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Sunday, 7 November 2010

365 days project - week 43

I've got really behind with uploading pictures and with blogging each week's progress, but don't worry, I am still on track with the project, it just might take a while to catch up on here.

Day 302 - More naughty treats



Day 301 - Flaming Autumn

As it's half term, I was able to pay a visit to Harcourt Arboretum today to get some pictures of the beautiful autum leaves.

The colours are just spectacular, and as the sun was shining today, the trees were just flaming in the autumn light.

Day 300


Wow!  Day 300!  And another photo of Chester, I'm afraid.  He was having a lazy evening.

Day 299


Day 298


The autum light has been just beautiful in the afternoons lately.  I've been taking advantage of it as much as I can.

Day 297 - Chocolate and caramel and yumm


So, my 365 seems to consist mainly of pictures of .... my shoes and my naughty food.  Today - my naughty food.  I'm not feeling very well today, so I had to get some comfort food in.  These were soooooo good!

Day 296 - Introspection

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Colours of autumn

Sunday, 24 October 2010

365 days project - week 42

Things have been very hectic!  I went on a girls' weekend to Cardiff, which was a much-needed chance to let our hair down and forget all our stresses.  It's also been the last week before half term, which has meant lots and lots to do, especially preparing for exams when we get back.

So, all in all, not the most inspiring set of photos this week, but I have the week off, so I may be able to come up with something a bit better next week when I finally get some time off!

Day 295 - Speccie-four-eyes


I ran out of contact lenses this morning because I'm too disorganised and have too much going on at the moment, so I'm back to being a speccie-four-eyes at the moment.  I'm hoping it's making me look more intellectual!

Day 294


Hee hee!

I know this is a bit of a cheat - a photo of a card - but being a veggie, it does make me chuckle.

Day 293 - Wrapping up


Brrrr!  It's turned cold this week.  Really cold.  The winter woollies are properly coming out now.

Day 292 - Heaven


I'm so ready to curl up in my bed and shut out the world.
Day 291 - Glo!


So tired after my weekend!

We had the glo-sticks out on Saturday night (retro, baby!), so I'm lacking in imagination, here is my little glo-stick face.

Day 290


Here we are, ready to hit the town!

Crap photo, I know, but I'm having a weekend away so haven't really got the time to take decent photos.

I really did think my iphone should take better photos than this though; you can't even see our faces (probably a good thing in my case!)

Day 289


So, I'm having a weekend away in Cardiff with my best girl friends.  It's a much-needed chance for us all to let our hair down, so I'm afraid I've not really got the time to think about taking my camera or taking any decent shots.  Tonight I just grabbed a quick shot of one of my favourite shoes!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

365 days project - week 41

Oh no!  I'm really behind with blogging my 365 project!  I've been really busy the last couple of weeks, but can finally breathe as I'm on half term now.  Catching up with week 41, then...

Day 288


Day 287


Busy busy busy!

Day 286 - Swirly chocolate spread


Sooo naughty!  But this is the most delicious treat.  White and milk chocolate swirled together.

I've been eating it spread on hobnob biscuits.  Mmmmmm!

Day 285 - Ruby Red


Day 284


Day 283


How can you say no to a face like that?

Day 282 - Autumn Bokeh


The sun was finally out today, and there was some lovely, golden hour light the afternoon at the park where these pretty little flowers were just peeking out!

Saturday, 9 October 2010

365 days project - week 40

Day 281 - Sometimes only chocolate will do


It's been a crazy-busy day: a full day's teaching, then driving to another school for a two-hour meeting, then back to work for open evening.

By the time I got home I was cream crackered and nothing else would do other than a big chunk of chocolate.  Mmmmmm!

Day 280 - The 'shrooms are taking over


Euwwww!  They're back!  And they're multiplying!

Day 279 - Incy wincy


I'm really not bothered by spiders, so I found this guy quite fascinating when I found him spinning his web outside my back door.

Day 278


It got a bit late and I hadn't done my 365 shot (again!).  My straighteners were the nearest thing, so a quick, crap shot it was tonight.

Day 277 - Leave your hat on


I bought this hat a couple of weeks ago and just love it for when the weather gets a bit colder.  I realised late tonight that I hadn't taken a 365 shot, so this was a quick iphone photo.  Rubbish - sorry!

Day 276 - Tower of yum!


Day 275 - Autumn rain

Friday, 8 October 2010

365 days project - week 39

Day 274 - Need to switch off


Day 273 - Hope for Camille


Tomorrow is a crucial day for Camille.  She has a major operation, so you can imagine it is an extremely nerve-wracking time for her family.

I spotted this teeny-tiny flower out in the garden this evening, and I thought it was perfect to symbolise Camille's fight: tiny and delicate but still standing bright and proud despite the lousy weather being chucked its way.

There is still plenty of fundraising going on and the campaign still needs plenty of support.  You can visit the website and donate here Camille's Appeal.  Please take the time to read the blog by Camille's dad - it really does give an insight into a tiny bit of what they are all going through day to day.

Day 272 - Fallen


Day 271 - Crazy Ranger!

This is my friend's new puppy, Ranger.  He's nuts!

Day 270 - They just make me happy!


Oh, I know, it's obvious by now what a shoe-lover I am, but nothing can make me happy like a new pair of shoes!

Arent' they gorgeous?

Day 269

Day 268 - Wild!

It's pretty obvious that I love shoes.  As soon as I put on a really fierce pair it transforms me and makes me feel ready to take on anything.

I bought these when I was taking a school trip to a conference in Birmingham.  We had an hour off for lunch so I snuck off to the Bullring, spotted these and couldn't resist.  Unfortunately, the students walked past the shop and caught me out just as I was trying them on!

Monday, 27 September 2010

365 days project - week 38

Day 267 - Autumn red


Day 266

I love cute stationery. I think I may have bought a load of bookmarks as a prize for the students, but I ended up keeping this one for myself. Oops!

Day 265 - Never enough time

So much to do and never enough time.

Day 264
Lovely clear night, so I thought I'd try to get a decent shot of the moon. I think I should really have used a tripod to get it sharper.

Day 263 - Jaws

It's my little brother's birthday so we all went for a trip to Alton Towers. I was very careful about where I took my phone out, as I didn't want it falling out on any fast rides. I did, however, manage to take it in the Aquarium, which had some really impressive tropical fish, rays, and the sharks you can see here.

Pretty poor quality from my trusty iphone as there was no flash photography allowed, but it was still a pretty impressive sight.

Day 262


Day 261

He looks so sad! He really isn't; he's very cheerful most of the time.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

365 days project - week 37

Week. From. Hell.

Day 260


Day 259 - Overgrown


Day 258 - Where troubles melt like lemon drops


Such a miserable and stressful day.  I got home and the most beautiful rainbow was stretching across the sky.  Gave me a little bit of hope.

Day 257


I just want to be able to sit on the sofa, read a magazine and do nothing.  Instead I have to tweak my lessons, prepare my spiel, and generally stress out before tomorrow's Ofsted inspection.

Day 256 - 'O'


O is for Ofsted!  I have a big inspection over the next 2 days at work.  I've only been in my new position for a few days, and it appears that my faculty will be under the spotlight.  I'm too stressed to take a decent photo.

Day 255 - Looks like rain


Day 254