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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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. :(
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!