Sunday, 18 June 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 24

This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day every day for 365 days a year.

Week 24.

10/06 
rainbows

Sunset

Sunset

A day of sun, rain, rainbows and a fabulous sunset.

11/06 
Brownies

Baking Brownies

12/06 
Sports Day

 The Boy's last ever sports day at junior school and his team won. Hurrah for Blue Team.

13/06lavender


14/06
yellow flower

15/06
Going to Eden Camp

Helping out on The Boy's school trip to Eden Camp, the Second World War themed museum in North Yorkshire, calls for dressing up. The Boy went as a Desert Rat and I was a land girl,

16/06 
sunset

Yet another sunset.


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 21

This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day every day 365 days of a year.

Week 21

20/05
double rainbow

Today was the day that we found The Teen's prom dress. Hurrah. A prom dress that is entirely a different length, style and colour to the prom dress she went looking for, but the perfect prom dress for her nevertheless, but it is, of course, a great big secret until the big day and so you have to make do with the stunning rainbows that greeted our arrival home from the shops.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 20

This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo (or two) a day every day, 365 days of the year.


Week 19

13/05
GCSEs 2017

This week is the start of the Teen's GCSEs - a whole month, broken by a week of half term, of exams. Luckily, I get her exam nerves and The Teen, who sat her first three GCSEs last year, is calm tranquility herself so I think we'll get through it, though I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Why I'm Voting Labour

Well, why would I not vote for this Labour party?

According to the Labour manifesto, the majority of Labour's policies are policies that I believe in. Their election promises, ones that I want to be kept. I want a political party that works 'For the Many, Not the Few.'

I want to see an end to Tory austerity; to the selling off of the NHS, to the shutting down of local services, the erosion of worker's rights, and what amounts to little more than the persecution of the sick, the poor and the needy in our society.

I don't want 80 ill people dying each week because they've been declared fit for work. I don't want our nurses having to feed their families from food banks. I don't want fracking, and I don't want fox hunting. Then again who would? 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 19

This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day every day for 365 days of the year


Week 19

6/05
SATS message from teacher

This week has been all about the dreaded SATS but The Boy's teacher set some excellent homework for over the weekend. By Sunday night he's ticked off every single one and had a whale of a time doing it too. It's possibly the first homework that he's completed with enthusiasm during his entire time at school.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Review: JW Anderson Curates Disobedient Bodies at The Hepworth, Wakefield.

Disobedient Bodies exhibition The Hepworth Wakefield
An iconic 1980's Jean Paul Gaultier cone dress with, in the background, Henry Moore's Reclining Figure (1936) 


It's taken a while for me to get to The Hepworth's latest exhibition, a collaboration with fashion designer Jonathan Anderson that has been running since March, but finally last week the planets aligned just long enough to give me a free afternoon so I went and spent it looking at 'Disobedient Bodies.'

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 18

I am attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day every day for 365 days a year.

Week 18

29/04
Drink Me Teapot, Asda

I fell in love with a teapot, but it is a very special teapot inspired by  Alice in Wonderland and only £7 in Asda.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 17

I'm attempting Project 365, a photo a day every day for 365 days of the year


Week 17

22/04
Purple haired daughter

Daughter 2 disenchanted with the multi-coloured mermaid hair she's had for just a couple of weeks decided to just go purple instead. Now she matches nearly everything in the house.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 16

I'm attempting Project 365, a photo a day every day for 365 days a year

Week 16

15/04
The Boy at Donnington

The day after returning from a family holiday in Whitby, The Man and Boy were away again to spend the weekend at the British Touring Cars Championship while the rest of us stayed at home and in the girls' cases relaxed and in mine, did the cooking, the washing ....

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 14 and 15

This year I am attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day 365 days of the year. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control (life) I've missed a week of posting the project on here/ So without further ado, let's play catch up ... 

Week 14

1/03
Doing the Highland Fling

At a friend's gorgeous wedding in an equally gorgeous Scotland, I couldn't resist this shot of a kilt wearing wedding guest dancing with his daughter in the glorious Scottish countryside.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Photography Project 365, Week13


This year I am attempting Project 365, taking a photo a day for 365 days of the year. Usually you can follow my daily posts on Instagram and the weekly round up here on the blog every Saturday. But not this week, because I have been extraordinarily busy so ....

Week 13

25/03
Wakefield Magistrates Court door

One of the doors at Wakefield Magistrates Court where I spent many happy hours covering cases when I was a probationary reporter. It's set to be closed down soon and no doubt turned into a restaurant or nightclub.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 12

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

18/03

I made Easter Biscuits, except I left out the sultanas and mixed spice and put in vanilla and chocolate drops instead so, not really Easter Biscuits at all.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 4


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 Four

21/365
Chocolate Orange Muffins recipe

The best Chocolate Orange muffins ever, you can find my recipe here

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Hepworth Sculpture Prize, A Child's Eye View

The-Hepworth-Wakefield

The Hepworth, Wakefield, is just a hop, skip, and a ride on the free city bus away from home and it is, and has been since it opened, The Boy and I's go to place if we're at a loose end and want to spend some time together.

The gallery is currently running the first Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, the exhibition is the biggest and most ambitious that  has been mounted in it's five year history and is part of The Hepworth's anniversary celebrations,

Monday, 23 January 2017

Tattoo You: Once More, With Feeling


A couple of years ago my now 21 year old twin daughters got their first tattoos, of the recently deceased family cat (you can read about that here) as it happens.

They were, are, nice tattoos, despite breaking Rule 5 of the Tattoo Rules I drew up when they decided to get them done .....
 

The Tattoo Rules

Rule 1: No tattoos anywhere that can be seen by other people in everyday, normal life.
  
Rule 2: No tattoos behind the ears, top of the neck, inner wrist , ring finger, or foot.

Rule 3: No names.

Rule 4: In fact no words at all because spelling.. grammar... bad handwriting. ... SO many things that can go wrong.

Rule 5: No all black tattoos.

Rule 6: Nothing designed by a friend.
  
Rule 6: Think very, very carefully about what you are choosing to have tattooed into your epidermis for the rest of your life. 


But one tattoo is never enough, apparently. Daughter 1 recently took herself to be inked for a third time and managed to break at least four of the rules all in one go.

Once More, With Feeling Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tattoo

This tattoo can be seen, it's on her ankle, it's black, it's words, and it's in handwriting.

I can't be too dismayed though, because having asked me to write the words down, she took them away and came back with my handwriting forever tattooed in her skin. I think I love it almost as much as I love her.....

....Even if it the words are taken from a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode and not the collected works of Shakespeare. *Sighs*

Maybe next time.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 3


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

Week Three

14/365
Sunset over St John's Wakefield

Sunset

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Photography Project 365, Week 2



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

Week Two

7/365
Bombay gin gift

Apology presents from Daughter 2, one of the perks of having kids aged 21. Of course she was instantly forgiven

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Favourite Photos of 2016

My annual photographs seem to come up with much the same subject matter year after year. There'll be shots of the family, but they get increasingly less and less as the children grow older and don't so much pose anymore as run away screaming.

There's usually photos of Whitby, and photos of steam engines, and photos of steam engines in Whitby. There is, very probably, photos of sheep, for no other reason than on days out in the Yorkshire countryside, the least unwelcoming being you'll meet is probably a sheep.*

Nevertheless do not be deterred, here are my favourite photographs of 2016...

Whitby Abbey picture postcard

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Photography Project 365, Week One

This year I'm attempting Project 365 taking a photo a day 365 days of the year. You can follow my daily 365 posts over on my Instagram or see the roundly week up here on the blog every Saturday.


Week One

1/365
Boy and bass project365

New Year's Day and The Boy sharing the chair with daddy's bass in it's case the morning after the night before. Musical instruments usually end up hogging the furniture in this house.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Saal Digital Photo Book ... A Review


I'm one of those people who take photographs all the time. Of everything and anything, and mostly of other people who shout: 'Oh, mum. Don't.' at me shortly after. I'm also one of those people who never, ever gets their photos printed out, thousands languish on my hard drive unseen for years

Until, that is, Saal Digital came to the rescue with the opportunity to create one of their photo books. Saal Digital is a German company specialising in printing services and they offer a range of photo books in a number of sizes and formats: Landscape or portrait, with soft covers, hardcovers, or luxurious leather bindings. 

There's a choice of glossy or matt pages, lots of colour options for both the cover and pages, you can add your own text, and there's loads of page templates to help you design your photo book. You can even freestyle it your own way using the software's page grids and resizing tools. Either way you can truly individualise each page cherry picking from the templates or not, depending on how you choose each double page spread to look.

Saal-Digital-Photobook
The front cover of my Saal Design photo book

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017


For 2017

Run at life. Grab it, squeeze it, wrestle it. Appreciate it, enjoy it, use it. Love it. 
Take it for long walks in the woods, for picnics on the beach, and dancing at weekends.

Life is what you make it. Make it matter.



Run-Free-Love-Life


Happy New Year 2017
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