Photo An Hour | September '15

Monday, September 28, 2015

I set a timer on my phone when I take part in A Photo An Hour, otherwise I'd miss so many shots throughout the day. It makes me feel a little bit like Huge Grant's character in About A Boy - dividing my day into units of time. Normally the time just ticks by and I'm oblivious.

Andy had just left for work and I snuggled down for another hour in bed with my current read and my boy cat Socks.

My first cuppa of the day, it's standing here, while the kettles boils, that I start to formulate a plan for my day.

I finished reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever by Marie Kondo the previous evening and today I started to tidy. I think I'll write a post on the book so I won't go into detail now, let's just say I was keen to get started. These shoes had just had their chance to 'spark joy' (I'll explain another day), they failed and so will be going to the local charity shop soon. In no time at all I'd filled five bin bags with clothes.

Ready to start the next phase of my tidying - books. Fuelled with another cuppa I first had to move all the junk out of the way so I could actually get to the shelves. My office is more of a dumping ground than an office.

Hanging out he washing I  realised what a gorgeous day it was and an alternative plan started to form...

My chosen books back on the shelves. I had all the fun arranging them. They used to be in colour order but now I have reference books, books I've read and want to keep, unread books, and notebooks. I've given myself a deadline of my next birthday to read all of  my unread books, any left will be given away. Some of these books have been on the shelf for years.

The plan that had started to take form whilst outside hanging the washing was to visit our local garden centre and buy some shrubs for the bed under our kitchen window. I've been meaning to do this for ages and I'd promised myself that I'd do it before October.

Whilst here I treated myself to a pot of tea and tuna melt panini in a tearoom that I'd never noticed before.

Bonus shot
I adore these terracotta pumpkins. I want one, I really do. The happy chap in the middle caught my eye, but £20. Would you? Should I?

Back at home with the car unloaded, I found this little guy sitting in a sun spot in the greenhouse. I tried to grow strawberries in there but the cats both decided it made a rather comfortable bed. And that was the end of the strawberries.

I don't know why I thought digging the flower beds would be a good idea in the midday sun, it was exhausting. We have very clay soil here so I had to dig some out and replace it with compost. It hadn't been dug over in years and the soil was so compacted it was hard going, it didn't help that I found a defunct piece of pipe that I had to dig out too. It was about 12ft long! Needless-to-say I took plenty of tea breaks.

I heard a weird rustling from the back of the greenhouse and thinking that it was a trapped bird I went to investigate, but it was just Socks hidden up behind the BBQ stretching on the creaky old shelving.

Plants in. The next day I put down some weed suppressant and bark chippings. I just hope they thrive. We're very open here and the wind whips across the fields and the garden gets a good battering. Not everything I've planted here has made it.

Back into my office with the intention of selling some of my unwanted books to Amazon, which I discovered they don't do anymore. True to form as soon as I sat down Tinker was in my face wanting some fuss. I'd get a lot more work done if I didn't have cats.

Back out in the garden enjoying the last of the days sunshine.

With the sun going down I went to join my husband for the evening. He was working in a field not far from home so I went along to keep him company. The small light is Andy (far away), the big light is his Dad (nearer).

Still hanging out with the husband. I missed Dr Who and Strictly but it was worth it.

It's not easy to take interesting photo an hour pictures when you're sat in the dark, not moving from your seat. And with the motion of the tractor you're not going to get anything other than a blurred shot!

Back at home. I went inside to feed the cats while Andy refueled ready for the morning. I dropped straight into bed and was asleep in minutes.

Thanks to Jane and Louisa for organising Photo An Hour again this month.

(Day 30 of blogging everyday for 40 days)

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  1. What a beautiful (busy) day! But... Amazon don't do Trade Ins any more?! There goes October's money making scheme...

    1. It doesn't look like they do. Bit disappointing. Lovely day though :)

  2. One thing this post brings home to me is just how hard farmers work. Obviously I knew that, but thinking of a 6am start and still being at work into the night... ouch!

    1. Yeah, it's pretty full on at this time of year especially. He works 7days a week all year round but the days aren't so long.
      It's nice when he's close to home and I can pop out and spend time with him :)

  3. That looks like a very productive day! Your garden looks lovely. I'm intrigued by that tidying up book, I can't decide whether to read it or not, but I keep seeing it all over the internet! I took at least 30 carrier bags worth of stuff to charity shops last year when I was getting ready to move, but I still somehow have too much stuff!

  4. Wow you had a super productive day! Totally laughing at the cats wanting all the attention though ;) I also didn't know Amazon stopped selling second hand books, damn!


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