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

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.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Wakefield

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.  

Street Photography Wakefield

Victoria Gate Shopping Centre Leeds

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.

Chimney skyline

The sun has been playing hide and seek in the clouds this week, and the clouds have been many and stormy.

Sunsets and chimneys

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! :)

Google Street View car

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.

New housing

Begging person Wakefield


  1. I hope the exams are going well...
    The shopping centre looks amazing! So shiny and new. Good luck with the prom dress.
    Fab photos x

  2. Another busy week for you. Fancy being spotted by a Google car. You'll be googlised for all, now! The exam schedule looks insane! I really can't imagine me being calm & collected when it's my turn to watch my little ones go thru them!
    Brilliant shot of the new shopping centre, it must've been eerie.

  3. the dreaded GCSE timetable, glad my lot have finished now, couldn't stand any more stress, Proms are so much easier with boys, new suit/suit hire tie and a new shirt and we're done once we've shined the shoes of course and bought the date a corsage and paid for the tickets and booked the hair cut and found the perfect vehicle to drive son and date to prom in, scrap that, not that

  4. Feel that with new houses round here, not really affordable to the people wanting their first foot up.
    Love the photographic opportunities in the new shopping mall, what a shame you felt you had to leave. Look forward to seeing the dress.
    Hope her exams go well. !3 seems a lot.


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