In 2013, after previous years of trying, I succeeded in my very first Project 365! Taking one photo, editing it and uploading it every day of that year - harder than you think! I enjoyed the fact of having a photographic diary to look back on to remember my year by but didn't want to subject myself to that stress again the next year.And so in 2014 I chose to attempt a Project 52. Simply take one photo per week, edit and upload. That took a lot of weight off my shoulders and helped me enjoy it more, although there was the odd snap left until the night before - oops!
Anyways, here I've picked a photo from each month of 2014s photography project and will include a short summary of my life that month. To see all of the photos you can always find them here and of course pop on over to see what I've decided to do this year...
January: After working right over Christmas and New Year, January came without being very eventful. We'd had a bad time over the holiday season with our neighbours and it only got worse with one of them stalking me as I came to and from work. I hated to be in the house because of the purposeful noise making to intimidate us so despite the chilly days and lots of frost (no snow though), Baker and I played at the park a lot. The hours got less and less at work too, so Baker and I took the opportunity to hop on a train and visit the home town and see Nana while we were there.
February: This month saw me get closer to some work colleagues and have them round for dinner and monopoly! It was also Jakes 26th birthday (haha old!!!) and one of his friends came to stay which was a lot of fun...then I failed for the first time in the project when I couldn't upload a photo for the last week of the month. Boo.
March: The 'fail' of the past month coincided with a week that had many photos taken when we celebrated Jake's birthday late on our holiday from work therefore saw two photos uploaded on week 9 catching us up. We got to have a day away together without Baker at Beamish which was also Jakes first visit there, it was awesome. That week we also got to go do his birthday gift from me, a tour of St James Park! Mam and Dad came with us too and we were so lucky when the other people booked in that day didn't show up so it turned into a private tour just for us! It was fab to see the men have a good time.
It seems that March was a fab month for us overall because it was when we took what would turn out to be a photo that won Baker the Pet Pawtraits Competition and I got to meet a blogging friend in 'real life' too. If you didn't know I hate being around alot of people so don't attend any meet ups or events and I was even super nervous for this. But Claire was even more awesome than I thought and we have a fab day looking around the shops, walking around Leazes Park and taking photos.
April: I'm struggling to type this because when I think of April I just think of Bunny. My poor little baby Bunny passed away at the beginning of this month, strangely a few days apart from the 1 year anniversary of his partner in crime Nike. It sucked so much and although I'd lost rabbits, hamsters, a guinea pig etc in the past it affected me so much. I won't go on, because I can't. But the support from friends was nice, considering others said 'it was only a rabbit'.
Other than that I took another trip up to Berwick to spend Mothers day with my Mam and Nana.
May: Can you guess where the dog and I took a trip to? Yes, Berwick! Like I said (and explained more in this post) I hated being at home so whenever I had a couple of days off at the same time I got a cheap train and escaped to the country. There was lot of beautiful sunshine this month, I painted fence panels and took a lot of photos. Jake and I spent more time together and had one particularly fun day playing frisbee and taking silly shots.
By this point we had also agreed that we wanted to take the plunge and leave the city for good. So I had busy last week of the month juggling shifts at work, travelling to Berwick for a job interview and had a photoshoot with my cousin for some dancer portraits.
June: Notices had been handed in at work and it was common knowledge that we were moving! We had no jobs, no house, but it had to be done for our safety and happiness. Between packing, working, Jake travelling to Berwick for an interview, having a last day out with all of my 'friends' and finally hosting my very first public charity event, June was super busy!
On the 21st I sat in the back of a moving van, with every single possession we owned, for 60miles travelling North. Oh, what I forgot to mention was a couple days before the move Jake got news from the place he had interviewed at saying he had got the job and he started the Monday after our move. The weekend was spent exploring and enjoying our new surroundings and saying goodbye to Jakes beard.
Everything happens for a reason, and everything was falling into place!
July: We'd only been away from Newcastle two weeks when we decided a celebratory night away for just the two of us was in store. We stayed in a hotel at Whitley Bay, had a walk along the coast taking in our favorite places from when we first started seeing each other and had a bite to eat in a lovely pub at Cullercoats. The next day before travelling home we took the chance to see the 'Toon Times' exhibition on Newcastle United football club at the Discovery museum - another of my favorite places to go.
Other special moments this month were: Baker learning to swim, Jake taking up his new hobby of fishing, seeing a red deer and her foal and following my little bunny family friends.
August: ..was pretty uneventful. Jake was working, I was exploring and photographing (and also job hunting by the way) and we were house hunting. To keep me busy I took on a new project ready for use in the new place whenever we got it and we celebrated Bakers 2nd birthday before finding a place and moving on the last day of the month!
September: A month of settling into our new home and exploring our new surroundings. I got to spend more time with my oldest friends and share our love of history and culture and go on plenty of woodland walks with Baker, my camera and Mam.
October: I turned 24! My best friend from Newcastle came to visit. We decorated for Halloween. And we went to DISNEYLAND!
November: As you can see the last four months of the year slowed down and got quieter. We really didn't do much at all. However I did finally got around to/ the confidence to do two things I wanted to do for years; put together my own photographic calendars and film a video (in front of the camera) for YouTube - both of which turned out to be very well received by everyone. :)
My Mam, Dad and I also had a family day away together to Edinburgh which was lovely and I photographed the first robin of winter!
December: Did December even happen? For the 10 zillionth time, I'm sorry, but it went so fast!! It went by in a whirlwind of food, windy walks that I couldn't of done without my ear muffs, food, Christmas crafts, decorating and gifts, food, being cold and food. I got to take a trip to Newcastle to eventually see Fenwicks window with Mam. We did a bit of shopping and I got to catch up with Claire and Laura!
Finally come Christmas we were super lucky that Jake was off right through until the 5th (minus one day) so we had a nice lazy time together watching Netflix and eating rubbish until he went back to work!
And that's it. 2014 in photos. Click each month to see the corresponding photos and if you head over to my second blog now you'll find the first two weeks of Project 365 2015!!! Thanks for reading guys!