Saturday, 13 January 2018

Photo diary: weeks 1 & 2 (project 365)

I stopped writing photo diary posts last year for several reasons, one of them being considerably less popular than recipe and review posts traffic-wise. But I missed taking part and looking at what the other bloggers where up to, so albeit later than I should have, I'm joining in again this year with Project 365.
With school holidays last week, I had no chance to do my first post, so here is a glimpse of our two weeks of taking photos, or not taking much, as in my case. I realised that most of my photos are food-related, and I must work on making an effort and taking different photos.

On the 1st of January I was pondering on my non-resolutions for the coming year, and doing some scribbles in a Moleskine journal, which was one of my Christmas gifts.


In the last couple of weeks Eddie got it into his head that he needs to wear a scarf at home. In fact, there is no need, the heating is on most of the day. But apparently it is more fun. OK then.


On the 3rd we baked nutty oat cookies and mostly moaned about going back to school on the coming Monday. Nobody was enthusiastic about the school.

easy cookies

I have several orchids in the kitchen, all of them gifts from different friends. Despite the kitchen being the coldest room in the house (it's the only one that doesn't have a double glazing), most of the orchids started to bloom. As I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, these blooms cheer me up and make me think of my lovely friends.

home plants, exotic plants

I am addicted to buying books set in Cornwall. Christmas in the Cornish cafe by Phillipa Ashley was one of recent purchases. It is a classic chick lit, with some darker undertones. It also has some recipes at the back of the book.
Macarons in the photo are, alas, not baked by me, but are there courtesy of M&S. I rarely buy them, as they cost an arm and a leg, but these were discounted. I have never made macarons in my life.


I don't often bother with porridge for breakfast, but I do sometimes fancy it for lunch or even dinner. Quaker Oats are running a creative competition these couple of months, and I have joined in with this photo. Porridge with sour cherries and pine nuts was as delicious as it looks.


Monday the 8th started early. Back to school and all that. Nobody was happy to get up early and get ready for school. Coming home, I had a morning all to myself, and I was trying to catch up on some of Christmas TV programmes which I missed, and started working on a new puzzle. Bliss.


Our garden looks quite bleak at the moment, there is no much to see, everything seems to be dormant, and waiting for spring, apart from a few brave blossoms.


Wednesday happened to be a sunny day, and Eddie and I came home from school, he went upstairs to change and then ran down excitedly to tell me about the disco room. The sun shone through the window opposite our bedroom, and reflected on the wall via the sparkly sequins on my Christmas jumper. It was pretty, and did look a bit like a disco party.


On Thursday Sash stayed overnight at a respite centre. He's only been there a few times before. We were offered two nights per month for him to stay there, so that we could all recharge batteries and potentially have a better sleep. He seems to enjoy staying there, as they have lovely facilities including a jacuzzi and an indoor hammock.
My husband was abroad, so it was just Eddie and me at home, which felt very strange. We decided to have a film night. I bought a big bag of popcorn, and we watched The Addams Family Values. It is very non-PC, but still funny.
That day I spotted this creepy doll in the local vintage shop. She does look like a Bride of Chucky.
Can't see many takers who would want to have such a cutie at home?!


Friday morning was misty and foggy, we walked to school and admired the flood fields by the river Windrush.


Nothing much happened today, we stayed at home. I cooked fried potatoes with wild mushrooms for dinner. We had a lazy day, and I was watching Victoria series 1 on Netflix, and that's my excitement for the day.


21 comments:

  1. Fab photos! I love all the foodie pics. The Porridge looks so good x

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I think I need an inspiration to go beyond daily food pics.

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  2. I think I have that book on my kindle to read 'pile'. Similarly love a chicklit set in seaside towns

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    1. I have too many paperbacks and Kindle books too, and not enough time to read them all. I must find more time to read. :)

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  3. That is a spooky doll! I love seeing the reflections from the glitter on your jumper, very pretty. Beautiful orchid too, I can never keep them alive. I would actually eat porridge if it come out to me looking like that, it looks like it tastes amazing! Your journal page is brilliant, I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Em! I don't have green fingers (unlike my Mum who would grow anything, she has a special touch with plants), but for some reason orchids are doing well (knock on the wood).

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  4. Love that misty photo and the 'disco room'. I definitely wouldn't want that scary doll in my house. Sometimes it's nice to just blog for the love of it, even if the page views are low. I share book reviews every week because I love reading. The stats on them are ridiculously low, but I write them and share them just because I love them!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! That's what I thought too, sod the pageviews and just do what you enjoy doing. I love reading book reviews.

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  5. That misty shot is beautiful. Eddie is looking so grown up now Galina. I'm glad the respite is working for you all, especially Sasha. Lovely to have you back x #365

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    1. Thank you, Mary! Our boys are growing up fast, don't they?! With respite, it's still early days to say that it's working 100%, but I think we all need a bit of a breather from each other.

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  6. love your notes in your note book, have you resisted the temptation to buy more? keep up with the food pics, i love looking at photos of cakes almost as good as eating them myself lol. the christmas jumper is great, where is it from?

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    1. Thank you! The jumper is from Debenhams, it feels very comfy. I'm afraid I didn't last beyond 8 days with book-buying. sigh

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  7. Loving the disco room ! Eddie made me laugh with his scarf - kids are so funny, Pierre has just taken to wearing glasses with clear glass (I think he wants to be like his big sisters and dad !). And macarons - yes, the less said about my one failed attempt, the better !!

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    1. Tell me more about macarons! :) For some reason I cannot bring myself to even trying to make any macarons.

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  8. Oh the cookies look good! I love the Victoria series - have you watched The Crown thats brilliant and on Netflix too? #365

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I have watched The Crown and loved it.

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  9. we all stop and start this project for various reasons, and a lot say it does not bring huge readership/comments but I like the community of it. Welcome back.
    I always kill plants but do agree they brighten up the day.
    Great sparkle capture and totally agree on the doll, hope it was only 10p!!

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    1. Thank you, Elaine! It is a lovely group indeed, and I missed it. The doll was quite pricey, as it is antique, but I cannot imagine anyone buying it, unless it's for a horror movie.

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  10. What a creepy doll! Love your notebook with the pictures mixed in with the notes.

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    1. Thank you, Erica! That doll is something, isn't she?!

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  11. Some lovely photos (except the doll... not a fan Haha!) Nice to be taking part #365

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