This year I'm attempting Project 365, taking a photo (or two) a day every day, 365 days of the year.
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.
A trip to town past Queen Elizabeth Grammar School looking sensational in the sunshine. Just around the corner is Lightwaves which was a council run pool and sports centre but when it was shut (due to lack of funding) a community trust fought to keep it open as a leisure and community centre. Lightwaves is home to lots of local sports teams and clubs, a network of art clubs, JobZone offering support for the unemployed, and Young Lives, a support group for young people.
A trip to Leeds. This week has involved a lot of searching for the perfect Prom Dress for the Teen so I went on a recce to Leeds. The newly opened Victoria Gate shopping centre looked stunning and deserted, apart from a few members of staff, which is quite intimidating if you're just having a browse, it was like being a lone fish finger in a shark pool. I didn't stop.
I did find several candidates for the perfect Prom Dress and we went back to Leeds this weekend, to find out if any appealed to the Teen. Tune in next week to find out.
The sun has been playing hide and seek in the clouds this week, and the clouds have been many and stormy.
But it has made for some stunning sunsets including this one on Wednesday, a day of some celebration. It was The Man's birthday and Twin1 got the results for her final year dissertation at uni, a First! :)
A new 'retail park' is in the process of opening just down the street from me and I went to have a look at the first few shops that have opened. Google obviously had the same idea and very soon you will find me on Street View.
Meanwhile, the 'retail park' is being surrounded by new housing. I've lived in the area long enough (over 20 years) to say with some conviction that I can remember when around here used to be all fields but new builds have spread like a rash. As needed as new housing is none of it seems very affordable for people really in need of a home.