On Saturday I took part in the Photo an Hour challenge that was sweeping Twitter (and I think Instagram? I'm still resisting signing up, although I said that about Twitter and then look what happened...) Louisa kindly reminded us about it the night before, which was a great jump start for my selective memory. Finally, I got to join in! We ended up having a pretty busy day, as you're about to see...
08:15 - I woke up relatively early and jumped up to get my camera and take my first picture! The room was pretty dark though, and there's no chance Tam would appreciate the curtains being opened, but he kindly pulled one back so I could snap the cacti on the window sill. At this point it became apparent how dodgy my camera is, and proceeded to be throughout the day. The ISO setting quite often refuses to work, so I'm going back to the manual and giving it a thorough read this time.
09:11 - I dozed a bit, kept company by one of the minions and the human hot water bottle that is Tam.
09:54 - Tam sleeps on but I'm awake and checking my emails. This turned into a slight mistake after I realised Deramores had restocked their sale wool, so
a few many balls of chunky & DK fell into my shopping basket. Oops... (On the bright side, 23 balls of wool for less than thirty pounds is not to be sniffed at.)
11:52 - Look, I'm upright! And dressed! We decided to go a run up to Dunfermline since the football had been postponed, and at this time of year I'm not one to underestimate how cold it would likely be, so I started with thermal tights, socks and long sleeved top, and built onto it with leggings (Long Tall Sally of course), a Mango tunic (charity shop, naturally), a hoodie, thermal snow boots and the cosiest outerwear I own (including my favourite hat!). It...sort of worked. As Tam says, 'there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad preparation'. Except I was still freezing.
12:16 - We're on our way and crossing the Forth bridge. Tam mentions our plan to walk over it one day, I gaze out the window doubtfully...
13:28 - We arrived at Dunfermline and headed for the palace, which was closed for lunch... Charity shops were the excellent back up plan though! For a change, I didn't find anything, but I did get some good architecture pictures. An old cinema, what else. Dunfermline reminded me a bit of Dundee, a mixture of run down and pretty.
14:11 - Lunch at Dumfermline's oldest building, Abbot House, followed by a wander around. Lunch was pretty meh but the building was lovely, if a bit too...redecorated for my taste. (It's sort of hard to explain what I mean, but I could tell lots of refurbishments and decorating had been done to make it look like what it would have originally, it just wasn't executed especially well.) This staircase was a highlight though.
14:58 - Time to get a walk around the palace and abbey. I'm sure I'll have a more comprehensive post up about them soon since, surprise surprise, I took a great deal of pictures there. The abbey nave was stunning inside and out, such a vast space. The pillars even dwarfed Tam!
16:01 - After a good wander about, we came home to warm our cold bodies. I've spent a lot of time hibernating over the past couple of months that I was rather weary after all the walking! In a good way though. I've missed our weekend wanderings. They've been put to the side thanks to the horrible weather, but even though the cold wasn't totally pleasant, it was a darn sight better than rain/hail/gales. (Oh, this is Tam's bookshelf. Bonus points to whoever spots the skeleton!)
17:37 - Having some sofa time. I demolished almost a whole packet of Kettle Chips with my cup of tea while Tam behaved with an apple. Tam's mum is watching Downton for the first time and she's almost caught up, so we watched that for a while. Parsnip came to hang out, and I decided to see if he was up for another selfie. He was not.
18:05 - It was around this time that I realised if our Saturday night sang to the same tune as usual (trashy TV, knitting, tea and biscuit - all conducted from the sofa) then this challenge would get pretty boring pretty quickly. So I snapped a picture of Tam's brother's Christmas pressie - a globe shaped bar. He still hasn't taken it home and I must admit I have my eye on it...
19:08 - The last refuge of the desperate - a food picture. Tam made our dinner of lentil curry, and I ate about half before deciding I wasn't fussed on eating a whole bowl. This happens a lot, my tastes change shockingly quickly. It's still better than me cooking anything though...
After dinner, the evening went exactly as usual. Take Me Out is back, yay! We got into this show last year and I love how completely dreadful it is, in a sort of entertaining way, so on it went. We didn't go as far as to watch the follow up show (this week anyway *cough*), but we did start watching Bridget Jones Diary before I realised how bad in a not entertaining way it is. That's when Downton Abbey went back on...
Did anyone else do the photo challenge on Saturday?