Weekly photography challenge

Now I may be setting myself up to fail here but I have got a new lens for my camera for Christmas as have decided that I would try to post a photo a week throughout 2016. I have a Nikon D3200 and my new lens is a Nikkor AF-S 35mm 1:1.8G.

I have had a look around at some different sites and have drawn up the following list of challenges for me to photograph over the next 12 months. Of course it would be fab if you reading this would join in also but I am doing this for my own development in photography so if you are here simply to have a look at my journey then welcome along and enjoy the ride. Constructive feedback on my photos is also greatly received and welcomed. The date posted is the Monday and I will post my picture on the Sunday at the end of the week.

Jan 4 Self portrait

Jan 11 Favourite

Jan 18 Home

Jan 25 Jewellery

Feb 1 Makes you smile

Feb 8 Dinner

Feb 15 Drink

Feb 22 Family

Feb 29 Childhood

Mar 7 Homemade

Mar 14 Nature

Mar 21 Shoes

Mar 28 Hands

Apr 4 Loved one

Apr 11 Eyes

Apr 18 Out your window

Apr 25 Guilty pleasure

May 2 Work place

May 9 In your bag

May 16 Laughter

May 23 On a walk

May 30 Reflection

June 6 Colour

June 13 Daily routine

June 20 Drink

June 27 High Angle

July 4 Soft

July 11 What is it?

July 18 Clouds

July 25 Sleep

Aug 1 Words

Aug 8 First thing in the morning

Aug 15 Sunset

Aug 22 On my doorstep

Aug 29 Night

Sep 5 New beginnings

Sept 12 Motion

Sept 19 Birthday

Sept 26 Close up

Oct 3 Time

Oct 10 Steps

Oct 17 Low angle

Oct 24 Trees

Oct 31 Spooky

Nov 7 Accessory

Nov 14 Writing

Nov 21 Lights

Nov 28 Something beginning with N

Dec 5 Water

Dec 12 Love

Dec 19 Feeling festive

Dec 26 Self portrait

Lets see how this goes then.

I hope you have all had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all a very happy healthy and prosperous 2016 with lots and lots of photos to remember it by.



Oh my goodness me….. it’s been awhile

Firstly I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got everything that you put on your list. I hope you are all gearing up for the New Year and all that it may bring you. It has been such a long time since I wrote and I have no idea why. Maybe my blog mojo pottered off for a little siesta, maybe I have been so busy in my life that I had little time for blogging but I am still here and still plodding along.

Summer has been and gone and I have been hard studying with my asthma module and then in October I began my Prescribing module at University. This is a challenging module and needs me to be focused and organised.

From a photography and sewing perspective not much has been happening but I keep trying to dabble and will keep on doing so cos I enjoy it.

Then all of a sudden it was Christmas. Savannah got a Kindle and is totally made up with it. We also got her a metal detector that she has asked for for the last 2 years and a walk on the beach the day after Boxing day turned up 3 pence, 2 rusted pieces of iron, 1 nut and 1 washer. I feel that there may be many evenings on the beach in the summer with this gift and lots of fun.

Imogen got so many bits and pieces for Christmas, she was going to have driving lessons but has changed her mind for the moment. She has such a busy year coming up, interviews for University are already lined up, trips to Disney with her Health and Social group, 18th Birthday in the summer. I can’t believe my little girl is nearly 18, how time flies.

Anyway enough babble for the moment, Happy New Year to you all, may you all have health, happiness and wealth.


Dear Eastenders, What about COPD?

It is a very rare thing for me to use my blog to discuss my work but I feel the need to say something and for those of you who have no desire to read anything health related please look away now. The things I am about to say are my own opinion and are not representative of any NHS organisation or other health agency in the UK.

For those of you who follow Eastenders you will be aware that Carol has found a lump in her breast and is being referred for further investigations. Entertainment shows like Eastenders and Coronation Street have, over the years, played a huge role in educating and informing the public on issues such as cervical cancer, HIV and AIDS and breast cancer. I have never seen diseases like COPD being dealt with though.

Cancer was diagnosed in some 325,000 people in 2010 and in 2011 160,000 deaths from cancer were recorded. It is predominantly (but not exclusively) found in the older age groups of our communities. COPD is also common in later life and it is likely that over a million individuals currently have the disease in the UK. Deaths from COPD are approximately 25,000 per year BUT when you consider that it is estimated  that there are some 2 million people who are likely to have COPD but not been diagnosed this number could be higher and death has been attributed to other causes on the death certificate.

If our light entertainment agenda is to entertain and educate then surely we need to be focusing on other diseases as well. What about Dot Cotton being diagnosed with COPD then? She has smoked for as long as I can remember and likely fits the criteria for being at risk.

Why should we be bothered about focusing on a disease that is seen to be caused by smoking? This disease places a huge burden on our society and needs to be addressed. An economic analysis of patient responses to a survey in the U.K showed that COPD places a high burden on the healthcare system and society with annual direct costs estimated at  £819.42 per patient, and indirect cost at £819.66 per patient resulting in total per patient costs of £1639.08. The cost impact of the disease was particularly marked in secondary care, as a result of inpatient hospitalizations, amounting to 54% of direct costs.

Lets put aside the insensitivity of that last statement and focus on the real issue. Smokers and ex smokers are fast becoming vilified in our society and these people that we need to be aware of their symptoms and go to their GP are feeling like they can’t because they will be told that their illness is their own fault and to go away and deal with it. Whilst it is true that COPD is a chronic irreversible disease there are interventions available to people to manage their disease and to try to maintain their health. Despite the obvious burden of COPD in this country, there is a lack of recognition of COPD among the general public. Eastenders is missing a trick here in helping raise the profile of a disease that has significant personal and societal impact.

So come on Eastenders, what about doing a storyline on COPD.

Bloggers Block

And I have it. I genuinely don’t know what to write about. I think this may be due, in part, to the fact that I have not been creative for a few months now and this does form the main basis of my blog posts.

So what do I do when I am not sewing? The answer is not a lot!!! Mind you I guess that is not exactly true. I am a full time nurse and a full time wife and mother so I guess I am actually a very busy lady!  I am not to sure why I have not done any sewing of late, I can’t seem to settle to it. Things have been challenging at work with some changes going on which is not uncommon in the NHS and is not necessarily bad but does make life interesting. Tony has quit his job and started courier work with a more local firm which hopefully will improve our quality of life.

So i think my writers block is a symptom of what is going on in our lives at the moment and I am sure that it will pass sure enough, maybe now the clocks have gone back and the evenings are drawing in I may feel more like being creative.

It’s not all doom and gloom though I have managed to rediscover a hobby I love and that is books. Tony bought me a kindle for my birthday and I have reaquainted myself with reading in bed and I am churning out the books quite quickly now! Maybe thats something for future posts – writing book reviews!!!

Anyhoo, I am gonna log off for the night. I hope you are all well wherever you are, thank you for still being here and reading my ramblings. I will be back


What’s in a name?

So I have been thinking about my blog name and wondering if a more catchy name would work with my readers? This has led me on to thinking about who reads my blog and the fact that I simply don’t know if I have any regular readers or not. I don’t get many comments and I am not sure why that is, whether my posts don’t lend themselves to comments or is my blog not actually being read.
I have site stats set up and can see that posts are being read and where people come to my blog from but it all seems a little impersonal still.
So….what makes you comment on a blog? How many blogs do you read each day? How do you know when I have posted or do you just pop in occasionally?
I would love to get a little more interactive so leave me a comment and tell me how you found me and what makes you comment on a blog post. What things make you visit a blog regularly? How did you find me and if you want leave a little info about yourself and a link to your blog so I can get to know you a bit more too.

I look forward to getting to know some of you a bit more


For those of you who keep up with my musings and general ramblings you will have noticed that I have a new badge on the side of my blog page. This is the badge for Britmums.

“BritMums is the UK’s largest and most influential network of parent bloggers. Our mission is to encourage and support bloggers and the high quality, ethical blogging they do. We’re passionate about it. We started life in 2008 when founder and former marketing executive Susanna Scott — inspired by the burgeoning number of parent bloggers — created a social networking site where we could talk about our blogs and parenthood.”

There is lots and lots of support for blogging parents through this network and I have not yet fully managed to explore the site but if you are UK based and have a blog and children then this could be worth you joining.

To all the Britmums bloggers who have found my blog – hi and welcome along. I hope you pop in now and again to see what I am up to. I am looking forward to meeting so many new friends and read about what other people are getting up to. To the people who already follow me maybe go over to Britmums and have a look


Prize draw when I get to 6000 hits!!

OK…everyone likes a prize draw so in the mad push for stats and hits on my blog I thought I would hang a little carrot! Who wants a prize draw then? Once I get 6000 hits on my blog I will announce my FREE prize draw. There will be a few little things up for grabs over a few posts so you gotta keep coming back for more….once I got ya I ain’t letting go mwah mwah mwah (much gleeful rubbing of hands together)

You know what you got to do guys, spread the word to your crafty friends as well

TTFN xxx


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Read Alice’s blog here