I feel like last year was a very difficult one, and with the added stress and worry of global issues going on it soon became a year that I was grateful to learn from and leave behind me. However, I’ve really been enjoying seeing everyone’s happy moments from 2016 as a way to remember that it wasn’t all bad, and I am a strong believer in (trying) to focus on what I love and enjoy, as a way to battle anxiety and depression, so I wanted to share some of mine with you all for the first Photo Friday of the year, in the hopes that 2017 will have many more just like it.
This may be quite a long post so bear with me!
I successfully completed another year of Project 365 and out of all of the photos I took this one has to be my favourite. I loved the way the lawn lit up with daisies during the summertime and it was gorgeously hot this year which meant the garden flourished in the sunlight.
I took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch for the second year running and while there weren’t as many birds around as the previous year (a slight worry, but it was raining that day so perhaps the weather was to blame) it was still lots of fun, and the adorable little robin stayed for the whole hour!
I rediscovered painting and started to pick up brushes again, having not really dabbled in it for a good couple of years, and by far, my favourite painting of the year has to be the toucan I did. I am planning on adding some foliage to this painting but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I also tried out some new techniques such as having a go at doing a galaxy scene which was lots of fun to do and you all seemed to really like it, so I was pleased with how they came out.
I turned 26 and spent the day in a beautifully sun soaked Ambleside indulging in one of my favourite things, buying gemstones! I was treated to these gorgeous mountain views on the way there, and I felt very grateful for the lovely weather on the day, so thank you Cumbria for accommodating me.
I found myself in full-time employment, after graduating, in an interesting and varied role with GIS! While the job did not last and unfortunately came to an end in July of 2016 due to funding and a few other hiccups, I was so happy to be working and learning new things. I am hoping that 2017 brings me back to that feeling again as above all that is my main goal for 2017; I don’t do well when I am not being productive. The above was just one of the gorgeous ponds on the site where I worked and I do miss it, but am thankful I had the opportunity and learnt a lot while I was there.
I took part in Two Uses Tuesday for a whole year! While the brilliant and creative weekly blog link-up is now no more, I had so much fun being a part of this, so much so, that now each Tuesday has become my crafty blog day, and I want to try my hand at new and exciting things this year. The chameleon painting I did above has to be my favourite one though.
I found a new favourite spot for taking photos in, which I discovered while working. There’s a steep road which leads down to the coast in Whitehaven and offers spectacular views across the sea, and whenever the sun is shining, it’s glorious. This was my favourite photo I took at that spot last year, just as summer was ending.
I took part in 30 Days Wild for the second year running and loved every second. At work we did these mini lunchtime presentations as a way to get everyone together and I did mine on this topic because I loved it so much! My favourite spot of the whole month was this little cinnabar moth.
I finally visited Workington Hall which is a spot I would definitely recommend to anyone who visits the area if you’re interested in history and architecture, and it’s become a new favourite spot of mine. The colours of the surrounding trees in autumn were stunning to see, and I can’t wait until spring when the surrounding grounds come to life with flowers, it’s lovely to see.
I successfully kept my second, smaller blog, The Earth, Air and Sea, running for a whole year and it celebrated it’s first blog birthday in 2016! One of my recent favourites that I’ve shared over there is the one of the grazing horse, from when I was at university, above. Having a second blog has allowed me to rediscover some hidden gems in my photo folders whilst being able to share them with you all for the first time.
It was a great year for sky watching too, with some amazing sunsets, storms, starry night skies and cloud formations, and my favourite moment was spotting this iridescent cloud (or what may have been a sun dog) on the way back from Keswick one cold morning.
Finally, to all of the wonderful people in my life both online and offline, thank you for bearing with me. Especially my friends who I live miles away from, many of whom I haven’t seen for quite a while; this year will be the one that I come to see you all! To those of you in the blogging world, thank you for all of the kindness and support this year, it’s meant a lot and while many of you may not know it, on some occasions it’s kept me going and inspired, so thank you. This little collage I made and shared on my Facebook and Twitter profiles, but I wanted to put it here too as it has some of my favourite wildlife moments from 2016, and this is how I want to remember the previous year and head into the new one – seeking adventure.
Let’s make 2017 a good one!
Have an amazing weekend!