365 project, Personal, Photography

Day 303/365

“Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.”


I made the decision today, to stay in, based on advance weather forecasts saying how miserable the weather would be today and boy was it wrong! Blue sky and sun for most of the day, oh I did feel stupid! Our fist job today was to head down to the flat to meet a potential buyer for the sofa bed, the only thing we didn’t move into the new house as we didn’t Have room for it. I was beginning to curse that he was nearly an hour late, but finally he turned up and handed over the cash! Then it was back home and into the loft for me, as the wife and daughter headed out to pay for the room hire for the christening buffet, and run a few errands. My focus was to move a bit further on with the loft insulation and loft boards, and thankfully I made some reasonable progress on it!

I did happen to spot the news this evening on tv, where they ran a feature on cyclists and lorry drivers seeing it from the others point of view. It was mostly video clips of cyclists sat in lorry cabs being shown what a driver can see, and essentially suggested that cyclists are the ones who cause the accident and need to be more mindful of how much of an inconvenience they are. I am only hoping that actual demonstration was a little more balance and gave truck drivers the opportunity to see how vulnerable other road users can be! Very frustrating!

Back to Wednesday night and the regular coffee night has changed again slightly, but we still meet up and sometimes eat together. This meant it was our turn today to cook, which the wife thankfully did for us. A very nice evening.

365 project, Personal, Photography

Day 302/365

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”


This morning was about being as efficient and organised as we could be to ensure we got out of the house and into the car to see my friend Phil today, yet still we were late! Phil is a photographer friend of mine that I’d known since school and grown up with, he photographed our wedding last year and today we were popping in and hoping he could fire off a couple of shots of the three of us, me, the wife and little legs! Phil was preparing for a safari trip that week, so we didn’t stay as long as I’d have liked to, and we decided to grab some lunch at the lovely Orangemabel Tearooms on the way home, which Phil had taken me to several weeks earlier. After a sandwich and a hot drink each, it was time to head for home, as I had to grab my kit, turn around and head all the way back out for training this evening. I came home to find the wife in the kitchen, busy making a fake christening cake, to practise for making the real thing for the christening in a few weeks time. So I grabbed my dinner, and afterwards it was bath time for junior again as she’d spent a lot of the day being sick, covering herself in milk, and was in need of some freshening up! Todays photo was taken outside Phils house as we left for lunch!

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Day 301/365

“A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer.”


Last night felt really good being able to turn the alarm clock off, a week off work and the chance for a lie in if Olivia will allow it. After her morning feed, Olivia went back to sleep, so there was a chance of a little extra sleep… that was until the Asda delivery turned up early! This week, we decided against the regular shop, and ordered online, and even though we had to get up early to take the order, it was still more of a lie in than a regular monday and we had to get up and make a start on the day anyway. It was certainly preferable to trying to squeeze the shopping in this evening! Later on that morning, the wife was off shopping with her mother while I stayed at home and looked after the little one. As the door closed, I realised how long it had been since I was left alone with Olivia, and for a few seconds it felt a bit daunting, but then I realised… its only a baby, she can’t go anywhere and only needs milk, a wash, and clean clothes. It was easy, of course, but it didn’t stop me from worrying for those few seconds after the wife left and the front door closed.

Before I knew it, it was dinner time again and the wife had brought a home made lasagne with her from the mother in law, which saved cooking and gave us time to put a film on, one recommended from a friend, Magnolia, which to be honest, although it got a good review seemed a little bonkers and crazy! It was also 3hrs long, the wife was never going to stay awake through a 3 hr film, but I hadn’t realised this until after we started watching. It was one of those films that was a little hard going, and when you got to the end, made you question whether or not it was actually worth it! Till it gave me the chance to keep Olivia up and try to delay her last feed of the day to see if there was event the smallest chance of her sleeping through the night. Fingers crossed, here goes!

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Day 300/365

“How do you know you’re having fun if there’s no one watching you have it?”


A tiring start to the day as I was up to do the night feed, and then up again for the Indian F1 Grand Prix, along with the little princess who also woke up at the same time. After the race there was just time to bath Olivia, which she loves, before we were picked up and headed out for lunch with the family as it was the wife’s aunt and uncles 50th wedding anniversary. A very pleasant afternoon, and once we were home it was time to get onto the invite list for Olivias christening, which is when I took the above photo of the wife on my MacBook, which she seems to enjoy using and now wants one of her own! Somewhat unlikely!

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Day 299/365

“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”


After treating myself to a couple of beers last night, I spent most of today feeling exhausted. We had a lovely start to the day when more family came to visit, Gary and Margarita brought their little baby daughter over, who was absolutely gorgeous with her dark hair and dark eyes, and they brought some beautiful gifts with them for Olivia. We had a spot of lunch and a lovely catch up, as we don’t see them very often and a few hours disappeared in a flash! With no plans for the rest of the day, I made the most of a quiet couple of hours and put my feet up for a bit. As evening started to set in, I remembered I still needed to pick up more loft boards from B&Q, and picked up a few bits for dinner while I was out. I stopped off and grabbed this photo before I headed home, this cinema has been here for years, with a variety of different company names over its doors, and it never seems busy, yet it never closes down! Glad i’m home again now, the weather has turned again, much like it did last night, strong gales and pouring rain after a reasonably calm day. Still, after cooking what I think may have been one of my best chilli’s, its time to put my feet up again with a glass of rioja, and a good film with the wife!

365 project, Personal, Photography

Day 298/365

“I have had a holiday, and I’d like to take it up professionally.”


Training went well this morning and the four alarms I set to wake me up extra early did the trick! I like getting into work early, missing all the traffic and being able to get set up for the day ahead. The day was over before I knew it and I was on my way home for a week off with the wife and daughter, which I have really been looking forward to. We had some nice days out planned, but it looks like the weather may hamper those plans with gale force winds and heavy rain on the way, and its starting to feel like they are already here, with stuff getting blown over in the garden and the tree out the front looking like its trying to shed its branches! I have my sister and her boyfriend on their way over, so I just have to pop out and pick up a take away and a couple of beers and I’m set up for the evening. Call me old, but I am really looking forward to Friday night in!

365 project, Personal, Photography

Day 297/365

“One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever gotten is my daughter.”


Every day I come home and fall in love with my daughter all over again. She is like a different person every day, I keep seeing her change and grow and know that she is not going to stay small forever.

Had one of those days at work where I was just glad to get home and start again fresh tomorrow. Sadly tomorrow is a day I am not especially looking forward to as I am delivering a training session, and I think my presentation is due for a bit of an overhaul. It has served me well, but I want to make sure I am delivering the absolute best I can, and while I think it is good, I just don’t think its as good as it can be. I guess it has just been a bit harder since I have been doing it on my own, as there used to be two of us presenting it. Anyway, it looks like preparations could lend themselves towards me having a bit of a late night, which I could do without as I want to get in quite early tomorrow to set up!

I probably shouldn’t be spending all night on here, so night all!

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Day 296/365

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”


Back on the bike this morning, to properly stretch my legs after the weekends run. It felt good, even if it was a bit wet and windy, it didn’t bother me at all, and so it was an even nicer treat to have a bit of sunshine on the cycle home. Its always nice stopping at traffic lights and exchanging pleasantries with other cyclists too. In a recent debate in the media after a girl in a car hit a cyclist, drove off and boasted about it on twitter, there was quite a clash between drivers and cyclists with one driver even calling us cyclists “aggressive” and “full of attitude”! Well actually, I couldnt disagree with that more, when was the last time you drove your car and said hi to someone when you stopped at traffic lights, or stopped to fix a flat tyre and had someone stop and ask if you need help? What I do find is that a certain crowd of driver don’t just dislike, but actually dispise cyclists, to the point where their driving is reckless, dangerous and aggressive. The resulting “attitude” that certain drivers see in cyclists may well just be absolute frustration at the near-miss-but-it-doesn’t-matter mentality of some drivers who think its absolutely fine to play god with other peoples lives.

Anyway, I digress, may ride in and out of work today was actually fine, and I quite enjoyed it, but it is good to know that next week I get a whole week off as it is half term. Not sure i’ll get much more sleep with my new living, breathing and crying alarm clock, but at least I can rest a bit! The weather forecast is suggesting the temperature next week will be dropping, which is the encouragement I need to get back up in the loft and finish that insulation. Autumn really is in full swing now, and I was inspired when I walked past this leaf to actually pick it up and photograph it. It won’t be long before the beauty of Autumn is over and we’re back to big coats and near freezing temperatures.

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Day 295/365

“Sleep is the best meditation.”


Woke up this morning to the sound of rain beating on the window, and with the wife needing the car today, I had two options, either cycle with my ruined post-run legs and get thoroughly drenched, or the wife pops baby in the back of the car and gives me a lift to work. I opted for the latter.

A reasonable day at work, and I was picked up again by the wife, only to have to endure the worst traffic I’ve known in years. What can be a 15 minute journey at the weekend, turned into a 1hr 10min journey! That is enough to encourage me back on the bike tomorrow. The legs aren’t too bad, I just have to rest the knee a bit, and cycling shouldn’t aggravate it too much! I did decide to pass on my Tuesday night jujitsu session though for this week, an unfortunate kick directly onto my bad knee from an opponent last week nearly took me out of the half marathon, and I figured that after the pounding it took on Sunday, I just needed to look after it for a few days.

My beautiful daughter is looking more and more gorgeous each day, and is spending more and more time awake, apart from today. I am assuming she is going through some kind of growth spurt and she is always hungry and sleeping a lot… well, more than normal anyway. Now we’re just hoping she sleeps tonight when we need to. We’ve been quite lucky on that respect so far, so fingers crossed! I decided that with few opportunities for a photo, it was time for another one of her, as I like to throw them in now and again. Not the 365 challenge I had in mind for myself, but still a huge part of my day, so definitely worthy of recording for posterity.

With my 365 project now approaching day 300, I am almost at the last big landmark, and I am starting to reflect on the photos I am taking, what I am going to do with them, where the time has gone, and whether to continue next year with a new project.

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Day 294/365

“The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.”


With this years half marathon out of the way, I’m now all about the recovery. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be suffering like I am now, this one was hard, and I’m feeling it! Even last nights hot bath didn’t do much for my legs!

Taking the car to work was a no brainer, and the weather, oh the weather… it totally justified my choice! It has not stopped raining for a minute, and on the contrary, it has been pretty nasty today, and equally windy to boot! My poor little legs would have tapped out today! At least on the drive home from work I managed to spot todays photo.

This evening we met up with the priest to discuss Olivia’s christening next month, now all we need to do is find a venue to book for afterwards and work out what we’re going to do about the buffet arrangements! I’d better start thinking about who we’re inviting and get on with letting them know!