Tuesday, 21 June 2022

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 18th June 2022

Saturday 18th was the date chosen for June's photo an hour. It was a day of sunshine and showers which meant I was dodging the rain trying to stick some plants in the garden! The rest of the day was taken up with fairly mundane jobs such as putting the laundry away and tidying. 



Here's what the day looked like...



10 lovely others joined in:

Jennifer joined in on Instagram
Andrea joined in on Instagram 
Josie joined in on Instagram
Sarah joined in on Instagram
Naomi joined in on Instagram
Jane joined in on Instagram Stories
Denise joined in on Instagram Stories
Alex joined in on Instagram Stories
Christine from Christine Lucas joined in on Instagram
Susie from Second Hand Susie joined in on Instagram
And myself on Instagram and on this blog post :-) 



July's photo an hour date is Satuday 23rd  - see you there!
 
 

Thursday, 26 May 2022

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 21st May 2022

May's photo an hour date was Saturday 21st. It was the other half's birthday a few days previously so we went out for a birthday day trip with his choice of destination being the steam trains at West Somerset Railway!


Here's what the day looked like...



9 lovely others joined in:

Andrea joined in on Instagram 
Jennifer joined in on Instagram
Denise joined in on Instagram Stories
Sarah from Sarah Rooftops joined in on Instagram
Bev from Confuzzledom joined in on Instagram
Christine from Christine Lucas joined in on Instagram
Susie from Second Hand Susie joined in on Instagram
Jennifer from Pastry and Purls joined in on Instagram
Jane from Is That You Darling joined in on Instagram Stories
And myself on Instagram and on this blog post :-) 



June's photo an hour date is Saturday 18th - see you there! 
 
 

Sunday, 1 May 2022

March and April at the Duckpond

A two month round up this time, mainly because a proportion of 'March and April' were actually spent *not* at the duckpond. 




  • At the beginning of April we had a mini weekend break to Cornwall, staying with my sister in law who lives down there. We had great weather and even though it was the first weekend of the school holidays, it wasn't too busy! And the reason we were in Cornwall was to see...



  • Hetty Feather at the Minack Theatre - which was a fabulous show with great acting from the whole cast. It was a nice evening, not too cold and we took along blankets anyway. Lily loved the outdoor setting of the theatre I think! 



  • We managed to get both my Mum and Lily up to date with their COVID vaccinations. My Mum was due her 5th one (due to being immunosuppressed) and Lily was due her 2nd. We found a walk in clinic open to children whilst on holiday over Easter and they were more than happy to see us. 


  • Easter was spent in Anglesey in North Wales, at the same holiday park we've been to every year since 1987 (minus 2020 and 2021 of course). It was a bit different this year with my Dad not being able to come but we still had fun. Lots of ice creams were eaten, beaches were played on and geocaches were found. We did a mini Easter egg hunt in our chalet for Lily too and amazingly, she still has chocolate eggs left even now! 



  • Whilst on holiday too, me and Andrew had our 15th wedding anniversary. Not quite sure how it's been so many years; I remember making a card and present for my parent's 15th wedding anniversary back in 1991 so that's a bit surreal. 


  • My Dad's finally out of hospital and has been moved to his new home, a nursing home close to where he used to live. Luckily it's not too far for me and my Mum to visit either. 



  • TV and film - we haven't managed to watch much TV recently although I did see that Edgar Wright's 'The Sparks Brothers' film is now on Netflix so we're looking forward to seeing that at some point. I did watch a great talk from last year on YouTube by Bellingcat founder, Eliot Higgins all about how they tracked down the Skripal's poisioners. Open source investigation is something that interests me so I found it fascinating. I'm pleased that the Great British Sewing Bee is back on again too!


  • Music - I'm looking forward to Arcade Fire's new album, out on May 6th (I've had 'The Lightning' on repeat since it was released) and I spotted Muse also have a new album out later in the year too. 


  • Our Geocaching Instagram account seems to be going quite well, lots of people seem to like our photos and I think it encourages us to get out more. Or perhaps it's just because we tend to do more caching whilst on holiday. 



  • We had an excellent day trip to Lyme Regis back in March, somewhere Lily's wanted to visit for ages as she loves dinaosaurs and knows all about Mary Anning. We did a bit of fossil hunting but didn't find anything too interesting. We will have to return and have another search sometime!



  • April's Photo an Hour took place on Saturday 23rd - we were driving back from Anglesey that day so a few hours of pictures were missed. Just after Easter, I also did a round up of all the lovely people who've taken part in photo an hour over the last year. May's photo an hour date is Saturday 21st - feel free to join in if you want. 


Tuesday, 26 April 2022

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 23rd April 2022

April's photo an hour date was last Saturday, the 23rd. We'd been on holiday for the previous 10 days, up in Anglesey in North Wales and most of the day was spent driving back down to the south west with a few planned pit stops along the way. 


Here's what the day looked like...




11 lovely others joined in:

Josie joined in on Instagram
Jennifer joined in on Instagram
Susie from Second Hand Susie joined in on Instagram
Naomi from What Naomi Did Next joined in on Instagram
Sarah from Sarah Rooftops joined in on Instagram
Jennifer from Pastry and Purls joined in on Instagram
Bev from Confuzzledom joined in on Instagram
Hazel from World of Joy joined in on Instagram
Catherine joined in on Instagram
Denise joined in on Instagram Stories
Jane from Is That You Darling joined in on Instagram Stories
And myself on Instagram and on this blog post :-) 



May's photo an hour date is Saturday 21st - see you there!
 
 

Monday, 18 April 2022

Meet the Photo an Hour-ers

So I've been taking part in 'Photo an Hour' for about 8 and a half years; the first one I ever did was back in September 2013. It was originally set up by Jane from Is That You Darling and she picked the dates but for the last 5 years or so, we've been sharing the job of choosing which dates and I've made a handy pic each January to remind everyone. 

Over the years there's been lots of different people who've joined in, some just for a few months, some who dip in now and again and some who take part almost every time. I thought it would be nice to share all the lovely people who've taken part over the last year - click on the pictures and check them out :-) 


Josie - thefinchsbeak



Jennifer - crochet.potato



Catherine - peasinourthyme











Susie - secondhandsusie (blog link is Second Hand Susie)



Naomi - whatnaomididnext (blog link is What Naomi Did Next)




Sarah - sarahrooftops (blog link is Sarah Rooftops)




Jennifer - pastryandpurls (blog link is Pastry and Purls)




Bev - confuzzledom (blog link is Confuzzledom)




Hazel - hazelxjoy (blog link is World of Joy)




Christine - christine_lucas_2017 (blog link is Christine Lucas)




Jane - itydarling (blog link is Is That You Darling)










If you've never taken part before, it's fairly simple - just post a photo every hour on the chosen date. I'd say nowdays most of us post on Instagram or Instagram Stories but you could post on Twitter or just do a summary on a blog afterwards if you like. And the beauty of the photo an hour challenge is often its mundaneness, everyone posting a cuppa at a similar time for example. Jane wrote this blog post all about it a few years ago, the dates are old but the information and instructions are the same. 

April's photo an hour date is this Saturday, the 23rd - see you there!

 







Thursday, 24 March 2022

9 Years of Occasional Blogging

So last year on this date, I wrote a blog post about how 8 years earlier I had started this blog. And now it's 9 years since I started this blog. Still very much occasional blogging though. 

I've just about managed to keep up with documenting each month's photo an hour challenge and there's been some sporadic posts about what we've been up to each month. 


Pretty spring picture, just because :-)


My Dad having a stroke last August threw a bit of a spanner in the works over the autumn what with juggling caring responsibilities and life carrying on. 

But anyway, it feels like the 'blogging world' isn't really there any more - is anyone out there? I'm not sure and I suppose it doesn't really matter anyway. There's definitely seems to be a lot more going on over on Instagram and in some ways and at some times, looking at a load of pictures and short videos is preferable to reading a long blog post. 

I probably should use Instagram more and I'd like to learn how to use Instagram Stories. Like, when or why would you use a story for something as opposed to just posting a picture as usual? Perhaps I just need to have a play around with it, but then I'd probably just be posting something which is pointless and wasting people's time if they view it. Perhaps I'm overthinking it though. 

I think my favourite bit of social media is Twitter. I rarely post anything but I read a lot. It can be really interesting (depending on how you curate your feed of course) and I think I find out more 'news-wise' than just reading stuff on the BBC. I'm very much a 'the more information/knowledge, the better' type of person. I like being informed I suppose. Although I appreciate Twitter can be a bit of an echo chamber at times and you can certainly get lost in rabbit holes!

I don't really use Pinterest much anymore. I do have a Facebook page but don't post often. And I do have a YouTube channel but there's not a lot on it. I like the idea of creating short videos of where we've been or what we've done but who has the time or energy to actually do it? 


Anyway, this is just a bit of a rambling post really, musing about blogging and social media, with no real point. I suppose I just wanted to post something to mark another year of having this little space on the interweb. 

If there's anyone out there, how are you doing?

 

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 19th March 2022

Saturday 19th was March's photo an hour date. It was a sunny day and was mainly spent doing jobs around the house and garden. 


Here's what the day looked like...


14 lovely others joined in:

Josie joined in on Instagram
Jennifer joined in on Instagram
Susie from Second Hand Susie joined in on Instagram
Naomi from What Naomi Did Next joined in on Instagram
Sarah from Sarah Rooftops joined in on Instagram
Jennifer from Pastry and Purls joined in on Instagram
Bev from Confuzzledom joined in on Instagram
Hazel from World of Joy joined in on Instagram
Catherine joined in on Instagram Stories
Lucy joined in on Instagram Stories
Denise joined in on Instagram Stories
Emma joined in on Instagram Stories
Jane from Is That You Darling joined in on Instagram Stories
Alex from Odd Socks and Pretty Frocks joined in on Instagram Stories
And myself on Instagram and on this blog post :-) 


An apology is needed as well - I don't always watch Instagram Stories and hadn't put 2 and 2 together to realise that searching #photoanhour to find out who took part wasn't going to show people who only took part on Stories! So apologies if I've missed you off the list of participants in previous months. I definitely need to learn how and when to use Stories a bit better.


Anyway, April's photo an hour date is Saturday 23rd - see you there!
 
 
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