Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Underland to Wonderland 2018 Calendar!


In 2014 I had the crazy idea of putting together my own calendar full of my own nature and wildlife photography. I'm not sure why I decided to do it, but I did, and people bought them and apparently liked them! In 2015 I did it again, releasing a 2016 version and so on for this year too.
To be honest they've never made me a huge profit though. I've covered printing costs, packaging and shipping too but with a few non-payers last year (meaning I made a loss) I was all for just forgetting about it altogether this year.
I've umm-ed and ahh-ed for the past few weeks. Spent far too many hours searching through the thousands of photos I have. Went in huffs, said forget it it isn't worth the time and stress when no one cares and stuff. But as I want one for myself and there are a couple needed for family members too, I thought I would offer it as an option for others to buy but not putting any pressure on it or expecting anything.

My 2018 calendar will be slightly different. Here is a look at the final 12 images (may change, but I will update any prospective buyers) which it will feature and I'll explain more about it below.

As you'll see, birds are the stars this time. Only birds, of numerous species. Still 100% taken by me within the past year or so.
The other difference will be the ordering process. As I mentioned, last year I was left with a few calendars that people said they 'definitely' wanted over and once they arrived I was deleted, blocked and/or just down right ignored when I let them know they were ready to ship. That just isn't cool, costs me out of pocket and is wasteful as they had to be thrown in the recycling :(

That sadly means payment before printing this time. I am hoping to reach a certain profit margin and if that goal is hit I'll be donating all profits after printing costs are deducted to the Berwick Swan and Wildlife trust so fingers crossed that is possible.
Calendars are £12.00 each.(Think of it as £1 per month!)
Those who cannot pick up/meet me/ have them dropped off will incur a small postage fee also.
Orders need to be in by September 30th and must be paid in full by then or they will not be printed.
You can pay via paypal friends and family to danielle.eskdale[@]gmail.com and you must include your name, how many you would like, whether it is a pick up or postage and if it is postage, the address of course.

To see what the style of calendar will be like, pop on over to this post and have a peek at me 3 previous year's calendars. Final product may vary slightly. Not final cover in first image. Photo line up subject to slight change, though any changes will be made clear to anyone ordering.

Thanks for reading.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Things I HATE About Summer


FYI, I love Summer. But after writing Things I Hate About Winter (despite it being my least favorite time of year) I thought it only fair I had a moan about our current season aswell. It may seem that I am always moaning, and that's because I am. haha Not really, but yeah. I have seen a heck of a lot of people posting not so happy things on social media since the warmer days arrived which perplexes me but I've had my thinking cap on a realized the things about Summer that don't make me extatic...here they are...



Flying Satans
 Butterflies are evil and summer is peak butterfly season :( If you didn't know, they are actually my biggest fear alongside moths.
Theres flies too, who annoy me more than wasps even, which is a feat I'm sure you'll agree. They just, I dunno are annoying! Even Baker despises them and gets upset when one gets in the house ha. I guess at least they don't pose a possible risk of stinging like with wasps but I still hate the blighters.

Parties
This is a 24/7, year round type of deal for me but it is so much worse in the summer. Better weather seems to make people drink more, BBQ and generally be loud and jovial. I am not into all that noise. I go to bed early for work 7 days a week and when people are carrying on until 2am on a Wednesday night it irks me a bit. I never complain (confrontation = no) but in the phrase sense, I can't complain about weekend parties because, well, weekend. I still hate them though.

Hayfever
If you know, you know.

Kids
Aha, that sounds awful. But really, the start of the summer holidays is the absoulte worst time of the year. They are everywhere, they are loud, they are constantly outside, on public transport and busying up places that would usually be quiet havens on weekdays. There are even places/things that cost more during the holidays. Urgh. Kids on a whole are different these days too and I'm not tarring them all with the same brush but many are much older than their years now, are rude, loud and just annoying to be fair. Don't get me wrong there are good ones too before you get all offended, you must know the ones I'm talking about though...

Fashion Fever
Well not fashion per say! That would be a joke as I'm not into fashion. By this I mean you never know what to wear for what weather. Will it be thunder storms and so you'll need a rain coat? Will it be blazing sunshine and you'll be too hot in jeans? Maybe both in the same day! Especially in my town. I don't care what the weather is but I'd like to know which weather it's gonna be so I can dress appropiratly.

Holiday Maker Take-Over
If you live in a seaside town or tourist attracting city, summer brings an influx of slow walking, confused as to where they are, stopping in the middle of the street to take a photo holiday makers! They are fab bringing money and jobs into the town but when you just want to pop into Iceland for a loaf of bread but a family of 5 with kids on scooters and blocking up the tiny isles it can be rather inconvenient.

Light Nights
I never know the bloomin' time because the sky is awake far too late. I'm in bed before the sun and shes already up when I get up for work between 5-6. Does she just not need sleep in summertime? Have a rest girl!


That's it! I can't think of anything else, though really for a season I like 7 things is still a lot of hate! I wanna know all about your hates of summer too so write a couple down in the comments...and not just 'the heat' because duh.
Check out the rest of this stupid series by clicking here!


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 29


Hello there! Hope you have had a lovely week thus far.
For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.


In your lifetime, what have you done that hurt someone else?
I'm not 100% sure. I guess leaving my ex hurt him, but then he shouldn't have domestically abused me for years.

What's the best part of growing older?
Not having to ask anyone before getting pets. Not that I have anymore other than Baker but if I could (had the space/funds/etc) I would and I needn't have anyone's permission :)

What's been on your mind most lately?
Money. Money being saved for trips, money needing saved for a deposit so we can get out of this street within the next few years, oh and how much money our bloomin' internet has gone up to. Ridiculous!

What do you think is worth waiting for?
Good movies to come out, dogs walking toward you so you can say 'hhiii', getting a photo of a particular bird that you've been trying to for hours.

What chances do you wish you had taken?
The interview for photographer at Disneyland Paris. It was probably coming up to a decade ago now that I applied, but my partner at the time (I'll let you guess if it's the one mentioned previously in this post) didn't allow me to go for it as I'd obviously have to live over there. 

Where else would you like to live? Why?
In the middle of absolutely nowhere because there is nothing I hate more in life than neighbours.

What motivates you to go to work each day?
The fact that I have a house to run...bills to pay and a dog to feed? Isn't that enough motivation for everyone?! haha 


Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Disneyland Paris 2017 // Disney Stars on Parade pt.1


I'm not usually a big fan of change. I think there are a lot of fellow Disney fans who feel the same. However, it's not the new I fear but losing the old and this was a huge deal for me when saying goodbye to Disney Magic on Parade in preparation for the new and improved 25th anniversary parade. Little did I know December 2016 would be the last time I'd have the chance to see MoP in person and I didn't get the time to. Absolutely gutted to say the least but was ever so thankful for it's very last route ever to be live streamed so I could cry until my heart was content from the comfort of my own home.
Anyways, this is about it's predecessor! Originally Mam and I had said we were going to visit in May/June of 2017 also, but after our December '16 trip expenses and travel hiccups we sadly decided to wait until 2018. In January I realized I couldn't do that. I needed (yes, needed) to visit as close to my favorite place on Earth's actual anniversary as possible, while knowing I am not well off, an annual pass holder nor Southerner with closer/cheaper travel connections. Spur of the moment I asked my good friend Laura and we booked a coach trip to Disneyland Paris for the first days of May.
I'll talk more about that later (19 hours on a coach is an interesting experience) but what I am trying to say is I worked so hard to get myself there so I could experience the amazing celebrations, including Disney Stars on Parade!
I avoided as much as I could online so didn't know what to expect at all - well minus the Dragon - and I'm so incredibly glad I did it that way because...



...it was seriously, surprisingly, one of the most emotional experiences I've ever had at DLP. I properly sobbed my heart out from the moment I laid eyes on the first float to well after it was all over. That's one reason my photos are so awful and so few - I could barely see for tears! It did mean that people around me were whispering to each other, one saying ''I think she's hurt herself!'' ahahah but it also meant I got some fab interaction from the characters.
I wish, wish, wish someone had been there to catch it on camera because after that 2nd photo with Aladdin and Genie in, the one and only Mary Poppins ran over to me and pulled me into the biggest hug ever telling me to 'Have a Jolly Holiday'. Ahhh, I almost fainted and obviously sobbed harder, bringing Pinocchio over who blew me a kiss.
I've only included half of the photos here, as despite not taking as many as I'd have liked to, I still took quite a few haha. I hope you enjoy my view of things and can't wait to show you the rest in a couple of weeks time, along with my full opinions.


Catch my other Disneyland Paris 2017 posts:
Character Meet and Greets



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Project 365 // June Summary




Top 3 Photos -


Top 5 Moments -
Seeing the young otter siblings twice in the month.
The Blackbird with the tiny flower!
Reaching 23 books read in half a year.
Jake and I's day away together to Edinburgh.


This Month in Previous Years -
2014 
2013



Come keep up to date with this project through my weekly posts over on Underland 2 Wonderland!




Monday, 17 July 2017

Top 5 Reads of 2017...So Far


I read 4 books in 2016. 4. That's it. As of today I have read 26 in 2017 so far. That's crazy.
You may have seen that over the past 6 months I have posted two 'What I Read This Quarter' posts and although I have shared those books that I have read, within them I also wanted to highlight a couple that I have enjoyed the most. So here are my 5 top reads of 2017. Well, so far!


The Complete Sherlock Holmes
There are so many books known as 'classics' but I reckon there are some that are more 'classic' than other classics, if that makes sense haha. Sherlock Holmes is one of those classicy classics that everyone should read at somepoint in their lives.
Technically 9 books within one, I could have really separated them and made my total 34 but I'm no cheater haha. Anyway, I am so glad I finally read all of the Sherlock stories and can see why they are so loved. I was already a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so it's excting to say I've now caught up with something I should have done a long time ago.

The Magician's Nephew
How can I be a proper fan of the Chronicals of Narnia if I had only read a couple of the books?! I'm proud to say I have now read them all and both that series and Harry Potter are pretty much neck and neck for my favorites ever. This book however, is my favorite of this series overall.
I read the stories in chronological order as opposed to publication order and much prefered it, plus it was extra magical to know the 'full story' so to say. Where and how things started and how they ended. A much underrated book from a fantasticly famous series.

Countryside: The Book of the Wise
This was a book that was thrown at me, rather than one I stumbled across but I'm thankful it was as I enjoyed it so much! The author himself contacted my via Goodreads as he saw I was reading the Narnia series and thought I'd enjoy his book. Well it's safe to say I did as I read it in a few days and bought the follow up book right after.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth
Over the past 6 months I've read a few 'book of the film' books, well 4...if you can class that as a few. I've been highly impressed in all of them if truth be told but I really, really liked the direction this one took. For those who have seen the latest Pirates movie, this book follows the female lead, Carina, from her orphan beginings, through to how and why she was in ...... and tells the rest of the story through to the ending we see in the movie. She's a great character with a really interesting past...


The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Another that I can't believe has taken me until 26 years old to read. I am a big fan of film and the history of film. I love to read (and watch) things about important names in cinema likeWilliam Friese-Greene, Walt Disney, the Lumiere Brothers, and of course Georges Méliès who this book is about. I did actually see the movie of this first but enjoyed both movie and book equally. It's the first real book of it's type I've real - what with it's combination of illustration and text. Adored it all!


I'm so glad that I've been able to get back into reading. It's all thanks to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry that I read last year.  I can't wait for all the other fabulous books I will read throughout 2017 and onwards. I know I've only mentioned 5 here but really I can count on one hand the ones I haven't really enjoyed so choosing 5 faves was pretty difficult.
Tell me 3 books that you have enjoyed lately! If you have any similar blog posts, make sure to link them in the comments  :)



Sunday, 16 July 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 28


'Sup, yo?!
For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.


What will you never do?
Drink alcohol, take drugs, smoke cigarettes.
More 'meaningful' things I'll never do would be cheating, be it in a relationship or in terms of like not doing things by the book if that makes sense. Also, going against any of my personal values. Never, for no reason and no one will I disrespect or forget my morals.

Excluding romantic relationships, who do you love?
Baker. Mam and Dad. Almost every creature on the planet minus other humans lol.

What is your earliest childhood memory?
As I've probably mentioned 17,000,000 times on this blog,  my memory isn't the best and I usually can't even remember what I had for tea yesterday let alone over 20 years ago.

What book has had the greatest influence on your life?
Biggest cliche in the worrlllddddd - Harry Potter. You'll have heard it a million times over no doubt but it was and is a huge part of my life that was certainly the light in my darkest times. I could go on for days about what the wizarding world means to me but yeah.
The Chronicals of Narnia too.

What three questions do you wish you knew the answers to?
Will animal exploitation for entertainment, sport, food and other purposes ever end?
When will the world leaders and other officials make proper steps to protect our planet from climate change, river/sea/ocean pollution, over population and more?
Why did JK find it necessary to kill off Hedwig?

What is the greatest peer pressure you've ever felt?
None. 

What's the biggest lie you once believed was true?
That fairies, mermaids and other similar beings don't actually exisit. Because they do.


Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.


Friday, 14 July 2017

My All-Time Favorite Disney Actors


There are so many incredible actors that feature throughout all of Disneys productions, way back when to right now. Stars who have made their fame starting with the company, to huge names with their own followings pairing with Disney. Many actors and actresses even continue to work with Walt Disney Studios for multiple productions and a few of them I am going to talk about today!
My favourites to be exact. So here they are, my all-time favorite Disney actors that have had roles in more than one movie. (In alphabetical order as I can't put them all in an actual order).


Annette Funicello [1942 - 2013]
One of the original mouseketeers in the Mickey Mouse Club, Annette went on to act in Babes in Toyland, The Monkey's Uncle and The Shaggy Dog (plus more) - all 3 of which I love! She was a beautiful lady of many talents who sadly passed away due to her MS. In 1995 she starred in the TV movie about her own life, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story ,which is a great watch for fans.

Bobby Driscoll [1937 - 1968]
The original child star who ended up going down the wrong path, like many from our generation. You may know Bobby as the voice of Peter Pan in the animated classic, but this is about live action movies of which he was in a few too. Song of the South, So Dear to My Heart and Treasure Island, two of these being in my absolute top 5 Disney movies ever. Sadly he passed away at 31 after struggles with drug addiction.

David Tomlinson [1917 - 2000]
The British actors name isn't one you'd automatically regconise, but his face is. He played the equally lovable roles of Mr Banks in Mary Poppins and Professor Emelius Browne in Bedknobs and Broomsticks some of the most popular live action (well techincally hybrid) Disney movies of all time. He was in the first movie of the Herbie series too, The Love Bug!

Dean Jones [1931 - 2015]
Another actor from the Herbie series is Dean Jones who featured alongside DT in The Love Bug as well as Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. Other movies he was in include:  The Ugly Dachshund, Blackbeard's Ghost, Snowball Express and his first apperance, That Darn Cat!

Dick Van Dyke [1925 - ]
Does this man really need any sort of introduction or explaination?! Not only the legend of multiple roles in Mary Poppins, Van Dyke graced our screens in the awesome Lt. Robin Crusoe USN, Never a Dull Moment and most recently Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. However, at 91 he still isn't done! Returning to fill our hearts with his apperance in 2018's Mary Poppins Returns.

Ed Wynn [1886 - 1966]
The original Mad Hatter and similar tea-drinking, belly laughing Uncle Albert from Mary Poppins Ed Wynn was a serial Disney star! Babes in Toyland, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, That Darn Cat! and his last acting role ever in The Gnome-Mobile. Who couldn't love this clown?! (I'm not being rude, he was actually a clown comedian haha)

Fess Parker [1924 - 2010]
Perhaps one of the lesser known on this list but no less talented, or handsome, is Fess Parker...aka the famous Davy Crockett!  The Great Locomotive Chase, Westward Ho, the Wagons!, Old Yeller, and The Light in the Forest were his other roles under his Disney contract. If you only watch one new-to-you movie from this post watch The Great Locomotive Chase!

Fred MacMurray [1908 - 1991]
Okay, I wasn't putting this in any order but I'm sorry, this guy is my top male Disney actor. Coincidentally he was also the first ever person to be made an official 'Disney Legend'. Man, his IMDB page even starts off by saying he was one of the 'most underrated actor[s] of his generation'!
You'll find him in many Dis-flicks such as:  The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, Bon Voyage!, Follow Me, Boys!, The Happiest Millionaire, and Charley and the Angel. Of course that list includes even more of my faves from the 'early days' haha.

Glynis Johns [1923 - ]
This beautiful lady you will most likely know as the Suffragette sensation of Mary Poppins, Winifred Banks! That wasn't her only Disney role though. She also played  Mary Tudor in The Sword and the Rose and Helen Mary MacPherson MacGregor in Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue!

Hayley Mills [1946 - ]
I spilt the beans on my favorite male so have to mention my top female too. Surely it's no suprise that it's Ms Mills?  With practically perfect movies like Pollyanna and The Parent Trap under her belt she's many people from the 50s,60s,70s+ generations favorite aswell. In Search of the Castaways, Summer Magic, The Moon-Spinners, That Darn Cat, The Parent Trap II, The Parent Trap III, The Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian Honeymoon are also part of her filmography.

Johnny Depp [1984 - ]
No comments on this one okay guys? I considered ommitting him for fear of scowls and shouts of 'shame' but he is one of my favorite actors of all time, even outside Disney and I won't censor my opinions for anyone anymore.
He is so versitile going from Captain Jack (POTC series) to the Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass) and even Tonto in The Lone Ranger. I'm not gonna mention when he played the wolf though as I'm sure many regular readers will know that is my most hated Disney movie ever haha.

Robin Williams [1951 - 2014]
:( The saddest part of writing this is having to use the past tense. Robin was a huge part of my childhood and life in general I suppose, shaping much of my sense of humor and such. The Genie from Aladdin is one of his most famous Disney roles but he also made us laugh and smile through movies such as Popeye, Flubber and Old Dogs.
I wrote this post back in 2014 that may help sum up my feelings for this man

Tim Allen [1953 - ]
Tim 'the Tool Man' Taylor,  Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Santa Claus. Just a few names Tim Allen goes by. I don't even like Christmas but Tim's 'The Santa Clause' trilogy are some of my favorite movies ever and certainly wouldn't be what they are without his humor. Other Dis-flicks featuring him are 1997's Jungle 2 Jungle, 2006 remake of The Shaggy Dog and he narrated 2012's documentrary Chimpanzee.


No way did I expect this to end up being such a considerably sized post! It started out as something quick to do as I haven't the time to edit photos this week haha. Little did I know that this would be so many hours later... Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it and I'd love to hear what you think. Are any of your faves on the list?! If not who would you choose? Thanks for being here, see you real soon!



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Quarterly Collective Haul // April - June 2017


Well, I guess what with being over half way into 2017, that it being time for my second quarterly haul of the year shouldn't be so shocking. But it is. I have come to the conclusion I'm obviously 76 trapped in a 26 year old's body, because all I do these days is talk about weather or how fast time is moving past me. But surely someone else must be wondering why 2017 seems to be playing in double speed?! Take your finger off the fast forward button who ever is in control, please.
Tangent unsuccessfully diverted, this is my quarterly haul featuring everything I have bought over the past 3 months - April, May and June!


Books! Not too many this time, but still a good handful. The beautiful, special Hufflepuff edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone I actually won from the ever so generous Sarah on Twitter, which I couldn't believe and was so thankful for.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Tales of the Peculiar were treats after I got my second job and the two Pirates books were 'just because'. FYI, the Brightest Star of the North was fantastic and I highly recommend.


Next was something that actually ended up being my biggest spends of the months, mainly due to going on a little holiday at the start of May. I got 2 new pairs of jeans and a peach cardi (which you can see in this post) especially for that trip, as well as 2 pairs if sunglasses and my 25th anniversary bow. Other than that I also picked up 4 tops from Primark, a POTC top from some random store online to wear when we went to see the new movie opening weekend and a Disneyland Paris 20th anniversary tee on eBay.


The biggest shock of the haul has to be the DVD pile. Practically non-existent! Moana was the only new release, the bottom three on the photo were random Amazon picks and Into the Woods (least fave Disney movie ever) and Tron I picked up at CeX just because there was nothing else and I needed them for my collection eventually anyway.


Lastly are the homeware and randomy bits! I'm not huge on a lot of Harry Potter merch, it seems to be commonly pretty tacky but I thought this cushion from Primark was quite nice. It's also pretty good quality, well stuffed and has a zip so you can take the cover off to wash. Pretty good for £6.
The bags were all Primark too obviously and we'll skip over the fact I have a real problem relating to reusable shoppers...
My beautiful vase was another great score, marked down due to it's 'fine'. I also actually have a problem with broken things. I've addressed it s little before but may do a whole post at some point to explain it s bit more.
Bringing this to a close, there are my Disney stationary bits from John Lewis!

Of course, my DLP trip being within this 3 month time period also, my buys from there are missing here and will feature in their own haul in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for that. I was so lucky and am so chuffed with everything I was able to bring home <3 Same goes for everything in this post too. Forever thankful for every single item I have.


Feel free to pop over to my previous quarterly hauls:
January - March 2017
October - December 2016
July - September 2016
April - June 2016 
January - March 2016

Monday, 10 July 2017

A Day in My Life // June


Thursday, 29th June.
A Day in My Life.

For the second month in a row, I very almost missed this project. I sound like  broken record, I am aware, but life has just been non-stop since the end of April and the weeks roll into months before my brain even has the chance to catch up! Thankfully, this month (as in July) I've already done my day in photos on the 9th so no repeats of boring days stuck in the house again. I'm sure photos of my laptop screen and toothpaste are becoming a little redundant haha. Anyway, here's a very rainy day in my life from June!


1 // Starting the day with a lot of rain, wearing Jake's waterproof trousers rolled up and unable to take the camera out. However the sight of this little guy upon opening the door put a smile on my face :)
2 // Quick shot on my phone to prove I was at work haha.
3 // Then after getting home I did a bit of housework and organizing!
4 // I even had time for a teeny spot of blogging before I had 40winks with Baker.
5 // At 10am it was time to get make-up on, ready for job #2.


6 // Being greeted at work by Molly...though I'm pretty much the only person she won't speak to haha.
7 // On the way home for the second time today and it's still raining.
8 // Phew! Relax with a movie time!
9 // We had a bit of playtime which seems to have worn the boyo out again already.
10 // My skin has been extra awful lately so I did a much needed face mask.


11 // ..then to shower it off.
12 // No time to sit down, I have to cool two separate meals for Jake and I. May as well multitask with some blogging too!
13 // Getting the food in my belly accompanied by a few YouTube videos.
14 // My bedtime routine takes far too long, even without make-up removal, especially now that I have fresh ear piercings again hahaha (Literally feel about 7).
15 // There is nothing like ending the day with a good book. <3


I managed to fit quite a lot in between the hours of 6am and 9pm, don't you think?! Again it's a pretty average day for me now and then twice a week add in my 3rd job for 2 hours right after my 2nd job, that's what I do on repeat haha. Still, a day that I'm able to fit in a movie or a bit of blogging is a successful day indeed.
What did you get up to in June?! Share your similar posts in the comments below ;)
Have a great July!