Monthly Archives: March 2013

Day 90/365 and Month 3/12

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

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So this week we decided to make a start on stripping the new house, and have had much support from friends and family. Took my Mom round to see it today as well, but we have to put the brakes on for a few days while we’re in Paris, although I have a feeling the in-laws may sneak round and help a bit while we’re away. Just need to get the place ready for a couple of big jobs before we can start decorating again and moving stuff in! About to go and pack my case ready for the flight to Paris in the morning, hope the wifi is sufficient out there to allow me to continue uploading to here, fingers crossed!

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Day 89/365

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”

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I love this quote, it makes me chuckle, Douglas Adams was brilliant at lines like this, and this one in particular makes me think of the Quaker area around the Cadbury World plant where everything seems calm and tranquil, and nothing seems to happen. The kind of place most people would want to retire to. I passed through here on my way home today after meeting a couple to discuss their wedding plans, and as lovely as it is to look at, I am still glad to be home.

Day 88/365

“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

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Thought i’d take a quick trip out with the camera this morning before starting work on the house. Thankfully I have the benefit of my friend Alan joining me to get a little work done this afternoon. I’m lucky to have such good friends who are willing to help. There is a long road ahead of us before we move into this place.

The photo today is the ruins of a Priory close to me which was founded in 1160, and are now located within a park and free for the public to walk around and explore.

Day 87/365

“Random chance plays a huge part in everybody’s life.”

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Finally, the end of term and two weeks off work start today! Got home and was soon surprised by ambulance and police pulling up outside, nothing seemed to happen for a while until a clearly very drunk man was escorted into the back of the ambulance. It was rather unexpected and random! Had a lovely evening out with friends at a local curry house that I didnt even know existed until very recently! You learn something new every day!

Day 86/365

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

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A few years ago I walked into this house with my girlfriend and met her Nan. Now my girlfriend is my wife and her Nan is watching from the stars. She would have been pleased to know her grand daughter was taking over the house, but until now I haven’t been in there alone, it was always her Nan’s house. Now we’re as good as calling it our own and the work has begun on stripping the wallpaper and making plans to make it our mark on it. Thanks to my good friends Scott and Trevor for their massive help in getting the ball rolling tonight and making a big dent in the work with me!

Day 85/365

“Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.”

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So today I was caught off guard, out all day and although i’d taken my camera with me as usual, simply wasn’t prepared for the dead battery in my camera! If left me unable to capture anything, and wanting to kick myself for not having a spare ready! I sat at home and got to thinking about my day, and since I started this project I have spent every evening lying on the floor editing my daily photo on my MacBook Pro, as opposed to sitting in a nice comfy chair in the spare room with a big table and bit screen, and with less than 25% of my project behind me, I guess theres a whole lot more lying on the floor ahead of me!

Day 84/365

“She sat in the sunshine watching the life on the street and guarding within herself, her own mystery of life.”

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Now we approach the end of March, and anyone living in the UK will be well used to the fact that the unseasonal snow is showing no signs of disappearing anytime soon with temperatures regularly dipping below freezing. Two years ago it was about 21ºc at the end of March and everyone was in shorts and t-shirts, yet today I am digging snow and ice from the pavement to try and reduce the risk of my pregnant wife slipping over. I can never remove this risk, but I want to think i’ve done all I can to reduce it!

Day 83/365

“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.”

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So whats the best way to use the snow with out actually photographing the snow? Easy, photograph the wife looking extremely cold in the snow! Before you all think I am a cruel husband for dragging my poor pregnant wife out in the snow, she was a perfectly willing volunteer, and it was only for five minutes!

Day 82/365

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

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A lovely lazy day at home watching the snow and taking it easy was just what the doctor ordered. Looking forward to going out for food with family later on, just hope the snow hasn’t affected the roads. This shot is the view from our living room window at the moment, one I’ve tried to capture before, but never been happy with. I don’t always want to go for obvious snow shots when it has been snowing as so many seem to, but I quite liked this shot, and in all honesty didn’t want to go out in it. Besides, not going out in it kinda reflects my day anyway!

Day 81/365

“Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.”

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Today was our last day in Germany and after an early start we left our accommodation and piled the luggage into the hire car. We had some unexpected unseasonal snow this week and it made the place we were staying in look lovely, so I decided to capture this before I left. The German autobahns made light work of getting back to Frankfurt airport and the joy of free wifi at Schipol, now we have landed in Amsterdam means I can upload this one on the move! I love technology!

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