The last third of January

30 days and we’re up to 30 pictures.   Last week actually was a little bit of a nightmare in terms of managing the work / life balance so there were a couple of days that I missed but I’ve just chosen other extra pictures that I’ve taken on better days.

Where to start …. well around the 20th/21st (was it really only 9 days ago) I seem to recall a few just lovely days and the photographs reflect that.  The first image I took my lovely camera with me, got everything set up and then realised that the card was still in my laptop.  Idiot mistake but with a backup iPhone the situation was recovered.  The duck was very friendly, until it realised I had no food.

Sunday 22nd was actually a pretty spectacular day as well which prompted a rare “selfie” as I really don’t like having my photograph taken.   Actually, the selfie didn’t work and the photograph was taken by my obliging husband.


After the Monday though, that’s when it got a bit mental.  Tuesday was a bit of a sobering day.  Quite happily working away on the train on the way into London when on go the emergency brakes, the announcement “can the guard please contact the driver”, and then a few minutes later “we’ve been involved in an incident”.  I know that SW trains come under a lot of grief but on that day, they did a very good job in a very difficult situation.  It did take 4 hours to complete my normally 1 hour journey but they did their best to keep us informed and we were warm, dry and safe inside the carriages while they had a much more gruesome task to resolve.  It did however mean I had a bit of a rush, didn’t get my lovely walk over Westminster bridge so the only photograph I took was of the platform in the dark as I got home.


Wednesday wasn’t much better with every meeting running into one another so I’ve a “make-up” picture for that day.  Thursday was much of the same but I was working from home rather than in London and getting time to walk the dog was a challenge, let alone remembering to stop and take a photograph.  Actually – it’s these sorts of days where taking two minutes out to stop and appreciate one little thing by photographing it can make a world of difference to how you’re feeling.  Need to get better at that.

The “make-up” pictures are from being out and about – I didn’t quite manage to capture the sun on the walk up to the cathedral quite so well by camera but it was quite something.  The dog was just happy to pose for a biscuit!

Anyway, Friday is the second of three pictures of my son in this block.  He is fascinated by the window … it’s just at the right height for him.  He’s normally so energetic and so busy it was lovely to see him still and almost contemplative for a few minutes.


On to Saturday and on this occasion I did remember to stop, find a moment and photograph it.  A cup of coffee (with pretty impressive latte art) may not seem like much but with a wee one, a chaotic household and just life – 20 minutes to sit and drink a latte (and knit) in peace is absolute bliss.   I wish I could do latte art – it’s so pretty.


Sunday was a bit less nice and instead of a photograph of being rained on, I went for indoor play and some cheerful bright colours.


Last but not least, some knitting.  This is actually a test – trying to work out the size of my stitches so I can make a jumper.  However – being typically me, I’m not doing this the easy way – a jumper with this pattern all over is quite a lot and to make it manageable, it’s much better (in my opinion anyway) to be able to have one colour in one hand and the second colour in the second hand.  The only problem being I had no idea how to do that.  January’s project has been learning how to knit with the yarn in my left hand (continental style) which has gone quite well (my green hat above was done like that) and this was a very very first trial of using two hands – I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.  Gauge is way off but I’ve a bit more practicing with a couple of other things first before the jumper gets started.


One more day and then it’s February – exciting!



Ahead of the game

More photographs than days.  This is an odd feeling.  Not all the images are very good really though.

First up (Jan 12th) is a lovely chunky warm hat using some wonderful yarn I was gifted at Christmas.  It’s Rusty Ferret B.A.M.F yarn.  You just have to love something called Big Ass Mooshy Fluph.  Shame the pic isn’t quite wonderful – the model didn’t have her makeup on or hair done or even think that having the kitchen sink in the background isn’t the best idea.

That said, the next image of yarn (Jan 18) which is mostly Little Grey Sheep Stein Fine Wool Mini Skeins and a little Ripples Crafts Suilven isn’t much better.  Wonderful yarn that I spent an hour happily winding and then I take a photograph on my phone using lamp light at night rather than the amazing sunshine of the following morning.  Still, it’s squishy.

One of these days I would love to be better at photographing knits.

Next up a trio of scenery images.  Two of which I like and one is just a bit grey.  Last Friday (was that the 13th?) we’d had the snow the day before and it hadn’t quite melted.  This was just as the sun was coming up on the loft window.  I just liked it.  Short focal depth and quite zoomed in but the ice patterns were pretty.

Yesterday (although the date on the pic is the 19th as I’ve saved wonkily) I enjoyed a rather early morning dog walk.  This morning was even earlier so there was no light in the sky.  It resulted in a slightly camera shaken iphone image of the sunrise which I liked.

Finally, Monday’s image (although the saved date is wrong – Monday was 16th, not 15th) was taken on the dog walk.  Unfortunately it was grey and dull and a bit yawn so I’ve kept the image thumbnail sized.



Last but not least we have the random pictures.  The trainers (Saturday 14th) are a bit boring from a photography perspective but really important for me.  I went to a pilates class and walked there wearing trainers.  See – I told you – a bit boring.   The significance is that

  1. I’m well enough to do a pilates class
  2. I’m well enough to walk there
  3. I’ve not been well enough to wear trainers in about 4 and half years … it’s a big thing.

The knife really is Friday 13th’s image although I didn’t manage to either take the image then or save it in the right order.  It’s a lovely new santoku knife acquired using birthday money from 2015 at a cookery class gifted for said birthday.  I got to chop things, agressively, for a few hours.  It was a lot of fun.   Anyone in the region – I’d recommend the Waitrose Salisbury cookery school.   Once you get over the weirdness of being in the store and looking out on a coffee shop, it’s really really good.

Next up is an espresso complete with camera shake and focussing issues.   You’d think I’ve forgotten how to use my camera properly in the past year and I think you might be right.  My stepsons very kindly gave me a coffee grinder for christmas and I’ve been tinkering to get the right grind to get a wonderful crema.  On Tuesday, I just about got there.  Now all I need to do is photograph it!

Last but not least is a second image from yesterday, I stumbled across Leadenhall Market in London while looking for somewhere to take a work call.  It’s really cool so I snapped a photo to remind myself for the future.

It’s nice taking images again, and not worrying about whether they are on the camera or the phone.  It would be better if they were in focus or of better quality but that should come (slowly) as time goes by.  Hopefully you will have some patience while I get there.

A jumble of days

Here we are on a 2nd post for 2017 and it’s only 11 days in.  My goodness.

January 3rd to 11th has been a bit of a mix.  3 days in London, a weekend baking and some random bits’n’bobs.  Lets start with the randoms.  January 3rd was a trip into town and a quick shot of a nice bridge.  It was sunny but with it being winter and all I completely got the timing wrong and arrived far too late for there to be anything but shadows on the bridge.   The fourth was a walk slightly further up the river and a young swan trying to remove the grey.  Then we have wellies from January 6th (they’d just been used and I love the difference in sizes between us all) and finally some lovely chunky Rusty Ferret B.A.M.F yarn I was given as a christmas present which was about to become a hat (more on that in the next post).  I didn’t get the white balance at all right for that shot – it’s not green, it’s more blue.

Next up we have London and a fabulous day on Jan 5th so I just had to stop and rub shoulders with the tourists when walking over Westminster Bridge.  Somewhat depressingly, I didn’t realise at the time that I had some camera shake / focus issues so it’s not as sharp as it should be.  I’ll just need to try again on another lovely winters day.

It wasn’t quite so nice on the 10th when I was walking past Westminster and yesterday (11th) the photo options at Elephant and Castle eluded me so I caught the Old Vic on the way back to Waterloo.

Finally, we have cake from the weekend.  A cake of the world no less. Well, actually it was a cake of  a bit less than half the world.  I might write about this separately actually as it was a pretty impressive feat for a 14 year old.  The images are from (failed) attempt number 1 and the carnage from decoration.2017_jan-72017_jan-8

Hope you’re all having a good week and enjoying the snow which is apparently due to arrive.

And we’re back …..

After a 10 month hiatus, project 365 is back again.   A very happy 2017 to you all.

Turns out I’m not so good with prompts, the photography challenge way back in February last year completely scuppered my desire to take images.   I saw the prompt, knew what I wanted to capture but couldn’t do it for whatever reason and then lost the will to continue.

New Year – new 365 challenge with no constraints as I want to enjoy my camera again.  To start with, two images from a lovely walk round Harlaw Reservoir in the Pentland Hills (near Edinburgh) on New Years Day.  These are my pics from Jan 1st and 2nd as Jan 2nd was actually spent in the car so I didn’t take any actual images.



In other news – my 4 month old is now a wonderful 14 month old (no, it’s not him in the image above – that’s just two random people).  As fabulously photogenic as I think he is, I’m not planning on him being the focus of my 2017 365 project.   I’ll try to not include too many images of the dog either.  After a sort of accidental change in career (I was extremely lucky and found a fabby new job when not really looking) , I am very much enjoying a new role, new responsibilities and the wonders of flexible working.    The plan for 2017 is not to take on too much but to keep things simple and enjoy things as much as possible while taking hopefully ever improving pictures and sharing them randomly on here.  I hope you all have a great year!