Photos from May

1st May 2017: Emily and I doing early morning colouring together

Allensford. This may have quickly become one of our favourite family places. Nothing flash, at all, just a lovely space for running around (or watching younger, more energetic, members of the family running around!) and BREATHING.

Is this a little woodland creature (at Allensford)?

So guess where we were today! Emily has wanted to go here for so long. We took a picnic but it was so windy and chilly we just ate it in the car; there are a surprisingly large number of picnics best eaten in the car around here! But it doesn’t take away from the experience, the sense of fun and adventure.

Dandelion-blowing

Me and my girl. This is in the woods around the Angel of the North.

Climbing trees

5th: A picture to cheer me up. Little flower girl in the garden yesterday.

15th: Daniel, proudly sitting behind the wheel of a Corvette Stingray at the car show (Chester-le-Street Riverside Park) yesterday! That cheered him up (he’s suffering badly with mouth ulcers and a nasty infection).

Emily at the splash pad at Riverside Park. You couldn’t call it a heatwave, by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s a definite feel in the air that summer is on its way.

26th: Emily at the window

Cartwheels in Grandma’s garden

Summery little girl!

One of the great things about working from home with your own business: Bailey’s in coffee for elevenses (or ten-ses). The credit for this stroke of genius has to go to my cousin Sarah, though.

28th: Capturing everyday detail – sleepy girl. I love capturing tiny details that may evoke a gut reaction, a lost memory, when we look at them in twenty years. Assuming the internet hasn’t imploded by then of course (must get prints made!)

February’s photo album

3rd February 2017: Hat hair!!

4th: Emily cooked dinner today! Pork chops, potato wedges, vegetables, sweet potato falafel and roasted red pepper relish. Did almost everything including chopping the vegetables with Mummy’s big vegetable knife. Proud little girl, and proud Mum!

5th: happy kids at their friend’s birthday party.

6th: In sharp contrast, sad little girl at dentist today.

9th: Poorly little girl still, feeling sorry for herself, reading Narnia in bed (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, of course).

11th: playing together

12th: Colouring-in together. Mum and daughter bonding time!

13th: A new tool to help with pain! Fingerless gloves to stop my hand stiffening up. They’ve been gorgeous today, such a help!

18th: Daniel scoring baskets at Infinite Air trampoline park, Durham. We love it here; it’s not cheap but not too bad if you go on a family session. Not all the sections are available but there’s more than enough, and they’re really good at not over-booking it. They could have fit a lot more people in but they didn’t (and it was fully booked) and there’s tons of space and never any queues.

19th: Family Sunday dinner

20th: brother and sister

22nd: Mum’s dog. He was posing too beautifully to miss.

Photo album: January 2017

5th January: Dad in hospital catching up on priorities – sport!

6th: Today’s prompt is from the #bookloversjanuary project! I am flitting this year. Today: fave title page. This book is just a work of art, the photo doesn’t do it justice.

7th: Saw this weird halo around the moon tonight (#nofilter)

8th: Newcastle, yesterday evening. I LOVE this church although I’ve never been in. I will one day!

9th: Pretending today is the 6th jan (yes I know, but due to life-type-stuff I didn’t get decorations down last week. So today IS the 6th,isn’t it? ISN’T IT?!) Taking decorations down and feeling a bit blue x

11th: Getting stuck into Guitar Hero!

12th: Footprints in first dusting of snow.

Friday 13th: walking home. We had a good fall of snow this morning but it was all gone by home time.

14th: Emily was asked to sort out her toys. Her solution was to just start wearing everything.

19th: After a visit to the Dental Hospital at the RVI… And they didn’t even do anything on this visit. It’s a hard life.

20th: All Saints’ Church, Lanchester. No post-processing.

Lanchester wasn’t my childhood village, but I did go to both primary school and secondary school here so it’s full of memories and places with strong associations. This church makes me think of the best friend I had all through secondary school. She was a bellringer here (which leads on to memories of GCSE English presentations, in the rabbit-hole manner of memory paths) and her mum was married here when we were in Sixth Form.

25th: In-laws around for Sunday dinner; the Yorkshire puddings are threatening to come out of the oven to meet us! I’ve totally cracked these now, after years of trying.

26th: TENS machine, my new best friend. I got this from my community pain management clinic and it’s been a huge help. Possibly deserving its own blog post…

27th: my Mother-in-Law’s birthday. Happy birthday Karen!

28th At Durham University library for a day of study. My first masters assignment is almost due!!

My actual institution is Nottingham but that’s a slight problem, being 200-odd miles away. In comes SCONUL – I discovered this programme which lets you access partner insitution libraries (which includes most UK universities) on my undergraduate degree, but the OU undergraduate materials are fairly self-contained and I didn’t use it much. At Master’s level, you really need a huge resource, easily accessible and well-stocked. I’m lucky to live around 10 minutes’ drive from Durham, which being such a prestigious university has a brilliant library. The only real downside is the fact that you can’t bring a coffee to your desk (understandable, but, y’know. Meh.) and the parking which is pretty non-existent as far as I can see unless you’re a member of staff. Anyway, SCONUL is an absolute must, especially for distance-learners.

30th: morning walk. Between Sacriston and Nettlesworth.

Another from the walk. Appropriately blue.

#project366 Week, er,…52b?  

26th: Gift. Best. Gift. Ever. SHIELD Academy sci-tech shirt. I actually squealed when I opened this one!

28th: It’s cold outside! Still no snow here but a decent frost and a cold and clear morning. And currently (8.30pm) -2° according to phone *brrr*

29th: Warmth. Not so much warmth, actually, as fever: one poorly little girl with a proper high temperature.

30th: Resolution. Get my act together this year, using a Best Self journal and planner and setting some goals. Including more photo challenges, apologies in advance!

31st: Celebration. Emily is representing all of us as she celebrates new year’s eve with a party popper at The King’s Head. Goodbye and good riddance to 2016; hello 2017, you’re looking goood. Happy new year everyone xxxx

And with that, it’s the end of #project366. It’s been erratic, sometimes frustrating and often a struggle to get anything half decent, but it’s also been inspiring and it’s forced me to sometimes look for a photo opportunity in unexpected places. It’s also been a great record of the year to look back on!

I’ll be doing another challenge next year so watch out for #project365 2017 posts!