Day twenty-five of the 30 day photography challenge – strangers

It’s far too easy not to really notice other people as we go about our business every day – I know I’m usually rushing about from one place to the next and always thinking about something as I go (although, oddly, I often seem to notice people’s shoes, no matter how quickly I’m walking…).

When we were at Silverstone in June, we had a brilliant time because there was so much going on but also because everyone there was also having a great time and there was a really friendly atmosphere.  It felt like we really did notice other people more, and there was a lot of friendly banter between us (even the people in the next tent who stumbled home in the early hours one morning and woke us up by shouting at the chap in the tent on the other side to stop snoring).

On the Friday night, we joined our fellow race-goers and campers in the Big Top for a bit of live music and in front of us I spotted a young dad with his little boy, enjoying a bit of guy-time.  I couldn’t help but take this pic because I thought it was adorable.  What do you think?

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Day twenty-four of the 30 day photography challenge – animals

I’m completely smitten by our dog George and think he’s beautiful but I stole myself away from pictures of him for this challenge and chose to share pictures of the gorgeous baby bunny rabbit I met at the petting zoo at the Duck Pond market.  As you can see, it took a few attempts to get him to look at the camera but we got there eventually!  Here he is, sitting on my lap and getting used to being papped:

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Day twenty-three of the 30 day photography challenge – patterns

I like the patterns found in nature and this one in particular appealed to me – it’s blue skies and sunshine, clouds, and aeroplane trails from the Red Arrows!  If you look carefully at the bottom right hand corner you’ll see a couple of flags from the grandstands – one of them a chequered flag and the other a Union flag (we were sitting amongst lots of other McLaren/Jenson Button/Lewis Hamilton fans that day).  If you look even closer, you’ll see that the bright white swirl in the middle of the picture is in actual fact five Red Arrows – but I just love the pattern of the clouds in this picture.  And it reminds me of English summers…

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Day twenty-two of the 30 day photography challenge – inspirational

I find lots of things which are inspiring – other people, songs I hear, pictures I see, articles I read – but right now I’m reading a book which I bought ages ago and have only just got round to reading.  It’s Brian Epstein’s autobiography, “A Cellarful of Noise” which was written in 1964, three years before his untimely and unexpected death.  Any among you who are Beatles fans will probably know quite a bit about him, at the very least that he was their manager.  In the book he comes across as a very genuine and gentle man, aware of his shortcomings (he’s not afraid to say “I was hopeless at school” or “I was a useless soldier and not suited to the RAF at all”) but bent on doing the very best for the band he so admired.

I think that the Beatles’ story itself is inspiring so reading about Epstein and his part in it is particularly interesting.  I don’t know if the book is still in print (I would imagine probably not) but I was lucky enough to get hold of my original copy from a second-hand bookshop – it’s now forty-nine years old (eek) so I’m taking very good care of it!

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Day twenty-one of the 30 day photography challenge – faceless self portrait

The idea of taking a picture of myself without a head seemed a bit odd, so then I thought about taking a picture of just the bottom half.  When I took this one, it was towards the end of a rather busy day and so I’m sitting on the sofa with my feet up:

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Day twenty of the 30 day photography challenge – in my bag

I pulled a few things out of my bag for this challenge – things which live there permanently – and it made me realise that I’m becoming rather sensible as I get older.  Sometimes there are frivolous things in my bag, but in my twenties I would never have remembered to have a spare pair of contact lenses, or thought about blister plasters.  The Lucozade tabs are a hangover from when I was working in theatre in the evenings as well as teaching during the day (and they work, they really do).  I would also not have had anti-bacterial hand gel in my bag in my twenties, but then that’s possibly because it hadn’t been invented…

Anyway, here is today’s photo *shuffles off to find something more frivolous to put in handbag*

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Day nineteen of the 30 day photography challenge – something I want

I came across this picture on Pinterest (a bit of a guilty pleasure) and it struck me that this would be a really fun way of selling our fudge.  Ever since I was a little girl and I saw ‘The Lovebug’ I’ve loved old Volkswagen Beetles, and the idea of using one as a market stall really appeals to me.  I think it’s really cute.  What do you think?

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Day eighteen of the 30 day photography challenge – shoes

This one was quite a simple choice – I love my shoes (even though as I’ve got older I no longer wear ridiculously high heels every day) and more often that not I wear my Chucks.  Some of them were bought in America and some over here (when I worked at the Piccadilly theatre I was dangerously close to Carnaby Street where there’s a Converse shop).  Is it possible to have too many Chucks? Never!

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Day seventeen of the 30 day photography challenge – technology

I remember when I was at school and ‘computer studies’ was compulsory until the age of fourteen and our computer screens were black with green text on them (hard to imagine any more).  I remember that when my teacher told me we’d all be using computers by the time I’d left school and started working, I told him that I wouldn’t because I hated computers!  In my defence, technology has moved on so much since those days and the things you can do with technology now we couldn’t even imagine back then.  I even chose ICT as my specialism when I did my teaching degree nine years ago, and spent a brief spell as a web designer.

Now, I have a desktop and a laptop, an iPad mini, an iPod and an iPhone and those are just the personal computer side of things.  When I saw today’s challenge, it got me thinking about all of the other bits of technology that we use and it’s hard to find a place where we don’t use it.  When we were traveling a couple of years ago, WiFi, an iPod touch and Skype were invaluable to us and enabled us to stay in touch with our family even when we were in the middle of nowhere!  In our lounge, we have a flatscreen television and a BlueRay player.  Even in our kitchen, we’ve ‘dispensed’ with our old kettle and now have a hot water dispenser (it’s brilliant, by the way – and I love it).  And in our car, we can plug in our iPod to listen to, we have SatNav that tells us how to get anywhere we want and even tells us when there’s traffic on the way, and a bluetooth connection which means we can use our mobiles hands-free when we drive.

So, could I live without all of this technology? Like most people, my answer would probably be ‘Yes, if I had to’ but actually… I’m not sure if I would want to!

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Day sixteen of the 30 day photography challenge – a good habit

I’ve got lots of habits but trying to think of one which is a good one, and more importantly an interesting one, is bit tricky (I suppose that’s why it’s called the photography ‘challenge’).  Taking a picture of me cleaning my teeth or putting everything in the dishwasher once I’ve used it seems very unexciting.  So I’ve decided to share a picture of something which I intend to make a habit – sitting in the new hammock we bought today while we were at the Duck Pond market.  We had a brilliant day (lovely weather, lovely people and we sold out of everything we’d made), and we treated ourselves to this one from the Well Hung company (see what they did there?).  It’s a double hammock which means that Simon and I can lounge in it at the same time, and even George hopped in and had a go…

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