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.

Zoey Fools Around Advent Jar

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!

wrapping paper Spotify Christmas Playlist

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.

Love Always, Santa Christmas Tree

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.

Smithy Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special Shepherd's Pie

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

6pm | Time for dinner.

Strictly Come Dancing Final

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!).

Photo an Hour #38 ~ September 2016

My plan was to get all up to date with my Photo an Hour posts in time for the November date, which is tomorrow. Unfortunately this is the penultimate post in my frantic catching up – this is September, so I still have to share October with you!

September’s Photo an Hour fell on the 24th September, but in spite of all my hopes for a lovely autumn day, it was ridiculously hot. I was haring around Colchester trying to get various things done, and I ended up shedding various pieces of clothing, and wishing I could shed more!

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7am | An early start because I had stupidly booked a hair appointment at 8am!

8am | Waiting outside the hairdressers.

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10am | I missed 9am, as I was in the hairdressers, but by 10am I was in Marks and Spencer’s browsing the selection of fizzy alcohol. I was buying a wedding present for a work colleague, and I managed to get a rather large bottle of prosecco (amongst other things).

11am | This photo reminds me that the wool I bought on this trip to the wool shop was for a dragon that I still haven’t finished! I really must get better at seeing things through.

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12pm | By this point I had escaped the high street but was still shopping, in Staples. (RIP Staples)

1pm | Finally home, and despite having been complaining about the heat merely two hours earlier, by this point I was under a blanket on the sofa, watching Gilmore Girls!

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2pm | Out again, because neither Hannah or I can resist the lure of a supermarket.

3pm | Back home, and watching a film – Blue Jasmine.

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4pm | Still watching Blue Jasmine, and taking the opportunity to update my films spreadsheet, which is one of my favourite things.

5pm | Out again! We went a-foraging, for sloe berries (I think), as Hannah’s granddad is making her some sloe gin. I also procured some blackberries, and, if memory serves, I made a blackberry and apple crumble with them.

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6pm | Watching Pointless Celebrities. When I posted this on Instagram, Rebecca, one of my fellow Photo an Hour-ers, commented: “I always think of you when I see Pointless thanks to Photo an Hour!” It has popped up more than anything else, I think, in my years of doing this. Except maybe Wittertainment.

7pm | Still on the sofa, watching Strictly and shopping for a dress for a wedding.


Another fairly boring but typical Saturday, but at least there are no in-the-car shots this time! Don’t forget that you can join in with Photo an Hour if my fabulous day here has you inspired! We’re playing tomorrow – Saturday 19th November – 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.