18 May 2015

Finishing well

This is my last week of studying for my undergraduate degree.
Last bits of revision, last essays to read over. Last exams.
It doesn't feel five minutes since I was here:

The final push now. Let's finish this well.

If you are inclined to do so I would really appreciate your prayers for my final two big exams on Friday and Saturday morning. Thank you. 

9 May 2015

one photo & twenty words

She knew I needed cheering up at the end of a long week. It sure worked. What a find!

My challenge for you today. Find one photo and choose up to twenty words to tell its story. Jot it down and link back here. The link will stay open for a week so you have plenty of time to join in! 

8 May 2015

A quick reminder.

Tomorrow i'll be hosting One Photo & Twenty Words again.
The premise is so simple. You can probably work it out without me saying!
Take a photo and try and tell its story in just twenty words. No cheating. Although, I often do and add a postscript! Naughty....!

Funny sad, sweet, meaningful. All are welcome. Just write your story then link back here. The link is open for a week so you have a while.
I'm looking forward to it. See you then!

1 May 2015

Do you see what I see?

Today Ali posted this prompt on her blog..."photos are powerful story sparks. There is so much below the surface that relates to who we are and the way we see ourselves." Take a photo and ask yourself the question "do you see what I see?"

So here's mine...In this photo...

I see a woman who in her head still thinks she's a girl.

I see a woman teetering on the edge of finishing her degree and waiting expectantly for the next thing with perhaps a degree of impatience!

I see a woman comfortable around people she has known for nearly three years now. Close in that way that only comes with having lived together, cooked together and fallen out together!

I see a woman who struggled with that outfit that evening. Who wanted to try and look sophisticated and smart but somehow still looks younger than she is.

I see a woman who was pleasantly surprised by the compliments on her said outfit.

I see a woman who is about to start writing a new chapter, one where the boy is going to take centre stage in her everyday.

I see a woman nervous for change but excited too.

I see a woman embracing the last few weeks of student life, celebrating with friends, trying not to grumble about the work but enjoying what it is for now.

I see a woman who that afternoon spent over an hour looking up new sewing patterns and didn't feel guilty about it one little bit.

I see a woman still trying to figure this blogging lark out. Trying to suppress the guilt of posting/not posting, commenting on others blogs and making the time to read. Knowing in her head, no one will mind either way.

Ultimately though, I see a woman enjoying life, enjoying laughing and enjoying the friendship of these special people.

Thank you Ali for a fun way to look at a new photo. 

29 April 2015

And I'm back

It's been a funny few weeks around here settling back into the final, final term.
The crowning glory of it all was handing in my dissertation yesterday.

All 14,003 words of it.
It's been a process, but one that i've enjoyed, strangely enough.

My sweet supervisor came to have a photo with us and then we all headed out for brunch together. I am so thankful for kind academics, and inspiring teachers. They really have made my degree so fun.

Now 'my baby' is out of the way, i'm hoping normal service on the blog will resume. I promise it won't be all about exams though, because goodness knows, that's all we seem to talk about around here at the moment. Bring on some real, crafty life!

15 April 2015

Around here

It's been busy.
We've been soaking up the last days of Easter holiday and trying to get out in the sunshine as much as possible.
We headed out to a new to us, National Trust property with beautiful grounds.

And impressive architecture too.

We went on a long family walk up all the locks near Devizes. It is truly quite incredible. 

I think there are close to fifty locks, all up one hill! We were about half way up when I took this photo.

I took the camera on a workout. Don't you love that green door?! 

My brother made friends with a cow...

We celebrated this special lady's 21st in London. 

And headed to the icebar for drinks. It was definitely an experience although at the end of 45 mins I had to admit that I had paid to stand inside a freezer!  

It's been a busy few weeks. 
Tomorrow I head back up North to start my final term as an undergraduate! Where did the time go? 

9 April 2015

One photo & Twenty words

Apologies for those who have seen this already on Instagram!

Taking my camera he said, "up you get" as we passed this tree. He knows I want photos before I've asked.

My challenge for you today. Find one photo and choose up to twenty words to tell its story. Jot it down and link back here. The link will stay open for a week so you have plenty of time to join in!