Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A Photo an Hour (more or less)


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?

:)

35 comments:

  1. I totally missed this happening on Twitter, I wish I could have taken part. Looks like a pretty good day to me.

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    1. I normally miss it too, hopefully we can catch the next one :)

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  2. I've seen a few other bloggers do this photo-an-hour thing... I really should give it a try over the weekend! I really want to watch Downton Abbey, I keep hearing it's a great show. I wish people would stop talking about shows though because it just adds to my already longggg list of shows I want to watch haha ;)

    Hope you have a great week!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Ha I know what you mean, I try to tune it out! Although you have to watch Downton, it's amazing ;)

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  3. I love that you have proper weekend explores, we tend to be v lazy and often resort to the usual 'amble around Leicester'. Also, my Thomas is also a human hot water bottle - I genuinely save money on heating now he lives here!

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    1. Boyfriends have some uses eh! ;) hey don't be misled, the weather was just on our side this weekend but most of the past month has been spent indoors!

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  4. I was surprised by how pretty Dunfermline is too (when I visited two years ago) and really enjoyed wandering around the abbey. I was also surprised by the number of charity shops. Almost came home with a tea trolley!

    I'm also bad for getting sucked into terrible trash tv. Although I haven't watched Take Me Out (yet...) I absolutely love Millionaire Matchmaker. Oh the shame.

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    1. Ooh I've never heard of that, now I'll have to look it up! It was nice there, the charity shops were a bit busy but I think the lack of rain drew everyone out! :)

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  5. Love these types of posts! I did one once and kept meaning to do another, but I think my weekends are a bit too boring to chronicle at the moment :)

    Dunfermline looks nicer than I thought it would, I've only ever driven through it. And you should totally take that globe shaped bar....

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    1. Yeah this was a fluke exciting weekend, hopefully it's got the ball rolling for more though! :)

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  6. Yay! Love a bit of #photoanhour post action!

    I need to do more wandering about - hopefully this year's resolutions are going to give me a kick up the bum a bit with that. There's never as much oomph to go when you've got to go on your own though.

    Food photos are an essential part of photo an hour posts - you'll do plenty more.

    Also. Yay Take Me Out :)

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    1. Yeah I get you, I love going to the cinema by myself but other than that I'd quite happily stay in most of the time!

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  7. I love reading these kinds of posts! I always mean to do them myself but then either forget or end up doing nothing. Your trip looks lovely, and the wool is a bargain! I really need to restock myself x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Yeah I think it takes a semi busy day to make it interesting enough! Oh dear I have too much wool now, I need to knit faster! :)

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  8. I've seen these posts pop up on blogs every so often over the last few years and always wanted to give it a go. The nosy parker in me loves seeing how other people spend their days - rather than just the highlights. And I'm a total Take Me Out addict too - and the gossip version is so much better this year! L:ovely photos of what looks and sounds like a lovely day :)

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    1. I'd never heard of the gossip version before, thought it was a new thing! It's the nosy me that loves them too, I'll need to keep it up! :)

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  9. Yey another photoanhour-er! I actually use to say the same about Instagram, I never thought I would ever want it or even make use of it, then I joined last October and never looked back!

    I miss it being warm enough to get out an explore, temp over here just makes me want to hide away inside! Wool sales (well any crafty sale) is a win by me!

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    1. Yay! Ugh I know what you mean, it's been icy all week which just gives me more of an excuse to stay in!

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  10. Yay for photoanhour people! I really enjoy putting the posts together and reading them! Our weather is on and off at the moment, we're getting some winter sunshine and lots and lots of rain! We've got a day out planned for Saturday and I'm hoping it's another dry, sunny day.

    Looks like a great day, and can't complain about that end, all my days end that way haha! TV, food and relaxing on the sofa!

    ~ K

    www.crumbsinthebed.com

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    1. Yay photo an hour team! Hope the weather's good tomorrow, it's about time! :)

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  11. I am in love with the globe bar. I went to a restaurant with my dad last year that had a similar one next to the cheese table (seriously amazing place) and we've both been obsessed with them ever since!

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    1. Oh cool, I hope you manage to find one then! :)

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  12. 23 balls of wool for less the £30! Wowzers, I wish I'd seen that sale!

    Love your photos :)

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    1. It might still be happening! A good bargain I reckon :)

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  13. Thanks for joining in! I'm trying to be really good about reminding people to join in each month, because I think loads of people like doing it but forget, so a reminder is good! The next one will be 21st February, so I'll try and remember to remind you!

    Jane x

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    1. Oh cool I'll put it in my phone just in case my memory fails! Pretty likely actually...

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  14. I don't think I'd like to walk across the bridge - I'm not too good with heights at all.

    Eileen @ In My Playroom (also joining in with Photo an Hour)

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    1. Yeah I don't know how I'll get on, just no looking down!

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  15. Yay for taking part in photo an hour! That sounds like a right bargain from Deramores, I've not had much of a look round their site yet - I fear I could end up spending far too much money! Re: food pictures - I reckon about 4 or 5 of my photo an hour shots always end up as food pictures, which probably gives off the impression that I spend all my day eating! :-) xx

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    1. Haha I do spend all my day eating, really there should have been more food pics! :)

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  16. phwoar excellent wool purchasing! and I really liked looking through your pictures during the day! I should give that a go myself, and I do love me some instagram :) jenny xx

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    1. Ooh yes join in! I don't have Instagram so I just did it for here :)

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