Friday, 29 January 2016

Project 365 // Summary 2015

I've put this off long enough. My 2015 Project 365 round up post is finally here and I had no idea how to do it until today (8th Jan). It was going to be impossible to choose just one photo to represent each month, considering it was daily photos as opposed to 2014s weekly photos, so I chose two instead - such a rebel!
Let's get into it :) 

The first month of the year was a lot colder last year, but we still got out and about! Bird watching, lots of dog walks and a trip to the local Panto with my Mam and Nana! It was a month of firsts too as Mam got her first ever tattoo, my first calendar with my photography didn't just go up on my wall but in other peoples houses too and I did my first blog giveaway!

Jake's Birthday was this month and he turned old (27). To celebrate we took a rare dog-free trip to Edinburgh Zoo later in the month. Animal wise, we also were lucky to spot an otter in the river, do lots more bird watching and even saved a baby pigeon that had been spray painted. Unfortunately I'm usually ill but with feeling extra poorly I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with costochondritis - I was glad that it was nothing more serious!
Other fun things were that I photographed a family friends Christening and Jake bought me the beautiful antique Mickey and Donald that I'd been looking at for weeks <3

March was a slow month with a heck load more wildlife and animal photographing (as well as getting to tick of something from my bucket list when I spent some time with lots of little lambs at a farm) and preparations for Easter, with DIYs and decor. I got a new job, we had a webcam chat with my parents while they were on holiday for my Dad's 50th and I had a museum filled day trip to Edinburgh with my friend Claire.

April
Drip, drip, drop there weren't many April showers! Lots of sun called beach trips, Baker getting to swim lots which he loves and most excitingly I got to meet this Mama Mallard and all her babies! I was just on my way home from work at 8am and here she comes waddling down the road being sheparded by a kind man toward the river. I sprinted the maybe 100 meters back to my house, grabbed my camera and ran back. It was a special hour or so that I spent with the beautiful family.

I painted my parents kitchen, made homemade friendship bracelets (and blogged about them) and got a new large format printer so I could start my Etsy store! Safe to say it was a pretty creative month!
Our good family friends came all the way from the West Midlands to visit us too and we had a fab few days exploring Northumberland with them. It was extra fun for Baker as he got to play with their Collie, Bell.

Technically the visit mentioned above spanned over the beginning of this month too, so there's that. The heat got hotter in June. Rightly so, it's summer after all. That meant water and ice play times in the back garden for Baker as well as sun bathing in the house (him too, not me).
I did another shoot for a friend - one that I was actually pretty chuffed with the photos. We had pizza. I got a mouth X-Ray.

More sun meant we had to buy Baker a paddling pool to keep cool in! Though it made for a nice day for our 5th annual Race for Life :) We had the odd downpours too which I welcomed as I tried growing my own plants from seeds properly for the first time, they bloomed...then died :(
This was the month we finally got a bed for our spare room too which made it seem much more homely and less like a box/craft room.

Apart from a trip to Edinburgh (accidentally during the Fringe Festival) and Mary Kings Close with my friend Laura, a few fun dog adventures and Baker's 3rd birthday, this was a pretty normal month :)

September we enjoyed more nice weather, especially for our 4th anniversary on the 4th which we spent in Alnwick Gardens taking lots of awesome photos. The bee above had a sad story as we saw him struggling after he had landed in Bakers paddling pool! We 'fished' him out as gently as possible and set him in the sunshine (with a little branch with leaves for him to have some shade if needed), with a little spoon of sugar water. Baker was really interested in him and sat inside watching from the window until a few hours later when he'd dried off and fly away! 

I think this was my favorite month, and not because it's my birthday month. I turned 25 and for my birthday spent the morning before at Woodhorn Mining Museum with Mam and the evening with Laura at Disney on Ice which was just the most lovely time. On the actual day my Dad looked after Baker so that Jake and I could have a few dog-free hours to drive to Eyemouth, have a walk around the harbour and grab some chips.
What else happened in October? Halloween - lots of DIYs. That & my car broke down leaving Mam and I stuck in the dark on the Edinburgh City bypass for like 3 hours until the recovery truck arrived... Eek my Hogwarts letter came aswell! 

Was a sad and scary month. My thoughts and love still go to all of those effected.
Minus the preparation for our trip in December, this was a quiet month filled with a lot of reflection.

Due to Novembers events I was no longer as excited for our trip to the capital. I'm never a fan of London, in fact I'll say I really dislike the majority of stuff about it but with it being the capital terror threats are obviously more likely. We went anyways and stayed alert and cautious but fully enjoyed our time at the Lion King Musical on Mam's birthday and the next day exploring the WB studio tour.
Once we were safely home it was a great way to end the year.

Lastly is the full year overview above. Looking back month by month always makes you extra reflective of the year and although everyone experiences highs and lows I strive to only document the best things so as to focus on being positive. Don't read this post and think I'm super lucky with an amazing life as we have some hard times too like anyone else - but remembering those things and thinking about them allow them to take over your mind and drag you down. We don't want any of that here!
So yeah. That was my 2015 in photos. What was yours?


10 comments:

  1. I think this is a great way of remembering all the great things. Your photos are stunning, as always, and those ducks <3 x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Exactly how I think of it :) Ah thank you so much Aimee and I know right?! It was such an amazing moment to see them!

      xo

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  2. I said it before, I really love the way you chose to present the photos each month and I'm doing the same thing. I hope you don't mind. xx
    Your year was fab, except for November. I had no idea you are selling on etsy, I'll have a look right now.

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    1. That's so kind of you :) Of course I don't mind!! It's not copyrighted yet ;) lol
      It was a good year. Though, I think everyones year is good if they look at it in the right way. I leave out all the bad bits!

      xo

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  3. I love this post Danielle, you got so many great shots and it's been loads of fun to watch them come together and the stories behind them. I love the shot of the duck and her ducklings, just so sweet! - Tasha

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you have enjoyed it as well as me.

      xo

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  4. What a year! And what a collection of photos. I can only hope my year in photos looks half as good as yours!

    I think it's the perfect way to look back over all the good parts of the year, I've been trying with my photos to take pictures of the best parts of the day so it's all happy memories. There is already too much rubbish and sadness in the world, if I'm going to take a daily photo of my life, I want it to be a happy one!

    Looking forward to your 2016 summary!

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    1. Indeed it has been!! I'm sure yours will look way better if the first month is anything to judge by (minus that duck statue thing...) lol.

      Yes, yes, yes! Exactly! I have had plenty down moments but in the future I'll want to look back and remember the good. Can't wait to print them into books.

      I will continue to enjoy your 2016 project - so pleased you decided to do it.

      xo

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  5. You are very talented with the camera, they are all fab but I love the duckies! They are so cute!!

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    1. I think you are being extra kind there, but thank you <3 Yeah the ducks will be a memory I'll treasure for a long time!

      xo

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