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Family Get Together – My Sunday Photo

You may have read that we recently found my older sister who my mum had put up for adoption before she had me and my siblings. We met Jayne a while ago but we hadn’t yet met any of her children or her mum. A family get together was needed!

Family Get Together

Last night my mum did just that and had a party to get our family and Jayne’s family together so we could finally meet 🙂

It was a lovely evening with everyone getting on really well and having a great time together.

Jayne and her mum at the back, my mum and Nan-Nan at the front - family get together
Jayne and her mum are at the back. My mum and my Nan-Nan are at the front :o)

Through having this party, we found out that one of my cousins had been friends with Jayne’s son a few years ago and my cousin would often go to their house at lunchtime and even started calling Jayne, mum!

They say it’s a small world and it truly is :o)

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The Post Office Are Starting Christmas Prep Early!

I’m a bit obsessed with Christmas, as many of you will know, but even I had to look twice at this letter the super wonderful husband received this week.
Christmas in July is on the Hallmark channel and they’re showing lots of Christmas movies this month so maybe this is why the Post Office thought it would be a good idea to remind us, in July, to Remember To Post Early This Christmas!

Post Office Christmas In July!

Post Office reminding us in June to post Christmas cards early!

I do tend to think about Christmas all year as I like to spread the cost. I did have to wonder, though, if this was a mistake by the Post Office or if they’re trying to get us to spread the Christmas post through the year so they’re not as busy in December!

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Ella Selfies Again! My Sunday Photo

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that Ella loves taking selfies and even though she has her own phone, she prefers to use mine! I found Ella selfies again when I checked my phone today 🙂

I have to admit that she knows how to do much more on my phone than I do. There are selfies with different frames such as pretty roses and ice creams. I have no idea how she did them!

Ella Selfies Again!

Ella selfies again!

I love this one I found today. I just wish she wouldn’t keep doing the pout! I know it’s what all the girls her age are doing but I’m hoping she’ll grow out of it soon!

Ella selfies again!


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Jurassic Park Fallen Kingdom My Sunday Photo

Ant and I went to The Kinema In The Woods at the weekend to watch Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. We aren’t big movie goers and our first ever visit to the cinema together was at the Kinema and we went to watch Jurassic World. We’d […]

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Ella’s 1960s Day – My Sunday Photo

Ella’s school turned 50 this year so on the last day of term all the teachers and children went dressed up in 1960s clothes.

After a few tries, I finally managed to do a beehive like hair-do for her!

1960s Day

1960s day - Ella's beehive hair-do


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Ella Had My Phone Again! My Sunday Photo

I let Ella have a go on my phone while I was brushing her hair. I now have various photos of her in my gallery with different effects from all the filters she’s used!

Ella Playing With Filters

Ella playing with snapchat filters

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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!


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

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

Wannabe The Next David Bailey? Here’s What You Should Know

The Next David Bailey?

The Next David Bailey?

Photography is becoming more popular as people see the benefits of taking snaps for a hobby. The issue that most newbies have, however, is wanting too much too soon. When they pick up a camera, they want to be the next David Bailey and change the industry forever. Sadly, this isn’t going to be the case no matter how much raw skill you have in your locker. What you should focus on is learning and getting better, and not jumping the gun.

Below, then, is what every beginner should know once they have a camera in their hands.

Lessons Are Vital

The great thing about photography is that a person can buy a camera and take shots. As such, there is no reason to take lessons and learn the tricks of the trade. Although there is a certain freedom to this, it doesn’t mean it’s a good approach. As a rule, photography courses for beginners are imperative if you want to move to the next level. For starters, they teach you the basics of camera work and how to get to know your equipment better. Plus, seminars are usually operated by professionals who can pass on valuable nuggets of information.

Make Time

It sounds obvious, but you need to maintain your hobby if you want to improve. Without practice, there isn’t much chance of you realising your full potential. After all, practice makes perfect. The issue is that photography can be a full-time occupation. So, capturing a few sneaky shots isn’t always easy unless you have the time to set up the equipment and play with the environment. The only way to get around this obstacle is to make time. Yes, your life is busy, but everyone has downtime. Plus, you can make time by carrying your camera everywhere and taking impromptu snaps.



Go Manual

Modern cameras are so good that they often do all of the heavy lifting. And, it is easy and tempting to keep it this way. However, it is also a false sense of security. In layman’s terms, you are a glorified button pushed that relies on equipment more than intelligence. To some people this is fine, but to others, it will send shivers down their spine. If you are part of the second group, it’s imperative to switch off the automatic settings and go manual. Then, you will figure out how to master focus as well metering and exposure.

It’s Expensive

Now, this isn’t supposed to scare you and make you quit photography because that you should do what makes you happy. But, it is worth noting that it this hobby is particularly expensive as even the cheap gear is not that cheap. And, you need to buy a lot of equipment if you want to take your skills to the next level. For anyone that wants a solution, there is a simple one: save as much as possible. After all, the bigger the budget, the more you can afford.

Just be aware that trying to improve is costly.

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