Photo an Hour #50 ~ September 2017

Never let it be said that I don’t lead the most exciting life – here’s a random Saturday from a rainy day in September of last year, that sees me napping, reading, watching Jurassic Park and updating my iPad. I joke, but in all honesty, sometimes this is all I want do on a random day in September. Every weekend might get a bit boring like this, but sometimes it’s just the best.

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9am ~ Well it’s Saturday morning, so of course I’m listening to Wittertainment.

10am ~ Well it’s Photo an Hour, so of course I have a photo of a wing mirror.

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11am ~ Taking a look around my favourite farm shop, and photographing my favourite jam (Tiptree jam is the best).

12pm ~ Reading under a blanket could possibly be the best way to spend time.

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1pm ~ I often end up putting Jurassic Park on just to pass the time; this was an accompaniment to lunch.

2pm ~ Back under the blanket with my book, and adding in a cup of tea.

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3pm ~ I bought a candle from Good Book Hunting, and in case you’re wondering, it does smell exactly how I imagine Stars Hollow to smell.

4pm ~ Still reading. This book was Pax, by Sara Pennypacker (who has a great name), which I reviewed here.

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6pm ~ The 5pm photo is missing (I suspect I fell asleep), but by 6 o’clock I was watching Pointless Celebrities and updating my iPad.

In case you’d like to play next time around, June’s day is set for 16th June – tomorrow. 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.

Photo an Hour #48 ~ July 2017

We did Photo an Hour on 15th July, and there’s a couple of classic Jane’s-doing-photo-an-hour photos in here! We have Wittertainment, public transport, books, and a wing mirror shot. (Oh, and a whole bunch of missing hours.) The only thing missing is Pointless Celebrities!

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8am ~ Up nice and early to get into town, and of course, as is standard for a Saturday morning, catching up on the Wittertainment podcast from the day before.

9am ~ Waiting for an appointment.

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10am ~ Still waiting!

11am ~ There’s a really good charity bookshop in Colchester, and I have to avoid it like the plague if I’m trying to limit the amount of books I am trying to buy. Otherwise this kind of thing happens.

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12pm ~ Is there anything more boring than a photo of a bus?

3pm ~ After a few missing hours of travelling, I was at my nephew’s birthday party, watching him delight in his new Stretch Armstrong.

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4pm ~ A wing mirror shot! What else can you take a photo of when you’re in the car, seriously?

5pm ~ We were on our way to Stratford for an evening of para athletics at London 2017, where we saw Richard Whitehead storm to victory. It was a great evening!

That’s the end of the photos, because although I took a fair amount at the athletics, they weren’t strictly part of Photo an Hour.

In case you’d like to play next time around, April’s day is set for 28th April. 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.

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.

 

Photo an Hour #46 ~ May 2017

My May Photo an Hour was a bit of a non-event – I couldn’t join in on the day that we set for it, because I was working at an event, and primarily sat in one place for most of the day. So I joined in on the following Monday, but I just looked through the photos, and found that I only started at 10am, I finished at 6pm, and I missed an hour!

But now, nine months later, I am struck with the urge to get up to date with my Photo an Hour posts, and so here it is, for all your viewing pleasure.

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10am ~ On the way to the office, despite having a day off. I’d still managed to have a bit of a lie in, however!

11am ~ Whilst at the office, waiting for someone to arrive (which took forever), I had cuddles with Hector. Because why wouldn’t you?

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12pm ~ Still waiting.

1pm ~ Finally away from the office, in the car back home.

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2pm ~ In the car again, this time on the way to London. The Monday after the show coincided with my monthly trip to the Southbank to see Mark Kermode’s regular show at the BFI. Usually I get the train, but as she was also work, Hannah decided to drive into London.

4pm ~ The missing hour of 3pm was almost certainly spent inside Westfield Stratford, but by 4 o’clock I was on the bridge heading over the river to the Southbank.

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5pm ~ I met up with my friend Chloe, who is the one in our group who books the tickets each month (thank goodness for her!), and we spent a very short time sitting on the balcony at the Southbank Centre having a drink. it was so very, very hot this day, we had to retire inside fairly quickly!

6pm ~ Finally at the BFI, at NFT1, for the May edition of Mark Kermode in 3D. The guests were Mike Figgis, Hope Dickson Leach, and Michael Smiley.

So that was May – a Photo an Hour Monday for a change. It’s so odd writing about a day that was so hot and unpleasant when I’m sitting here complaining about the cold. But I suppose that’s what you get when you leave posts waiting to be written for months; the seasons change!

The next Photo an Hour is taking place on Saturday 20th January, if you’d like to take part, you’re more than welcome! More information can be found here.

Photo an Hour #45 ~ April 2017

This was a busy weekend, according to Instagram. I was apparently slightly hungover on this particular Photo an Hour day, though I can’t for the life of me remember where I had been the night before. I rarely drink anything, never mind enough to feel hungover, so it should be much easier to remember! The day itself saw me meeting up with my best friends for dinner, and then the following day I saw my great-niece for her first birthday. Weekends like that are nice, but I’m sure I needed some sort of lay down on Sunday evening to get over all the socialising.

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7am | Up early, despite this apparent night out the previous evening. I still can’t work out where I could possibly have been.

8am | McDonalds for breakfast, because Hannah, who I live with, is the nicest person in the world and went out to get it.

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9am | Back to bed, for some reading.

10am | Sometimes I’m just in the mood for some show tunes. More specifically, sometimes I am just in the mood to sing Defying Gravity as loudly as I possibly can and pretend that I sound just like Idina Menzel.

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11am | We parked next to this HILARIOUS van.

12pm | To the shops, and in an attempt to ensure that I didn’t spend any money, I stuck mainly to shops I couldn’t afford, rather than those I can afford. I would never be tempted to spend the likes of £26 on a top, as nice as that white and blue stripey one is.

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1pm | A quick stop at M&S, and I took the chance to pick up a bottle of Sparkling Florida Orange, because it’s delicious.

2pm | Back to bed, with chocolate and a book.

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4pm | Shockingly, having laid down on my bed, with my book, nursing a bit of a hangover, I fell asleep and missed the 3pm photo. By 4pm I was awake and about to paint my nails.

5pm | Attempting to tame my hair with the best tools I have. (Actually, that comb has seen better days.)

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6pm | Off out, with Jen and Hannah, to meet with the rest of the gang for food.

7pm | Trying to decide on said food.

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8pm | I so rarely have dessert in restaurants. This might be hard to believe – I do not look like the sort of person who turns down food – but it’s true. I don’t know why; probably because I so often over-indulge on a main course.

9pm | But I went for one this time, and was treated this. I don’t remember for certain, but I’m sure I felt sick after this.

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10pm | Yeah, I’m the loser who nearly always forgets to count their photos and make sure they end up with an even number so this doesn’t happen. It’s not even a good photo…

As you can see, your day doesn’t have to be scintillating for you to join in with Photo an Hour. Sometimes it’s the more mundane days that make for the more interesting photos (not sure this is the case this time, however…)

Our date for this month is Saturday 26th August (Bank Holiday weekend!), and if you sign up for a reminder email (in the sidebar on the right of this page), I’ll do my best to remember to send it. More details about Photo an Hour can be found here, and all my previous Photo an Hour posts can be found here.