Monthly Archives: June 2013

Day 181/365 and month 6/12

“Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway.”

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6 months in and half way through this project, i’ve done better than I thought I would! Had a wonderful nights sleep back in my own bed, so much so that this mornings 6 mile run seemed fairly easy, even at 8am! We then had our first antenatal class which was really interesting and worth the money, the day went very quickly. We followed it up with a pub lunch and then me getting to watch the British Grand Prix on the Sky+. Back to regular work tomorrow now i’m back from France!

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Day 180/365

“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.”

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Setting the alarm for 3am felt just plain wrong, but it was a necessary evil to make the drive back to Caen ferry port, ready to head back to the UK. Using the frustratingly slow free ferry wifi to upload this picture, which was taken at the ferry port as we were stood around waiting for the gates to open. About to depart from the boat and get back in the bus for the drive back to Birmingham. I’ll be glad to be back in my own bed tonight, thats for sure!

Day 179/365

“Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.”

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Out for a 5km walk today, and perfect cool, cloudy weather for it. Lunch was the perfect motivation to keep us going! Saw some gorgeous sights on the way, walking through the French countryside and stopped to capture this dirt track driveway up to someones fantastic looking house.

Last night in France today, and almost all packed ready for a 4am start back to the UK tomorrow morning. Off out for some food in a little while, and maybe a cheeky beer to help me sleep after a nap this afternoon threatens to keep me from getting to sleep later!

Day 178/365

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

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Had a fantastic day out at a French farm, the kids loved it! Weather was perfect. Its nice to switch off from technology once a while, made sure the iphone wasn’t receiving calls or any other data. A really nice a quiet day tomorrow, hopefully. Done for tonight, off to bed!

Day 177/365

“The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists.

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Yesterday was spent at Mont St-Michel which was sadly a bit of a disappointment. Firstly the sheer volume of other tourists there made it almost impossible to get around. The amount of big hills and steps made me think that the parents pushing buggies and strollers either hadn’t done their research or were made. Secondly, the tourist industry in France saw it in their wisdom to tear up the land around Mont St-Michel to create a new road system, ruining the overall view of this island, essentially what it has become famous for! The reason I have cropped the bottom off my photo is because it is all orange cones, trucks, concrete, drilling and digging equipment! The abbey at the top was amazing, totally made the visit worthwhile, but the rest was a tourist nightmare!

After lunch we headed back to base and some of the staff got ready for a night out being treated at a quirky little beachside restaurant. The wacky owner was a character enough in himself, but then one of the local kept coming up and singing opera and classical songs at us. To be fair, he may have looked scruffy and a bit odd, but he had a talent and the whole restaurant was clapping and cheering! We enjoyed the most beautiful sunset and headed back to base again, but sadly the internet wasn’t working so I couldn’t upload this shot!

Day 176/365

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

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Okay so I was wrong about today, the visit to Mont St-Michel is actually tomorrow. Back down to the beach today and watching kids fly kites instead of sitting in front of xbox’s and playstation’s was a refreshing and encouraging sight! Although by the end of it I was starting to get a little distracted by the sun beating down on me and the fact my face was starting to go a little red! It’s still better than a week of rain though! Halfway through the week tomorrow and back home to the wife on Saturday!

Day 175/365

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”

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First day in France was spent at the beach, a quiet little stretch of sand near Gouville-sur-Mer. The sun was out and the sky was full of fluffy white clouds, it was a gorgeous start to the week! A hot chocolate at a local beachside bar and back to where we were staying, not too fond of the food, but it will stop me from starving. Tomorrow, another one off my bucket list… we’re off to Mont St-Michel. Much excited, can’t wait!

Day 174/365

“I love to travel, but sometimes it’s nice to stay in one place.”

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Sunday morning and i’m up early to drive to France via the Portsmouth – Cherbourg Ferry. I was quite looking forward to the crossing, but extremely choppy waters lay ahead of us. I wasn’t particularly bothered, bumpy rides don’t bother me, but nothing could have prepared me for how everyone else coped and the 3 hour vomit-fest that was to come! I managed to grab this shot of Portsmouth as we left. The drive itself was easy, although I always find the first hour of driving abroad unnerving trying to remember which way to look at junctions and roundabouts! We finally arrived at our destination which was nice, although I always seem to forget that we are one of the only countries in Europe to have a quilt on our beds, and sleeping with just a blanket is the norm! Couldn’t get on the wifi last night, so this shot is a day late, well for my blog anyway!

Day 173/365

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

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A busy day with so much going on, buying floor tiles, sanding down woodwork, quizzes, packing… its no wonder its 11pm and im doing todays photo… again! Off to France tomorrow, packing won’t take too long, driving from Birmingham to Normandy should be fine, not as exhausting as driving from Birmingham to Belgium a couple of years ago! Had some inspiration for a photo tonight, and had to follow through with it as I won’t be using these traffic lights much when we move.

Day 172/365

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

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What a day! Looks like i’m off to France on Sunday with work, the confusion about the return date and the impact it had on our antenatal classes has been cleared up now we have managed to swap the classes! A big relief now we can both go to all the classes. Managed to sort the skirting boards with the brother in law and the help of his big car, we’ll have carpet down upstairs in no time! This evening I was honoured to have been asked to photograph a family where the father only had a short time left to live, I was prepared to do this just for the petrol money, but the daughter thrust some cash into my hand as I was leaving. I just hope I have got some pictures that are good enough for them, the significance of the memories I am capturing for them has really hit me, they looked like a happy, close family and I have taken what will be the last ever photo of them together. I just hope my work is good enough. The pressure is enough doing it for free, and knowing the importance of this, but the cash has made it even harder!

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