A Quiet Year

First of all, I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and are looking forward to a great 2018. It was our first Christmas together in our new home and, as planned, we ate far too much and moved far too little over the festive period. I hope your Christmas was as productive as ours!

Early last year Angi and I finally found ourselves in the position to buy our very first home. As anyone who has been through this process will tell you, it's a very busy time in your life. First of all you have meetings with banks, estate agents and solicitors, followed by more meetings with the same. After that it's weeks and weeks of house hunting and viewings, until you find the perfect place, and decide it's the one that you want. After this, it's more meetings, phone calls, and letters, until you finally have a date set to move in. All the hard work is done then, right? Wrong. That's when it starts; I'm not going to go into the boring details, you just need to know that there were a lot of cardboard boxes and aching backs! 

The house we bought was a 1950's semi detached three bed house with a decent sized garden in the middle of the town, close enough that I can walk to work when it's not raining too much. The previous owners had done a pretty good job of decorating and doing the house up over the last few years, but there are always a few niggly little bits that need sorting. We decided to tackle the bedroom first and replace the lovely green paint (I'm joking, it was hideous) with a two tone matt grey scheme that we both liked. This took many weeks as we had issues with the green paint peeling, which took a long time to sort out. Since then, we've decided to take our time and redecorate slowly, as the rest of the house is in great condition.

 A scraper and heat gun were my best friends for most of July

A scraper and heat gun were my best friends for most of July

So, the last year has been a busy one for us. I want to say that "sadly" I didn't have much time to spend taking photos, but that wouldn't be true. It is true that I didn't have the time, but it would be a lie to say that I'm sad about it. Sometimes you have to put a hobby on hold for the more important things.

In the new year I plan to change a few things: Walk to work more often, eat less junk, drink more water (a lot more), and get back to taking lots of photos. One exciting thing that I've got to look forward to is my 30th birthday in March. No, I'm not looking forward to being three decades old (sad face), but I am very much looking forward to spending it in Hong Kong! I'm sure that I'll have hundreds of photos and many journal posts for the trip.

 In amongst all the box moving and decorating, I still found time to get my new camera display cabinet built and filled

In amongst all the box moving and decorating, I still found time to get my new camera display cabinet built and filled

Between now and March I plan to take advantage of the changing seasons and get out as much as I can. If we're lucky enough (or unlucky enough?) to get snow down in Somerset, then I'll be out there in the cold at sunrise with the camera, and when spring finally arrives I'll be down in the woods hunting for bluebells.

Keep an eye out here over the next few weeks, as I aim to jump back into my photography and share my experiences and photos.

 

-Carl-