Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Tuesday

I had a lovely time yesterday and am hoping that today will be just as good.

I sorted through the books and advertised all the unwanted ones (39 of them!) as free to collector on the local Facebook page ... they are being collected this morning, so that was easy! 

The photography class continued to focus on ways to developed your photographic eye and introduced the concept of the rule of thirds, something I'm familiar with but it's always good to be reminded to consider it at the time of taking the photo rather than when editing! He suggested going for a walk with our homemade viewfinders (a piece of card with a 9cms x 6cms hole in the centre) and looking for the images that produce an emotional response in you so I will hopefully be able to do that later today.

The happiness hub was interesting, providing breathing techniques to calm you and suggesting ways of controlling and reducing negative thoughts. I realised that it's also run on Wednesdays so next week I will change days as that will be more convenient.

Choir practice is always guaranteed to be fun and it was certainly that last night as there were problems with Zoom - it kept freezing, then slowing down or speeding up so rather a creative approach to keeping in time! Not the best night to be learning a new song but we all dug deep and called on our inner Take That to started working on Rule the World!

Today there is a delivery promised by noon and while I'm waiting for that I'll sort out the bits of admin so that'll be another thing ticked off the list. Once that's here I'm off out for my first walk of the week. I'd like to take some of the photos I need for my monthly challenge so will start off in Bradford on Avon to sort those out and then head to Clanger Wood to see if the bluebells are out yet. I suspect that it's still a bit early as I haven't seen any photos on the local Facebook page yet. On the way home I'll pass the Tesco Express shop that usually has a good selection of fresh produce so I'll be able to pick up the bits of shopping I need and then I can make a start on some batch cooking tomorrow. This store also happen to be next to the larger garden centre so it'd be rude not to go in, wouldn't it!

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  1. You must have a wander around the garden centre, of course you must. Enjoy your walk and I'm sure you'll be finding some good photo opportunities. Have a good day.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Okay, since you insist I'll wander round the garden centre. 😊

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  2. So glad you had such a nice day, yesterday. I hope today will be equally nice. Hope the delivery takes place as scheduled. Is this the delivery you had been expecting, last week? Enjoy your walk and the various stops you plan to make. Hope the grocery shopping goes well and you find lots of interesting plants at the garden center. :)

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    1. This delivery is actually something my friend ordered but is coming here because she'll be at work. I'll drop it round to her tonight ... it's plants so, as per her request, I've opened to parcel and have given them all a good drink.

      I'm looking for some bigger pots but could possibly be tempted to buy more plants 😂

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  3. Knowing what Zoom can be like at times, I am imagining choir must have been quite funny at times. Well done for persisting.
    (yes, it would be extremely rude, not to be thought of. Enjoy!!)
    xx

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    1. We've been lucky so far. That's the first time in a year of online practices that it's been that bad. For most of the session M could only see black squares and we had to keep messaging to say we were still there!

      I'd hate to be rude so ... yes, I'll have look round while I'm passing so close to the entrance!

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  4. How wonderful you had a nice day yesterday! I have just come back from my morning walk full of energy. I hope you enjoy yours. Have a nice day!

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    1. I always think that a walk first thing sets you up for the day. Unfortunately I can't get my act together so most of my activity tends to happen much later in the day! I'm glad you enjoyed your walk.

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  5. Not to drop in at the garden centre & say hello to some old friends (plants)would be rude (col) & who knows who you'll invite home! My mindfulness Zoom yesterday spent a lot of time on slowing down the breathing, I think some fellow Zoomers were nodding off! I think the rule of thirds was a lesson that stuck with me the most. Looking forward to seeing April's challenge in your photos.

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    1. You've all persuaded me ... garden centre visit it is!

      I found the breathing exercise we did yesterday very calming. I think she called it the 7-11 breathing.

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  6. Your photography course sounds really good. Lots of tips that make you look at things a different way. Never miss an opportunity to visit a garden centre I say!

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    1. The photography class is really interesting. I understand all of the technical aspects of photography but this class has inspired me to develop the artistic side of things.

      Haha, I did go to the garden centre but didn't buy anything!

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  7. I love the sound of the photography class. I've taken a paid for Mindfulness Photography course (through AYWMC) and am able to retake as much as I want so I'm planning on joining that next month when it starts. Hopefully it will promote a different/creative approach to my photography. I am really enjoying seeing beauty in the ordinary (that's how I'm classing my style of photography lol). BTW I meant to ask in the last post - what is the happiness club?

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    1. That's exactly what I'm trying to do with my photography. I think at some stage he will start on the basic technical info (based on the questions people are asking) but I love that the focus is on developing your eye and feeling the emotion in an image.

      The happiness club is a Positive Psychology class which "aims to help you find the joy in your life, build your resilience and happiness levels, and finding emotional freedom".

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