Doritos Roulette…!

A fun roulette session with Doritos! I love the flavour anyway either spicy or regular ūüôā

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Woodchester Mansion details…

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Happy New Year…!

This has been a hectic year for our family. The main highlight was the trip to the States, including Chicago, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. 3.5 weeks of amazingness : )

The work on the house continues and we are approaching the final stages. Our journey into and through home education with our two bouncing boys continues and is one of the main reasons for the lack of activity on my blog. Since stopping the picture a day sequence of posts, which was quite a challenge, my motivation has waned – I haven’t even updated my blog with the pictures from the States!

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(Birmingham Library: Mecanoo Architects)

To be fair on myself, I have just finished a Blurb photobook of the trip (all 320 pages of it!!) which took maybe 4 weeks to compile, including a 4 in the morning upload experience : )

Thanks to everyone who has visited the blog this or any year and for the likes and comments.¬†Here’s to 2014 and all the opportunities and creative experiences which are in store, just a glance or touch away.

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‘Hits’ and ‘followers’ landmark…

Just over 4 years ago (May 2009) I started this blog. Today the blog passed a bit of a landmark – 100,000 views. At the same time, the number of followers is just below 100.

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Thanks to everyone who has liked, commented on, followed and viewed the blog during those 4 years. I’ve appreciated the feedback and still feel the process of blogging is exciting and worthwhile. It’s been the gateway to the world of blogging and all the awesome blogs I regularly check from people all around the world. It’s a great way to record part of my life in pictures and words.

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Introducing the new ‘open plan toilet’…!

Before everyone reaches for the ‘report post / mature content’ button, let me explain this (admittedly bizarre) image, in the form of a story.

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief…’ (A Tale of Two Cities) Only joking – here’s the real story : )

It was a Friday evening and it had been a week of unusual tensions at work and at home. It was the season of darkness and cold, of perpetual rain and relentless wind.

To counter the prevailing circumstances of the day, we found ourselves ensconced in the warm belly of the Pelican. The hour was ‘happy’ and the cost per pint was ¬£2 – a handy figure for weary travellers of the life modern.

The occasion was Friday Рan occasion in itself. The city was under the cosh of floods and the memories of the wetter 2007, when water for the city had been cut, while the rain poured down.

So to the the Pelican, a watering hole of reclaim and note. A round table of discussion and tales of the day, and yesterdays. Stories of B52s and the Halifax, pints lined up and sunbathing in warmer times. Stories of Apocalypse Now and ceiling fans spinning. The recoil from guns. Stories of the internet, clever phones and blogs.

And the Pelican rising from the ashes of abandonment, to be¬†forsaken¬†no more – a new life and new ideals. I give you the ‘open plan toilet’!

Note: I should probably actually try and explain this. Both the guys weren’t actually using the facilities, just posing for the picture. The amazing thing about the setup is, fairly obviously, the lack of walls! The renovations need to pick up speed me thinks. A new concept in our brave new world – not sure if it’ll catch on though : )

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The Oonagh Jones give away…!

My wife and recently launched an online jewellery business selling beaded necklaces and bracelets – check out the site…http://oonaghjones.com

There’s also a launch giveaway where one lucky person can choose any piece of jewellery from the site. See the following site for more details…

http://oonaghjones.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/oonagh-jones-summer-give-away.html

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Packaging fail…!

Ok, I ordered an extra battery for my Canon S100 to go on our camping/beach holiday to Cornwall this coming week and here’s what the tiny little battery was delivered in…

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3 years of blogging…

I just realised that I started this blog in May 2009, which is 3 years (and 6 days) since it all kicked off and I jumped head-first into the digital international community!

At the time, we were moving our bathroom upstairs, I was getting ready for my first solo photography exhibition and I had just become vegetarian! The main subjects are still there in the blog – family, DIY and art/photography, but more have been added, including gardening/allotment, sustainability and music/mixing.

Since that first post, 1200 posts have been added and my blog has had 50,000 views. A big thanks to everyone who has taken the time to have a look at it and for all the comments and ‘likes’.

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Out and about in Bristol…

Another good combined trip to Bristol to visit my Mum for lunch and then my mate Dave for some drinking!

Always a cultural experience and lots to see. Having veggie sushi with my Mum was great, ending up at the Harbourside with Dave – the Monkey Shoulder whiskey was pretty good!

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All the small things: Cabbage Fairy

A very true quote from Claire’s sporadic but amazing blog…

http://cabbagefairy.blogspot.com/2011/11/small-things-1.html

‘I get very annoyed when I hear people saying ‘I can’t make a difference’ or ‘There’s no point me recycling/wasting less/eating differently/XYZ because it won’t make a difference’. Of course it will make a difference. Individual action is the biggest and most important thing we can do. In fact, it is all we can do. Our individual actions represent the power, thoughts and views of the collective group to which we belong.’

This is a powerful point. I believe in ripples. Ripples in lives and opinions and actions. When one person makes an impact on someone else’s action’s, this is a ripple.

But a ripple is about movement – people have to understand that for a ripple to occur, a physical change is needed.

If everyone ripples in the same positive direction, a tsunami of change will occur.

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Dawkins interview…

A great series of short video interviews by John Harris, as part of his National Conversations series, also including clips from members of the public.

This is the Richard Dawkins one which obviously focusses on religion and God.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2011/oct/24/richard-dawkins-video-interview?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3486

I also watched the Lauren Laverne one which talks about women’s role in television and gender issues.

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Little Bundles charity needs your vote…!!

I wouldn’t normally use bold capital letters but the following is really really important…

THE CHARITY LITTLE BUNDLES NEEDS YOU TO VOTE FOR IT IN THE NATWEST COMMUNITY FORCE GRANT COMPETITION!

LITTLE BUNDLES HELPS FAMILIES IN VULNERABLE SITUATIONS, BY PROVIDING EMERGENCY BABY AND TODDLER RELATED SUPPLIES.

THE COMPETITION FINISHES THIS SUNDAY SO IF YOU VOTE NOW, YOU WILL HELP LITTLE BUNDLES WIN A PRIZE OF £6,000, WHICH WILL GO TOWARDS PROVIDING MUCH NEEDED SUPPLIES, SUCH AS NAPPIES, COT MATTRESSES, TOILETRIES, CLOTHES, EQUIPMENT ETC.

HERE IS THE LINK TO VOTE: http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/1537

THE VOTE IN OUR LOCAL AREA IS VERY CLOSE SO EVERY VOTE COUNTS. LITTLE BUNDLES IN ONLY 5 VOTES BEHIND THE SCOUTS! PLEASE SPEND 2 MINUTES VOTING AS THIS WILL HELP DESPERATE FAMILIES.

You cannot vote more than once as they will check all the votes and you can’t use multiple email addresses. You also get two other votes for other worthy charities all over the UK, so maybe also help out others (just not in the Cheltenham & Gloucester area)!

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Little Bundles Community Challenge votes needed…!

This is an urgent appeal for your votes for the amazing charity Little Bundles!

Little Bundles is a fantastic project that really makes a difference to families of parents with young children in Gloucestershire, in really difficult situations. Their collection of volunteers collect unwanted items of equipment, clothing and toiletries and redistribute them to people who are very grateful to receive them.

Little Bundles has been accepted for the Natwest Community Challenge, which aims to help community projects. £6,000 is the prize for the charity which gets the most votes! Little Bundles is in the Cheltenham & Gloucester area and needs votes so that they can make the project even more fantastic, and help loads more people.

Please vote via the following link: http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/1537

Instructions are also shown on the front page of the Little Bundles website.

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