Miscellany

Sorry for the radio silence recently; I’ve been rather busy and wasn’t organised enough to schedule any posts except for last week’s Tuesday Treat! So this is just a quick post to say hello, and hopefully normal order will be restored this week.

I went away on holiday last week with two of my friends, Anna and Jenny. We’ve enjoyed a few caravan breaks over the last few years; we’ve always taken advantage of the £9.50 deals that The Sun offer, but this year we’re lucky enough to know someone with a caravan of their own in Camber in East Sussex, so we went for a few days last week. Unfortunately our other friend Vicky couldn’t make it; organising anything where all four of us can been in the same room for one day is hard enough, but an extended period of time is almost impossible. So V had to miss out this time, but hopefully we’ll all get away together at some point this year!

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Me and Anna at the caravan, being goons. For some reason I didn’t take many photos while we were away, and hardly any of Jen, because she notoriously hates almost every photo taken of her, even though they are all lovely because she’s beautiful.

Prior to my holiday, I went to a gig at my local pub, which was a lot of fun, and even better because I got to see Vicky, and it wasn’t something that was arranged months in advance. Jen wasn’t there (see what I mean), but we had good fun and managed to get rather drunk on white wine spritzers!

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~ Photo by David Lambert ~

The band we saw were Skinny Machines. My dad, sister and brother-in-law, along with a few of their friends from the pub have recently become Skinny Machines groupies, following them around all over the place, so I’ve heard a lot about them but this was the first opportunity I had to actually hear them play. And very good they were too. They even played Superstition, which is my favourite song at the moment, so I was won over!

By the way, I am clearly wearing the same denim shirt in both of these photos. They were taken four days apart, and I can confirm that a) other clothes were worn in those four days, and b) the denim shirt is the only thing that is the same in the two photos. Just in case you were wondering. (I can also confirm that I love my denim shirt, and find it the perfect thing to wear over tops/dresses to finish off my outfit, and I have to resist the temptation to wear it almost every day.)

I also managed to have a very busy weekend, because my brother, sister-in-law and niece came to stay, and then it was Father’s Day, so most of my family were at my house yesterday to see my dad. It was actually the first time that all my siblings were together in a while, probably since Christmas, so we took the opportunity to get a photo. We don’t often have a photo of just the six of us, we’re usually only all together at Christmas (sad but true), and there’s just too much going on. But yesterday we were all sitting around in the garden, and so it was the perfect chance.

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This is one of the shots, though not an ‘official’ one that my dad took – I haven’t seen that one yet. This is just one of the snapshots. I don’t love myself in it, but that’s a story for another day! I gave it a retro filter in Phixr, because I was trying to match it to this…

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…which was taken in the same garden but only include four of us (my oldest and youngest siblings are missing!). It doesn’t quite match, but never mind!

Anyway, that’s what I have been up to recently, I’m hoping to post lots more this week, so stay tuned!

Project 366 – Week 15

Hello all

I can’t believe that we’re fifteen weeks into the year. It’s just ridiculous! I missed another day last week, everything just seemed to blur into one, and it slipped my mind to try and take a photo. A couple of the photos this week are from my phone, because I am using Evertale, and the photos on my phone are set to automatically upload to it. I’m trying to make sure I take at least one photo a day with my phone, so that there is some content for each day on Evertale, and it’s handy because if I forget to take a proper Project 366 photograph, there is always one on there.

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~ Day 93 ~

My brother and his little girl by the lake at Marston Vale.

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~ Day 94 ~

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~ Day 97 ~

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~ Day 98 ~

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~ Day 99 ~

Easter Sunday at my sister’s house; after a yummy roast dinner, we played The Logo Game. My team won.

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Project 366 – Week 13

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~ Day 79 ~

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~ Day 80 ~

I’ve had this poster since last year, when I went to the Doctor Who Experience and Richard bought it for me. It hadn’t made it out of its packaging until last week when I finally managed to get it on my wall. And I love it.

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~ Day 81 ~

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~ Day 82 ~

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~ Day 83 ~

A photo of photos; they were left out after my sister and I were looking through the boxes on Mother’s Day. The old one is of my granddad (we think), on the left, his mum (my great grandmother) next to him, and my great uncle on the right. The one behind it is of me and my mum, and the reason it’s out is because I like how slim I look in it, and it’s meant to be spurring me on with my diet and exercise.

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~ Day 84 ~

I’m claiming this as a photo I took, because I did, though it was with my sister’s camera. We went to my uncle’s 80th birthday afternoon tea on Saturday. This is a photo of my sisters, my cousin (also called Jane), and me.

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~ Day 85 ~

I’m working on a theme for days 86-92. They will be posted at some point after the weekend (definitely not Sunday this week, I’m not even going to pretend that will happen), and you’ll have to see if you can work out what the theme is!

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Project 366 – Week 10

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I’m nearing the end of the ABC Photo Challenge now, and the end of the alphabet is much more difficult than the start! Today is V, and I haven’t taken a photograph yet, I can’t think of anything just now, and the weather is so awful that I don’t feel much like exploring to try and find inspiration! As with last week, some of my daily photos here are the alphabet photos, but some aren’t.

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~ Day 58 ~

This is an owl teapot that has been in the house for as long as I can remember, and I thought I had no idea where it came from. However, I do remember seeing it featured on Design is Mine last year, and I commented on the post saying that it came from my mum’s sister-in-law. I must have asked her at the time where she got it, but I don’t remember the answer – I’m glad that I did comment, otherwise I’d probably have no idea! Anyway, this was my O photo (or at least, the photo was of this owl) for Monday.

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~ Day 59 ~

This was my P photo – I went with ‘Project’ (I know, scraping the barrel a little bit!). I have been knitting squares for a while, with the overall plan being to knit them together to create a blanket. I’m not sure how well it’s going to work to be honest, because they are mostly all different sizes, despite coming out of the same book. So we’ll have to see.

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~ Day 60 ~

This was always my plan for Q – what else would I have taken a photograph of! I was going to take a photo of the ‘vintage’ tin we have that has become the sewing box, but it didn’t look vintage enough, so I didn’t bother. This is one that had for Christmas, and there is actually still a chocolate or two left in it!

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My R photo was such a cop out (I drew a very basic rainbow on a piece of paper and took a photo of it), that I couldn’t include it here in all good conscience! I was struggling all day with it, so I took a photo of my egg cup too, so that I would have a standby for Project 366 if I needed one! I love this egg cup, I got it for my birthday from Anna but have only just used it!

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~ Day 62 ~

Every time I go to Anna and Rob’s house, it crosses my mind how much I like their light fittings. I don’t even know why, it must just be the pattern that I like. Anyway, I was there on Friday, and my S photo had been a photo of myself, entitled ‘Self Portrait’ (and I had added some effect to hide the fact that I wasn’t looking great). I wasn’t going to include that on here, so I took a photograph of the aforementioned light fitting.

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~ Day 63 ~

Saturday night was my brother’s engagement party – he proposed to his girlfriend Bex on Valentine’s Day, and here is the happy couple! It was a fun night!

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~ Day 64 ~

This was a potential U photo for yesterday, but I ended up going with a photograph of the UK in my atlas! I wanted to use my atlas for my A photo, because I love it, but I couldn’t find it. As it turned out, it was on my bookshelf all along and I just hadn’t been looking properly. Anyway, so I went with my umbrella, which is hanging outside from the last time I used it. I didn’t go out yesterday (combination of tiredness, slight hangover from the night before, and sheer laziness), and I don’t plan on going out today, so the umbrella can stay where it is. It wouldn’t last long today anyway; it’s so windy here!

So that’s Week Ten done! As I said, I’m nearing the end of the ABC Photo Challenge, so I’m going to have to start thinking of things on my own again. I might try and give myself a weekly theme, or something, so that I can motivate myself to take the photos. We’ll see how it goes; I’m mightily impressed that I haven’t missed a day yet!

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Project 366 – Week 6

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For some reason I only included six photographs in last week’s round-up! Which is ridiculous, because I had taken last Sunday’s photo mere hours before I wrote the blog post, and somehow I forgot to include it! Anyway, this week’s edition will be a bumper one, and include eight photographs!

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~ Day 29 ~

This is the photo that should have gone into last week’s round-up, but didn’t! It’s my friend Richard, at the pub in Burnham, where we went for a couple of cokes last Sunday night.

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~ Day 30 ~

Because I do such an awful lot of reading/borrowing books from the library, they always present themselves for photos when I can’t think of anything else! These are two books that I have borrowed in order to knit a blanket. I’m making very slow progress at the minute though!

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~ Day 31 ~

Another phone photograph, sorry! I went to my friends’ house the other day, and they got a fire going, because it was so chilly! Lovely fire, not such a great photograph.

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~ Day 32 ~

Cravendale have been giving away Muppets Stickers for the past few weeks, they are supposed to go on your bottles of milk, but I won’t be wasting them in such a manner! I am just waiting for Gonzo now. It’s a shame there was no Rowlf, as he’s my favourite Muppet.

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~ Day 33 ~

A photograph of my ginger sisters on the train on the way home from London; we had been to see a recording of The Cube, and it was super exciting and lots of fun. This photograph is their reaction to Sarah finding a photograph of a giant Walnut Whip on her phone. It may not seem it from her facial expression, but she was very excited.

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~ Day 34 ~

I am attempting to read all of Shakespeare’s comedies for my 30 Before 30 list, and I’ve decided that the best way to do so is to enlist the help of some study guides. So I went to the library and got the York Notes on The Taming of the Shrew, and I’m reading the play in conjunction with it. It may not seem like fun to everyone, but I assure you, I love it.

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~ Day 35 ~

Yesterday I spent the evening with my friends Anna, Jenny and John, and we watched DVDs, ate John’s fabulous lasagne, and drank wine. It was a lovely evening, all told.

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~ Day 36 ~

This morning we woke up to probably about 6” of snow. (If you are local to me, and you think that’s wrong, let me know. I’m kind of making it up.) Anna and I had to help push Rob’s car to get it moving, and I’m very proud to say that we achieved it, and all without the help of Jenny, who would normally be the go-to gal for that kind of thing. Then, this afternoon, I went for a winter walk with my sister, and took quite a few photographs, including this one. Walking in deep snow is brilliant, and, I’m sure, quite a fabulous work out for your thighs. I hope it sticks around for a while.

Well I have to say that I am slightly more pleased with this week’s photographs than I have been previously. They can, however, get much better, so I hope they will be in coming weeks.

Until next time,

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