Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Day 212 School Holidays

Today was the first day of just Erin and I on the school holidays. So we caught a movie, has some scrummy food and just chilled a bit, oh and I managed to get a round of golf in after work.

Tomorrow is our first proper day out of the holidays so I look forward to reporting back from that!


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Day 211 The Twist

In my golf lesson on Saturday I got told I need to turn my hips more, this is something I have become obsessed with since, thinking of different ways to try and get my hips turning through my swing and to strengthen the correct muscles.
So I got out this eighties looking contraption, and we'll see how it goes!

After failing miserably on Saturday I can only hope.


Day 210 surviving

Ok so again today's image isn't great, but it's what today has been about for me.

I've always been quite interested by branding and design. It's generally what makes us by one product over another similarly priced and almost identical product. 
Take monster for example, their brand is about energy, excitement, bring on the edge, so their logo is designed to look like its ripped through the can.

Anyway that's enough basic marketing design for me for one day!


Sunday, 28 July 2013

Day 209 Got my baby back

I couldn't be happier, and neither could she after we took her to get her ears pierced.

Off for more hugs now


Saturday, 27 July 2013

Day 208 Mr and Mrs Morgan

This afternoon I had the pleasure of the new Mr and Mrs Morgan's company.

Dan and Ashleigh got married at the Civic Centre in Newcastle and I arranged to meet them down at the quayside, as Dan had proposed on the Millennium bridge.

What I didn't realise at the time was that today the Airshow was on, it was Ladies day at Newcastle Racecourse, there was a VW rally on in Tynemouth and to top it all the Sky Ride was on on the quayside. So getting in and around Newcastle / Gateshead was fun, and it was very very warm.

But it was worth it to be around these 2 wonderful people. Dan and Ashleigh are very much in love and they have a gorgeous little girl together, their day was very much about them, with lots of special touches.

I like this image, because Dan really looks like the Cat that got the cream!

Congratulations guys,


Friday, 26 July 2013

Day 207 Home

I've been a resident of Blyth for over 30 years now and whilst its not perfect, and it has its share of undesirables, but where doesn't. 
It's by the sea, has a pretty amazing beach (would be even more amazing if visitors looked after it and didn't leave their rubbish strewn along it) and generally gets away without the worst of the weather. Sometimes it even seems like it has its own little Eco climate.

I'm still very proud to be a Scotsman, but Blyth is my home, and short of a very large lottery win, I wouldn't leave it.

Have a great weekend, I know I will!


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Day 205 Childhood Sweethearts

We are onto day 5 now, I'm pretty sure this is the longest I have ever been apart from my daughter, and the second longest I have been away from my wife since we moved in together almost 14 years ago.

I miss them madly, and am constantly reminded of my own downfalls when they are not here. They say life is about give and take, it is, you generally have givers and takers (no sniggering at the back).
I'm lucky to have been pretty good at judging people my whole life, that said when I get it wrong, I get it drastically wrong. That wouldn't be an issue if I was able to let it go. My main problem is that I can't let go of things, I play them over and over in my head until I drive myself insane. I over analyse the smallest of things, due to that social networking isn't my greatest friend.

Anyway I digress, and apologise as its another lego pic, this time two young kids, hopelessly in love, waiting to see what the world has to throw at them.

Never give up, and keep on plugging away, I always try to remember that no matter what I have my family (all of it, not just the girls) and to be honest, I wouldn't trade that for the world.


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Day 204 Gone in a flash

I'm guessing from my facebook and twitter this morning that I wasn't the only person woken up by the storm early this morning.

I've long wanted to capture a lightning storm, but to be honest, 4 am in the morning hanging out the bedroom window half naked wasn't how I imagined it would happen.

That said, this is a pretty terrible image, but its the only one that I managed to capture the flash of the lightning on, and even then it was a small flash.

Anyway, here it is...

If we get another storm, I will try to replace the image with one of better quality.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Day 203 - Fools Garden

Another day of shameless plugging again today I'm afraid. Today its the turn of the lovely and wonderfully talented Sarah Harperly, proprieter of Under the Lemon Tree Handmade Jewellery.

Sarah makes some very reasonably priced handmade vintage style jewellery. My wife has dabbled in jewellery making in the past so I understand the patience and skill involved in this. We have had a few items from Sarah recently of which this is the latest offering.
I have always been a massive VW Beetle fan, always wanting to one day have the time and the money to restore an old bug to its former glory. I have very fond memories of sitting on my grandfathers knee helping steer his Beetle into the garage. Its one of my earliest memories, and one that I will always treasure. So when Sarah posted these for sale on her facebook page, I just had to purchase the set for the wife.

Check Sarah's page out on the link above and give it a like, she is sure to have something you will like!



p.s. for those wondering what the title has to do with the post, check out a lovely quirky song!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Day 202 - While the cats away

I may as well make the most of it and catch up on some gaming.....

Although to be totally honest I am more likely to sit and watch stuff on Netflix, such as the excellent Luther. The one thing I have to admit I am looking forward to, is a lie in tomorrow, totally uninterrupted!

Can't wait!


Saturday, 20 July 2013

Day 201 mans best friend

Only one lady in my life tonight, missing my babies already. See I can be caring too! 

Hate to think what I'll be like by Friday!


Friday, 19 July 2013

Day 200 - Another new beginning

Today marks another day in my journey, not only have I reached 200 days not out, but I have also taken on the added responsibility of another blog.

This time its for those that want to join me on my quest for better, more consistent golf, or if you are Michael Dunn, laugh at my misfortune and misery when I don't get any better.

What better way to celebrate this new blog than sharing a picture from todays round, which was as usual full of highlights and lowlights. This image features my personal highlight.

Shooting an approach wedge from 85 yards right at the flag, then sinking the putt for a birdie!

You can follow my golfing adventures over at , please bear with me as I build the content up.

Any feedback on either blog is received with thanks, unless you are Michael Dunn, in which case I will ignore you.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Day 199 Gardening

I feel I am getting old before my time, I voluntarily went and bought stuff for the garden today that wasn't with the purpose of cooking meat, but to make it look better.

The only bonus to that is I got to sit and enjoy a drink this evening, and I plan on doing the same every night until the weather gets rubbish again!

Enjoy it while it lasts


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Day 198 Whizzing By

So today after a particularly poor round of golf I was pondering how to improve and what to do with the rest of the day when I was brought crashing to a halt, not literally crashing thankfully.

I sat and waited for an what seemed like an absolute age for the train to go by, and eventually it did, and it was only 2 carriages long!

This made me think that sometimes we wait and wait and wait for things to happen then they are over in a flash. We really need to take time to enjoy everything and not just those fleeting moments that seem to be strung together with misery, although that could just be me.

On this occasion I managed to capture the fleeting moment before it passed me by


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Day 197 Art

It's that time of year where all the child's work starts coming home.

Today it's art, some of this is truly very scary, some of it is good, other parts are absolute rubbish (I'm allowed to say that, she is my daughter)

This piece is particularly creepy....

Until tomorrow


Monday, 15 July 2013

Day 196 back to reality

So after an amazing weekend it was back to earth and work with a bump.

However at least the view out the front door was pleasant.


Sunday, 14 July 2013

Day 195 Happy Birthday to me

So my birthday is the 195th day of the year, who knew.

I celebrated with my family and another quick 9 holes of golf with my brother. The course we played was a rude awakening after the illustrious setting of yesterday but still the vista at the top of the hill wasn't too bad.

I have been once again truly humbled by the sheer volume of well wishing I have received, but why does it surprise me? I'm mint aren't I! Ha ha temporary confidence is a wonderful thing.

Hope you enjoyed the sunshine that I once again kindly shared with you on the anniversary of my birth.


Saturday, 13 July 2013

Day 194 - Golfing at Turnberry

What an amazing afternoon with my Dad. For his birthday (in May) and his Fathers day gift I told him I would take him for a round of golf. So because it was for both I booked us up for the Kintyre Course at Turnberry (British Open Qualifier course this year) as a special treat. It was a gift for my father but it would have been rude to not play myself as well.

So it was with a small amount of trepidation and a large amount of excitement that we tee'd up on the first hole at just after 3:20 pm this afternoon and set out to tackle the Wilds of South Ayrshire. 

Just over four hours later and a couple of golf balls lighter (although not as many as I thought I would lose) we finished. Both carding very respectable scores, and knowing exactly where we could have picked up more strokes without too much difficulty, we walked off the course knowing that we had played well, enjoyed each others company and had fun. 

This picture is of my father Teeing off with Ailsa Craig in the background, the scenery throughout the course was spectacular and just added to the whole experience.

Happy Golfing!


Day 193 - Seaton Sluice Valkyrie

Every night for ages I drove past this strange looking being sitting behind the Melton Constable in Seaton Sluice and wondered what it was. So yesterday while I was out for a bike ride (which was entertaining in itself) I thought I would check it out. Its quite an interesting piece of art which you can read more about here ....

Anyway - to the picture!!!

Have a great weekend, I'm away to Scotland.


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Day 192 - New Shoes

I love receiving gifts! Who doesn't right. Don't get me wrong, I love spoiling my wife and my daughter, and I love the look on their face when I give them a gift, especially when I know I got it just right, but I also love getting gifts!

I may have mentioned already that its my birthday very soon, so feel free to shower me with gifts. Today I received a couple of early birthday gifts from my mother in law and from the team at work. Sorry to those who hate golf but its all golf related.

I've got some lovely new golf shoes that are like slippers on my feet and (in my opinion) look sick, and I got a sleeve of golf balls from work, which I'll try not to lose on Saturday.

Blog may not get posted till monday as I have a very busy weekend, so have a good one and enjoy the sunshine!


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Day 191 Light reading

Go on admit it, I'm not the only one who reads on the toilet. This unfortunate habit is one that has been picked up by my daughter, to the point where our bathroom regularly resembles a library.

At the minute I'm reading this book, which all chapters are 2-3 pages long, making it ideal toilet reading.

Not my most insightful image I know, but I've literally just remembered that I hadn't done my image.

Do not worry this image was not taken on the toilet, I promise you that!


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Day 190 Summer Princess

As you may or not be aware my daughter is the centre of my world. She is infuriating, annoying and yet undeniably loveable. I would say that though, she is mine.

She is 7 going on 13 currently, which is great fun for her mother and me as she argues with everything we say and always knows best, no matter what the subject is, and no matter what previous knowledge she has of it, she still knows best.

This image shows her at pretty much her best.

I wouldn't swap her for the world.


Monday, 8 July 2013

Day 189 - Another Church

Monday nights are Brownies nights, unfortunately that doesn't meat I get to sit in front of the TV and eat freshly made chocolate Brownies, it means Erin goes to the local Brownies group where she gets to, actually I have no idea what she does really, but she seems to enjoy it and it gets her out of my hair for an hour or so.

The Brownies that she goes to is in a building behind this rather quaint looking church in Blyth. I've shot a wedding here before and the inside is very nice, there isn't much room outside for pictures though.

I did have a shoot today but it was top secret and I can't yet share the details of it with you.

Have a great Tuesday folks.


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Day 188 Hop Off

Another Long day with not much chance to take any pictures.

However we found this little fella hopping around on our walk. To give some perspective he was probably less than 1.5cm long.

I will try to better tomorrow 


Saturday, 6 July 2013

Day 187 Build me up

A week is an awful long time. This time last week I was buzzing and feeling really positive and today I'm feeling a little low. Nothing too bad, just not fantastic. I think it was the wrong decision to take a week without using the camera, and the blog has suffered because of it.
Part of it is certainly down to my own little diva being back to old tricks staying awake till all hours and then her behaviour takes a nosedive because of it.

Anyway I took this on the way home from work, and whilst its not 100% what I was looking for, it will have to do.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine.


Friday, 5 July 2013

Day 186 Plodging

Today has been a pretty good day, slightly disappointing weather on the golf course but the cooler conditions probably helped with the scoring. A solid if unspectacular 94, with 2 or 3 highlight shots and 1 or 2 nightmare holes.

After Erin had finished school we went for a nice family stroll down to the beach and all had a little plodge in the sea. I managed to include an ice cream in my calorie controlled diet for today too which was a mega bonus.

Another quick image that shows how nice it was, only thing wrong was the temperature of the sea!

Have a nice weekend whilst I'm at work :( 


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Day 185 Bromance

Today was all about catching up with a couple of good friends and celebrating some good news.

Ali and Richie are stand up guys, and both have done an awful lot for ball hockey in the north east. I count myself lucky to call them friends.

Richie found out today that the injury that kept him out if world championships last month does not require surgery and instead just requires physio. 

Since I've become far less involved with ball hockey (to the point of zero tbh) I've made a point with catching up with these two for some food and a chat. Today we went to Scalinis at the Three Mile Inn, gosforth. The food was great and as a bonus really cheap (2 courses for £6.25, or somewhere around there), however the service was absolutely shocking. How many waiters does it take to get a glass of water? I'll tell you when I finally get it!

Anyway, here's to Ali and Richie.

A handsome pair of chaps I'm sure you'll agree.


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Day 184 Amazing Grace

I finally broke 100 on the Dawson course, today. Yay I hear you cry, thanks for the support it means a lot to me.

To get to the golf course I have about a 20 minute drive from the house, and it's quite a pleasant drive. The village of Longhirst is quite picturesque too. It has a gorgeous little church which I would love to shoot a small wedding at, as it has that sort of feel to it.

Maybe 1 day I will do. In the mean time I'll just continue to enjoy the view.


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Day 183 MexiCan

Today means I am officially over halfway through this insane project. 

Another little peek inside what goes on in my life today, this time the wonderful pieces of art my daughter produces at school.

This time it is a design by Erin but carried out by someone else in her class as she was off sick on the day they painted the masks. So I don't know if this is the artists impression of Erin's vision, or an exact replication of Erin's craziness.

So onwards with the second half! 


Monday, 1 July 2013

Day 182 Going Bananas

Today I wanted to post something that was just a little bit of fun with perspective, and something that I liked as an image. 

This is what I came up with.... 

I'm not quite sure I've pulled it off, but I like it none the less