I could see a red sky above the Doctor’s surgery this morning so I rushed to get my coat and shoes on and walked the few hundred yards round to Marlfield Lane for a photo. What does one do for the rest of the day when one has taken one’s best picture by 8.10 a.m.?
It's Burns Night - and this year is the 250th anniversary of his birth.
Leading our Haggis to the slaughter...
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the puddin-race! ... His knife see rustic Labour dicht, An' cut you up wi' ready slicht, Trenching your gushing entrails bricht, Like ony ditch; And then, O what a glorious sicht, Warm-reekin, rich! ... Ye Pow'rs wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o' fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinkin ware That jaups in luggies; But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer, Gie her a haggis! ... from Burns 'Address To a Haggis'
Most fungi are annuals that show their fruiting bodies in the autumn but some can be found at other times of year. There are also perennial fungi like these bracket ones which form attractive layers on rotting wood.
Tablet sorting time - can't put it off any longer.
Once a month I go through the awful job of sorting my tablets into holders for each day's supply. That's not counting the soluble ones, the ones to be taken as required, and so on. Occasionally I fall down the stairs when my legs give way. It's not the bouncing that wakes people up it's the rattling of the tablets in my tummy.
High winds have blasted the garden the last couple of days.
Normally this first gale of the New Year flattens our Pampas Grass but it has survived so far. As soon as th Spring comes the House Sparrows will pinch all the seedheads and strip it bare for their nesting material.
This is one of our incense burners - the smoke comes out of his mouth. I think I called him Clarence when we bought him. We got him about twelve years ago while on holiday in Herefordshire. For Christmas we dressed him in a little Santa coat.
Yesterday I had difficulty choosing one picture out of the number I had taken that day but when I went to Sandy Cove 365 I realised that the process allows more than one photo. While for some people the discipline of the exercise is taking a photo every day I realised the real discipline for me is choosing one photo. As someone who has been known to happily take up to a thousand a day on a trip to the zoo that is going to be difficult. But one photo a day is what I set out to take and one is what I shall post. (Those who know me will promptly breathe a sigh of relief).
Another dull day but so mild that it was pleasant wandering around the garden.
These beautiful mosses are on the roof of next door's garage, abutting our garden. It's a shame for them that only we can see them. Their side of the roof faces West and has comparatively few mosses on it.
Breakfast varies but since I got my breadmaker I quite frequently settle for brown bread with marmalade and either peanut butter or marmite. Alternatives commonly used are muesli or porridge (not to spread on the bread you understand!)
The teacloth isn't just chucked there untidily, I hasten to add; it covers the bread to keep it fresh.
One aspect of the Project 365 ‘rules’ I am unhappy with is the idea of showing a photo of myself once a month to show how I have changed during the year. Nevertheless, for my Project 355 I propose to stick to it, if in a slightly bizarre way.
This is the January one and shows that my hair needs cutting. It was last cut in early April 2008 ready for Bryony’s wedding in May. I don’t like it looking too neat and tidy – that has never been ‘Me’.
This is my first job of the day – feeding the cats. Meek (the tabby) and Samantha (the black and white) are well over thirteen years old but by the way they bounce around waiting for breakfast you wouldn’t believe it. Unlike most ‘teenagers’ they eat whatever is put in front of them.
I was spoiled for choice as to which photo to post today - I wonder how long that will last.
I took my monthly trip to pick up my prescription from the chemist today. I'll soon need a lorry to collect it all but at least the bright and breezy staff make the short walk pleasant. In a couple of days it will be time to fill my pill-holders - now that's a photo worth waiting for!
You may have heard of Project 365 – posting a photograph every day for a year. This is my version – i.e. I have started late but would like to end on 31st December.
The idea is to post a photo that you have taken every day. The quality is less important than the concept of recording a year in your life.
Amongst the suggestions are :
Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too.
Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color.
Don’t Stop, No Matter What. This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place.
This latter is the problem. There will undoubtedly be days when I am too ill to get out of bed for nothing other than the essentials of life. Hopefully I will learn to find a way round it – even if it is a photo of a trip to the loo! But then the problem will arise of actually posting it. That may well have to be done the next or a subsequent day. But I’m prepared to have a go...
The following photo can represent the first 11 days of the year which were predominantly frosty and icy.
You may have heard of Project 365 in whic people post a photograph every day for a year. This is my version – the idea is to post a photo taken every day but I am realistic enough to know that there will be a day or two missed during the year.
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