Monday, 2 May 2016

#BEDM Monday Musings

Monday is never a good day.  The whole week stretching out ahead.  The quiet 'whooshing' sound of the deadlines that need to be met quickly catching me up.  Bank Holiday Monday means the same 'to do' list but a change of location.

A busy desk

A break to make some travel plans

Very pleasant company as I work.  

Sunday, 1 May 2016

#BEDM tell us something new...

Inspired by the A Playful Day podcast and blog, I've been trying to notice the seasons as they change, taking in and making the most of the 'new'...

(...there was a deer and her baby on the hill.  Daisy can confirm...)

...then this happened...

...hopefully not for long...

Thursday, 30 July 2015

The August Break 2015

My favourite time of the year!

It's happening again.  Read all about it on Susannah's website

Here is a little taster...i'm already planning my days

This is a community project that has no real rules —  the idea is to simply take a photograph every day for the whole of August. That’s it. Pause, look around you and shoot what you see. Live inside each moment. Pay attention to what’s there. If it’s the summer where you are it’s a lovely way to be present to the moments that will be gone before you know it. If it’s the winter, what better way to liven up your day than with a creative project to play with? :)
You can use any camera. You could shoot every day or every other day or just on weekends. You can share your photos or just enjoy taking them without sharing. You can start and not finish. You can join in at the end.
Anything goes, loves!
We have a list of daily photo prompts so if you get stuck for something to photograph just refer to the list and get snapping!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Reasons to be cheerful

From what I have recently read in the tweets, blogs and posts of those I follow, some lovely people are facing a few challenges.  They know who they are and they know i'm thinking of them.

I've been moaning this week about how much I have to do and how little time I have.

Then I realised just how fortunate I am.  

Looking back over this week's photos and emails....

I had fun on a school night and won the pub quiz...

I discovered a new way to waste time via Periscope (many thanks for that Jo!)...

I got a bit of knitting done, which took the sting out of being stuck at Bolton Crown Court on a Friday afternoon...

We had some sun...

A little story I wrote was published in the fantastic oh comely magazine.

And finally (so far - the week isn't finished yet), I went for a spot of colour...

I don't really have much to complain about, do I?

Friday, 24 April 2015

'Beginnings" - The Love Your Blog Challenge

I was truly baffled by this prompt when I first saw it. For me at the moment there are no "beginnings", I thought, just more of the same, everyday. So I mulled it over.  And then work got in the way again and I didn't put my thoughts down on 'paper' (well, that isn't strictly true, I started writing a few notes but they didn't get as far as the computer).

Thankfully, I can still add this post, so better late than never!

There have in fact been a number of beginnings in recent times.  I was wrong.  I just wasn't looking in the right places.

This project has given me a renewed desire to work on this blog.  Reading other blogs, seeing the ideas popping up on the a playful day blog and spending a little time thinking about where this is going has become something of a new start. I am very grateful to those who took the time to post a comment on the last post. Thank you. It meant so much to me.  Although this last couple of weeks has been difficult, I will try and keep working on this and continue to seek inspiration from the extremely talented people embarking on this project too.

At the start of 2014, I was desperate for a change. I made a decision to do something that I wouldn't normally do and I spontaneously booked a holiday and had an adventure in New York. That time away was a real turning point. It enabled me to decide that from that period onwards, things would change for the better.  They did.  That was a huge, life changing new beginning and I'm still feeling the effects of the decisions I made at that time (and have promised never to eat that much food again!).

There are also smaller little beginnings happening more often.  I'm conscious of the fact that each day is a fresh start. A chance to put the day before out of mind and move on. I recently received a lovely stationary box from the green gables and inside was the card below.  It now sits on my desk.  I thought it was worth remembering and reminding myself to keep looking ahead.

Its not just me.  The garden has been full of activity.  We have a family of blackbirds who use our garden each year to start their family.  They seem to have become very used to us being around and now let me know when they want our assistance with some food.  The lady blackbird came to tell me she was hungry when I got out of the car the other day.  I imagine she had earned her tea.

Finally for now, one of my big decisions last year involved moving more.  So each day I have a very long walk with the hound.  Most days, I see the very beginning of the morning. I recommend it for getting your thoughts in order before the emails start, the phone rings...

Sunday, 5 April 2015

'Interactions and community' - The Love Your Blog Challenge

The wonderfully talented Green Triangle Girl - A Playful Day has set her readers/listeners a challenge - to fall back in love with their blogs.

I never really fell out with mine.  It's a slow burning love affair. Sometimes we just click, other times, not so much.  I think we had reached the stage where we needed to try something new.  

Green Triangle Girl is setting creative challenges to explore.  The first is 'interactions and community'.  For me, it's an opportunity to see what inspires others and to help me find my blogging voice.  

I am very lucky to be part of a hugely supportive professional community.  The Manchester Bar look out for each other.  I've been inspired, challenged, tested and supported more times than I can remember.  

But I didn't want this blog to be just about work.  My interactions and community are wider now.

I also feel very much part of a creative, inspiring online community.  Sites like Ravelry have enabled me to grow my skills as a knitter and I've found much needed assistance, ideas and challenges from fascinating people from all over the world. Through podcasts and the blogs of those podcasters, I've widened my interests.  I love taking photos and trying new crafty challenges.  I've found new articles to read, places to visit, recipes, events.  I'm amazed by the skills and talents of those whose blogs I follow and I am so grateful for their support, inspiration and ideas.   

I'm also very much enjoying being part of a community of incredibly bright, inspiring and talented students and tutors whilst completing my Masters course.  Over the last few months, its just clicked.  I've had brilliant support and although its hard to find the time I need to for study, I've found something that really interests me.  I just need a few more hours in the day!

I'm feeling inspired today.  I think it's the first sunny day 'up north' has seen for some time and that has made me get my camera out again.  Welcome to the first hints of spring in my garden...

 (Thank you also to Amanda, whose post and the beautiful blue and yellow socks made me think of spring today!)

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Blank Page

(This was my boxing day walk)

Happy New Year!

No resolutions.  Just a moment to reflect.

I can't believe how much has changed in just a year.  This time last January, life was bleak.  I was stuck in a situation I hated.  We'd also just lost a much loved family member, far too young.  I was exhausted.  There was nothing to look forward to.

So much has changed.  We've had some sad and stressful times, but these have been by far outweighed by exciting, fun and challenging events.  We decided to turn our situation around.  I'm so very glad we did. 

And there is more to come.  BM has an exciting new professional challenge.  I have too.  More than one!  Hopefully we'll have a move this year and we'll both finish our studies (for now).  

I can see that there will be challenges.  I've worked over much of the festive break and I'm very busy for the next few months.  I don't think i'll ever manage more than four hours sleep.  

But, we have some exciting trips planned.  I'm stronger, healthier and happier.  And there will be lots of walks with the doglet.

I'm lucky.  And i'm looking forward.