Favourite shots of 2012


2012’s Photography Project turned into a bit of a *insert raspberry sound here*. That’s the only way I can describe it. The first couple of months went well enough, but I think there was just too much for me to handle.

Sadly, my general photo taking dwindled a little this year too. Sure I’ve taken the odd shot here and there. But I got lazy. I stopped taking my camera with me everywhere. A habit I’d had since 2010. Not good.

Saying that, I think I have managed a handful of good photos this year and I have definitely learnt more compared to last year. Getting more to grips with using exposure and not relying on just taking photos with a ridiculous shallow depth of field.

So, here are some of my favourite photos that I’ve taken this year. A fair few are of my dog, Cody (naturally) and of course I had to include some of those Avengers!

Cody's first snow

Cody’s first time in the snow. Yes, I was throwing snowballs at her. But she loved every minute of it. The look on her face here is priceless!

Cody splashing around

Cody splashing around in Portugal the only way she knows how to.

One in a million

Wild flower meadow in Portugal with one poppy standing out. Why I love just having a wander around where my parents live.

Thank you not-so Secret Santa


A little while ago I posted that I was taking part in a Secret Santa run by Money Supermarket.

It’s been a couple of weeks and I’ve not only purchased and sent my present, but received mine from my Secret Santa.

Firstly, I need to have a grump. It wouldn’t be a post from me without a bit of a groan. So here goes. Dear Money Supermarket, I think you need to be taught what a Secret Santa is. See, I found out who my Secret Santa was. Turns out, it’s the blogger (Dragons and Fairy Dust) who I was buying for! Turns out all they have done is pair up bloggers rather than doing a true Secret Santa. Should have just been called a bloggers present exchange!

Okay, gripe over. Onto the exciting stuff!

The other week I received a couple of interesting looking parcels. Cracked into them and this is what I found:

Secret Santa

(Danbo not included)

A personalised diary and an awesome lens cup! I’ll be completely honest, I was a whole lot more excited about the lens cup than the diary. It’s a lovely touch that the diary is personalised, but as you know, Google owns my life. So, my diary is totally online in my Google Calendar. I haven’t used a physical diary in years! Slave to the digital era.

But the lens cup is brilliant. The lens hood doubles as a lid and a little biscuit/mince-pie plate. An excellent present for someone who’s a fan of photography.

I hope my gift receiver likes her gift. I was aiming to get her something that has a bit of my influence in terms of my interest, but something that she could use with what she loves too. Fingers crossed!

It’s Secret Santa time!


A little while ago I got an email from the people over at Money Supermarket asking if I’d like to participate in a Secret Santa Challenge. Now, I’m not much of a Christmas person. Sure I’ve got a Christmas tree (Which I’ve yet to put up.) but I’m not much of a gift buying person. Christmas for me is all about the over indulgence of food and TV. Also, whenever I hear the words ‘secret santa’ my memories remind me of some rather hilariously ridiculous office secret Santas which I did in the past.

But this one sounded good. Money Supermarket are going to pair me up to a blogger in the same niche as my blog. There’s a £25 limit (All good secret Santas need to have a reasonable limit.) and it’s up to us to buy whatever we feel is a good fit for whichever blogger we’ve been paired up with. We can buy the gift online or offline. It’s totally up to us. There is of course a prize for the blogger who comes up with the most creative secret santa gift. Sounded, potentially, like it could be a little bit of seasonal fun. So I replied to the email with a big, why not! Well, not literally that, that would be a bit weird. But you get my drift.

A couple of weeks passed and I got my email telling me who I’d been partnered with – Dragons and Fairy Dust. So I checked out the blogger who was my secret santa. Have to admit, I did wonder why I was partnered with this particular blogger as I don’t think our blogs fit in the same sort of niche. But oh well! Just makes it a tad more challenging. I’m hoping it’s something she’ll like. Hopefully!

Anywho, I’m happy to say I’ve bought the gift. Should be winging its way over to Dragons and Fairy Dust shortly.

I do wonder who I have got paired up with and wondering what sort of gift I’ll end up getting. To be honest though, it’s always fun getting gifts, no matter what they are. Usually!

Twinkle, twinkle little Christmas tree


I haven’t had a Christmas tree since I was probably about 11 years old. Well, the family Christmas tree, so didn’t actually own it myself. Now though, I do have my very own Christmas tree in an effort to bring the festive season into my house. It’s only a small, little thing with simple ornaments hanging off of it. But I like it.

Also, it’s given me an excuse to do some Christmas-y photos. I just couldn’t help myself after I switched the lights on. I’m a kid again!

All lit up Just hanging Pearls of light Catching the Christmas feeling

There might be a small chance they’ll be more of these photos turning up on my flickr in the run up to Christmas…