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October 1 Day 12 Pics #1day12pics

The reminders worked on my phone for a change today so I remembered to do October 1 day 12 pics. I did forget to post them to Instagram throughout the day, though, so I’ve just posted them all, one after the other!

October 1 Day 12 Pics

1 – Reading my book while enjoying my morning coffee

October 1 day 12 pics number  1 - Maeve Binchy book and coffee mug

2 – Working on getting as many October posts scheduled as I can.

October 1 day 12 pics number 2 - blog dashboard calendar

3 – I fell in love with this battery operated snowglobe at the Range today. I’m going back to buy it once we’ve had our half-term holiday.

October 1 day 12 pics number 3 - snowglobe with Santa inside

4 – Shopping is thirsty work! We stopped for a coffee at The Range.

October 1 day 12 pics number 4 - Costa coffee mug filled with mocha

5 – Leftover Slimming World chicken and leek pie (recipe coming soon!) for lunch today.

October 1 day 12 pics number 5 - leftover Slimming World chicken and leek pie for lunch

6 – Catching up with For The People.

October 1 day 12 pics number 6 - watching For The People on TV

7 – I bought this cross stitch kit last year and started it, but I put it away after Christmas and forgot about it. It’s coming along nicely now 🙂

October 1 day 12 pics number 7 - working on Santa's hat on my cross stitch kit

8 – Catching up with Corrie.

October 1 day 12 pics number 8 - catching up with Corrie

9 – Chi Chi loves her monkey!

October 1 day 12 pics number 9 - Chi Chi the dog with her toy monkey

10 – Slimming World Chicken mushroom medley for dinner

October 1 day 12 pics number 10 - Slimming World chicken mushroom medley

11 – Watching Gogglebox with Ant. It’s one of our fave shows.

October 1 day 12 pics number 11 - watching Gogglebox

12 – Doing some more cross stitch.

October 1 day 12 pics number 12 - doing some more cross stitch

 

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Our Wonderful NHS – My Sunday Photo

It’s been an eventful week in the Ashmore household and I have to say we have a wonderful NHS.

Slipped Disc

On the 6th July, I was volunteering at St Barnabas charity shop. While bending to pick up some books my back went. It was the same pain I had when I first got a slipped disc about 18 years ago.

I haven’t been able to work at the charity shop, do the weighing at Slimming World or clean for my mother-in-law this week because I’ve had to walk using walking sticks and I haven’t been able to stand up straight until today.

Poorly Father-In-Law

On my birthday last Thursday, we were on our way to my mother-in-law’s and decided to look in on my father-in-law as he’d sounded funny when he’d spoken to Ant at 7.30 am

It’s a good job we did check on him; he wasn’t his usual self so Ant rang 111. After some questions, they decided to send an ambulance out for him.

They soon decided to take him to the hospital and he’s been there ever since. Ant has spent most of his days going back and forth to the hospital. He doesn’t like to leave his dad alone for long because he keeps getting confused.

Trip To A&E With Ella

Last night Ella’s friend came to have a sleepover. They’d both spent the day at another friend’s house and came home around 8.30 pm.
They wanted to go in the pool for half an hour before getting ready to sleep outside on the covered patio.

Ella tried to fill the chlorine tablet holder up and she got the tablet tub too close to her face. As it opened a waft of chlorine fumes was released and she accidentally breathed it in. She dropped the tub straight away and started a coughing fit.

Ant got her outside and tried to get her to breathe the fresh air in but she couldn’t do anything for coughing.
It took about 20 minutes for the coughing to subside a little. I was getting worried so we decided to take her to A&E just to be on the safe side.

Wonderful NHS – Brilliant Staff

We didn’t have too long a wait at A&E and all the staff were brilliant. They made sure they told us everything that was happening or was going to happen and they were very thorough.

Everyone was really friendly and put our minds at ease. The doctors got in touch with the poisons centre to make sure they were giving Ella the right treatment.
After being seen by a nurse and a doctor in A&E we were taken to the children’s ward. They wanted to monitor her until 4 hours had passed from when it happened at 9 pm.

The doctors and nurses did lots of checks and decided to send us back to A&E to have her eyes checked and bathed because they were a bit sore and itchy.

They put some drops in her eyes to numb them before putting some dye in them so the doctor could check there wasn’t any damage. When that was done a nurse washed her eyes with a litre of saline on each eye. Ella was brilliant throughout.

Ella having an eye test - wonderful NHS

wonderful NHS - yellow eye dye under her eyes
Ella after the eye test. The dye went under her eyes and also in her nose! Her tissue went yellow when she blew her nose!

Back To Ward

It was after 1am by the time we got back to the ward. Her cough was getting better and she was nearly back to her normal self. The doctor said she could stay until morning so they could keep an eye on her cough if we wanted but he was also happy to let us take her home.
He said that if her cough got worse or she had trouble breathing we could take her straight back to the ward.

Finally, Home At 2.30 am

We finally got home and everyone went to bed. I was overtired and couldn’t sleep so had to read for a while. It was about 3.30 when I finally fell asleep.

I didn’t wake until 9.30 this morning and I still feel absolutely shattered!

All’s well that ends well, as they say, thanks to our wonderful NHS 🙂 I’m really very thankful that we have our National Health Service

Photalife

Unicorn Cupcakes – My Sunday Photo

Ella made unicorn cupcakes for her class. Not for any special reason, just because she wanted to. She didn’t know how she was going to make the horn until she spied a box of Pink Panther ice cream cones in the cupboard.

We now have a box of pink ice cream cones with no bottom! We’re now going to have to eat our ice creams very quickly or get covered in ice cream drips!

Unicorn Cupcakes

Unicorn Cupcakes

 

Photalife

More Sunday photos

February’s #1Day12Pics – Coffee A Book And A Walk In The Rain

My #1day12pics always includes coffee, a book and Chi Chi! Ant wants us to get out walking more often so even though it was raining we decided to go ahead with our plan to go to Hill Holt Wood.

#1day12pics Winnie The Pooh coffee mug

1 – The first coffee of the morning

#1day12pics The way you loo tonight by Richard Madeley

2 – More coffee and a good book

#1day12pics Still reading

3 – Still reading – Trying to have a lazy, relaxing morning but KayCee and Ella keep arguing upstairs

#1day12pics Leftover beef casserole for lunch

4 – Leftover beef casserole for lunch

#1day12pics Getting the cameras ready for a photo wal in the woods

5 – Getting the cameras ready for a photo walk in the woods

#1day12#pics Wooden man at Hill Holt Wood

6 – A wooden man at Hill Holt Wood

#1day12#pics  Big teddies at Hill Holt Wood

7 – Ella and KayCee found some big teddies in Hill Holt Wood

#1day12#pics Visiting Chi Chi and Nanny

8 – Visiting Chi Chi and Nanny

#1day12#pics reading a drinking a Pepsi Max

9 – A bit more reading while the kids are upstairs and Ant’s cooking dinner

#1day12#pics  Hawaii 50

10 – We’re watching Hawaii Five-0 while eating dinner

#1day12#pics  Ella watching Hawaii Five-0

11 – Ella wanted to watch another episode of Hawaii Five-0

#1day12pics Hawaii Five-0

12 – And yet another episode of Hawaii Five-0. She’s going to bed once it’s done so she’ll have to wait till tomorrow for the next episode!

 

Frozen pond – My Sunday Photo

It’s freezing outside today; we have a frozen pond and a lawn covered in pretty frost.  It’s the kind of morning where it’s nice to look outside but actually going out there isn’t something I want to do!

Unfortunately, I have to go out because I need a couple more plastic storage boxes so we can get Christmas totally packed away and in the loft today.
I have to stop buying Christmas decorations; I have about 20 storage boxes as it is. There won’t be room in the loft if I keep adding more boxes every year!

Frozen Pond

frozen pond

The pond looks lovely when it’s all frozen 🙂

Photalife

January 2018 1 Day 12 Pics

January 2018 1 day 12 pics – It’s the first Saturday of the month and I remembered to take part in #1day12pics on Instagram 🙂

January 2018 1 Day 12 Pics

January 2018 1 day 12 pics - coffee and reading
Starting the morning with coffee and a book
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - packing away Christmas
Still packing away Christmas!
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Christmas Excel book
Organising my Christmas boxes using Excel so I know which boxes to bring down first at Christmas!
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Fake LOL dolls
Fake LOL dolls
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Wtching Derry girls
Watching the first episode of Derry Girls
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Ella in her new jacket
Ella’s been shopping
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Cold but sunny
It was cold out but the sun was really bright
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Last Christmas by Julia Williams
Finishing the book Ive been reading over Christmas
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Ant posing
Ant posing!
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Chi Chi
Visiting Nanny and Chi Chi
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Now TV
Picking a movie to watch while we have dinner
January 2018 1 day 12 pics - Boss Baby
We picked Boss Baby

20 Christmas Photos We’ve Taken This Year

Christmas Photos

I take lots of Christmas photos but this year I wanted to make sure I capture all those special moments. The girls are growing up far too fast and Christmas is changing now we don’t have any little ones here. In fact,  for the first year, we didn’t visit father Christmas. They didn’t even mention visiting him, which made me a bit sad.
We did have an elf for the first time and Ella loved looking to see what she’d been up to every morning 🙂

20 Christmas photos

  1. Welcoming our elf, Nutmeg

welcoming our elf, Nutmeg

2) Wearing a Christmas Hat

wearing a Christmas hat

3) Decorating The Tree

decorating the tree

4) Opening Presents

Ella opening her present from Kellyann

5) Watching The Grinch

watching The Grinch

6) New Christmas dresses

new Christmas dresses

7) Making Christmas Pudding

making Christmas pudding

8) Christmas Tree

Christmas tree

9) New Christmas PJs

new Christmas pyjamas

10) Our Christmas Trolley of goodies!

Christmas trolley of goodies

11) Reading a Christmas Story

reading The Night Before Christmas

12) North Pole Breakfast

North pole breakfast

13) Favourite Present

Ella's favourite present

14) Christmas Hot Chocolate

Christmas hot chocolate

15) Sprinkling Reindeer Food

sprinkling reindeer food

16) Presents under the tree

presents under the tree

17) Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner

18) Christmas Eve buffet

20 Christmas Photos

19) Decorating a Gingerbread House

20 Christmas Photos

20) Visiting Family

Boxing Day 2017
Left to right – Gemma (sister in law), my brother James and my brother, John, who is married to Gemma

 

 

 

 

 

1 Day 12 Pics November

I remembered to take part in 1 day 12 pics November on Instagram.

1 day 12 pics November

1 – I blogged about the Asda and Argos 2017 Christmas adverts

1 day 12 pics November #1

2 – We went Christmas shopping

1 day 12 pics November #2 Christmas shopping

3 – More Christmas shopping

1 day 12 pics November #3 more Christmas shopping

4 – Making turkey stir-fry for lunch and having a coffee

1 day 12 pics November #4 turkey stir-fry for lunch

5 – More coffee!

1 day 12 pics November #5 coffee time

6 – More shopping, this time my grocery order from Tesco.

1 day 12 pics November #6 more shopping online!

7 – I reckon I’ve got a coffee problem! Coffee and a crumpet with jam to keep me going until dinner time.

1 day 12 pics November #7 coffee and crumpet time

8 – Catching up with Corrie

1 day 12 pics November #8 catching up on Corrie

9 – Visiting Nanny and Chi-Chi

1 day 12 pics November #9 Chi-Chi the dog

10 – Making a salad to go with the dinner

1 day 12 pics November #10 making salad for dinner

11 – Ham and mushroom pasta for dinner

1 day 12 pics November #11 pasta for dinner with the salad

12 – Catching up on Grey’s Anatomy

1 day 12 pics November #12 catching up on Grey's Anatomy

1 Day 12 Pics On Instagram – October

I’ve not taken part in #1day12pics on Instagram for a while. I figured it was time to join in again with October #1day12pics

For those who don’t know, #1day12pics runs on the first Saturday of every month. The idea is to take a photo on the hour, every hour and post them to Instagram.
I like to collect them all up and put them on a blog post when I remember to take part, that is!

Saturday was a quiet day, I didn’t really go anywhere so it was a bit hard finding something to take a photo every hour. I managed it, though 🙂

October #1day12pics

1)

I’m reading this book as part of my Goodreads reading challenge 2017
Sophie Hannah A Game For All The Family - October #1day12pics

2)

Pinterest – I was scheduling pins to Tailwind. Since using tailwind, my monthly views on Pinterest went from 59k on September 9th to  161.1k on October 9th.

Pinterest - October 1 day 12 pics

3)

Coffee time

Mug with a picture of a rabbit wearing a hat - October 1 day 12 pics

4)

Ant’s homemade bread

Ant's homemade bread - October 1 day 12 pics

5)

Our beautiful Ella

Ella - October 1 day 12 pics

6)

Ella spent the afternoon helping to raise funds for her Cubs group. They did a jumble sale.

Ella in her Cubs uniform - October 1 day 12 pics

7)

My new craft kits have arrived 🙂

Diamond painting kit. Santa holding an owl - October 1 day 12 pics

8)

I couldn’t resist starting my new craft kit!

Started my diamond painting kit - October 1 day 12 pics

9)

We went to visit Nanny and had a coffee

Coffee mug - October 1 day 12 pics

10)

Ella’s new teddy bear from her sister, Kellyann

Teddy bear - October 1 day 12 pics

11)

I had to catch up on Eastenders. I was about 10 episodes behind!

Eastenders - October 1 day 12 pics

12)

I love my new craft kits 🙂

Diamond painting Santa - October 1 day 12 pics

 

Treated Myself To A Photography Lightbox :)

Lightbox

 

I’ve been looking at getting a lightbox for a while to make taking photos of food easier. I had mentioned to Ant about making one but last week I decided to go ahead and buy one.

I checked lots of reviews on Amazon and found a good one then checked eBay to compare prices. It was cheaper on eBay so ordered it.
The parcel didn’t take long to arrive. I opened it, put it all together and I was very excited. It was bigger than I’d imagined. I’m going to have to use the dining table rather than the kitchen counter but that’s not a problem.

I haven’t had chance to try it out yet as I’ve not done any recipes recently but I’m going to do a new one tomorrow just so I can give it a go 🙂

Lightbox

lights and camera stand for lightbox

lights and camera stand for lightbox

The only thing I’m not very happy with is the different coloured inserts for the background. The photo on eBay shows them fitting perfectly but when I put them in, there are gaps down the sides.

Lightbox
The red insert needs ironing but even when ironed, it’s not going to fit properly.

Lightbox

If it becomes a problem, I’ll just buy some fabric and make my own so it fits properly.

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