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“Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.”
– Jodi Picoult

It’s funny how things change in the space of six months – and priorities realign. Anyone stumbling across this blog would think it’s been abandoned – nearly six months ago I last wrote about the heatwave! Those in the future would have found this blog and think that the heatwave wiped us all out… Therefore it was definitely necessary to write a new entry to alleviate any fears that future readers might have. Of course in the online world I haven’t been quiet, but my blog entries have mainly focused on my book reviews over at Tea Leaves and Reads as well as getting stuck into the third and final year of University.

2018 is almost over and what a year it has been. The biggest highlight definitely has to be engagement – and the exciting wedding planning that has been underway ever since. There are so many little achievements alongside that, too many to list, but definitely another reason to dust off the Good Things Jar for 2019 and start to keep track again.

(This picture sums up our new car… Maisy was, for the first time, confined to the ‘Boot’ (Trunk if you’re American) and absolutely hated it. We love it! No more hairy seats!)

2019 brings excitement – my sister’s Wedding is in March, the first three months of the year will be spent preparing for that.. and then my Thirtieth Birthday (needs capital letters) will be upon me in April. Whilst navigating the first quarter of the year I’ll also be doubling up on my University ‘years’ – doing two at once from January until August to get the pesky thing finished. It means a brand new job (placement) for me from the 2nd of January as although I am employed full-time part of my third year means going on placement with a completely different team and client group. By October I should know whether I’ve survived enough and done enough to become an NQSW – Newly Qualified Social Worker.. and then follows a year of assessment in employment to ensure that I can meet the standards required. Social Work is no easy feat… anyone who thinks it is needs a good talking to!

This year we made the decision to turn our guest room into a library… it was the best decision we ever made! Courtesy of IKEA and their amazing bookcases, it turned out the size of the room was the absolute perfect fit for their corner mahooosive bookshelf. So here are the in progress and ‘after’ shots. We’re still working on the room and once the massive pile of Christmas presents is dispersed over the next few days we will be able to straighten it out and take a few more photos (especially of the Reading Chair, very important.) The best thing about having this set up is that now every book I own can be accessible.. rather than in the loft making me feel guilty. And there are also at least five spare shelves… ;)

So for various reasons, photography with the Proper Camera, has taken a backseat. Wedding photography this year has been on hold and will be again for 2019 – as my weekends are spent either writing essays and reading (uni) books, or attending tutorials. Who knows what the future holds.. but one of my goals for 2019 is to enjoy photography for fun again, before I decide whether to go back to it professionally. It’s also so easy these days to just snap a photo on the iPhone.. in fact every photo in this blog entry is brought to you courtesy of an Apple Product. Fancy that. Camera phones are a game changer these days.

I also got the chance to meet my hero – Jodi Picoult – the woman who continues to inspire my love of reading (and attempting to write!) She visited the UK on her ‘A Spark of Light’ Tour with the release of her new book. It was absolutely amazing to hear her speak about the book and her writing… Truly an experience I will never forget.

There are so many other things to mention that have happened in the last quarter of 2018 – and prior to that! The most wonderful baby was born in the Summer and lots of memories have been created and experiences shared with his amazing parents and the rest of the friendship group around him as well as family times and just evenings spent with William where it’s us two and we play a board game, or watch a series, or just chill… The year has been good in so many ways.

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“Gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.”
– Phyllis Theroux

It’s hot. Super hot. Sort of 25 degrees kind of weather. For some of you USA followers, that’s nothing. (And I’m coming to the USA for a whole month this year so I’m trying to prepare myself!) But for this country it’s pretty warm and that means that in order to achieve pretty rain covered flower photos, I need to falsify the conditions….

Out comes the trust water bottle, and of course the trusty Maisy who is convinced that it’s her only source of Water and she must have it. Once we had contended with the dog however, the results were pretty good…

This year is the Year of Weddings. We had an epic Wedding at the weekend (not ours of course) in the beautiful city of Bath and it was our most challenging Wedding to date. No, not because of the Bride and Groom (they were lovely, they’re probably reading this, but it’s true they were…) but because of the venue. We photographed the ceremony in a beautiful little Theatre, it’s actually called The Little Theatre…go check it out. It’s a fully functional cinema too so if you’re ever in the area, I do suggest that you go and catch a film or two… Then there were all the surprises…luckily we knew about them and could plan ahead, I mean you have to when there is going to be a choir re-inacting the Wedding Scene from Love Actually, and a Delorean, oh and Aaron Douglas… Much planning needed!

So in between working on those Photos, I found my passion for Photography again (fear not 2016/17 Brides and Grooms!) It didn’t exactly go missing, but it did lie dormant for a while as other things took over like work, life, house, dog, garden e.t.c. and I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I would like. This evening though, right after work, we went into town and annoyed the Bookshop by going in ten minutes before closing time, grabbed a coffee and then mucked around with the camera. Three things, aside from William, Family and Maisy, that complete my life. Books, Coffee & Photography.

I have so many blog posts stored up and ready to write…so many photos to share from the last month or so. One stumbling block in my way is my storage is maxed out on WordPress so I can’t easily upload and place photos in the blog posts. WordPress want a stupid amount of money (new rulez now) for increasing storage and I don’t want to play ball. So I’m uploading photos elsewhere and then linking them in. It’s not hard, but it’s the lazy way and I don’t like the time it takes to share a few photos! But I promise that will change… I need to do the 365 challenge again and force myself to snap away!

But for now, for today, enjoy our beautiful Allium. The bulbs were kindly gifted by my Grandma last Autumn and we buried them in October hoping for the best. We were more than surprised, they just popped up in the last few months and add a splash of colour to our front garden. What’s even more surprising (for us), is that we don’t see them often as we never use the front door to get into the house, so the bursts of colour suddenly appeared when we ventured outside.

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