Life || Photo A Day #17

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This week’s photos are pretty much a run down of the local weather, because I know how much the internet cares about whether it’s raining over at my neck of the woods. Because it was raining. A heck of a lot.

This week was a big improvement over last week, work wasn’t quite so annoying, my mood wasn’t quite so far in the toilet and the weather was still shit, but you can’t have everything now, can you? I grabbed a couple of good Kindle bargains, I chilled with Chopster and I ate some damn good pizza. It was a good week.

On to the weather. I mean photos.

April 22nd

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This afternoon I had a dermatology appointment in the centre of town and since I still need my handholding at the doctors, we both left work after lunch. On the way back I spotted this guy swimming about need the sports centre so I stopped to get a photo. Cue me trying to get close on one side and him moving to the other, me going to the other side and him moving back. After letting out a bit of a “Nooo, come back Mr. Mallard”, I made do with this photo instead.

April 23rd

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The sun was out (a little bit) so we went on our first proper bike ride! I got a few photos from our ride, so I’m a bit spoilt for choice on which one to use, but I’m going with the heron in flight. I’m pretty pleased with this photo.

April 24th

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We had the craziest of weather today! There was glorious sunshine, hailstones, torrential rain and even some snow! Snow! In April! Crazy. To remember this turbulent day of weather, here’s a photo of the sky (when it was nice and blue) with a beautiful blossoming tree too. Oh and a sofa ad.

April 25th

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There’s one street just before I get home that has all these pieces of art on the houses, there’s flowers, turtles, dogs and some creepy childrens’ faces, but we don’t care about that, we care about flowers.

April 26th

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Another very, very wet day. On todays cycle home we were pelted in the face with hailstones for half the ride and then froze to death for the rest. Nice one Belgium.

April 27th

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Another weather appreciation photo. I do love me some weather, apparently. We’d opted to take the bus to work today given the torrential rain for most of the morning and afternoon, the sun did grace us with it’s presence whilst we waiting for the bus home though. I can never resist a good old green and blue photo.

April 28th

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There is no shortage of blossoming trees around us at the minute, so I’m taking every opportunity to include them in this little project or share them on Instragram. I promise, it will stop eventually, when they are all dead and gone.

That’s all for this week! Next week, I start my holidays, although not until the last day of the Project 365 week, so pretend I never actually said that. The week after the next week, that’s holiday time and the photos (I hope) will include a little less weather and a little more adventure. 

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Life || Photo An Hour April

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I almost missed this month’s photo an hour thingymebob, but luckily, I was wasting a bit of my youth on the ol’ Instragram and happened to see the hashtag pass me by. And so the photo an hour begins!

On Saturday the sun was out (a little) and the rain was away (a lot) – contrary to the rest of the week – so it was time to take these bikes of ours out for a bit of a bike ride. 30km, seemed like a good start, with a castle themed stop off for lunch included. Which occurred off the hour, so I have no photo evidence of said castle, or lunch. Rest assured, there was at least a banana involved.

On to Saturday by the hour!

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10AM

Starting the day off with a little reading in bed and a lot of not getting up because it’s cold outside the duvet. I picked up this book from the library after thinking the blurb sounded interesting, unfortunately, not all that interesting, at least to me.

11AM

The slightly delayed photos began early on in the day with this cool dragon street art. It was a lot more interesting than the main road we were cycling down at 11AM. So here’s 11:10AM.

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12PM

Taking an artistic break for the photo of the hour. Then taking a slightly longer break to allow for the very large truck to get past.

1PM

Those black clouds loomed ominously above us for most of the day, but so far, only the odd drizzle of rain.

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2PM

After a little stop for lunch, it was time to make our way home. The sun was out and it was a race against the rain for the last 15 minutes of the ride.

3PM

Home and time to warm up on the sofa with a cuppa tea and a bit of reading.

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5PM

I missed an hour, since I was still lazing on the sofa, but eventually adulthood calls and we had to take our butts to the supermarket. So, it’s colourful veggies to for this hour. Fun fact: Parsnips and celery are the devil.

6PM

What do I like to do with all the veggies?! Make pizza of course. Pizza makes me happy.

And that’s it. Another month of photo an hour goodness! 

Linking up with Jane and Louisa as always! 

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USA || 3 Days in Washington, DC

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From New York City to Washington, DC!

I was going to split our trip to Washington up into three blog posts, but having looked at the photos from the museums and not really liking them, I decided to make just the one blog post. Maybe a bit too much writing and a few too many photos, but I’m liking this idea more so I don’t mind.

We travelled down to Washington on the morning of January 2nd by Megabus. It wasn’t the most comfortable, but it was the most cheap. We played it smart, and didn’t choose the first coach of the day, but we did (unknowingly) choose accommodation oh so very far from the coach departure point. So, the whole idea of not having to get up crazy early to travel, well, that was a thing of the past. But, enough about the coach, let’s move on to the trip!

We had three days planned for Washington, one day just enjoying the city, the next at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and then the last day at the National Air and Space Museum, before heading off to Buffalo on the overnight coach.

Day 1

Welcome to Washington, DC

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As first impressions go, Washington made a good one. So good in fact, that we were regretting having spent so much time in NYC and not more time in Washington. Those feelings were eventually drowned out with some pizza though, so it was all good. But, yes, I loved our first peek at Washington. Everywhere I looked, there was something to explore!

Our only plans for this day were to wander around. And wander we did. From the bus station to Capital Hill, around Capital Hill, to our hotel, back to Capital Hill, around the botanical gardens, to pizza and then back to the hotel. And we still didn’t see everything there was to see. I loved it from the moment we arrived. I don’t usually enjoy buildings all that much, but there was something great about the buildings spread out over the grass that I couldn’t not enjoy them. I can’t tell you why, I just really liked it. I’m a lame travel blogger, I know.

We saw most of the highlights and squeezed in a visit to the botanical gardens, which were heaving with people, so we made a swift escape after an hour or so. My “no one goes to botanical gardens in the winter” plan was foiled, they do if the garden is all indoors apparently. The day ended with a sneaky peak of the White House before we were elbowed out the way by impatient tourists, then we called it a day and ate pizza in our hotel room, on the bed, whilst watching Netflix.

We are nothing but classy on our holidays.

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Day 2

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Visiting the botanical gardens cut off a bit of our wandering around time – it was free entry, it was hard to resist – the previous day, so we rolled ourselves out of bed nice and early to see the rest of Capital Hill before the natural history museum opened at 10am. Starting the day with a chilly, sunny walk to the Lincoln memorial. The monuments had definitely not lost their charm from the previous day, so it was nice to have another look at them, before heading inside.

And, I know, we already went to the New York Natural History Museum, but we do love our dinosaurs. Plus, I’d heard this was meant to be one of the best, and free! Seriously, free! Whatever it’s like, it’s worth going for free. I know, I just said that is was meant to be one of the best, but it had nothing on the museum in NYC. The way they laid the exhibits out, with the animals up on the walls, you just couldn’t appreciate them, which is my favourite part of these museums; I want to see up the nostril of a rhino, not get neck-ache straining to see its feet. The dinosaur exhibit was under reconstruction at the time, so that put a bit of a bummer on the visit too. But it was all the layout, that just wasn’t for me, it came across as kind of small and cramped.

Still, it was free, so I’m not scoffing and I’d totally go back if I’m ever back in Washington, because I love free. Damn, I wish the Brussels museum was free, I’d go back and forward to there all the time if it was. I’d like to be able to take my time and visit different parts of the museum at different times, so you can really spent the time reading the information and learning some facts and uh, being cool and hip and yo.

I digress. Back to Washington.

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Day 3

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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For our last day in Washington, we spent the day in the air and space museum. Oh and what a museum it is! But did I get any photos that I am happy with? Nope. So can I do this amazing museum justice? No I can’t. But still, here a few snaps from the museum and someone tell me where I can find another oh so cool space museum!

Since this was our entire day, there’s no too much to say about it. It was easily one of my favourite museums I’ve visited and I’d happily go again. Also, just to throw it out there, it’s also free. “I can’t believe this is free!” was pretty much the talk of the trip.

After all the spaceships, planes and planetary knowledge we could handle (about 6 hours worth, if you’re wondering), we collected our bags from the hotel and we went to wait for our coach to Buffalo, because we were off to Niagara Falls! Oh yes.

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I’m a little sad that all this trip talk is coming to an end, but that just makes me excited for the next trip! Next up, Niagara Falls! I just need to choose from the 600 photos I have from that one day… 

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