Day 204|365

Day 204
Settings – ISO 1600, 42mm, 2.8, 1/60sec

I’m not usually one to complain about the heat…but usually when it’s this hot I’m lying by a swimming pool or a beach with lovely water I can swim in, not just walking around living out every day life. I could definitely get used to it! If the weather stays like this long enough then we will acclimatise to it, and then wearing shorts and dresses without cardigans or jackets every day would be wonderful (although I’d still love to have a water feature of some kind nearby that I could jump in to)!

But at the moment we’re not used to it, and I don’t know about you but I was a sweaty mess today! My sister and I headed in to town to get a few bits n pieces for upcoming parties and birthdays (I didn’t buy a thing! Go me!), and then we headed to Duthie Park to let Jasper have a run around with his ball.

By the time I got home I needed a second shower of the day, I felt so clammy! Unfortunately I also needed a nap, and then we had to do a food shop, so apologies to anyone who was in LIDL’s last night and caught a whiff of sweaty betty me!

Day 203|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.2, 1/400sec

I love movement in photographs! Elsie’s outfit was so perfect for twirls in Mum’s back garden this afternoon so I pulled myself out of my food coma and off the sun lounger to snap a few photos. It’s always wonderful having my muses back in town!

Day 178|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.0, 1/5000sec

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 169|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f9.0, 1/20sec

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 135|365

 

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.2, 1/1000sec

Today we went on a very adventurous car journey…having been reassured it was very safe and comfortable for pregnant ladies! Haha! Baby definitely didn’t get much sleep this afternoon, either that or come October we’re going to have to buy a Land Rover and take up off-roading to get it to sleep!

Zebra Safari took us along farm tracks surrounded by beautiful wild flower fields, up steep mountainsides with panoramic views of orange farms and lush green hills, through rivers and in to beautiful Portuguese villages. It had everything I wanted all in one day! There were even opportunities to swim under waterfalls and in river pools, but sadly bump and I didn’t feel like jumping in.

Here’s Matthew and his parents at our stop under the cork trees, with one of the jeeps in the background. You can see where the cork has been peeled away from the tree trunks. Pretty cool! I confess I had no clue that’s where cork came from.