Saturday, 18 March 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 11

This year I am attempting Project 365, taking a photo (sometimes two) a day 365 days a year. You can follow my daily posts on Instagram or catch the weekly round up here every Saturday... sometimes very late on Saturday.

11/03 

Saturday was the second attempt at prom dress shopping for Daughter 3, this time in Leeds. This is not THE prom dress. The search continues.

12/03

Exploring the Snapchat filters like you do when you have teenagers. Personally the ones that give you ears, cover half your face, change your eye colour, and make you look 20 years younger are by far much my favourite.

13/03

Wakefield Cathedral looking awe inspiring of a Monday, though I suspect that rather might be the point.

14/03

Sunset from Quirky Kook Towers

15/03 

The grown-ups were burning garden waste after winter but fire and smoke is always magic when you're ten years old. Also, no ten year olds were harmed in the making of this photo #justincaseyouwereworried

16/03

Up early enough to see the sun rise. Which was nice*

*Not really. I hate mornings even if they look nice.

17/03

Walking through town on Friday. In the drizzle. Past betting shops, charity shops, and shops for sale. In some parts, Wakefield is beautiful. In others, not so nice.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Where I Lead, Beyonce Follows

When Beyonce announced she was pregnant with twins last month, she all but broke the internet with an Instagram post posing in her floral, pregnant glory.

She followed the Instagram post up with the results of an entire photo shoot of her pregnant self; in lingerie, underwater, tastefully naked, or with daughter Blue Ivy (the results of which you can see in Time). And that too was glorious.

It made me feel deeply sad that when I was pregnant with my own twins way back in 1995, pregnancy photoshoots weren't a thing like they seem to be now. Unless of course you were Demi Moore, who'd gone naked on the front cover of Vanity Fair 4 years earlier. And that wasn't something that was ever going to be emulated in the depths of West Yorkshire in 1995.

At least not by me it wasn't, 22 years ago digital cameras were relatively new and hugely expensive while phone cameras were yet to be released on a waiting public. Taking photos back then was a much more arduous, serious and committed business that meant camera, film, and a trip to Boots the Chemist for developing and a judgemental look from the man behind the counter.

This week though, while wading through some old photos, I discovered to my surprise that I did do a pregnant photoshoot after all.

Well, I went and stood in the nearest Mothercare modelling their up to the minute mum-to-be fashion range while a press photographer took photos for an article I was writing for the local newspaper where I worked, it being a well known fact local news editors will never pay for models if someone in the newsroom will do.

They might not have the glamour, the flowers or the dreamy lighting of Beyonce's photo shoot, but then again we're all for a bit of realism in Yorkshire. So my pregnancy photoshoot sums up what being four months pregnant with twins is really like. It's all about bare feet, swollen ankles, hideous 1995 pregnancy clothes that I wouldn't have been seen dead in never mind pregnant, and the dazed look of someone who's morning sickness lasted 'til bedtime.


pregnancy fashion 1995 style

Barefoot and pregnant, 1995

Pregnancy fashion 1995 style

Still, I was clearly setting a trend.

And like all the best models, Mothercare even offered me a choice of outfit to take away with me.

I chose leggings. Obviously.



Saturday, 11 March 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 10

This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo (sometimes two) a day 365 days of the year. You can follow my daily posts on Instagram or catch the weekly round up here every Saturday.

4/03
University of Huddersfield hoody with a missing d

Daughter2, in her final year at Huddersfield University, decided to invest in a lovely, fleecy-lined university hoody from the university shop. It wasn't until it was home that she noticed that there wasn't something quite right with it....

5/03
Full English Breakfast, made by me

Sometimes only one thing will do to get you through a long, cold Sunday

6/03

I've been buying up the on-sale flowering daffodils in pots from the local supermarket so that I can enjoy them indoors now, replant them outside when they die, and then enjoy them all over again when they flower in the garden next Spring. Much more fun (and cheaper) than buying them in bunches.

7/03 

Recording the band

Tuesday evening and somewhat to my surprise, I spent it helping out with the recording of a video for The Man's band. We were filming in an-about-to-be-closed-down-and-turned-into-a-restaurant pub I've never been to before, and now sadly won't be going to again. 

8/03

One of my hyacinths broke :(

9/03
Tea, no milk Bacon butty, no sauce

A little bit of sunshine and I was in the garden weeding, planting, pruning and doing all the things I should probably have done ages ago. Thank the lord for a mid-morning cup of tea and bacon butty. #notanaturalgardener

10/03
Outwood Academy well done postcards


The Teen's school are big on sending postcards home to say how well pupils are doing, which is nice. 
We already had one from the English department this week, but Friday bought unexpected news from Science and Product Design too. Hurrah




Saturday, 4 March 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 9


This year I am attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day 365 days a year. You can follow my daily posts on Instagram or catch the weekly round up on the blog every Saturday.

25/02
Mount: Jilly Cooper

I am, quite frankly and unashamedly, an epic literature snob. If you haven't read the collected works of Shakespeare, the Brontes, Dickens, Hardy and Austen, we just wouldn't get on. But everyone needs a guilty secret and Jilly Cooper is mine. I've read and re-read all the books that make up the Rutshire Chronicles and could barely wait for the the new one because, well, Rupert Campbell Black, a modern day Heathcliff of a hero, just with a little less angst and trauma and much more champagne and horses. 

26/02
Rainy Monday sunset

A rainy Monday sunset

27/02
Fish finger and egg sandwich with cheese

The Man's idea of brunch; a fish finger and egg sandwich with added cheese.

28/02
Forget-me-not

Tidied up the garden this week ready for Spring and the forget-me-nots are starting to flower. Hurrah. 

01/03
school admission place offered

The Boy's progress from primary school to secondary school begins with his acceptance into our preferred school. Good job really, as it was the only one I put on the form having had three daughters attend there, and with the Teen going into the school's Sixth Form in September.

02/03 
World Book Day biography edition, Boy as James Hunt

World Book Day at school and The Boy decided to celebrate biography, in particular the biography of one of his (and his dad's) racing heroes, James Hunt. And it just so happened that we had the perfect outfit in the race suit we discovered in the charity shop last week.

 03/03
The Girl (daughter2) with mermaid hair, pink and purple edition

Daughter 2 has spent the last two weeks gradually changing her naturally chocolate brown hair into something not a million miles away from being a unicorn's mane. It's still, I am informed, a work in progress.






Saturday, 25 February 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 8

This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day 365 days a year. You can follow my daily posts on Instagram or catch the weekly round up here on the blog every Saturday...


18/02
Wakefield Rhubarb Festival bridal couple

Wakefield Rhubarb Festival was in full flow on Saturday and so busy that a young couple who were getting married in the Cathedral, slap bang in the middle of the Festival, decided to venture out into the visiting rhubarb fans for a few wedding photos.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 7

This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day 365 days a year. You can follow my daily posts on Instagram or see the weekly round up here every Saturday.

Week Seven

11/02
Make up face

Selfie taking with friends, and yes said friend has smeared make up over Daughter2's face before the selfie is taken because. Saturday night.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 6


This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day 365 days a year. You could follow my daily posts on Instagram or see the weekly round up on the blog every Saturday.

Week Six

4/02
Yorkshire sunset
Sunset over St John's Church ...this is the view out of my bedroom window and you'll probably get as used to it as me by the end of Project 365

Monday, 6 February 2017

Love Where You Live: Wakefield, A Walk to the City Centre via Instagram

If you love Instagram, and who doesn't, you tend to take a lot of what you hope to be Instagram worthy shots going about your everyday life. Or at least I do, I also take photos of things I would never have considered taking before I discovered Instagram. Hence I have over years managed to amass enough random shots that I can virtually recreate the walk from home to the centre of Wakefield, via the medium of Instagram. And not just down the one route, but down both roads that run parallel with each other and lead to the city centre from home.

Obviously, it would be extraordinarily remiss of me not to share such a journey particularly as it's taken a good three days just to find the photos on my hard drive and so, ladies and gentlemen, I give you my walk into Wakefield, you can hover over photos for a description

All photographs were taken on different times, different days, different seasons, different years, in different weathers, from different directions, and with different angles.

Do not use as a map.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 5

This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day 365 days of the year. You could follow my daily posts on Instagram or see the weekly round up here on the blog every Saturday


Week Five

28/1
Bubbles

I seem to spend every Saturday in the kitchen baking for the week ahead and endlessly washing up, One of the joys of having a kitchen too bijou for a dishwasher, I hoped that's what the teenager was for, but I was wrong. Apparently.
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