Day 191|365

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I’ve finally done it! I cut Jasper’s hair for the third time and I’ve actually made it look good! He looks like a super adorable poodle, instead of an abandoned dog we found in a bush. I’m so excited! The first two times I was worried I’d have to take him to a groomer for a tidy up, but now I officially think I can do this so we’re gonna save lots of pennies!

Day 178|365

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After a scorcher of a day Matthew was quite disappointed when he headed home from work and saw the harr rolling in, having had plans to go somewhere for dinner and sit outside. I suggested heading to Stonehaven for fish n chips in the hopes that the harr wasn’t going all the way down the coast and it was still deliciously warm there…unfortunately I was only half right. The harr was all around Stonehaven, causing the temperature to drop, but the sun was still shining down on the lovely wee village. We got our chips, and sat in the car, reminiscing about our terrible second date…the one where we got stranded in Stonehaven for 8 hours because Matthew’s car broke down, which was hilarious at first, but then the temperature dropped and the banter lessened…we finally got rescued by the AA and went home worrying that there wouldn’t be a third date…but the following day we spoke and reassured the other that we were keen for a third adventure, and here we are!

But, enough about that, let’s get on to the issue that a seagull tried to steal my dinner! Before we got in the car I decided to get my blog photo, balanced my box on the fence beside the beach, and lined up my shot…then got a fright when seagulls started swooping over me and one came down to try peck open my box! I only managed to get one photo, and boy am I glad I captured this hilarious moment (and that my balancing skills were on point)! Passers by were greatly amused. I swiftly picked up my box and headed for cover in the car.

Day 174|365

Day 173
Settings – ISO 200, 50mm, f2.0, 1/800sec

How adorable are these fluffy puppies!? We headed out to the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside to meet up with one of Matthew’s old lecturers, her husband, son and dog Sawyer for a puppy plate date and a catch up. It was such a lovely afternoon! Sawyer is a cockapoo, a few months younger than Jasper but he’s slightly bigger than him, and that combination made one very excited puppy! Jasper wasn’t quite sure what to do at first, especially since it was Sawyer’s territory, but it wasn’t long before they were playing together and loving life. SO cute to watch. I had to get a few photos of them together before we left; this was them sitting nicely and licking their lips as we bribed them with treats!

Day 170|365

Day 170
Settings – ISO 250, 50mm, f1.2, 1/160sec

I’ve been surprisingly okay with all the football that’s been on our telly this past week, and Matthew’s phone by the looks of things. I actually kind of enjoy it; laughing at the players when they pretend they’ve just been brutally injured by air, the excitement of the underdogs getting a goal, and Matthew not going overboard and yelling at the TV, just the occasional small outburst…The vuvuzela’s on the other hand, are beginning to drive me nuts.

Day 169|365

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There’s a wee hill at the end of our road which is overgrown with wild grass right now and I love watching the movement it makes when the wind blows through it. I had my camera with me on my walk with Jasper tonight so I thought I’d try to capture it. I love movement in photographs!

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Day 168|365

Day 168
Settings – ISO 800, 50mm, f2.5, 1/250sec

For the past 17 years Father’s Day has had a bit of a sting in it for me, as it does for many others around the world, along with Mother’s Day. It is wonderful to have a day dedicated to celebrating Father’s and Mother’s, and I can’t wait to celebrate Matthew on this day next year with our little Baby Mac, God willing. It will bring a new sense of joy to the day for me! But then I also think of those who are struggling to have children, and how awful these days must feel for them. So do I want to join the onslaught of social media posts that can cause a crack in the heart to those whose father isn’t in their life for one reason or another, or those who aren’t able to be a father and so desperately want to be. Some years these posts make me smile, as I see the love these people have for their fathers/husbands, but other years there is a moment in the day when I just becomes too much.

Our sermon at Church this morning was about God being a father to the fatherless, and I am so thankful that I have that faith in my life, filling me with hope, and knowing that no matter what comes my way I can get through it by looking to God for strength. My Mum became the head of the house when my father passed away, and her strength is a great encouragement to me! It wasn’t easy, but through trusting in the Lord we got through it. That doesn’t stop it from hurting, and despite hearing that wonderful message in the morning, the moment the service finished I realised my emotions were flying high and the memory of it all hit me and I slipped away before bursting in to tears. Why was I crying after hearing such encouraging words? Well, because sometimes you just have to let it out! I have a Heavenly Father who takes care of me (and he has been providing for me exactly when I’ve needed it over all these years!), but there is still that part of me that wishes I could get a protective hug from the father in the picture above.

So, please do celebrate your mother and father if they are in your life; show them your appreciation and love, more than one day a year! But also remember those who are struggling with that loss in their life.

Day 167|365

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Ice cream once in a weekend just isn’t enough, so today Matthew and I headed to Mackies 19.2 in Marischal Square for two scoops and a coffee. So delicious! I was hoping to finally try out the waffles I’ve heard such good things about, but having spent the day watching the World Cup we didn’t get out to Mackies until almost dinner time, so I restrained myself and just went for a scoop of Strawberry Swirl and Rocky Road. Mmm mm mmm!

When Mum and I were there in January I had plans to go back and do a full blog post on this delicious new ice cream parlour, but then I got pregnant and the nausea kicked in and my sweet tooth disappeared so I just didn’t get round to it. Now that my sweet tooth is finally returning I’m hoping to push it higher up my to do list!

Day 164|365

Day 164
Settings – ISO 320, 50mm, f4.0, 1/160sec

Today I was asked to put a poster together for a ladies wear sale so I went on to a stock image website and had a look but nothing was catching my eye, so I decided to make my own! I lay my roll of art paper out on the living room floor and grabbed a few goodies from my wardrobe. My new pink maternity top from New Look, embroidered sandals from ASOS sale last year (no longer online but here’s something similar), the headscarf I got from Parfois in Portugal last summer and an Accessorize necklace (not the exact one I have but similar). I then took the image in to Photoshop and put text overlay in the white space at the side. It was a fun task for a Wednesday morning, and it was such a cute outfit I decided to wear it to my birthday lunch with my Mama!