A nice day today. I grabbed the opportunity to take a few snaps while I was out working.
Seaside (haiku) February 23, 2012
Cheeky Monkeys February 15, 2012
These are actually Barbary Macaques in Gibraltar.
I’m feeling pretty gloomy right now so I thought I should cheer myself up by looking through some old holiday photos. It kind of did the trick looking at those wonderful sun filled memories. On this holiday I got some wonderful images.
Anyhoo - these are some of the best monkey pictures from that trip
The ‘lady’ eating the crisps had a wrestling match with me……she tried to steal my handbag! I’m in lots of other peoples holiday snaps trying to get her to give it up )
A lovely day out February 14, 2012
It’s half term, so I wanted to spend at least one day this week with the kids. Better still, my husband was able to get the day off too so we had an entire day together as a family. That’s a rare treat.
Last year I had managed to get some vouchers giving us free entry into the Tower of London. Having spent many years living on the edges of and working in London there are a lot of the sights and landmarks we haven’t seen. Husband and I have both been (separately) to the Tower so thought it would be an interesting place to go as a family.
Luckily husband works around the corner and we were able to park there and finish our journey on foot. I say luckily because the train fare would have been in the region of £70 return.
It was surprisingly busy for a February morning but there was lots to see and we all enjoyed it. There are still bits there we haven’t seen, but as I say it was busy and very chilly too. I don’t mind as it’s reason to go back
We had a late lunch in The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields. It’s my new favourite place. The decor is ‘Nouveau Retro’ and shabby chic. The food, unsurprisingly, is all day breakfasts and burgers and was a smash hit with my children. The background music was a fantastic blend of 60′s soul, and 80′s pop with a few other classics thrown in for good measure. The clientele was a fabulous mix of city suits and arty types. I could have happily moved in there!
So photos: A few from the Tower, which my Daughter still insists is NOT a tower, and a few from The Breakfast Club. The picture at the top of the post is the signage above the restaurant and, do you know what? Today was a good day.
The good moments…. February 9, 2012
By the end of yesterday I was feeling exhausted and down so I’m glad that I took a few pictures to remind me of some of the good points.
Yesterday was kind of a long day for me. I started work at 9.30 (my job is technically part time but I’m self employed) and went through to 4.15, then dashed into town to meet my kids at the opticians. I dropped them at home, had a quick tidy round and as husband got in I went to meet a new client. From there it was time to visit my F i L (The Dementia Diary), then the supermarket to buy something for dinner, and finally at 9.30 I was home.
Nature makes me smile February 7, 2012
I have had a very busy couple of days. Walking dogs is lovely especially if you’re being paid for it, but dashing from house to house and fitting 9 hours worth of walks into 6 hours is tiring.
However Mother Nature had a couple of wonderful surprises in store for me today.
My first walk was through a lovely little wood. The floor was covered with snow and the morning light was glowing pink as it hit the trees side on. It was magical and glittery. Sadly I didn’t have my camera with me
A little way into the trees I could hear a woodpecker. I couldn’t see it but I very clearly heard it. It was disappointing to have missed it but I was so happy to have heard that ‘Woody Woodpecker’ noise hammering on the tree.
I walked a few more dogs in different parts of the town, in the beautiful sunshine and crisp snow, and was strolling between jobs when I spotted a flash of red and green.
I realised immediately what it was. A Green Woodpecker! Damn – still no camera!
I got to see such wonderful scenery and a woodpecker (!) today. Having been caught up in the stress of working I was forgetting to enjoy the fact that I have my dream job (although it could pay more ;op ) I just wish I had my camera
(but as I didn’t here’s a couple of pics from yesterday)
Woodland Wonders January 29, 2012
At the weekend I like to take MY dog (I’m a dog-walker) to our local piece of Ancient Woodland. It gives him lots of exercise off-lead, gives us both some fresh air, and give me the opportunity to, occasionally, take some photographs.
This week in particular I feel like I have to justify my abilities as ‘photographer’ as I’ve tutored a school class in the art of close-up photography and had to re-supply my Aunt with the pictures I took, at her request of her marriage blessing.
This morning was bright, misty, and frosty – a magical combination – and I got some nice shots.
- Superhero, Dog Walker, Photographer or Mum? (fundemental.wordpress.com)
……….Photographer January 23, 2012
I was saying yesterday that I would be a photography tutor for the day today. I’m not really a photographer per se, just a keen amateur, but I thought I would share a few of my pictures. The kids I had in class really had a great time working on their olympic themed pictures and their regular teacher was inspired to carry on with this project too, so a good day was had by all.
Anyway, enough preamble. Here’s a few snaps……..
Superhero, Dog Walker, Photographer or Mum? January 22, 2012
I’m feeling a little like a Superhero right now, only not very SUPER.
By day I am a dog walker, but tomorrow morning a temporary change occurs when I throw of my usual garb and don the outfit that turns me into ‘Photography Tutor’.
I’m not a photographer! As I tell the kids I tutor I am an enthusiastic amateur. Tutoring came about as a temporary help to a company offering workshops in schools when the photographer they had kept bamboozling the participants with technical jargon. They needed to find someone quick who could handle a camera, explain the basics in easy terms and cover a booking at short notice. I was that someone! Two years later I’m still that someone. I don’t mind (although I do feel a little like I’m cheating) and I enjoy seeing what the classes achieve.
So today I fly here & I fly there. I’m taking bookings for dog walking, arranging diaries for staff and sorting appointments. I’m finding materials for my tutor group, prepping my presentation and getting ready to drive for 4 hours to my destination. I’m being mum, I’m being carer and I’m being wife. I’m changing hats, roles and jobs a few times each hour……..
And not a phone box in sight