Friday, 16 August 2019

August Challenge - catch up!

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.

For full details go here.

I said at the start I would be doing this challenge my way so today we have 3 days in 1.

Wednesday ran away with me and yesterday I did an extra day with Nathan as he's been a little unwell this week so couldn't go to nursery. By the time I got home I just wanted to chill in front of the TV after dinner.

So here's the catch up:

Day 14 - Favourite smell

I have lots of favourite smells including food cooking, chocolate (of course), babies, flowers, but for my photo here's the perfume I usually wear:

Day 15 - Intentions

Another hard one to photograph. I started the year with another list of intentions so here's the logo for that. Full details and updates can be found by clicking here.

Day 16 - Number

I love numbers. Maths was my favourite subject and I still love doing number puzzles. But this year my focus has been on this number.

Or actually not. Big birthdays are just that, a number.

And now I'm up to date.   Prompt #17 tomorrow.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Wednesday Medley - 14/8/19

The Wednesday Medley is hosted by Terri over at Your Friend from Florida.
The questions usually start with the National Day and follow on from there. No rules and there is no obligation. Link up if you want to over at Terri's site and see who else is joining in the fun.

The National Day today is V-J Day (Victory over Japan in WW2). Here are Terri's questions and my responses:

1. I'm sure many kids today have no idea what V-J Day is all about. Did you have a loved one who fought in WWII?

Yes my Dad was in the army during WW2.

2. The iconic sculpture from the famous photograph of "The Unconditional Surrender" has been defaced recently because of the #metoo movement. I know we can get very political about this subject, but just keeping it in the spirit for which it was created, what are your thoughts? 

Well of course I googled this and it seems the sculpture is based on a photograph taken in Times Square, New York on VJ day. Given that it's been reported that the woman was unknown to the sailor it's understandable that it's been tagged with the #metoo slogan.

3. Terri's grandson, Tristan, loved playing a game called "Axis & Allies". It was quite complicated, took up the entire dining room table, and was not something Terri wanted to play (Grandpa understood it and played though). Can you name three Axis countries and five of the many Allies (okay to look it up!)?

Well I don't remember them being referred to as the Axis countries although it makes sense. It was a lot easier to name the Allies.

4. Terri was surprised to learn that most historians agree that WWII began when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Others say it started when Japan invaded Manchuria on September 18, 1931. And some scholars suggest WWII is actually a continuation of WWI, with a break in between. Have you ever visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii or any other WWII memorials around the world?

Interesting that there are differing opinions but unfortunately with conflicts still going on around the world today you can understand why. I've not visited Hawaii or any major war memorials.

5. Calvin Graham was only 12 years old during WWII when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was. (God bless him.) Terri doesn't know any 12-year olds today who could qualify or get away with something like that. Times are so very different now but (in the US) we do have ROTC in high schools. Do you know anyone who started in ROTC and went on to enlist in one of the services?

No I don't. You have to be 16 to enlist in the armed forces in the UK. I think my Dad was probably 16 when he enlisted so that would have been in 1935. He joined the army to get away from working in the coal mines in Yorkshire.

6. Please tell us something about your week so far.

It's another fairly quiet week although there are quite a few things on my to do list which I'm slowly working my way through. Mainly linked to our family holiday at the end of the month. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

August Challenge - Days 12 & 13

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.

For full details go here.

Well I said at the start I would be doing this challenge my way so that includes putting two days together! We were looking after Nathan yesterday and were invited to stay for dinner.

Stay for dinner / Go home and cook a dinner we hadn't even shopped for?

That was a no brainer. We stayed but of course that meant we got home a lot later and I was too tired to blog.

Anyway, yesterday's prompt was "5 things About Me" and today's prompt is "Last Year".

I'm not good at promoting myself and hard to think of things I haven't mentioned before but here goes:

1) I'm all about family and this is mine:

2) My favourite colour is blue, there is a lot of blue in my wardrobe and of course I love to wear jeans. I'm all about comfort when it comes to clothes. Despite what you might think there was no memo sent around to wear blue for the family shot above, it just turned out that way!

3) I love to dance but my body has other ideas these days, especially my knees. I was wearing this, about this time last year after a nasty fall and my knee still isn't quite the same.

4) I'm paranoid about developing dementia/Alzheimers so I try to keep my brain busy with puzzles, crosswords etc. Here are some I did yesterday:

There are a couple of crossword clues still eluding me!

5) My favourite season is spring. I love it when the clocks go forward and we start getting longer days, the weather gets better but not too hot and the garden starts coming into bloom.

Now as for last year, apart from the knee incident above it was pretty good. Actually it was really good - these two joined the family giving me a hat trick of grandsons:

And today it's 3 years since these two tied the knot:

Happy days!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

August Challenge - Day 11

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.

For full details go here.

Today's prompt is "hopes".

Hmm how do you photograph hope once let alone more than once?

A bit of lateral thinking and waffle needed here!

Of course I'm sure we all have hopes and dreams.  Photos to match? Well here we go:

Our wedding day back in June 1984.  We all hope we've got the right partner on our wedding day and although we might look a bit different now, 35 years on, I think we got it right!

We also hoped for children and they came along in rapid succession - we had 3 in just under 4 years and they certainly kept us on our toes.

But look how well they turned out:
They've done us proud and of course they've all made us Grandparents.  Something else we hoped for.

Hopefully at our family gathering at the end of the month we'll be able to update our staircase photo.  This is last year's:

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Drumroll please! (And August Challenge day 10)

Why the need for a drumroll?  Well according to my post list, this will be the 1000th blog post here on blogger!

Goodness.  How can so much waffle come out of one person?

Interestingly I have just been scrolling back through some posts (I was looking for a picture) and it was good to revisit some memories.  It wasn't until I came back to prepare this post that I realised it was going to be #1000.

Although it's just a number (as I keep telling myself having had a big 0 birthday this year).

I was looking for a picture of an outfit as that's the prompt for today's August Photo Challenge.  Sorry but you're not getting a selfie of my current outfit which is still my nightdress!  Time flies when you're blogging.  I was up before 8 but I put the kitchen to rights first, then made some tea and then sat down with my laptop. (And I'm still here lol)

I'll get dressed at some point and the most important thing about the outfit for the day will be comfort!  That's what matters these days.  Gone are the working days when I had to look smart thank goodness.  Now I can wear what I please.

But to fulfill the challenge for the day here is an outfit:

It was the outfit I had for my eldest son's wedding back in 2016.  Funny what you find when scrolling back through blogs!  The shoes did not make it through the whole day and I don't think I've worn them since.  We're doing a jumble trail (yard sale) again in September.  I think they will be included in my items to sell.

I also found the post I wrote just after the brexit referendum.  It's depressing to think that over 3 years on and we've still not left and are no clearer on what Brexit will actually mean for this country.  The political situation just gets more farcical by the day.

I understand that, as a country, we (although not me) voted to leave and that decision should be respected.  However, I don't feel we had enough information at the time to make an informed decision.  Sometimes we have to admit to making mistakes and retrace our steps.  Unfortunately it seems unlikely that will happen (as in a 2nd referendum) and frankly if it did and we were to remain in the EU I don't think we would hold as much power within it as we've had before.  The other 27 countries must be sick of us by now.

Right now it's looks like we are definitely heading for leaving on the 31st October without a deal.  The trouble is most of us don't understand what that will actually mean in the day to day scheme of things.  How will it affect us?  Will there be issues with getting goods into shops, continuity of medical supplies etc?  I've just been reading this article by the BBC on this.  Might need to stock up on canned fruit and veg.  And not travel anywhere.

Of course we will survive this.  Hopefully in time to come we might even be able to look back and laugh about it.  But right now it doesn't seem funny at all.  And while we might have laughed at Boris Johnson in the past with all his gaffes and the jokes made about him, we not laughing about him now.

I think we just have to hope that in this current game of calling one's bluff, the EU blinks first!

Friday, 9 August 2019

August challenge - Day 9

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.

For full details go here.

Today's prompt is "ground"

Well I was going to take a picture of my feet on the ground but it's raining, hard. So here is the ground:

You can just about make out my fairy lights at the bottom of the garden.

Friday's Fave Five 9/8/19

It's Friday so time again to look back on the week and find five favourite things.  This meme is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.  Pop over there to find out more and see who else is taking part.

Here are mine for this week:

1) Lots of time with Grandkids.  I babysat Nathan on Friday, we looked after Rory all weekend and then I had Nathan as usual on Monday.  Yes it's exhausting but I am just so grateful that I get to spend to spend so much time with them and hopefully make lasting memories for them.  I only grew up knowing one set of grandparents but I know what impact my Mum and hubby's parents have had on my kids and I want that for our Grandkids.

Looking forward to seeing this munchkin next weekend.  It's too long since we've seen Noah and he's doing so much more.  We try and see them as often as we can but I'm glad that his other grandparents live much closer and he sees lots of them.

2)  Blogging more regularly.  Last month I didn't blog a great deal but, thanks to a challenge, this month I'm getting back into the habit of blogging more.  I like exercising my brain in different ways and blogging is part of that plus .....

3)  The support from the blogging community.  I'm grateful to all of you that follow my blog and leave me lovely comments.  Responding to all the comments is difficult at times and I'm not sure if replying to them on blogger gets picked up by everyone but I do appreciate them.

4)  Time to sit in the garden.  My garden's looking good at the moment and it's been nice to have time this week to get out there and just relax.

5)  Sort of sticking to a diet.  Hubby and I have been trying to eat better the last week or so.  Less carbs, less food lol.  Hopefully the scales will look better on Monday!

Well the diet went out the window today as it was my turn to host lunch for my friends but no plans yet for the weekend so hopefully not too much damage done.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you're up to.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

19 in 19 - July update

Well we're a week into August already so I need to update on July before I forget what happened!

1. Be more organised, plan ahead and waste less time
July was a busy month with ongoing birthday outings and Grandsitting.  I think I was fairly organised but there was still a bit of time wasting going on.  I really should delete time consuming games from my iPad lol

2. Work on the garden
Not too much work to do at this time of the year but I've been keeping the grass cut and my new bench is now assembled and in place as well as more plants.

3. Plan a lunch date/date night with Nick once a month (theatre/cinema/meal/outing)
We had a whole weekend away together in July, in Broadstairs, which was lovely and we enjoyed some good food.

4. Eat at 6 new-to-me restaurants
We tried 1 new restaurant while we were away - an Italian Pizzeria - Posillipo.   It was good food and reasonably priced.  It was also quite busy (a good sign I guess) so it was a bit warm.  It overlooked the beach which was nice.  We also ate in one of the hotels but we arrived quite late and ended up having more of a supper than a dinner and missed dessert as we didn't realise they'd stopped taking orders :(

5. Complete the A – Z blogging challenge

6. Family weekend away for my birthday - in June
It was lovely! Read about it here.

7. Look after my health – eat well, sleep well, play well
Well I did all of those things in July but not sure it was great for my health! (or #19)

8. Visit my brother
At some point!

9. Visit the beach

10. Complete my reading challenge (52 books for the year)
I'd read  42 books by the end of July so way ahead of schedule.  In July I read:
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley 2/5

The Girl Before - J P Delaney 4/5
Shelter in Place - Nora Roberts 3/5
After the End - Clare Mackintosh 3/5

So only 4 books completed but I also started 2 others from my hubby's finished pile:

The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer - seemed interesting to start with but then it became harder to engage with.  It's a debut novel about one man's descent into mental illness, following the death of his brother in childhood.  It's written in the first person and as his mental health deteriorates, understandably, it became a harder read.  I like a challenge but reading the same books as Nick isn't a challenge I feel I need to complete, especially when I'm not enjoying them.

The second one was Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan.  The blurb says:   "Once again, Ian McEwan's mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love and the invented self."  Well I didn't find it witty and it didn't draw me in enough to persevere.
I hate not finishing books but I have enough book challenges going on without adding "read the sames books as hubby" to the list.

As always, details and reviews can be found on my Goodreads site.

11. Keep a journal
This is still not working.
(Yep that's the same comment as last month but August has started a bit better.)

12. Blog at least once per week (plus regular memes)
Well July was worse than June!  You may have noticed I've opted for a challenge in August which will hopefully boost the number of posts this month.

13. Organise/Take more photos
I'm going for a tick on this one last month.  I organised my digital photo display to include the recent photos we had taken with all the babies.  Previously it had photos following Nathan from birth to recently so it was time for an update.  Took me ages to sort it out - finally realised the family photos were too large in size for the digital viewer so I had to resize them all.

14. Update my clothes/accessories/make up etc regularly
Hmm - maybe come the end of summer I'll get around to this again.

15. Do more crafting – move the sewing machine!
I shortened some trousers!  That counts as crafting in my book - and I used the sewing machine after having to oil it again.

16. Try out a new recipe or do a bake each week
I'm not sure how well I did on this as my bullet journal wasn't up to date but we were still using Hello Fresh for some meals so most of them would have been new.

17. Visit/see Grandson Noah every month
We failed this month!  They came down to London on the weekend we were away but we have a date set for this month and we'll also be together at our family gathering at the end of the month.

18. Make progress on the house plan
Still on hold. Nathan & his Mummies have re-evaluated their situation and things will definitely happen soon (the house they are renting has been sold) but we're still waiting to see what that means for us.

19. Lose 19 pounds
I am back at square 1.  But that's better than where I have been.

Well doing these updates each month has convinced me of two things:

1)  It is good to have goals and challenges
2)  I need to be choose them better.  Some of them are too vague and not easily quantifiable. 

Food for thought for 20 in 20.  Oh no, I'm not giving up!

August Challenge - Day 8

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.
For full details go here.

Today's prompt is "curved".


There you go.  Lots of curves.  This is a lovely wooden toy that my Grandson Nathan has.  Apparently it's full of possibilities most of which I'm yet to discover.

It makes a good ornament too with all its colours.

I will admit to stealing that photo from the internet. But not this one:

(Although I might have stolen it from his parents.)  Interesting hat?

Review: Believe In Me

Believe In Me Believe In Me by Susan Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leanne and her family have many issues, but they're still family. Their crazy but idyllic home in the rural hamlet of Ash Morley is a place where friends can drop in at will, and outsiders whose lives have been shattered can find shelter.

When the opportunity arises to foster a child, ten-year-old Daniel Marks, Leanne is quick to open her doors. But her generosity is about to be put to the ultimate test.

Because Daniel's father is in prison for a gruesome murder.

Everyone deserves a place to call home, and a family to care for them, but will Ash Morley still be safe once Daniel enters their lives?

This was the first book I've read by Susan Lewis but it's unlikely to be the last. It follows Leanne & her extended family as they get to grips with family issues in a somewhat idyllic location. Then a foster child, Daniel, is thrown in to the mix, whose father is in prison for murdering a young child. Daniel is convinced his Dad is innocent. And Leanne comes to believe this too.

It skates over some of the formalities around the foster care system and the legal system but it's a good yarn, well told. If you like a feel good story that jerks tears along the way you'll probably enjoy it.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

August Challenge - Day 7

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.
For full details go here.

Today's prompt is "human".

Ok well I'm human so I thought I'd take a selfie and post it but I'm rubbish at doing that and I'm definitely not looking my best today and yes if that makes me vain then I must be human.  Anyway you can have these pics instead of my 3 favourite little humans!


Wednesday Medley - 7/8/19

The Wednesday Medley is hosted by Terri over at Your Friend from Florida.
The questions usually start with the National Day and follow on from there. No rules and there is no obligation. Link up if you want to over at Terri's site and see who else is joining in the fun. 

The Medley this week is all about "Lighthouses".  Here are Terri's questions and my responses:
1.  Let's start with a number! How many lighthouses have you visited?
I have no idea!  We've been to the coast a lot so I've seen a few but it's not something I've kept count of.
2.  Have you been inside a lighthouse and did you walk to the top?
Yes I have and got right to the top where the lamp was but again don't ask me where lol
3.  Do you seek them out when you are traveling the coastlines or are you not that big a fan?
I don't actively seek them out but I don't totally ignore them either.  This was one we saw when in Australia in 2017 - it's on Cape Byron, the most Easterly point of Australia.

4.  Do you have a favorite scripture or another reference to share with us concerning a guiding light in your life?
Well I'm not great at quoting scripture and apart from the obvious answers I think my conscience helps to guide me - between right and wrong.
5.  If you don't collect lighthouses when you travel, is there something tangible that you tend to collect as a souvenir when you are on vacation or a road trip?
I'm not really a collector, especially since my Mum passed away.  She collected pigs.  Lots of china pigs, many of which were piggy banks (money boxes) but all sorts really so when we were away we'd often look out  for a different pig for her.  I inherited the collection but they're really not my thing.  I kept a family set but then donated the rest to the school I worked in at the time to sell at a school fete.

6.  Please share something with us about your week.
I was out at the supermarket earlier and the radio was playing.  The DJ mentioned it was Lighthouse Day!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

August Challenge Day 6

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.

For full details go here.

Today's prompt is "currently reading".

Actually it's what I'm about to read as I've just finished a book and this is my next read, courtesy of my library.

Although if you check out my Goodreads page (here) it shows me currently reading The Complete Works of Jane Austen, and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Neither of which is strictly true. I've read Pride & Prejudice from the complete works but have yet to try any of the other Austen books. I started Wuthering Heights so long ago that I'd have to restart it now rather than just continue.

Both of these are part of the BBC reading challenge that I started a long time ago. Since then I joined a couple of online book clubs and I've also been making more use of my library. Part of me wants to get through the challenge but part of me knows that some books will probably defeat me. Actually quite a lot might fall into the DNF (Did not finish) category. But I've managed 40 out of the 100. I guess part of me feels that although I read a lot, I'm not necessarily "well read" particularly in terms of classics. As I get older though that seems less important. Although it does help with the odd quiz or crossword question and I do love a good quiz/crossword.

Thankfully all my kids like to read although none of them probably get a lot of time for it. Hubby also likes to read and his choices are often more challenging than mine. I sometimes try out books he's read but I'm happier to put them aside as DNF if they don't keep my attention. There is also a group of us from his extended family that update each other on a monthly basis on the books we've read and that's a good way to get recommendations.

However much I read though, my TBR pile(s) never seem to get any smaller!

Review: While I Was Sleeping

While I Was Sleeping While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What if someone else was living your happy ever after?

When Maddie wakes up in a hospital bed, she can't remember anything about what happened to her or what has changed.

She just remembers she was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.  But it seems life has become a lot more complicated while she has been asleep ...

Really enjoyed this book. Tugs on your heartstrings and doesn't end in the way you might expect. 

Life has moved on for the people in Maddie's life and it's a big adjustment for her.  You're torn between wanting to dislike some of the characters but when the story is also told from their POV it's hard to keep to that position.

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Monday, 5 August 2019

August Challenge - Day 5

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.
For full details go here.

Today's prompt is citrus. 

I actually took that photo!  Just now!  I happened to have half a lemon in my fridge and fortunately it hadn't been there long enough to warrant moving to the compost bin!  (Hmm probably too many exclamation marks.)

I can't remember what I cooked that required lemon juice but there you go.  A genuine citrus fruit and a genuine photo.  Not bad going considering I am absolutely shattered.  After the weekend with Rory it was back to Nathan today.  Which included a trip to the park and a very slow walk back.  Fortunately I had Grandpa with me too.  Navigating Nathan walking with his backpack harness and pushing the buggy can be a challenge on my own.

I'll spare you any further waffle for today.  I'm off for an early night.  Tomorrow I'm aiming for a lie in.  Rory is now safely in the US on route to visit his other grandparents and Nathan is at nursery tomorrow so no grandsitting duties for me.  I think I've earned a break.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll get around to visiting some blogs and responding to comments I've had.  Goodnight.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

August Photo Challenge catch up - Day 4

The idea of this challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the prompts.

For full details go here.

Well of course I'm already behind!  Friday I was babysitting Nathan and since then we've (hubby & I) been looking after Rory.  He is exhausting!  He's lovely.  He eats well, he sleeps well, 10 hours undisturbed but going to bed at 7 pm means he is awake, for the day, at 5 AM!  I had to be there at 6.15 am yesterday and then with a 5 am start today I'm feeling a bit weary.

Anyway back to the challenge: 

Friday's prompt was pink!  I have a pictures of smething pink!  One of my new rosebushes.

Ok it was taken a few weeks ago and there aren't any flowers on it now but it was very pretty while it was in bloom.  I have quite a few pink flowers and purple and red.  When my current gardner took over  her initial response was, it's very yellow, and white, and of course green.  and it was.  But thankfully not any more.

Yesterday's prompt was lines.  My immediate response was to think of lines set by teachers as a form of punishment.  Fortunately I don't remember having to do any so no photos of those.  I was a goody  two shoes at school.  I have more to do with railway lines.  But I don't have a photo of those either.  What I do have is a photo of some tramlines so that will have to do.  This was taken in Melbourne on our Australian trip in 2017.

Today's prompt is buttons.  So many buttons in our lives these days.  Of course a lot of them are referred to as keys but we still have to press them so I'll think of them as buttons.  On our phones, our computers, in our cars, around the house.  When we're out and about.  We pressed a few today while out with Rory.  Up and down in lifts with the buggy.

Look at that little face.  So like his Mummy.  He presses all the right buttons!

Friday, 2 August 2019

Friday's Fave Five - 2/8/19

How can it be Friday already?

Although it's actually been a reasonably quiet week.  These are the more challenging weeks to find things to be grateful for but that's the whole point of this exercise, hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story.  Pop over there to see more.

Here are mine for this week:

1)  A quiet week.  I only had one day of Grandsitting this week.  

2)  Spending birthday money.  I wrote about that here.

3)  Catching up on jobs.  Always nice to see an empty laundry basket! lol

4)  Getting my hair done.  Always nice to have a bit of pampering.

5)  Reading time.   I've managed some reading time this week but actually gave up on a couple of books.  I hate not finishing books but these were both 2 that hubby had read so I thought I'd give them a try.  Turned out they really weren't my thing so I opted to not finish them.  I also managed to get to the library and picked up a few books that look more my cup of tea.  I've already finished one of those.

Well I needed a quiet week - the weekend is going to be busy.  I'm babysitting Nathan this evening then I have Rory for the weekend while his parents attend a wedding in Bristol.  He's usually quite easy to look after, he's a happy boy and he goes to bed without too much trouble.  However it's a very early start tomorrow (6.15am) and he's currently waking up between 5 and 6 am so no lie in on Sunday either.  I think we'll both be very relieved when his parents get back!

Have a good weekend all.

Review: One in a Million

One in a Million One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everyone wants that special someone….

Annie Higgins has given up on love: she’s too busy trying to get her tiny business off the ground. Infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job, Annie accepts their crazy challenge – to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.

And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.

But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the thirty days are out, Annie has to make a decision about what’s really important…

Funny, real and heart-meltingly romantic, Annie and Sam’s story is My Fair Lady for the social media age – and the perfect feel-good read.

If you want a light hearted read that's up to date this ticks the boxes. I probably learned stuff about social media too!

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August Challenge - Day 1

Yep another challenge but I'm definitely doing this one my own way.

I noticed this one recently on Janet's blog.  For full details go here.

The idea of the challenge is to post a photo a day during August in response to the following prompts:

Well..... you all know how good I am at taking photos! NOT.

However, my blogging has dropped off again and I want to get back on track.  Prompts help with that, even if I do go off at a tangent.

Like today.  Morning light.  Well it wasn't very light when I got up at 2am although at 4am there was definitely more light around.  Yes I'm not a great sleeper most nights.  I did then manage 4 hours of sleep waking just before 8.  But at that point I'd forgotten about this challenge so wasn't prepped and ready with the camera.  It was a bit grey outside as well so not the best morning light to photo.

I'm more of an evening light person anyway so if sunset was on the list I'd be laughing.  But evening light is not on the list so I might have to be creative somewhere along the days.  (I have photos of sunsets previously stored away if I need to cheat!)

Talking of which, this is what my pic would have looked like:

Yes this is one I made earlier!  Definitely not today - today the window is open.  Although it's actually cooler and we had the duvet on last night for the first time in what seems ages.

We Brits do obsess about the weather!  When it's cold and wet we want it to be hot and sunny, then when we get what we asked for we complain about being too hot!  Although I'm thankful not to have been in the areas that have flooded this week.  Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.

Today I'll probably be wishing for more hours in the day.  I have a few things on the (maybe) to do list and then I'm off to babysit Grandson Nathan.  Hopefully his Mummies won't be too late back as I'm off to Grandson Rory very early tomorrow morning.  Rory's parents are off to a child free wedding for the weekend.  Rory definitely likes an early start.  If today had been tomorrow I definitely would have been able to catch the morning light.  Oops, wishing my life away now!

There you have it, day 1 of waffle and a picture.  We'll see how this goes.  (By the way don't go looking for my posts on Instagram or the Facebook page for this, they won't be there.  Dealing with one social media platform at a time is enough for me.)