As I look out, over this magnificent vista…

Hello all

We haven’t had any new snow here, the last of it fell on Sunday and we haven’t had any since. I know a lot of the country got loads more on Thursday night, but I’m quite glad we didn’t. I love the snow, but it gets a bit inconvenient, especially when you have plans and it messes them up! Anyway, last Sunday, when we had the worst of it, I went on a lovely walk with my sister and took a few photos, and I thought I’d share them!














Me, with the rosy cheeks you can only achieve from a brisk, cold walk!


Progress Report ~ January

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As we’ve reached the end of the first month of 2012, I thought I’d provide you with an update as to how I am getting on with my ‘What to do in 2012’ list. I would also update you on my 30 Before 30 List too, but there’s not much happening on that front at the moment! Hopefully I’ll have more to tell you at the end of next month!

Most of the items on the list involve outings, and I haven’t achieved any of these yet. The main reason for that is money; I haven’t got any, and therefore I can’t afford to do all these things. However, hopefully that will change soon, and I’ll be able to get going with some of them!

There has been some minor progress with a couple of the other items on the list, though they are very much a work in progress!

See 52 new films

So far, this year, I have seen ten new films. This is actually quite an achievement for me, because last year I only managed 30 all year! I chose 52 because it works out to 1 a week, on average, so I am about 6 ahead of myself now.

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Read 75 Books

I feel as though I am falling behind with this. Not that I am not reading, I am, and I making very good use of my library card. But I have only read 7 books, and it’s already February, so unless I get a shifty on, I don’t think I’ll make it to my target of 75 by the end of the year!

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Project 366

Project 366 is going well in the sense that I have managed to take a photograph every day so far. However, it’s not exactly challenging me, and has come to be a bit of a chore; I often get to 11.30 and realise that I haven’t taken a photo, so hurry to take one! I have to start going out in search of a good photo, and that will hopefully reflect itself in the coming weeks’ photos! If you have missed any of my weekly roundups, they can be found here.

Until next time


Project 366 – Week 5

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I am going to have to apologise again. My week in photos is less than inspiring. I was tempted not to even post them, they are that boring, but I want to carry on with it and I don’t want random weeks missing. So I am posting the photos, but feel free to look away now, because they just aren’t terribly interesting!

~ Day 23 ~

This one was taken on my phone. I know I said that I wouldn’t be taking them on my phone again, because the quality is awful, but I really had no choice. Actually I did, but this is actually a bit of a cheat, because it wasn’t actually meant to be the Project 366 photograph, it was just one that I took to send to my friend Anna to show her that I had finished a square of knitting for my blanket. And then I realised that I hadn’t taken a photo for Monday, and so this one had to do! If you look closely, you can see I went wrong. Just a bit. So don’t look too closely, please.

~ Day 24 ~

We have a new freezer, and somehow, this one was lurking on top of or behind the old one. I don’t know how, because the old freezer is not as old as this piece of paper, which is probably pushing 23 years. I distinctly remember this school trip to a railway museum nearby, and I remember having to find out about Demelza, one of the engines. What I am most impressed about is how good my handwriting was, because I was no more than about six when I wrote this, and I think it’s rather neat.

~ Day 25 ~

Chilli Con Carne that I made for dinner. I think this is probably one of my favourite meals. I just love it. And my one doesn’t taste too shabby, I don’t think.

~ Day 26~

The delicious foot cream that my sister bought me for Christmas. It smells so yummy, and I’ve been slathering it on, and then putting on…

~ Day 27 ~

… my lovely bed socks! They are so soft and cosy, and whilst they might not look particularly sexy, they keep my feet warm and they are part of the ongoing project to make my feet look lovely! So there!

~ Day 28 ~

I apologise for the inconvenient flash on this photograph; I would have taken it again but my battery ran out (as it always seems to do), and I couldn’t. I wanted to use this one because it’s a photo of a game I spent a while playing yesterday evening; Winning Lines. You may remember that there was a National Lottery programme from a few years ago, presented by Phillip Schofield of the same name. This is the game of that show and it’s so much fun! It’s kind of hard to explain if you haven’t seen it, but basically you have this in front of you, and you are asked a series of questions to which one of these words is always the answer. You have to answer the question by giving the answer and the number, so it’s no good if you know that Paul Gascgoigne played for Lazio, you also have to find it on the board and say the number too. I just love playing it, and Anna and I have become quite masterful at it. The machine also plays the winning lines music, and start to get quite scary when your time is almost over!

Like I said, that wasn’t the most fun bunch of photos (again), but I promise to try harder next week! Until next time!

What to do in 2012

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Aside from my content-lite, photo-heavy, sent-from-my-phone Boxing Day post, I have been quiet on the blog over Christmas. I haven’t really had time to think about posting, because I’ve been rather busy! I have had a lovely time with my family, and tomorrow I am off to London town to meet up with some of my favourite people from uni. My New Year’s Eve plans are with my family too; I am going to my brother’s house for fun, food and games. I hope all of my lovely readers out there have had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to a special New Year, no matter how you choose to spend it!

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Right now, I am going to share a few aims for 2012. Every year I half-heartedly make a list of New Year’s Resolutions, and I never remember what they are by the end of January! This year, my resolutions will be to complete as many of my 30 Before 30 list as possible, and also to complete as many of this new list as possible. All being well, this will be a regular yearly list. They are all things that I want to achieve each year. So here we go:

  • Go to a music concert/gig: I want to go to a gig, whether it be a massive stadium concert with Lady Gaga or Take That, or a tiny local gig with a band that I’ve never heard of before. I just want to start seeing more live music!
  • Go to the theatre: Again, this can be a West End play or musical, or it can be a local amateur dramatic production. Whatever, I just like going to the theatre.
  • Go to a comedy gig: I have never seen live stand-up comedy before, so I would like to go. Maybe I’ll go to a comedy club or something similar.
  • Go to a theme park: This is a regular occurrence anyway, I usually go at least once a year, but I will put it on my list to ensure that it happens. And hopefully next year’s trip won’t end in an motorway-side singsong.
  • Go to a stately home: I love a good stately home, and I’m determined to visit Chatsworth at some point. Even if I can’t make it to Derbyshire this year, there are plenty of lovely places in Essex, to begin with (Audley End, for example).
  • Read 75 books: I didn’t set myself a target this year, though it was the first year when I actually kept a record of all the books I read. At the moment I am at 69, but that should be at least 70 by the end of Saturday. I have included every book I’ve read, whether it’s for the first, second, or fourteenth time. I think that 75 is a doable target; I probably have at least half that many books on my shelf that I’ve not yet read.
  • See 52 new films: This is less certain. I was also keeping track of films that I saw in 2011, though I was only counting films I saw for the first time. I have managed 30 so far, and I can’t see it rising before the weekend. 52 is therefore ambitious, but it only works out to one a week, and I will just have to make an effort. There are lots of films due in the cinema that I am excited about this coming year, so I will have to make lots of cinema visits!
  • Project 365: This is the most ambitious of my 2012 resolutions. A lot of people across the blogosphere take part in similar projects to this (I’ve been reading Sam’s blog all year), and I thought I’d give it a go. You may remember last year I had a similar idea; I was going to take a photograph of myself everyday. I managed it for about three months (give or take a few days), but let’s face it, it was boring. I want to take photos of more interesting things, so I am going to try it again. I won’t be posting each photo everyday, but, if I can manage it, I’m going to do a weekly round up each Sunday. And as the year starts on a Sunday, that works out fabulously!

So that’s that. my 2012 list. I know that it might seem a bit excessive to have a 30 before 30 list, and a 2012 list, but I don’t care. This new one is hopefully going to be one that I continue each year forever. They are all things that I want to do every year. And I do so love a list.

Until next time


Tumblr Love #2

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Today I’m drawing your attention to another of my favourite Tumblrs, and this one is a great one. It’s called Awesome People Hanging Out Together, and the photos feature average people spending time apart. (See what I did there?) Yeah, you get the idea, and here are a few of my favourites.

~ George Lucas, David Bowie and Jim Henson ~

~ Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman ~

~ Cher, kd lang, Madonna, Joni Mitchell ~

~ Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin ~

~ Betty White and Slash ~

 ~ Roald Dahl and Ernest Hemingway ~

~ Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith ~

~ Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams ~

~ James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor ~

~ Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Bob Hope and David Niven ~

~ Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin ~

As you can see, I found it hard to narrow down what to include here; there are just so many great images on there! My favourites are any where the subjects are laughing (like the one of Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, and the one of Cary Grant, Bob Hope, David Niven and Clark Gable), or just obviously having a really good time!