Photo an Hour #10

Yesterday was the last day of the month, and it was also the day I chose for May’s Photo an Hour. I don’t really know why I picked the last day of the month; when it comes to November, I need to pick a day before my birthday (on the 12th), so that I can do the final post that will count towards my 32 Before 32 item. So really, the middle of the month would be more ideal, because then there would be approximately one month between each day, rather than just a couple of weeks! So I’m going to try and even things out over the next couple of months, if that makes sense!

I had plans yesterday, so I thought that would make for more exciting photos than usual, when I am stuck at home doing nothing much at all. It didn’t really turn out that way, and I think this is one of the most boring Photo an Hours that I’ve ever done! It doesn’t help that I went to the cinema, so had to miss out on two hours!


10am – A late start to the Photo an Hour day, because I didn’t have anything to take a photo of at eight or nine o’clock! I stayed at Anna and Rob’s house, and we went out for breakfast. This is Rob driving to the Toby Carvery for the aforementioned breakfast.

11am – As it turned out, we were back in the car by eleven, having finished out breakfast. Rather than another photo of Rob driving, I took a photo of the lovely blue skies.


12pm – This is my new favourite top. I can’t imagine a time when I won’t want to be wearing it. It’s just sheer perfection.

1pm – After we had been out for breakfast, we had quite a bit of time to kill before we went to the cinema, so we put a Derren Brown DVD on. Seven of us went to see him in Southend on Friday night, and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been too; so entertaining and so much fun. I just love him.


2pm – Still too early to start thinking about leaving for the cinema, and with Derren over, there was nothing for it but to put some Friends on. I don’t watch an awful lot of it these days, because I don’t have Comedy Central at home, so it’s a bit of a novelty to see it sometimes!

3pm – Back in the car! We drove from Southend to Basildon for the cinema, so I took a photo of Jen and John’s car from Anna’s car.


6pm – As I previously mentioned, I couldn’t take 4pm and 5pm photos, as I was in the cinema (that would be a serious contravention of the Code of Conduct), so I took one as we came out at six o’clock. Obviously, with my predilection for even numbers (not sure if I’ve ever mentioned that facet of my personality on the blog), being in screen eleven isn’t ideal, but I was in seat 10, so it wasn’t all bad.We saw X-Men: Days of Future Past, and I loved it. I can’t wait to write a blog post about it.

7pm – I think this is the third timethat Pointless Celebrities has featured in a Photo an Hour! It just so happens that I nearly always watch it if I’m home on a Saturday night!


8pm – On a whim, I decided to have some chip shop chips for dinner. I know they are terribly unhealthy, but a Saturday night in demands terrible food.

9pm – I had a bath and tried to finish my book, Mrs Hemingway, but I failed. I really wanted to get it in under the wire as a May book, but I just had too much left to read.


I wasn’t terribly proactive about reminding people that Photo an Hour was approaching, so some regular participators forgot! I will try and be better next month!

♥ Louisa at Duck in a Dress joined in on Instagram
♥ Josie at Tales from the Finch’s Beak joined in on Instagram
♥ Anna joined in on Twitter (but you’ll only be able to see her photos if you follow her)
♥  Random Day Dreaming joined in on her blog
♥ Kim joined in on Twitter


Next month I’ll be doing Photo an Hour on June 22nd. It’s a Sunday, which is a first for me, but I thought it would make a change. I’d like to see what everyone’s typical Sunday is like – I expect to see a lot of roast dinners! I’ll be away for the weekend that day, so hopefully I can find some interesting things to photograph! Join in on Twitter, Instagram, or just on your blog. Just tell me if you are joining in so I can take a look at your photos and include you in my roundup! Use #photoaday on social media if you are joining in.

Six down, six to go on number ten of 32 Before 32 – Complete a Photo an Hour post monthly.

Project 365 ~ FMS Photo a Day May 2014

It’s the end of another month, and I’m still on track with Project 365/FMS Photo a Day. I’m still really proud of myself! If you are interested in joining in, you can find all the details on Chantelle’s blog.

My own favourite photo is either number seven, of Dolly dog at work, or of me and my shadow for number nineteen. The most popular on Instagram was the photo of a photo of Holly, my friends’ cat (number 26), taken when she was a wee kitten!

So that’s 151/365 so far. I can’t quite believe I’ve done it, though every month I look back on the prompts and think “I don’t remember that one, I must have missed one!” Only to realise that I did take a photo, it was just so unmemorable that I have blocked it from my memory! If you’d like to follow along with my progress on Instagram, you can find me here. And do let me know if you’re taking part in a Project 365 challenge!

Project 365 ~ FMS Photo a Day April 2014

It might not be perfectly obvious to anyone else, but for me to get this far into a challenge without failing is pretty amazing. I’m always starting things and not finishing them, which isn’t a trait I particularly like about myself. Breaking Project 365 down into months and using the prompts set by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim is definitely making it easier, and I’m pretty proud of myself, I have to say!

My favourite photo is either number twelve, of my sister’s beer glass, or number 29, of me in the mirror. That one wasn’t supposed to be an FMS photo, but I got to the end of the day and couldn’t think of anything for contrast, so I decided to cheat a bit and go with one I’d taken earlier in the day. I suggested that there was a contrast between how much I like my face in photos and how much I like my face in the mirror (it’s usually better in the mirror). The most liked photo on Facebook was number six, a taste of spring, with sixteen likes. You’ll notice that Kermode pops up twice, and Mayo pops up once. That takes their appearances in FMS photos to three each.

April’s photos take me to 120/120 for Project 365. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, you can find me here.

Photo an Hour #9

Last Saturday I did April’s Photo an Hour. I got my days mixed up when I set the date, and originally picked a random Tuesday. I don’t really like doing Photo an Hour during the week, so I switched it to Easter Saturday. But then I had the most boring day, and so my photos aren’t great! But I guess that’s half the fun; having a diary of a day each month, regardless of whether it’s a fun-filled day or a mundane one.


8am – My alarm is set on the BBC Radio app on my Kindle, so I wake up to Radio 2 every day. On a weekday, that means Chris Evans (which is quite a rude awakening, I have to say), and on a Saturday, it’s Anneka Rice.

9am – Lazing in bed, reading my book. I’m not totally enamoured with Longbourn yet, but I hope I will be soon!


10am – Book post is the best post, right? I’m looking forward to reading this one.

11am – Snooker is probably my favourite sport (if we can call it that) to watch on the television these days, so I love World Championship time. Especially when Ronnie’s playing.


12pm – Three book photos in one day! I went to the library to pick up the book that I had reserved. I currently have thirteen books checked out, so I need to get reading!

1pm – This was one of my ‘What do I take a photo of?’ photos. I was trying to find something to eat for lunch, and sulking because there was very little that was inspiring me, despite there being a jam-packed cupboard.


2pm – My big job for Saturday was to tidy my room, which I kind of started doing, but I had to have something to listen to whilst I did so, so of course I put on a Wittertainment podcast.

3pm – Tea break. Except it’s not really a break if you haven’t started doing the job you’re supposed to be doing.


4pm – It seemed a bit of a waste to be stuck inside whilst the sun was shining so bright and warm. So, in the interests of procrastinating as much as humanly possible, I went and sat outside for twenty minutes to get a bit of Vitamin D.

5pm – Has anyone else got addicted to 2048? I have it on my phone and my tablet, and I can waste a lot of time playing it. Especially when I am supposed to be doing something else.


6pm – The tidying started! I know it doesn’t look as though I did, but part of the task involved moving everything from one part of my room to another. And then it stayed there for a while. You’ll be pleased to know that it did eventually get done, up to a point, but there’s much more tidying and organising to be done. Which is a joy.

7pm – This is a terrible photo, because just as I took it, my battery died! By the time I had found my charger, and the phone had turned back on, it was past the point where I could take a 7pm photo, so this had to be the one. Watching Pointless Celebrities while having some dinner.


8pm – Having a bath after a busy day of tidying (!), so I lit my lovely candle and read my book.

9pm – My Essex Life deadline approached, so I had some work to do on Saturday night.


10pm – Trying to find something to watch on Netflix. There’s far too much choice, and I usually can’t decide on anything, but I ended up watching a film called Breathe In that I quite enjoyed.

11pm – Trying to decide on a bedtime drink. I went with hot chocolate!

As I said, it wasn’t the most exciting day in the world, but it’s always nice to meet the challenge of taking a photo each hour when you aren’t up to much.

I always encourage people to join in with me, and this time, there were a few people along for the ride.

♥ Louisa at Duck in a Dress joined in on Instagram and her blog
♥ Sharon from Sunshine and Celadines joined in on Instagram and her blog
♥ Anna joined in on Twitter (but you’ll only be able to see her photos if you follow her)
♥ Rachael joined in on Twitter and her blog
♥ Josie from Tales from the Finch’s Beak joined in onInstagram

If you would like to join in with May’s Photo a Day challenge, I’ll be doing it on 31st May, the very last day of the month. It’s the day after I go to see Derren Brown, and I think I should be staying overnight with my best ones, so there should be something of interest happening in the morning, at least (I’m thinking cooked breakfast, if you’re reading this Rob).

Five down, seven to go on number ten of 32 Before 32 – Complete a Photo an Hour post monthly.