Sunday, 22 April 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 16


Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 16 of Back Through the Lens!


April 17th, 2013. 
One of my favourite photos of Bunny ever! I found it so cool how the 'nose' on the board is mirroring Bunny's little nose! 

 Week 16, April 2014. 
A little blue tit which could have been a squirrel. Well, the photo could have been of a squirrel as earlier in the week there had a been a grey in this same tree right outside our kitchen window in Fawdon.

April 21st, 2015.
Reading when sitting out in a garden while your dog plays has got to be one of the best of the simple things in life. Here's to more of this, this year.

April 21st, 2016.
That one day two years ago when I actually got my art supplies out and did something with them.

April 22nd, 2017.
How can people look into those eyes and mistreat them in any way? I remember this day well. Mam and I had a walk along the river and the cows and calves were playing in the field. They broke my heart with how much fun they were having running through the bushes and stomping through the mud. I didn't want to leave after this guy came over to the fence for some love. I hope their short lives were filled with all of that fun and more.

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To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
April 2017
April 2016
April 2015
April 2014
April 2013


Friday, 20 April 2018

Disneyland Paris Details // Les Mystères du Nautilus Part 2


Before going on, please pop over to this post and check out part 1 of this edition of DLP Details! As I pretty much said in that post, I feel this is certainly an overlooked, underappreciated attraction in a land that could be so much more if people gave it the chance to be because of the old school futuristic, steampunk vibes are really awesome. Let me show you more wonders that the Nautilus holds!
Click here to fully submerge yourself as you explore through some of my images below.


It's beyond me how anyone who has taken the time to explore Les Mystères du Nautilus can't adore it. The details - like everything else at Disney Parks - are so intricate and mirror the movie so well. If you have no idea at all what the movie this attraction references, I highly recommend having a little read of a recent blog post of mine ' 8 Movies to Watch Before Going to Disneyland Paris' which I had a lot of fun writing and it explains a little about the movies that certain rides stem from or vice versa.

I'd love to hear what you think about this attraction. And if you are enjoying this series. I am anyway haha! I'm looking forward to taking extra heaps of photos in just over 50 days for even more of these posts and I think this one in particular may require a revisit post...



Check out more Disneyland Paris Details here!
Les Mystères du Nautilus - Part 1
It's A Small World - Part 1
It's A Small World - Part 2
Adventure Isle - Part 1
Adventure Isle - Part 2





Wednesday, 18 April 2018

What I Read in March


I blinked and March disappeared, meaning for the 3rd month of the year I've taken a another step down and not even completed one book for each week of the month...boo! Some reading fan eh? They were 3 good books though, so have a peek below at what they were and what I thought!



The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2nd - 6th
Loved, loved, loved. I am getting so boring talking about any books in this series because my thoughts are pretty much the same for each of the stories. Alongside the Narnia series, this is definitely my favourite book series I've read - even more so when reading as an adult. At this point, I have reached halfway through the Oz books and have decided to have a tiny break to make them last longer haha!


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
7th - 14th 
In the lead up to Disney's latest live-action release, 'A Wrinkle in Time', I wanted to read the original story. I really enjoyed the overall plot, felt connected to the characters and am looking forward to reading the rest of the quintet...but the ending could have been more drawn out for me, it just felt like it ended too soon and needed more.
Read my review of the movie by clicking here!


 Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films by Jody Revenson
 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 Feb 7th - 25th March
In my quest to 'cover to cover' my big books collection - as in large hardback Harry Potter & Disney books - I had to get back into it this month seeing as February was Oz heavy. I did actually start this in early February and read the first 30 pages before shelving it until the 24th of Feb when I read another 80 pages. I finished the remaining 100 or so pages on the 25th of March when I wasn't doing too well and just wanted to lay on the sofa reading.
It was good! Hence the 4 stars, but like the Creature Vault, I just love behind the scenes anything.




Well dang it, my worst month so far with only 3 books...hmm. I started off the year well and let it dwindle a bit, but life gets in the way sometimes doesn't it? I have 3 on my TBR list for April, plus I have a week off work so I'm telling myself now that I must read at the very least those 3!
Keep up with what I'm reading by checking out my Goodreads page here and let me know in the comments what you have been reading lately. I'd love to hear about anything you've been particularly enjoying.


Check out my previous posts in this series -





Sunday, 15 April 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 15


Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 15 of Back Through the Lens!


April 13th, 2013.
My caption for this photo tells me that this was Baker's first ever proper time playing in the sea! He was 8 months old here and loved the beach so much! Look at him go!
This was also our first bad experience with other dogs, when a group meeting of Huskies went on a rampage across the beach, knocking over kids and surrounding Baker in the process - it was pretty scary. The owners were awful and didn't apologise to anyone, though when I had to run into the sea in my clothes and with my camera to get a hold of Baker, there was a lovely family who came over to help and asked if I needed a lift home. We were very lucky then to live such a short walk from home though.

Week 15, April 2014.
When I lived down in Blyth, Byker and Fawdon I didn't get to see my parents a lot at all. Mam would come down every few weeks though and today we had a little trip out to Cullercoats for Baker to have a run on the beach. It was such fab weather!

April 13th, 2015.
New bedding! 

April 9th, 2016.
 I can't believe, looking back, that it's been so long since a) The Jungle Book was released and b) that I went on a solo trip to Edinburgh to the cinema. Solo! All alone! My anxiety was sky high and I got made fun of by some teen girls in the screen but it was a success overall!

April 11th, 2017.
 I love decorating for Spring! This was our Spring tree for 2017 and I was so excited about the tiny wooden decorations I got from Tiger - super cute!



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To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
April 2017
April 2016
April 2015
April 2014
April 2013


Friday, 13 April 2018

Countdown to Disney 2018 // Meet and Greet Wishlist


59 Days
8 weeks, 3 days
1.93 Months


Well due to the little kind of break I had last month, we've taken a big jump on the countdown to our Disney trip and now only have 59 days to go, meaning I have to make like a bee and get busy with the planning.
Just as I have done in my previous series of the same name, today I'm listing some of the characters I'd like to encounter this time around. 2018 is a special trip, as I've gone on and on about, and due to the contents of our party I think that character meets will be lower down on the priority list than usual. However, I'm still making a mini wishlist just because! Here's who I wouldn't mind a hug off during our trip...


Mickey and Minnie
No matter how many times you've visited a Disney park, if Minnie and Mickey aren't on your to-meet list you're doing it wrong.
But if I didn't take the opportunity to get a full family portrait of Mam, Dad and I with the power couple of the world I would forever regret it. I know from my past trip or two that getting the boss and his wife in one place is pretty tricky so I'll settle for just Mickey if I only get one family meet and greet this year.


Oswald
The longest shot if ever there was a long shot! But he is my top ever bucket list meet. He may not actually actively be on the meeting schedule but I do know he does have a holiday home not far from Disneyland Paris, so I'll continue to hold out hope. Plus, his girlfriend, the beautiful Ortensia, is making her debut at the park for this Fandaze thingy which is a week or two before our holiday...so you never know!


White Rabbit & Cheshire Cat
I've met Alice and The Mad Hatter, I've met the Red Queen, but I've never had the chance to even see the White Rabbit or Cheshire Cat in person, let alone meet them. It'd be cool to 'have the set'.


Genie & Abu
Ever since I saw Genie argue with a pair of mallards in front of the castle, during extra magic hours back in 2010 I've wanted to meet him. It was the funniest thing as he was signing someone's autograph book and the ducks in the flowers behind him started having a rather loud conversation, he turned around and was 'shushing' them until they stopped. Then just as he turned around to continue meeting people they started again and Genie's reaction was priceless. 
Hopefully, with the new(ish) meet spot for Aladdin and his gang in Adventureland I'll be able to say hi to both Genie and Abu this time around.

Jack Sparrow
Many people know that I'm not a big 'face character' fan. I just feel that with my anxiety etc I'm much better at interacting with the furs than the faces. I have obviously met faces in the past, however, I think I haven't since 2014 but I'll make the odd exception if I feel like it on the day and this guy will be top of that list.


The Penguins
This is where my Disney knowledge might have failed as I'm unsure if these guys have a specific name or not..but I'm sure you know I mean the penguins from Mary Poppins! I'm glad to have met Mary and Bert before I got less confident with face characters, so hopefully, I can grab a penguin on their own haha.



If I even tick one of these off on our 2018 trip I'll be happy but like I said meets sadly won't be a priority this time. Also...at the time of my last countdown post we had 110 days to go and now it's down to 59 which is mental. There are still another 3 countdown posts to come after this too, but I've spread them out as much as possible in the schedule haha.


Keep up with my Countdown to Disney here:
The Low Down
Attractions Hitlist 



Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Project 365 // March Summary



Top 3 Photos -  


Top 5 Moments -
- Being able to go down and support my friend at a court hearing.
- Suprise otter sighting on the way home from work.
- Reading and seeing A Wrinkle in Time.
- Catch ups with Claire.
- Spending time with Mam, Dad & Baker on Easter.


This Month in Previous Years -
March 2013
March 2014
March 2015
March 2016
March 2017
 

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



Sunday, 8 April 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 14


Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 14 of Back Through the Lens!

  April 2nd, 2013.
Ahhh, taking photos of my car ready to sell after the engine failed and I couldn't afford a new engine. I cried when the guy who bought it came to take it away, not because I was sad to see a car go but because it had been my late Granda's car before me...

 Week 14, April 2014.
 How weird that last week included these same Easter doggy biscuits too! I guess I'd better get baking for this year.

April 3rd, 2015.
Smart man tucking into his Easter basket from Barks and Bunnies! You can see the blog post of Baker's full Easter haul including a video of him opening his gifts, here.

  April 6th, 2016.
Pretty skies from my bedroom window.

April 5th, 2017.
The girls! Brook and Tilly, my little pals. This was probably one of the last times I went to let them out as I started my 2nd and 3rd jobs in May.


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To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -

April 2017
April 2016
April 2015
April 2014
April 2013






Friday, 6 April 2018

Disneyland Paris Details // Les Mystères du Nautilus - Part 1


For the third instalment of this series, we move into another land - Discoveryland. I really want this to be up there as a favourite land because when it comes to the themeing and stuff, I adore it! However, it needs something more. I wish we still had Le Visionarium, as well as Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast and some more representation of other classic Disney sci-fi movies...not just the Star Wars, take over. Think how cool a Treasure Planet attraction would be, or even something based on Flight of the Navigator, The Absent-Minded Professor/Flubber or Wall-E! I'd love to see them play up the underwater aspect and add an Atlantis ride as well, but apparently, I digress! haha

Getting back to the point, this DLP Details documents a much underrated and stunningly detailed walkthrough attraction that I never tire of - the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea inspired 'Les Mystères du Nautilus'. Click here to fully submerge yourself as you explore through some of my images below.


A couple things you might notice from these photos are, A - it's pretty gloomy down there making things difficult to photograph unless you wack up the ISO crazy amounts or have a tripod and I am not one of those people who cart around my massive tripod at Disney. B - there aren't usually eager crowds of ear clad kids queuing to spill through a submarine based on a movie from the 1950's, hence being able to get such photobomb free images!
Are there actually any Nautilus fans out there? If you are are DLP visitor have you ever been to explore? If not, why not and would you in future? Look out for part 2 coming next Friday!

Check out more Disneyland Paris Details here!
It's A Small World - Part 1
It's A Small World - Part 2
Adventure Isle - Part 1
Adventure Isle - Part 2


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

What I Watched in March


Over the previous 2 years, I've surpassed 100 movies watched by March 16th & 19th, so this should be the month I break the 3 digit mark! I have a lot going on in life just now and have been poorly on top of that, so I haven't really been blogging nor have I had my usual reading/watching habits...let's see how that affects my total for 2018 thus far.

Key
❤ Loved
⭐️ Liked
☁️ Indifferent
⚡️ Disliked
💔 Hated


Mar 2nd.
Ru Paul's Drag Race: All-Stars 3 E6 ❤

Mar 3rd.
The Wizard of Oz [1939] ❤
Return to Oz [1985] ❤
Oz the Great and Powerful [2013] ❤

Mar 4th.
Derren Brown: The Push [2018] ⭐️
Good Witch S3E1-5 [2016] ❤

Mar 7th.
Jem and the Holograms [2015] ❤

Mar 9th.
Ru Paul's Drag Race: All-Stars 3 E7 ❤
F the Prom [2017] ☁️
What Dreams May Come [1998] ⭐️

Mar 10th.
The Dwarvenaut [2016] ☁️
Good Witch S3E6-12 [2016] ❤

Mar 11th.
Murder on the Orient Express [2017] ❤

Mar 12th.
My Old Lady [2014] ⚡️

Mar 13th.
That '70s Show S1E1-4 [1998] ❤

Mar 16th.
Ru Paul's Drag Race: All-Stars 3 E8 ❤
Barely Lethal [2015] ⭐️

Mar 18th.
Step Sisters [2018] ⭐️
Benji [2018] ❤
The Favor [1994] ☁️
That '70s Show S1E5-7 [1998] ❤

Mar 19th.
That '70s Show S1E8-18 [1998] ❤

Mar 20th.
That '70s Show S1E19-25 [1998] ❤
That '70s Show S2E1-7 [1999] ❤

Mar 21st.
Earth to Echo [2014] ❤
That '70s Show S2E8-14 [1999] ❤

Mar 22nd.
Take Your Pills [2018] ⚡️
That '70s Show S2E15-26 [1999] ❤
A Wrinkle in Time [2003] ⭐️

Mar 23rd.
Ru Paul's Drag Race S10E1 ❤
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation [2017] ⭐️
Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny [2010] 💔
That '70s Show S3E1-10 [2000] ❤

Mar 24th.
That '70s Show S3E11-12 [2000] ❤
A Wrinkle in Time [2018] ⭐️

Mar 25th.
Game Over, Man! [2018] 💔
That '70s Show S3E13-21 [2000] ❤

Mar 26th.
The 10 Year Plan ⭐️
That '70s Show S3E22-25 ❤

Mar 27th.
Not Another Teen Movie 💔
That '70s Show S4E1-13 ❤

Mar 28th.
Bring It On: All or Nothing ⭐️
That '70s Show S4E14-21 ❤

Mar 29th.
Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping ☁️
That '70s Show S4E22-27 ❤
That '70s Show S5E1-2 ❤

Mar 30th.
Chalet Girl ⭐️
Ru Paul's Drag Race S10E2 ❤
A Series of Unfortunate Events S2E1-4 ⭐️
That '70s Show S5E3-11 ❤

Mar 31st.
That '70s Show S6E1-10 ❤




Monthly total -  26
Previously unseen - 22
Most in one day - 3
Cinema visit - 1
Own the DVD - 3
Non-physical watch - 23
Documentary - 3
Disney productions - 4
TV seasons - 9

Yearly total - 97
Yearly unseen - 93


Dang it! Not only did I not break the 3 digit goal at all, but I'm a full 27 movies behind where I was at this time in 2017. I have however watched a lot more in the way of TV shows. I'm not going to set any goals for the next few months as I have a lot more coming up, but I'm going to predict that it's unlikely I'll even manage to reach 365 movies this year unfortunately. There are more important things though eh?

What have you watched lately?!


Catch the previous 'What I Watched' here -
February 2018
January 2018
All Posts









Sunday, 1 April 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 13


Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 13 of Back Through the Lens!

 March 26th, 2013.
More so the 'middle of the end', rather than the beginning of the end but one of the main causes that led to us leaving out flat in Blyth. It was also the reason I started to get ill and developed asthma. Boo!

 Week 13, March 2014.
 Despite it not being the best weather for it, I did a little photo set for my cousin's dogs and this was probably the best of a bad bunch. Bob and his favourite teddy.

 March 28th, 2015.
Beautiful little springtime lambs <3 

 March 25th, 2016.
My special little recipe of homemade Easter doggy treats for my little man!

March 31st, 2017.
Is there any better sight than a clear blue sky and blossom on the trees? This was taken in the garden while letting out Tilly and Brook one day. I remember making a daisy chain and putting it on Tilly's head....then Brook ate it. lol



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To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
March 2013
March 2014
March 2015
March 2016
March 2017