Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Photo an hour: Sunday 19th April

This month, Louisa and Jane decided to run Photo An Hour on a Sunday for a change. This is my third month in a row of taking part (after forgetting for about six months) and I'm quite enjoying the challenge of trying to think up new shots each time around - because my weekend routines really don't vary that much! So what did I get up to on Sunday?

8.30am: Awake far earlier than I usually manage on a Sunday, I began the day snuggling under the quilt and reading.
9.30am: Lured out of bed by the idea of breakfast, I listened to BBC 6Music as I waited for the kettle to boil and the toaster to pop.

10.30am: Getting dressed: again, far earlier than I usually manage. It's not unheard of for me to still be in my pyjamas midday on a Sunday.
11.45am: The car park at Bradgate Country Park in Leicestershire (I was driving at 11.30 so a little late with this photo). Becky and I met at Bradgate Park back in January for a trudge up some hills, and she put forward the idea of turning it into a quarterly, seasonal event. Today was our Spring meet-up.

12.30pm: We found a huge tree with a hollow to hide in and holes in the trunk, so obviously we had to start snapping away.
1.30pm: The ruins of Bradgate House, the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey (pretender to the throne after the death of Edward VI).

2.40pm: Again, just a little late due to driving. I popped into Tesco on my way home and picked up this awesome cushion to bring a little sunshine to our living room.
3.30pm: After overcast skies and rain while we were out walking, as soon as I got home the sun came out. So out I went into the back yard to do a spot of gardening.

4.30pm: Most of us have childhood photographs of ourselves. Thomas has paintings. His dad is a very talented artist - and retired art teacher - who for years used his children as his models and muses. He very kindly let us have some paintings recently, so I'm measuring them up for framing. The expression in the painting on the right slays me: Thomas still does this exact face when he's contemplating (he looks quite deep and meaningful until you realise he's usually contemplating food).
5.30pm: If you follow me on Twitter, you may have picked up on the fact that I'm having some work problems at the moment. I sat down to write a fairly strongly worded letter to my management team.

6.30pm: For the past few months, Thomas and I have been making a note of any wedding ideas on phones or, worse, relying on our terrible memories. Well, no more! I have a proper wedding planning notebook now, and I'm not afraid to use it. (Well, actually I am a bit. It seems very serious, actually writing stuff down!)
7.30pm: Cooking dinner and taking the chance to rearrange my kitchen shelves while the spaghetti cooks.

8.30pm: Our frankly rather tragic Sunday evening tradition is a glass of wine (or two) while we watch Midsomer Murders.
9.30pm: Ending the day as it began: with a book. Thomas, having spent all day at a football tournament, was by now yawning loudly, so it'll be an early night for us both.


  1. You know that holey-looking Peterpan collar- is that an addition or part of the top? Eirther way, that is seriously cool.
    Loved your day, that sounds very varied. Mine this Sunday was gloomily staring at my computer screen and hating the thought of school!!! x

  2. Sharon Robinson22 April 2015 at 22:07

    Gorgeous photos as always. I need that Hello Sunshine cushion!

  3. The paintings are amazing, what a wonderful thing to have.
    I spent the day working so I didn't take part this time around, sounds like you had a pretty cool day. Relaxing - as Sunday's should be.
    Cushion is awesome - and get scribbling in that notebook , I want to hear details...

  4. Now that we're starting to talk about the details I'm already getting stressed - I liked this whole wedding malarkey more when it was just a vague idea!

  5. It's so cute, isn't it? Only 8 quid too - bargain!

  6. It's attached to the jumper by buttons so it can be removed, which is pretty cool. It was from Asda a couple of months back - they might still have them online.

  7. I'm not holding my breath (in fact, they're still pushing through with the swap and haven't even deigned to respond to my letter) but I felt better for getting it onto paper!

  8. Noooo, don't let it stress you. You've a long way to go yet and it's far too exciting to let yourself get stressed, the only important thing is that at the end of the day you'll be pretend married and all of your favourite people will be there to help you celebrate.

  9. Wedding planning must be so much fun! I read a copy of Rock n Roll Bride at a friends (she's getting married) and I have to admit it got me excited!
    I love the cushion- did you say on Insta you weren't sure of it? I think it's great!
    Looks like a pretty great Sunday in all x

  10. I love these photo an hour posts - I keep thinking I should join in and then not doing it. I love those paintings - we have one of the ones Mr Mac's granddad did in our living room and I love it.

  11. I love these type of posts! I always *try* to do a photo an hour on instagram every now and again at a weekend, but there's only so many photos of Netflix you can take! I love these glimpses into your home. It looks like such a cosy, arty place. I've just moved flats so I need some decor tips! xx

  12. The cushion has stayed! Instagram's judgement was keep and it was definitely the right decision, it's a lovely pop of yellow in the living room on our grey sofa.

  13. It's so special having things family have made in the house, isn't it? We now have the paintings from T's dad as well as a stained glass window my step-mum made. So lucky to have talented relatives!

  14. I love getting glimpses of people's homes on the photo an hour, I'm such a nosy parker! Your new flat looks amazing, such light rooms and original features - I'm sure it'll look ace when you're done.

  15. duck in a dress1 May 2015 at 17:49

    Yay thanks for taking part! That cushion is pretty cool - very summery! Fingers crossed you get some results one way or another with work xx