R & R

I’m back again after a slight (cough) blogging break.

There never seems enough hours in the day/week/life to do all the things I set myself to do (which is a whole different blog post waiting to be written) and one of the things that I’ve let slip is getting lost in a good book. I read all the time, news, blog posts, (I love Pocket for saving things to read later, Flipboard and Freshly Pressed are great sources for interesting reads) but I never seem to find the time anymore to finish a book. I’ve got a pile gathering dust on the bedside table so it’s not for a lack of wanting to read, just making the time to. I intend to do something about that, starting today.

Whilst on the subject of reading this article in the Guardian caught my eye. There are lots of lists of ‘books you must read’ and I’m not going to set myself the goal of reading them all because that will never happen (I’ve tried Ulysses and I just can’t – I admit defeat). There are a few on the list that I’ve read when I was younger but would like to revisit and there are a few that I’ve got copies of but have never read and I need to put that right.

In case you’re in need of some literary inspiration here’s the article.

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list (source – The Guardian.com)

Dust Off.

To restore something to use: The mechanic dusted off that old engine and sold it. 

dusted off last year’s winter coat and put it on. (http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/dust+off)

Hello Blog *get’s out the yellow duster that lives under the sink and an old strange smelling bottle of polish and gives the blog a squirt and a shine*

It’s been a while, sorry. I know I’ve said that before and I’m sure I’ll say it again but anyway – sorry.

What’s been happening this year so far? Lots and nothing all at the same time. I’m not trying to be cryptic but I always find the first few months of a new year to be a bit of a challenge. First up, January. Let’s be honest here, it’s not a good month. It’s cold, it’s got 31 days, the gainfully employed amongst us all got paid early in December and spent it weeks ago, it’s grey, it’s cold and even with a few Birthdays to look forward to it’s a depressing month. Then we have February, it’s the shortest month of the year so at least it’s over quickly. If we’re lucky there will be some snow, not too much, just enough for a few crisp, pretty days and a couple of photographs. My birthday is in February, I’m lucky that it’s after the January pay day and most of my friends are starting to come out of hibernation so there’s usually a few people around willing to raise a glass or two and help me celebrate.

This year there was a Wedding and gig on my Birthday and I was lucky enough to be given a photography pass for Gaz Coombes at the O2 so after taking some photo’s for our friends Sami and David at their wedding we headed into the O2 in Oxford to see Gaz Coombes. there were photo’s, dancing and drinking and all in all a pretty damn good day.


Speaking of Weddings and Live music. I took the photographs at my managers wedding at the end of February (no pressure!) The groom is the drummer with Leicester legends [The] Splitters who played a brilliant set at the reception. If you want to have a listen head over to the Bandcamp page and for an added bonus Ed Rome and Bella Edmunds were guests – another great British Ska band.

Claire and Fez

Even though it’s been a great start to the year it still feels a bit like I’m coming out of hibernation. I love the signs of Spring, the lighter mornings and longer days. Flowers, life and a promise of sunshine (fingers crossed) Here’s looking forward to spring.

Scavenger Hunt 101 #5 Rain

At the end of 2013 into the beginning of 2014 it rained, a lot! Large areas of the UK were flooded and homes and lives were devastated – again. Oxford suffered, although not as badly as some parts of the country, Somerset was hit really badly and even now, in 2015 some people are still repairing the damage and counting the cost. I took this photograph of the Magdalen College School Playing fields in December 2013 and by this time the water had started to subside. Rain stops play.

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This Time Last Year #84

This time last year – August 25th – September 8th 2013

August and September 2013 were busy months, we finally decided to make the move to Oxford and leave Odiham and The Farm behind. We found somewhere we like and it was full steam ahead, decluttering, packing, paying and more than a little panicking.

(Some Of) the Cats of Down Farm.

It was a fairly safe bet that even though we were living on a farm in the middle of the Hampshire countryside we’d be moving to somewhere that was a little quieter although I will miss the impromptu air displays from visitors to RAF Odiham.


Scavenger Hunt 101 #25 An Extravagant Drink

I was going to go for the obvious and post a glass/bottle of Champagne (because I drink it so often!) but I decided to go for the infamous Zaphod Flaming Gargleblaster Margharita. A speciality of Atomic Burgers and only one allowed per person per night (we may have been a little bit to blame for that rule after getting a teeny bit drunk after more than 1 of them a few years ago). If you get the chance go visit – if you like Burgers, you’ll love Atomic (Also available in Bristol).

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