Something For The Weekend #7.

Born from the original ‘5 Things On A Friday‘ started by James Whatley and still going strong here’s my version – Something For The Weekend.

There’s nothing clever about the title – I’ll never get into the habit of a regular Friday post and I can’t always find 5 things that I want to write about so it’s a weekly round up. I’ll post it sometime before Monday morning.  It’s a mix of the things that I’ve liked, noticed, bought, read, found interesting or just feel like mentioning this week. It’s also a good opportunity for me to learn more about using WordPress so I can do more on my self hosted site for my Wedding Photography business. It needs a complete redesign which is beyond my current WordPress skills so it’s a good job the love of my life is a (very patient) web developer

I started doing this back in 2014 which is why this is #7 (#1) but haven’t posted regularly for a while – it’s easy to let life get in the way of the things that you enjoy if you let it. I’m planning on working smarter, not harder this year and taking more time to enjoy life and the time I spend with the people I care about.

Can you say I do?

Even though we’re still cleaning pine needles out of the carpet the Valentine cards and associated tat is already in the shops reminding everyone that romance can be expensive.

Personally I don’t buy into the whole Valentines day card/present thing. We don’t bother with cards, I don’t need a card to know how he feels and it’s just a chance for someone else to profit. Don’t get me wrong I like a bit of romance, wining and dining always goes down well but we do that anyway, any day – there’s no need to allocate a special day for it (especially when eating out doubles in cost – what’s the Valentine equivalent to being a humbug?)

What if you don’t want a man/woman? What if you’re happy with life just the way it is, what if you and your Dog/Cat are all you need to make you happy?

Good news – now you can Marry your pet.

You’ve found your partner for life, only thing is – he’s an animal.
So what if he has an overabundance of legs, and facial hair is cool, right?
Go on, if you really love him and you’re in this for life, isn’t it time you married your pet?

Marry-Your-Pet

Just pop over to marryyourpet.com and find all the answers you could ever need. Announce your engagement to the world, ask the resident agony aunt (Adrian) if he (or she? Surely it’s not just women who are this disillusioned with the idea of a human spouse?) is the one for you. You can get an Astrology based compatibility report and look at the gallery of happy couples.

It may be worth considering a pre nup, especially if you’re planning on married bliss with a cat – they are prone to wandering but, unlike a man, having them neutered is not frowned upon.

This Is A Thing, And It’s Wrong!

Wasabi Kit Kat anyone?

Wasabi-Kit-Kat

Or Geen tea maybe?

Green-Tea-Kit-Kat

Or how about Baked Sweet Potato?

Baked-Sweet-Potato-Kit-Kat

It should be Chocolate – Chocolate! Sweet, sugary Chocolate – any sort of savoury is not a KitKat, these are wrong. (Although I am tempted to buy one of them to see if they taste as bad as I imagine they do)

Hail Satan!

I know it’s not Christmas anymore (and I’m very happy about that) but we’re still ok for Snowmen right? If you’re having a bad day watch this – I dare you not to smile.

Hail-Satan

Pastafarian’ wins right to wear colander in driving licence photo

Pastafarian

 

A man in Russia who identifies himself as a ‘pastafarian’ has won the right to wear a colander on his head in his driving licence photograph.

Andrei Filin is a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – a light-hearted United States-based faith which satirises organised religion.

Mr Filin said that the kitchenware was part of his religion. (source – BBC News)

 

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Well?

Well-being
A sense of wellbeing
An enormous sense of wellbeing
Well?

The voices
Some have been here for a long time
Some are new
Some are loud, bullish, pushing through
Some are just….

It helps.
I don’t like to ask so I don’t. It just does.
The Dog runs. Sometimes.
Towards and away.
Throw the stick.
A stick every day keeps the dog at bay.

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.

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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.

This Time Last Year #83

This time last year – August 8th – August 22nd 2013

August last year was all about The Gromit Trail. Gromit was unleashed on Bristol and the challenge was to photograph as many of them as possible. I didn’t get them all but it was fun trying.

After making Bristol their home for ten weeks, the Gromits went to auction in October 2013, raising over £2.3 million for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. Since then, Gromit Unleashed has continued to raise funds, going global with a project in Hong Kong and selling our exclusive Gromit Unleashed brand of merchandise, helping to raise £4.5 million to date. (source – Gromit Unleashed – read more…)

Ooops A Daisy.

Oops A Daisy

British Bulldog.

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2014 – A Review.

It’s probably about time (see what I did there?) I wrote something about last year. It seems to be the done thing to try to sum up the last 365 days at the start of a new year and who am I to buck the trend?

As years go 2014 was ok. Not brilliant but far from bad. I realise that’s not much in the way of in-depth summaries so lets go into a little more detail…

2014 – Part 1.

It rained in January! A Lot!

All rights reserved © Cathy Griffiths

Parts of England had their wettest January since records began more than 100 years ago (source BBC News – read more) and large parts of Oxford were flooded. thankfully we live on a hill so we didn’t flood at home but there was misery for thousands of people across the country, many of whom are still recovering a year later.

On a Dark and stormy night (yes, I stole that line) I ended up with a Ford KA parked in the boot of my Audi A4 somewhere around Coventry. The first accident of the year (yes there was another – later). Thankfully no one was hurt and I was able to drive away and get home – not the case for the poor man driving the KA. He was fine but his car wasn’t! Audi 1 – Ford 0.

Two of my best friends got married and I took the photographs. Happy Day.

Mr And Mrs Scott

February marked the start of my full blown mid-life crisis as I finally reached 50. 50! I can’t be 50! I don’t feel like I’m 50, although I’m not entirely sure what a 50 year old is supposed to feel like. I was lucky enough to spend the extended Birthday celebrations with some amazing friends who pampered, treated, spoiled and poured wine. Life didn’t quite ‘begin’ the way I would have liked at 40 but this decade is looking good so far.

We had a lovely long weekend in Marrakech in March (Holiday Blog post here). It was a much needed break. the last few years have been tough on us financially. I’ve been recovering from a failed business venture and then being made redundant from three different jobs over the space of three years (I think I’ve had my share of bad career Karma now thank you!) so we haven’t been able to afford a holiday out of the UK until now, apart from a lovely short break in Ireland, but things are changing at last. It’s been hard work but it’s paid off.

Jan To june 2014

2014 – Part 2

We decided to go camping later in the year and hired a Gypsy Caravan on the edge of Lake Windermere. We enjoyed it but I think it’s safe to say that it’s probably the last time we’ll go camping. We both enjoy the comfort of a real bed and hot and cold running water and a toilet without a ten minute walk too much, if we ever camp again it will have to be a luxury version.

July to Dec 2014

There have been gig’s nights out, movies, weekends away, friends, (maybe a little too much) wine and a generally good end to the year. I’ve been making plans for the future and really want to get things moving forward in 2015 so here’s looking forward to a very happy and prosperous New Year.

This Time Last Year #81

This time last year – July 8th – July 22nd 2013

Sadly the Photojojo time capsules don’t seem to be working anymore they don’t import photo’s taken between the timescales they give, so as I’ve been posting in this format for so long I’m going to make my own. I’m sticking to the dates that come up on the Photojojo Timecapsule (for now) and posting one or two of my favourites taken between the dates given.

Keeping Cool.

Keeping Cool

Cockles By The Sea.

Cockles