Welcome to my 10th year of a Photo a Day and my One Daily Positive for Project 365. I can't believe I've kept it going for this long. It sure is some diary for future generations to look back on, documenting our move from the UK to South Africa to Dubai, then back to the UK. During our time as expats and since most of the generation above us have passed away with only our mums and a handful of aunts and uncles still with us. We've gained 2 Daughter in laws as we've moved from parents of teens through empty nest, into retirement for Peter and for both of us as Grandparents.
It's been 14 years since we left the UK and we've been back full time for 2 and a half years. Almost everything in our house now has travelled with us and along the way we picked up a cat and a dog from South Africa, sadly the dog passed away late last year. We have trinkets and ornaments, cushions and pictures bought in various markets and stores and from places we never even dreamed of visiting let alone living in and our travels continue with a child over in Northern Ireland and another settled in Australia.
I've been setting myself a yearly challenge. In 2022 it was only buying clothes that I absolutely needed and checking out charity shops/2nd hand first. In 2023 it was to read a book a week ( I read 57) and for 2024 I've challenged myself to write 150 words a day towards a book and several short children's stories I've planned.
I've kept up the buy only what I need challenge and my only purchases for 2023 were 4 pairs of thick woollen socks £18, 2 pairs of corded trousers £34 (I've lost weight, a clothes size) Jeans £2 (to replace a pair of jeans that split in the crotch) jumper £6 trousers £5 blouse £4 and a jacket £6 from a charity shop, a zip up fleece without a hood for work £18, Fleece PJ's £12, a replacement white bra £22. I also bought me a new long sleeve t-shirt and a jumper in the sales in Fat Face last week £48 and Peter bought me a storm proof long padded coat in the sales last January, that I was refusing to buy for myself because I didn't need it, but I've worn more than than anything else.
I will also carry on reading as much as I can, at least a book a fortnight.
This years photo a day will be a selfie of Peter and I, he's so looking forward to it #not
1 Monday We saw the New Year in with a colleague of mine, their family and friends, then again at 3am when a police van and car pulled up in front of our house and knocked on our door looking for our former tenant. We decided to pack our bags and spend a couple of nights in Glastonbury, arriving in Street at 3pm for a couple of hours, before checking into our hotel and walking into town to a pub for dinner.
2 Tuesday A lie in and off to Cheddar Gorge to visit the caves and walk to the top of Jacobs Ladder. it was very muddy so we didn't walk the whole route. One of the caves was closed due to flooding. We bought cheese and picnicked in the Bobster. In the afternoon we visited Wells cathedral, had dinner then back to the hotel for an early night.
3 Wednesday Down to Keynsham to visit MIL She's come home with us for a couple of weeks.
4 Thursday Blood test and nail bar visit and a coffee, then a food shop and home to take the Christmas decorations down. We also popped the roof on the Bobster and charged the auxiliary battery.
6 Saturday Took MIL to a garden centre for coffee and for her to get out the house. I popped into town and bumped into a school mum friend I hadn't seen for 13 years, was lovely to catch up. Home to paint more of the dolls house and have a sort out of the grandchildren's room, donating toys they've outgrown.
7 Sunday A lazy morning and a lie in, followed by a coffee shop trip, then rest of the day spent decluttering drawers and cupboards for the charity shop and tip, migraine kicked back in, more meds taken.
Video call with Grandson.
Books read this week: 0
Words written towards book: 1539
Clothes bought: 0
On the blog this week: Dealing with disappointment