Photo an Hour #47 ~ June 2017

Last June’s Photo an Hour day fell on the 18th, a day when I was travelling back to my home town to stay at my sister’s house. We’ve had nine Photos-an-Hour since then, so it seems mildly ridiculous to both to round it up now, but I’m going to.

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9am ~ Starting things off in the most interesting way possible, with a photo of my washing. I miss being able to hang things on the line – I need warmer weather!

10am ~ The Instagram caption on this was ‘Shopping for gifts’, and I couldn’t remember who I was shopping for, given that I am always giving people presents months after their actual birthday. But it turns out that this was actually for my nephew who’d had a birthday a mere 12 days earlier.

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11am ~ On the bus. Instagram leads me to believe that it was a very hot day.

1pm ~ Choosing a sandwich and lamenting the lack of options without tomatoes.

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2pm ~ Shopping with my sister and brother-in-law. Or watching them shop. There’s something about the time that I spend with them that always makes me feel like a child, and I don’t know why really. Sarah is only fourteen years older than me, but I just think I’ve known them both as parents for so long, that they often feel parental to me, especially when we are out

4pm ~ Sitting in my sister’s garden; while she enjoys the sun, I have to sit under a parasol otherwise I’m a lobster within minutes.

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5pm ~ My nephew got home from work and stripped down to his underwear immediately.

6pm ~ I popped to see my great-niece and watched her making her granddad read her a story.

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7pm ~ Salad for dinner, because cooking in that heat (or expecting someone else to do it) is just unnecessary.

And that’s another Photo an Hour day rounded up!  I don’t know how I get so behind, it really doesn’t take very long, and I do so love looking back on them. In case you’d like to play next time around, March day is set for Saturday 24th March. 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 (or do both, like I try and fail to do in a timely manner). More details can be found here.

 

Looking back ~ July 2016

One day before the end of August, and here I am recapping July. I was tempted to miss it out, but I actually had a lot of fun in July, and I didn’t want for it not to be documented!

I began the month by taking a holiday to Camber Sands with my best friends. As I so often say on here, we are so rarely all together, but there are a couple of times a year when we try really hard to be all in the same place. One is a Christmas date, and the other is a weekend in East Sussex, where my friend’s mum has a caravan. Freebie holiday with my favourite people – there’s nothing not to love!

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We got fake tattoos, we played Pass the Pigs, we went to the beach, we played Cards Against Humanity, and we generally had a lovely weekend.

My dad turned 70 and had a party, so I got to see all my family. And if it’s difficult to get my four friends and me in the same room more than twice a year, it’s actually impossible to get my entire family – all 25 of us – in the same room more than once every couple of years. So that was nice.

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This is just my siblings and my dad – the photo of all of us contains too many children for me to comfortably upload it onto my blog. But this is one of my favourite photos of the year!

I went to Bedford for the Bedford River Festival in July – my brother and sister-in-law live there, so Hannah and I drove up to see them and take part in the festivities. It was a very busy and hot day; I had fun, but I was glad to get home!

Bedford River FestivalI also headed along to the BFI Southbank for yet another Mark Kermode Live in 3D. It feels like such a long time ago, because there was no August date, so I feel like I’ve been waiting forever! This time we were treated to Hadley Freeman and David Arnold as guests, as well as a special video message from Jordan Vogt-Roberts, especially for us!

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And last, but by no means least, I went to YALC, which is the Young Adult Literary Convention. I had planned a full post on this, and I still hope to do it, but in the meantime here’s what went down: I met up with my friend Chloe, and we saw two panels, one with Simon Mayo as a panellist, talking about revolution in YA fiction, and one with him as the moderator, with panellists talking about music in YA literature. Then afterwards, I met him, he signed my book, and was as charming as ever. Yay for YALC!

YALC Simon MayoSo, that, in a nutshell, was July. See what I mean about not wanting to miss this one out? Usually I have to scour my Instagram looking for fun things I did, but this month was all about the fun!

I’ll be back soon (probably in a couple of weeks, knowing my track record), to round up August!

 

BEDN ~ Photo an Hour #4 ~ November 2013

Today’s post is actually answering Friday’s prompt, A Day in the Life. I had planned a photo an hour for Saturday, asking people to join in with me like last time, and it turned out to be ideal for the prompt.

Apologies for the quality of some of the photos; for reason I used my phone for some of them and it really shows!

8am ~ On my way with my dad and sister to pick up my other sister. We were driving to get the train to London.

9pm ~ A hot chocolate on the platform which wasn’t ludicrously overpriced. What a novelty.

10pm ~ We were a bit early, so we nipped into Westfield. Being early, it was still bearable. You would never catch me in there on a Saturday afternoon!

11pm ~ Sarah had to go into Sainsbury’s to buy something in order to get a plastic bag to replace her paper Primark bag, because it had started raining in earnest! She decided on cookies, and we all partook.

12pm ~ The reason for our trip to London was to see the Lord Mayor’s Show (I’ll be blogging about it later in the week). This robot was made of wheelie bins, and moved slightly ominously!

1pm ~ After the parade, we went to a little restaurant near Covent Garden for some lunch. There were some pretty lanterns on the wall!

2pm ~ Fish and chips for lunch. Rather yummy!

3pm ~ After a quick look around Covent Garden, it was time to head home, so back to the tube we went.

4pm ~ Back in the car (this feels a bit like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!).

5pm ~ My sister bought me some tights in Primark, so I got them out for a look when I got home. I honestly believe they may be the best tights ever.

6pm ~ Back in May, I went to see an episode of Pointless Celebrities being filmed. The episode finally aired last night, and I spotted myself in the audience!

7pm ~ My friend Vicky came to say and I had to meet her off the train, so I snapped a shot of a wall at the train station.

8pm ~ Going for a couple of drinks at the pub means that I have to reapply some makeup after a day in London.

9pm ~ Ready to go to the pub (after a couple of glasses of wine first, of course!).

That was a pretty long day! I am also really pleased that people decided to join in with my Photo an Hour again. I know that I am not the only blogger to do it, but I know that people like to join in and I think they appreciate the reminder!

Louisa at Duck in a Dress joined in on Instagram
Haydy at Squibb Vicious joined in on Instagram
Terri-Jane at {twoninethree} joined in on Instagram
Janet at Words That Can Only Be Your Own joined in on Instagram
Bev at Confuzzledom joined in on her blog
Charlotte and Sherbet and Sparkles joined in on her blog

I’m thinking about adding a Photo an Hour goal to my forthcoming 32 Before 32 list, and making it a monthly thing. I haven’t decided for sure yet, but I am definitely going to be doing one in December, and I decided to pick Saturday 14th December as the day. Let me know if you are joining in again!

Mondaying

Right now, I am mostly…

Baking : Following on from last week’s sophisticated birthday cake, this week I tried my hand at something I saw in my Girls’ Night In bookIce Cream Cone cupcakes. They are the prettiest cakes I’ve ever made, and I love them. They tasted OK, but they looked even better.

Reading : I made the mistake of going to the library on Saturday, which means that I collected four books and have started reading all of them. I always do that when I get multiple books from the library!

Drinking : I drank white wine two nights in a row this past weekend! I know that probably doesn’t seem all that exclamation mark-worthy, but I really don’t drink an awful lot. Most of it was in spritzer form, but it still managed to get me drunk both nights.

Writing : I have finally got around to writing a reply to the letter Bev sent me, and I received another letter in the post last week from another penpal, so I have to reply to that too! There’s a post coming on penpals real soon (I keep saying that, but it’s true this time!).

Socialising : With my family! Friday night was spent at my sister’s house with my other sister, niece, and sister-in-law. And then on Saturday night, a few of us went to the pub to celebrate my nephew’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I had a nice long chat with him. He’s one of my favourite people to chew the fat with; he’s a big talker!

  

Roll On Summer

A couple of days ago, the always fabulous Hannah posted ten reasons why she can’t wait until the summer holidays. As a university student, she has the summer break in her sights already, and I don’t blame her!

Anyway, between that blog post and the delightfully spring-like weather we have been experiencing over the past few days, I was inspired to make my own list of reasons I am looking forward to the summer.

1. I’m going to see Bon Jovi in July at Hyde Park. Fingers crossed the weather is as good as it was last time.

2. There will be a new tiny addition to the family in August, and I can’t wait for cuddles!

3. I am notoriously rubbish at coping with hot weather, but by now, I am bored of winter and looking forward to the temperature rising just a little bit.

4. Warmer weather means less clothes. I’m not especially fond of stripping off, but I do like getting my arms and (depending on my level of weight loss by the time summer arrives) my legs out.

5. I am looking forward to summery activities, like barbecues, picnics and days out.

A photo taken many years ago on a sunny Bank Holiday picnic in the park! ~

7. This year, two of my best friends are turning thirty. Birthdays are the best; I don’t know how we’ll celebrate with them yet, but I am sure we will be doing something fun!

8. Sitting in the garden with a book and a long, tall glass of something cold makes me happy, and I can do a lot more of that in the summer!

9. I bemoan the loss of all the good television in the summer (it really is dire), but it gives me a chance to catch up with all the shows that I have been meaning to watch for ages.

10. There a Caravan of Love weekend in my summery future, and I cannot wait. They are the best weekends of my year.