Monday, 19 February 2018

Project 365 // Summary 2017



Oooooh, I almost completly forgot about this post. I have no idea what reminded me of it as at this point all of my previous year summaries and start of the year posts have been and gone, but it's better late than never!
This is the 3rd year I've done an overall round up of my year using my project 365 as a base. If you have been keeping up with my new Sunday series - Back Through the Lens - you'll know that I have 5 complete years of daily photos and am now onto year 6 of project 365, and in this post I choose 2 photos from each month of the year and write up a quick 'what I did' for those months. Here we go...



People tend to dislike January, in a similar type of way as people dislike Mondays. I just dislike December-February because it's cold. January 2017 was rather chill, with not much going on compared to Jan '16. Hanging out with Tilly and Brook was always a good time and I enjoyed attempting to get them both to sit for photos together - a lot more difficult with those crazy girls than you'd think! See part of their set here.
Other than that Jake and I had a day away in Newcastle, we had the usual sporadic weather i.e sun one day and snow the next, I took part in my 4th RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (blog post here) and of course my good streak of reading began.

Sadly another rather slow and, not that I like to use this word, but 'boring' month.
The lighter mornings started to arrived and there were plenty of wildlife encounters, with new life in plant form appearing. A year ago we were still able to get Baker out for a few good walks too which was lovely. Oh and I got a new bookcase.



With milder weather and longer days came many pretty sunrises on the way to work. Mam and I had a day away to Edinburgh to see Beauty and the Beast at the cinema (see my review here!) so of course had to visit our squirrel friends in the gardens as usual.
From my month of photos in March it seems it was another pretty chill one filled with books and birds.
Here's a couple cool posts I put up this month:


Easter celebrations or should I say Spring celebrations, call for the annual seasonal decor to come out of the boxes and brighten up the house, check out our decor post here. Sunny days and flowers were aplenty, very much happily welcomed.
Laura also popped up for a quick over night visit and we got Baker out to Ford for a little swim in the water. Have a peek at the photos here.
As you can see we had a certain countdown going on too...a little hint at what happened next month.



Disney month!!!! For the first time since 1996 I hopped onto a bloomin' coach and took the 17 hour journey down the country and across/under the sea to the homeland of Disneyland Paris, this time with my best friend Laura. It was our first holiday together and her first proper time at Disney, plus it was my chance to see all the 25th Aniversary stuff, new parade and new night time show.
After getting home, of course I got poorly and wasn't well for a couple weeks but I actually started my 2nd job, I helped a bee and I photographed lots of nature/wildlife. Mam and I also got to get down to Newcastle to see Salazars Revenge, the review is here!

I had never actually heard of it before, but I took part in 30 Days Wild this June! This meant that my whole project 365 throughout this month was nature and/or wildlife themed. Because of where I live I'm very lucky to get to see a good range of species but one of my favorite photos is that of the male Blackbird hopping up the stairs holding a tiny flower!
I did a full summary on my 30 Days Wild which you can see here. During the 30 days I was happy to help a baby Herring Gull too, read more about him by clicking here.



The start of this month saw Mam and I complete our seventh annual Race for Life, a 5k distance to raise funds for Cancer Research.
Overall it was a very sad month though with the loss of my Grandma. We went down to Newcastle to say goodbye on the 14th.

Baker's birthday month! He turned the big 0-5 :O That is crazy. We threw him a little birhday party as usual, and because he has found a recent addiction for balloons we got him extra balloons. Click for the blog post with lots of photo of his day.
Earlier in the month Laura popped up for the day so we had a run out to nearby Eyemouth where we went for a good walk, fed the seals and took lots of photos that you can see here.


This is the start of my favorite time of year, don't ask me why, I guess it just seems to be when all the best stuff happens.
I ended up with 2 days down in Newcastle in the few two weeks of September as my tattoo appointment ended up being rescheduled but I already had train tickets booked. I had a nice time in town and the Metro Centre with Laura though then the next week I finally got my cover up done :)
More fab friend time was had when Claire and I had a day out to Etal Flower Show and the Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre which was such a great day. I actually took a lot of photos but still haven't edited them or blogged about it haha. In fact September I had a break from blogging and didn't post much at all.

This is actually my all time favorite month, though not because it's my birthday month. To be fair birthdays don't really bother me much at all.
Anyway, a quick run down of all the amazing stuff I got up to this month:
Decorating for Halloween
Seeing a big Hollywood movie shoot along my street
Trip to Newcastle to exchange birthday gifts with Laura (she's also an Oct baby)
Halloween Evening at Beamish
History of Magic exhibition at the British Library
Dark Arts feature at the WB Studio Tour
Halloween!!


Judging by my photos it seems like we were still getting pretty nice weather, although obviously the signs of winter were creeping in with the dying leaves and cooler breeze. Sunny days, pretty sunsets and birdy pals too. Mam and I went to our local 'cinema' to see urder on the Orient Express, I bought some broken buddies at the shops & brought them back to life in time for Christmas and we got sent a giant canvas of Baker to review.


And last but not least, Winter is here. I decorated my little Santas workshop style living room, we got the first snow of the season and supported lots of our favorite causes. I also ended my yearly movie watching challenge with plenty Christmas movies raking my total to 515 for 2017 :)



Phew! That post took me a few sittings to complete and far more hours than it should have because, surprise, surprise, I've been ill.
However, that was my 5th full year of daily photos. I did a lot better with missed days originally, my first blank spot being day 120 which was actually the day before we travelled to DLP. After that I sadly missed another 17 days, weirdly enough meaning I missed 18 days in both 2016 & 2017...
It sucks but of course it's better to have 348 days of memories than nothing and many days actally had multiple photos. I'm already 50 days into my 2018 project and don't see myself stopping anytime soon :)
If you did a project 365 last year I'd love to hear how it turned out. Feel free to share links to where I can have a nose at it in the comments too.

Ps. Have a gander at last years version of this post! > Summary 2016






Sunday, 18 February 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 7


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 7 of Back Through the Lens!


 February 16th, 2013.
 It's a shame that Song Thrushes are so rare because they are so very beautiful! Taken in Ridley Park, just along the road from our place when we lived in Blyth.

 Week 7, February 2014.
 Apparently back in 2014, Jake was turning 26! We weren't doing well for money so I made his birthday card and his cake (using one of these giant cupcake moulds, which aren't great). Can you believe he just turned 30 two days ago? haha Crazy!

  February 17th, 2015.
 Eee my little blue munchkin! <3 I remember the day I was walking home, down West Street, and out the corner of my eye, I noticed a tiny blue bird huddled in a doorway. And as you can see by blue bird I mean a bird that was blue. This is a baby pigeon and he'd been spray painted blue :( I've looked after birds before but I had no idea where to start with the cleaning process, so I scooped him up in my scarf and carried him home, made him comfortable and waited for the local wildlife trust to pick him up! He was released a healthy, normal coloured pigeon a few weeks later.

 February 17th, 2016.
With this week being Jake's birthday week, we usually like to go away somewhere and do something, seeing as we don't get out much. This year we went to York, somewhere I've loved to visit since my childhood but Jake had never been. Sadly it was not long after their floods so a lot of things were closed and the weather was terrible. Still, we had a great time at the National Railway Museum.
(Fun fact about me - I love trains!) Check out the blog posts from our visit here > 



 February 14th, 2017.
My valentine forever and ever.

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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 -
February 2013
February 2014
February 2015
February 2016
February 2017

Friday, 16 February 2018

Project 365 // January Summary



Top 3 Photos - 
Day 3
Day 8
Day 29


Top 5 Moments -
- This year's Born Free adoptions arriving.
- Baker's little trip to the garden centre.
- Robin Hood & Babes in the Wood panto with Mam.
- My stunning 'new' Disney artwork.
- Lots of wonderful wildlife.


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


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


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Disneyland Paris Details // Adventure Isle - Part 2


First things first, if you didn't see last Wednesday's blog post you actually have to before you see this one. So click here for Part 1 of Adventure Isle details!!

Encase you ain't got time for dat, this is my new Disney series looking up-close into specific rides or attractions within Disneyland Paris. The best thing about DLP is the intense attention to detail and I am a pain in the bottom to visit with because I photograph every single detail!
Over my past 4 visits to the homeland, I have gathered a vast collection of images from multiple areas and felt the need to show people exactly why I adore each place individually and why you should too...

Click this link, sit back, listen and here's part 2 of the photos!




As you can see, some of these photos are horrible. By horrible I mean, well horrible haha, because the weather was overcast, slightly misty and rainy - boo! The caves, in particular, are one of the most difficult places to photograph without a tripod due to how dark they are obviously and there's no way I'd be able to lug my tripod around the parks.

So overall I hope you enjoyed this post, remember to have a peek at part 1 listed below and tell me your thoughts about this attraction in the comments. Oh, and which attraction would you like to see in this series?? I have 3/4 maybe more fully photographed and ready to be edited up but I am back in the magic in June so will try to capture some other details while I'm there!


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



Monday, 12 February 2018

What I Read in January


I'm going to start this off the exact same as I did last year...

Well, this is a first! You did read that right, 'What I read this Month'...not year, not even quarter! haha, So when I started documenting my reads at the end of 2016 I did a round-up at the end of the year as I'd had a bit of a book drought and only managed a few. In 2017 I was optimistic after getting my mojo back so documented my reads in quarterly posts, ending the year with 43 reads overall! Now, midway through February 2018, I have read 6 books, so thought I'd give monthly summaries a go.
           

 The Disney Book by Jim Fanning
⭐️⭐️⭐️
1st - 9th
I have owned this book since it very first came out in 2015 and flicked through it occasionally. However, as I own a lot of these bigger books (both Disney and Harry Potter) my main aim for 2018 is to read them all - cover to cover!
It's a good book and the way it's laid out is cool, plus I'm always a fan of extras like the Brave film cell that is included, but it wasn't 'wow' for me. Covering the bases, with some fun history I feel it could have been extended further, especially on specific topics where parts seemed to end abruptly. For example, the measly page mentioning Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant at Disneyland Paris felt plopped in the middle of the parks section as if an 'Oh, we'd better include something about Paris' thought. Of course, that is just my opinion though.
A good one for people new to the history of Disney and the like.


 The Wizard of Oz (Oz #1) by L. Frank Baum
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3rd - 10th
Last year having been the 'year of Narnia', this year is the 'year of Oz'!
Pretty sure the five stars say it all but I enjoyed this as much as you can imagine a giant fantasy fan to. It reminds you how different the incredibly famous 1939 movie actually is as well.
This is also another book I've owned and had on my to be read list for quite some time. I'm attempting to not buy any more new books until I actually read some of the many that are on that list (attempting being the predominant word), so I guess that is one down.


 Harry Potter: the Creature Vault by Jody Revenson
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
10th - 16th
As I said before, I'm working through cover to cover -ing (?) all my larger books and this is another I have had for too many years and only looked at the pictures haha. I swear I'm 27 and not just 7.
I adored it!! Behind the scenes, the art of, type of deals are right up my cul-de-sac so mix that with animals and of course Harry Potter and just yes, yes.


 The Marvellous Land of Oz (Oz #2) by L. Frank Baum
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
13th - 23rd
Number two out of fourteen in the series didn't disappoint, so far I'm as in love with this book series as I am with Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. Having accidentally seen some reviews of this one I expected it to be super weird and overly unrealistic, but maybe I have a high tolerance for surrealism because none of it made me think it was too far or anything.


 Disneyland Paris de A à Z by Jérémie Noyer
 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
18th - 30th
Ahh, this book! I went through so much to get my hands on this bloomin' book and paid quite a crazy price for it too, so I appreciate it extra amounts. It's the book that was released for DLP's 25th anniversary and not only goes through an A - Z style layout but at the end of each letter, it also goes through 24 hours in the parks. It's such a great insight to the 'behind the scenes' and cast members that make Disneyland what it is. There are even a couple cast members in it that I recognize which is super cool!!
Not just a wonderful keepsake for my collection but a really interesting read too.



Pretty darn chuffed with that! Starting the year off with a good total and hoping I can keep it up to at least 3 per month this year, anything more than that and I'll be ecstatic haha. Last January I read 4 books and for that whole quarter, I totalled 12. Just saying for my own reference, not that amount read means anything, we don't do reading speed competition here!
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 -
What I Read in 2017
What I Read This Quarter [October - December]
What I Read This Quarter [July - September]
What I Read This Quarter [April - June]
What I Read This Quarter [January - March] 
What I Read in 2016 





Sunday, 11 February 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 6


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 6 of Back Through the Lens!


 February 6th, 2013.
When we first got Baker we lived in Blyth. It has a bad reputation but is probably the second nicest place I've lived and apart from the job situation, I kind of miss it. With so many walks minutes from our flat, we were out with little man a lot of the time. This is a part of the beach was just over 2 miles from our front door.

 Week 6, February 2014.
I was waiting for this moment in this series. My baby Bunny. The first little love of my life who I went through a lot for, but that's another story. He was such a character, full of fun and Baker was even scared of him haha. His name was actually Bunny by the way, because when I got him he hadn't been sexed and I choose a nuteral name until I picked another but it stuck.

 February 7th, 2015.
One of many pretty skies you'll see though out these posts.
February 5th, 2016.
 Apparently February 2 years ago I was still making prints. Sadly this photo features some of my ugliest ones haha. It was pretty cool to have people order from all over the place, but in a way I'm glad my printer broke when it did because the print business is booming now and there isn't really room for me anyway.
If you'd like to download some of my old work for you own personal use (please do not re-sell as your own) you can find them here.

 February 10th, 2017.
No. Snow has been cancelled for 2018. 

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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 -
February 2013
February 2014
February 2015
February 2016
February 2017







Friday, 9 February 2018

YouTube Videos You NEED To See #34



Hiiieeee, I'm back once again for the renegade master  with another post in my 'Videos You NEED To See' series! The whole point of these posts is to shed light on the amazing, inspiring, beautiful, funny, cute, entertaining, wonderful interesting things in our little world that can be so dark sometimes.
I want to spread smiles though things that have made me smile and educate people on important topics in a fun way, so I hope these videos below do just that.


TW: Death and Burial/Cremation. 
Important and factual video! I think of myself as pretty eco-conscious but I learnt a lot from this.

Probably the best w/rap-up of 2017. Stick around for the very end which made me laugh more than it I'm sure it should have.

Steve-O's story of rescuing his street dog is beautiful and such a great example to others to adopt not shop! <3

I'm not quite sure I've ever seen a person who makes such an incredible looking male and female. & so talented!

Pangolins are one of my Born Free adoptions for 2018 and it's important that more people learn about them. Look how adorable they are!

TW: Suicide & Depression
An inspiring story of hope from an extremely brave soul.

All of the cuteness! 5 unique animal encounters.

Disneyland making even more dreams come true...as always! :D


I'd love to hear which of these videos you enjoyed or learnt something from. These are fun posts to put together every so often, after having collected a bunch of favourites over a few weeks. So make sure to always share any videos you think others would enjoy with me so I can add them to future posts (with credit to you of course) pretty please! Leave links either in the comments or via twitter - I'm @UnderToWonder !
Thanks for stopping by <3

Check out the previous post in this series here!


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Disneyland Paris Details // Adventure Isle - Part 1


Hello again and welcome back to the second instalment - technically 3rd post - in this series!
Today we are packing up and shipping off to explore one of my absolute favourite places to be in Disneyland Paris - Adventure Isle in Adventureland, as chosen by you! Well, those of you who voted in the Twitter poll.
Personally, I find it is best enjoyed when it isn't busy (which to be fair it isn't often for me due to our trips always being the low season) so that I can be in my own little world and really immerse myself in the deserted island type of vibe. There are many nooks and crannies, hidden treasures and amazing sights to behold and I want to share them with you as we appreciate yet more of the details of Disneyland Paris.

Click this link, sit back, listen and here are the details of Adventure Isle...



The journey to the centre of Adventureland is an exciting one, don't you think?! This place is one of the original areas that was here when the park opened back in 1992 and I can remember enjoying it just as much as a child as I do now. Within the isle, you have two 'islands' Northern and Southern, the first being home to something that will have DLP details posts of its own soon enough, La Cabane des Robinson, as well as Le Ventre de la Terre and La Mer des Bretteurs.
The Southern Island contains the ever famous and highly photographed Skull Rock and a vast maze of caves, some inspired by the 1950's live-action Treasure Island, photos of which are coming in part 2! As you might be able to tell there is a lap over in part 1 and 2 because when you're exploring you don't always draw a line between the two areas/

Anyway! I'd love to hear your thoughts about this area of the park. I know it isn't exactly a 'ride' and people don't tend to make it a priority to spend any time here when time is short on trips, but it really is a hidden gem. Have you explored it fully?? I can't wait to see if Dad will go over the rope bridge...Mam is always terrified and they are both scared of heights haha. I love the rope bridge though.

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to sail on by next Wednesday for part 2!



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