes me. Of course Calamity Jane was on the television a mere week or so after I bought it.

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7pm ~ Back home, and the fire is on, because of course it is.

8pm ~ Jen came round for the evening to watch some Fast and Furious films, which I joined in with because I can’t deny enjoying them, especially the later ones.

I haven’t done a round up of people who joined in for ages, as I am usually so far behind that it’s not very easy! But as this is only a month ago, I’m able to do it!

I think I got everyone, but if you remember taking part in November’s Photo an Hour and would like me to add you to the list, just leave me a comment!

December’s Photo an Hour took place this weekend, so I’ll be rounding up those photos in a post soon, and January’s will take place on a date soon to be decided. If you’d like a reminder as to when it will be taking place, please leave your email address here, and I’ll send you a reminder a couple of days in advance.

Photo an Hour #39 ~ October 2016

Remember my plan to get all up to date with Photo an Hour? Well that didn’t happen. We’ve reached another Photo an Hour date (tomorrow), and I’m still behind. Maybe I should stop making such bold claims…

October’s Photo an Hour fell on 29th October, right at the end of the busiest month of my life (I’ve gone on about this a fair amount), and it happened to be the day after the last of the social engagements that had made the month so busy.

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10am ~ A fairly late start, as it was the morning after a night out! I had some tummy time with this little one, my great-niece who I love so much. Look at that bottom lip!

11am ~ Time for some breakfast with my niece – it was her wedding party that I was at the night before, as they’d been married in Spain and wanted to celebrate with the people who hadn’t been able to get there.

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12pm ~ I headed to the shops with my sister, who either used dropping me home as an excuse to go to the shops, or used going to the shops as an excuse to drop me home. Either way, I was very grateful to her and my brother-in-law, as I got a lift home, and I got to spend the day with them.

1pm ~ Shopping! This was full of birthday presents for a lovely friend of mine.

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2pm ~ Still shopping, and way back at the end of October, it was a bit more of a novelty to find the Christmas bits in the shops. Now we’re a week away from the big day and it’s everywhere. Everywhere I tell you.

3pm ~ Just checking out the book post I’d received earlier that day – I am yet to read this one though it’s on my very, very long to-read list.

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4pm ~ Home from the shops by this point, but out again because I’m constantly walking to the co-op in the village. And wearing my lovely new wrap that I’d bought earlier in the day which gave me all the autumnal vibes.

5pm ~ Out again (I think we’d been home and back out to the village again), for the fireworks. The fact that there was a fireworks display on the 29th October was odd, because the following Saturday was actually the 5th November, so no real need for an early display. But there you have it, we sat on bench outside the school, and at 5pm we were still waiting, so I took this photo (that I later forgot to upload onto Instagram!).

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6pm ~ I’m usually dead against photos of fireworks (honestly, what’s the point in pointing your camera at the sky for the entirety of the display – you’re never going to look at the resulting photos/videos ever again!), but I’m willing to be a hypocrite on occasion. I liked the way the lit up sky looked against the dark trees.

7pm ~ Back home, with the fire on, and the Halloween Strictly on the telly. How long ago does this feel – it’s the final tomorrow night!

So that’s October! It all feels a long time ago now, but then so does November’s Photo an Hour! If you want to join in with December, it’s taking place tomorrow, and it’s easy to join in! Just take a photo every hour, and either upload them using #photoanhour, or gather them together and add them to a post (or do both!).

You can find more details here, or you can add your email to this form and I’ll endeavour to send you a reminder a couple of days in advance (of January’s date!).