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.

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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.

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Geek Chic?

While I’m on the subject of Winter this will be my first winter with an iphone and you can’t use a touch screen when you’re wearing gloves – or can you? Well here are two stylish solutions to the problem.

Agloves. The website says…

So what’s a touch screen-lover to do in the cold? Put on the silver bullet of solutions, of course. That’s right, silver. Silver gloves, that is. Good old number 47 in the periodic table (and number 1 in our hearts) is the most electrically conductive element. Agloves are made with silver-coated nylon fibers knitted into a comfortable fabric that puts the conductivity back in your touch. Conductive gloves is what your touch screen loves. Read more

Or Etre Touchy Gloves

Etre Touchy gloves are a stylish, fun and practical way to keep your hands warm while using your touchscreen phone, portable games system, media player and other electronic gadgets.

Their missing thumb and index fingertips give you the freedom to touch, tap, stroke, slide and pinch your devices’ controls in any way you desire. More here…

I think I prefer the Touchy Gloves, easier to type and to fine tune images in photo apps. I’m adding them to my Christmas list just in case Santa needs a hint or two.

Winter!

I’ve been on a, long overdue, health kick lately, trying to shape up and get fit again. I seem to have hit a bit of a sticking point over the last couple of weeks. Nothings gone on but not very much has come off either, only about 2Lb over the last three weeks but I’ve managed 1 1/2 stone in the last 12 weeks so I’m feeling pretty pleased with my efforts so far.

It’s perfectly natural to hit a plateau when you’re trying to lose weight, you’re body adjusts to the changes you’re making and compensates by hanging on to its energy supplies. This is the point where you either have to eat even less or up the exercise, with the latter being the healthiest option. The trouble is Winter’s well on its way and that makes finding the motivation to exercise much harder. I enjoy going for a walk on a lovely sunny morning, or jumping on the exercise bike looking out of the window at a bright blue sky or a gorgeous sunrise but come the dark evenings and grey mornings all I want to do is stay safely curled up under the duvet until spring.

Even the BBC has something to say on the subject – Does too little sunlight give us all the Winter Blues?

I went looking for some ideas to help beat the Winter Blues and found some interesting articles around the interwebs.

  1. 10 Cool ways to Beat the Winter Blues
  2. How To Improve Your Mood in 21 Ways
  3. How To Feel Better In The Winter (Workawesome via Lifehacker – top site)
  4. Stay Happy During A Cold Winter (Wiki How)
There are lots of good ideas in all of them and there are many more around if you have a look. I’m planning on trying a few of them and working hard at fighting the flab with lots of exercise which is one thing that everyone seems to agree is good for you, at any time of year, especially in Winter.

If all else fails there’s always mulled wine, hot toddy and blazing log fires to curl up in front of, they make not make the Winter misery go away but they do feel good and anything that makes you happy (in moderation) is never a bad thing.