Saturday, 23 May 2015

143/365: Lighthouse (unedited)

Today has been amazing.  I've taken in so much information that my brain has gone on strike and I'm going to visit the Land of Nod just as soon as I've published this post.
Day one of the course started at 10:00am and it was 10:30pm by the time I got back to the hotel.  In that time I took eight photos at 8 different locations, which may not sound that impressive but each photo was properly thought out and I've learned to use functions on the camera that I've never used before, plus a bit of experimenting thrown in. 
This is one of the photos, straight out of the camera - tomorrow morning I'll be learning how the use Photoshop for post camera editing so I'll post the end result tomorrow.

Friday, 22 May 2015

142/365: St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave

I'm in Anglesey for a two day photography workshop - I'll bore you with the photos when I get home!  I stopped to take this photo on the way to the hotel, so that's another one to cross off my 101 in 1001.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

141/365: Strawberry

Just one so far!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Alphabet Project | S is for Saxophone

Joining in The Alphabet Project and the letter S ...

S is for Saxophone

Photo Pairs

I've chosen a different sort of paired photos for Helena' Photo Pairs.  This week it is ...



140/365: A Treat!

I've wanted this camera filter system for ages but always balked a little at the price, but this week I thought 'why not?' and treated myself.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

139/365: Selling

An update on the decluttering project ... I've started listing some of the items for sale on eBay, Gumtree and Amazon, although I still have to take the photographs which I'll do next week. It's taking ages ... much longer than I remember last time I sold something this way - have eBay changed their selling process in the last couple of years?

Monday, 18 May 2015

Me on Monday

It's been a frustrating day and that's putting it mildly!  From badly behaved pupils, undelivered parcels, waiting in for an engineer who didn't turn up, and hearing that my friend has to work overtime so has cancelled our plans to go out this evening.
I only hope tomorrow is better!
Linking with Sian at From High in the Sky.

138/365: Honeysuckle

The honeysuckle belongs to my neighbour.  It grows over the fence and I've enjoyed watching its changes in the time I have lived in this house, but the newest change is that I've cut it right back and will ask them to stop it growing over in the future.  The reasons for this decision?  It's blocking out the light to one of my hanging baskets, which is suffering as a result, and I've now reached the stage where I want to think about/sort out the area immediately underneath where it grows over, which should be in full sun but isn't because of the shade the honeysuckle creates.
It looks a lot lighter in that corner already and I'm happy with my decision.  I will miss the honeysuckle though, so maybe I'll get one of my own to plant on the other side of the garden.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

137/365: Gardening

Today it was a case of you-can't-put-it-off-any-longer-so-finish-tidying-the-garden, so that's what I've spent the last four hours doing. Once I started and got over my lazyitis (not sure if that's a proper word), I enjoyed myself and didn't even realise how long I'd been out there.
I may go back to the garden centre and get some more of the really big pots - the ones in the 50% off sale, assuming they have any left, and also another couple of sets of the 5 ceramic pots for £19.99.  I need some more and it's unlikely I'll get them cheaper anywhere else; if I leave it until next year they will undoubtedly be more expensive.
I'm pleased with the way the garden is developing.  I had half of an idea in my head of what I wanted but it was all a bit wishy-washy and I couldn't put it down on paper, so couldn't really explain it to anyone. Now I've got the first little area almost how I imagined it.  All I have to do to finish off is move the rest of the gravel from the front of the house - or rather, arrange for it to be moved as I've damaged my shoulder (the next stage if it doesn't heal is probably an operation, which I want to avoid), and then add a few more bigger plants.  I'm on the look-out now for cutting from friends (Joy and Lyn are you reading this? hint, hint).

Saturday, 16 May 2015

136/365: Band Practice

She didn't want her face to be seen! 
Back into the routine today so on Saturday morning it's band practice; today was the last session before our half term break.  We had a good morning, working on some of the more complicated Disney music, resulting in a satisfying improvement in their level of playing.

Friday, 15 May 2015

135/365: Gardening Goodies

Here are the spoils from yesterday's excursion to the garden centre.  I'd planned to buy a big pot to use up my voucher, but admit that the plants were impulse buys.
I needed a pot that was big enough to fit the obelisk I have.  The ones I bought earlier in the week are slightly too small, so this time I was organised with a tape measure.  I spotted the pots from the conservatory where we had lunch and was more than a little excited to see that they had a 50% off sale, which means that the one I bought was selling for £29.99 instead of £59.99. I doubt very much that I would ever pay £60 for a pot and this is bigger than I needed, so may look a bit bare in terms of planting this year, but this bargain price was too good to miss. 
As for the plants I bought some more sweet peas, a tray of Ageratum Blue, a tray of Begonias, and three dwarf sunflowers.  I don't have enough ceramic or terracotta pots for all the plants I have this year so, for now, quite a lot will just have to go in the plastic pots I already have.  I bought some more compost and the grow bags in Lidl - much cheaper than the garden centre!
I've just glanced outside - it's raining!  Hopefully it's just a shower and I'll be able to get outside soon.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

134/365: Being More Active Day 4

It hasn't stopped raining all day so there's no healthy walking to report on but I have been out of the house for three and a half hours.  I'd arranged to meet my friend, Lyn, for lunch; I had a yummy salad to start with but lost the plot on the dessert as you can see in the photo.  It was worth it though!

We went to the garden centre at Lacock as I had one of their vouchers and yes, I bought loads of things.  You can see my goodies tomorrow.  I'm hoping for much better weather so that I can get everything planted before the weekend.