Monday, 30 September 2013

Day 273 Back at the office

Oh how I wish this was my office!

Great welcoming sight everytime you arrive at longhirst


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Day 272 New kitchen Pt 1

This weekend we started the shopping that will eventually lead to our new kitchen.

As you can tell my wife doesn't get out much and gets a little excited by the simplest of things. Like a new toaster.

Happy times


Saturday, 28 September 2013

Day 271 Before the sun rises

or pre sunrise if you prefer. Another day with a stunning sunrise and an even more stunning pre sunrise.

At the moment I am busy battling with wordpress to get my web presence back up and running, so time is really of the essence, so when these opportunities present themselves then I will be making the most of them.


Friday, 27 September 2013

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Day 269 Best things in life are free

Who knew that IKEA was Swedish for free golf pencils?

See this blog is educational too. 


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Day 268 BFF's

Payday again, and today that meant a trip to the metro centre. YAY! 

Luckily I had my best friend and sidekick to keep me sane!

What an attractive couple of humans we are!


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Day 267 Walking Dead

Weird day at work today. Everyone except our team was moved over to the other building. Unfortunately we were too busy to have any real fun.

Fun times!


Day 266 Hit Me baby one more time.

Everyday at work I get to wear this lovely bit of equipment. It's very slim and slender unlike myself, and it makes me look like Britney Spears, you know when she was really messed up. 

Strange day today, has to be said.


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Day 265 Tyne Valley Golf

Another first for me today, playing a competitive round of golf. Well competitive as in playing in a competition, I didn't really play well enough to seriously compete.

However prudhoe golf course really does have some lovely views across the Tyne valley.

The guys at hack2hole couldn't be a nicer group of people and they even sorted a meal for afterwards which I have to say was epic. 

Back to work tomorrow after what's been a pretty good weekend. 

Roll on payday on Wednesday! 


Saturday, 21 September 2013

Day 264 Oops

So it's 7pm and the wife has gone out for the evening, and I've forgotten to do my picture for the day. Luckily I could just hang out the bedroom window and take this.

Nice little warm weekend to see in the autumn. Great stuff. 


Friday, 20 September 2013

Day 263 Moonset

Just for a change I shot the moonset this morning just for a change, it was very difficult to ignore the sunrise going on behind me, but I managed!

Its been a weird sort of week but it seems to have ended quite positively, onwards and upwards.


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Day 262 Selfie

So the other day I took some pictures at work for use as profile pictures on an internal comms site. But I forgot to get someone to take mine. So as a quick fix this is the only picture I have taken today and it's a loathed selfie!

I really must do something about those second and third chins. 


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Day 261 - A dogs life

It seems you can't go anywhere early in the morning at the moment without seeing a 'bootcamp'. People paying someone to make them do exercise in the great outdoors. Sounds like fun.... no????

Anyway on my way to work again and another amazing sunrise, so I again headed down to the beach but to make it a bit different headed along to seaton sluice. As I approached the beach a dog went whipping past me, and as I rounded the corner I saw one of these lovely bootcamps taking place, and the dog having a wee next to a post, well on a post, which just so happened to have the bootcampers kettle bells and skipping rope on. I tried really hard not to laugh but I was very aware that they thought the dog was mine. Still was hard not to chuckle.

So I had to try and capture the dog in todays pic of the day...

He looked as if he was having a lot of fun.

I also snapped this on the way back to the car.

As you can see it was another beautiful morning.


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Day 260 Growing Up

I have no idea how she got up there but nothing was stopping her from drying her hair, as going out with messy hair is not acceptable!

Sometimes I wonder if she is really mine! 


Monday, 16 September 2013

Day 259 Back to the Beginning

Tomorrow I am going to get up at 4am and do loads of really important stuff. Its worth a try since the last 2 days I've said I'm going to have a bit of a lie in I've ended up being up at the crack of sparrow shit.

Anyway, awake again and with an idea in my mind I headed down to the beach to watch the sunrise. Word of warning, winter is well on its way, it was bloody freezing, I had to check for all my fingers and toes when I got back. I think I may have lost my nose though, its fine just means I won't be able to smell all the pumps my daughter has been letting off this morning.

Anyway, I spent 30 minutes on the beach taking pictures, including the one I had had 'the idea' for at 6am. But then on the way back to the car I spotted this and had to take a picture. The benches at Blyth beach all have these little insets with poems, or facts on them, and I thought this one was a nice way to start the day off.

The idea I had at 6am was this image....

Kind of a bleary eyed, wake up on the beach type of feel.

Anyway, wrap up warm and have a lovely day.


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Day 258 - Let the Band play on

I was determined to get a lie in this morning, get up a bit later, late shower and then stroll into work just before start time.
Well that went kaput when I woke up early, got in the shower and out the window spotted an amazingly red sky, and I knew I had to rush to try and get a picture for my pic of the day.

Alas I missed the redness but I did manage this shot.....

And that was that, I was up and out so again I headed into work early.

Maybe tomorrow eh!


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Day 257 Night Shift

257 days in and I've deleted my first blog post. I got a better idea on the way home.

I saw the farmers heading into the fields on my way home from work and it got me thinking that my job isn't that bad, I don't head off to do manual labour at 8:30 at night.

I'm really pleased with how the image came out considering it was a last minute job.

I also snapped this on the way back to the house....

Good luck for tomorrow for everyone I know thats doing the Great North Run.


Friday, 13 September 2013

Day 256 Hairy Plopper

So that time has come, where my daughter decides to like something that I'd really rather she didn't.
I don't know why I dislike Harry so much, I don't think I actually do, what I couldn't abide was the hysteria that went with it, mainly from adults who were not the intended target audience of the book. Act your bloody age! 

Anyway that's enough of a mini rant from me.

Oh and that's not her finger, it's mine lol


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Day 255 - Partying like its 1999

Day off today and I've been doing a little bit of tidying around the house and for some unknown reason I headed up into the loft, and happened across this historical piece of amazingness!

The Sony MZ N710 personal minidisc player and recorder!

Suddenly I have been transported back 15 - 20 years in my life, I was totally invested in the Minidisc revolution when it kicked off, I even had a sony minidisc head unit in my 1991 Vauxhall Nova. Unfortunately for me (like many trips to the bookies) I backed the wrong horse when mp3 came out nowhere to make the Minidisc obsolete. That said Sony did battle hard, for example this version of the player was able to play mp3 files but ultimately it was doomed.

So here I am wasting away my afternoon listening to music on my Minidisc player, reminiscing on what I was listening to 12 years ago with a mix disc made especially for my trip down to the 2001 playoff finals the first year they had been held in Nottingham. If I'm honest I remember very little about the weekend as Newcastle weren't there and I spent most of the weekend pissed off my face. :)

So for the rest of the afternoon I guess I will be trying to recreate these wonderful playlists on deezer, but I doubt they will have all the songs that I am looking for. :(



Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Day 254 Hi Lee

Sometimes you just have to take the time to wind a mate up.

He'll be out with us soon enough, just couldn't resist being a little cheeky.


Monday, 9 September 2013

Day 253 Cheating

I'm going to be honest, this is the first day that I have cheated, technically it is still Day 253, but I've just had a bit of a weird experience and figured it would be an ideal thing to blog about.

So I was quite happily settled for the night, ready to watch some TV when I noticed on my phone that my good friend Christopher Knott was out in his car watching a storm that was brewing out to sea. Instantly my desire to capture lightning properly kicked in and so started a bit of a mad dash to find my tripod and quick release plates and get out.

Driving along the coast to North Shields (knowing that the storm was headed south) I managed to see 3 flashes of lightning before arriving at my chosen spot. I got out the car (in my shorts and a hoodie) and headed across the road to take up my position facing Tynemouth priory hoping to capture the sky lit up behind it.
Unfortunately it wasn't to be, however it wasn't without exciting, as first a police car stopped and out stepped a lovely young lady officer, guessing I was about to be asked what I was doing (since I looked like a total weirdo) I toyed with being a bit silly and decided that since there had been a murder less than 48 hours earlier and less than 3 miles away it probably wasn't for the best. 
As predicted, I was asked what I was up to and had a pleasant discussion with the officer regarding the fact that I had missed the storm, before being asked if I had seen anything else (or anyone to be more particular). The officer moved back to the car, and then 30 seconds later I was approached by another pair of officers asking very similar questions. 

I decided that it was probably best to get out of the area, as I don't tend to have the greatest luck in the world. Heading back to the car there was still time for another officer to ask if I had seen this particular individual. Again I passed on the same information. So that was 4 female officers in the space of 4 minutes, late at night, I've had dreams like that before, but this one didn't end that way!

Anyway I didn't get the shot I wanted, but I thought this looked pretty cool anyway. And it saves me a job tomorrow!

Hopefully I will get that elusive storm before the end of the year.


Day 252 The Coast

I really am quite lucky to live on the North East coast and get to see many many stunning sunrises like this.
There really is something quite invigorating and inspiring about a sunrise. Something about it that sets you up better for the day.

Hope you have an awesome day....


Sunday, 8 September 2013

Day 251 Role Reversal

For many years I woke up my wife on a Sunday morning and dragged her ass along to Dek hockey. Today she got her own back again, dragging my ass along to the Micheal Dunn Sucks arena, for an in house mini tournament played in the great outdoors.

Just to make it really weird she stole my sunglasses to play in!

Ah well at least I got to shout abuse at Mr  Dunn and catch up with some people I haven't seen for a while, so not a totally wasted morning.


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Day 250 Funny Faces

Its funny the faces people pull when they are putting in a lot of effort to something....

This was from another day out at Blyth Spartans, again they won, something that is a bit more of a habit this season than it has been other years.
I took the child today to give Christine a little bit of piece and quiet, something I did not get to endure at all, I would guess that I heard the word Daddy more often than either team made a successful pass!

Still it was an enjoyable afternoon.


Friday, 6 September 2013

Day 249 I can dream

Much as I would like to think so this very recognisable icon of design will not be forming a massive part of my weekend.

Instead I will be enjoying life with my ladies. :) 

But this is how desperate my blog has become! 


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Day 248 Up a hill

Sometimes in life you feel like you are at the bottom of a big hill and no matter what you will never reach the top.
If you don't start climbing then you never will. And there is no such thing as a hill that never ends, you can always reach the top and the views are nearly always worth the struggle!

Or you can cheat and use a little bit of blur to make them look smaller!


Day 247 Autumn Mornings

Autumn is truly on its way which makes sunrises much more accessible, I didn't quite make this mornings hut did manage to capture the dew continuing to settle on the farmers fields as the sun rose into the sky.

Time to get the jumpers back out from under the bed!


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Day 246 Prickly Pint

Kids went back today, and it was absolute bedlam, for some reason they hadn't  decided which queue was which so you had 90 kids just running feral until the teachers came out.
Anyway eventually they went back in, but a Tuesday is also Erin's swimming day so her first day back has been rather hectic due to her swimming time changing to 4pm.

So what better way to wind down than with a little drink.

I found this nice little drop in b&m and I'm a sucker for some interesting packaging. This cider from abrahalls features a hedgehog on the bottle due to the fact that its from the land of the hedgehogs, that and from each bottle sold they donate to the British Hedgehog Preservation society.

The blurb on the back also likens the drink to a hedgehog, warning that it may have a bit of a sting!

Anyway, it's pretty decent.


Monday, 2 September 2013

Day 245 Bak 2 Skool

Only 1 more sleep till freedom!

All those teachers who have been having lie ins for the last 6 weeks, get your alarms set, time to go back to work!


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Day 244 Wediting

This has possibly been the worst week of the year so far. For various reasons this week has been emotionally draining and today has been no exception. 
Finally it's time to sit down to do a little bit of wediting from yesterday's wedding, which was a ray of sunshine from behind an other wise stormy week.

A little bit of golf in the background soon.

Tomorrow is a whole new day and a whole new week also!