WPC – Face

IMG_2215

Weekly Photo Challenge

Thats a grumpy face!

This is the face of my Granddaughter when she has just been woken up!

Naughty Nana!

WPC – Earth, Brief Encounter

DSC_0317DSC_007220120217-172836.jpg

Weekly Photo Challenge

Doing the job I am doing at the moment definitely puts everything into prospective.

We are here on this earth for a brief moment, one minute we are here the next we are gone, how ever you think of it, what your beliefs are, take this small window of life, grab it, squeeze the hell out of it, sometimes the journey is a struggle, thats ok because it doesn’t last forever.

You don’t take your ‘things’  with you,  you don’t take your money, that is all insignificant in the end.

You do leave behind the way you have made people feel, the way you have treated people, the kindness you shown, the care you have taken, the words that you have said, the laughter you have started, the tears you have shed, the memories you have created.

What are YOU leaving behind on this Earth? x

WPC – Dance

DSC_0184

Weekly Photo Challenge

There’s rhythm and motion all around us…

Jete…

My boy on the beach a couple of days ago, see the joy in his face! x

Wordless Wednesday – Daisy

IMG_1913

This is ‘Daisy the cow’ we brought her at the weekend with some magic beans! x

WPC – One Love

20130222-164838.jpg

Weekly Photo Challenge

One Love, friendship

Looking back at my past blog posts I have used this picture three times. I love this picture because to me this represents the bond two friends have.

I took this picture a few years ago on a school trip to the local park. These boys where the classes little loveable rebels. I knew them from the day they started in nursery to the day they left in year six. They had been friends from that time in nursery and it had lasted all the way. They had their ups and downs, fall outs, but they always had that bond.

I’m so glad I caught this moment they had together that day, it just looked so peaceful, an unspoken conversation, closeness,  understanding. x

WPC – Harmony

20130119-201620.jpg

Weekly Photo Challenge

Harmony…Tricky, can mean a million things to millions of people. To me it is how things complement each other, how things belong together to make one whole, the whole picture of how sky, sea and earth together together make our world, and each picture we take of the sky, sea and earth will look completely different but are only made up of those three elements.

This picture was taken one summers evening, whilst I was sitting on a wall eating fish and chips, at Teignmouth, Devon, England. x

WPC – State Of Mind

IMG_1510

Weekly Photo Challenge

Interpret this how you wish….

Spiralling out of control?…

Cluttered mind?…

Trapped?…

Light at the end of the tunnel?…

I don’t know, you tell me x

Emergency Survival Kit

IMG_1790

Believe it not, what you see above is everything I carry with me on every shift. I like to have it all with me, most of it in my pockets, it makes me feel human, heres the low down…

  1. Reading glasses – It would be no good if I couldn’t read the addresses I am going to, the meds the patient is on, see the microscopic things in wounds, read my phone, etc.
  2. Sunglasses – Well for a start they make me look cool driving the ambo.
  3. Pens – For the writing on gloves, taping screen, and searching drug addicts pockets.
  4. Gloves – For general touching of everything and everybody, sometimes necessary to double glove.
  5. Scissors – These mothers cut through anything.
  6. Hand sanitiser – Can be also applied right up the forearms after visiting sticky carpet houses.
  7. Hand moisturiser – Which is needed after washing your hands a hundred times, and stripping your hands of any natural oils.
  8. Paracetamol – For the aches and pains after humping the tenth bigger framed person down five flights of stairs, because no large people get ill on the ground floor.
  9. Base makeup – So I don’t end up looking iller than the people I am seeing after a twelve hour shift.
  10. Chewing gum – To add to the coolness, and make my breath smell better at 3am.
  11. Mints – Just incase the gum hasn’t worked.
  12. Notebook – To be honest most of what is in there is spellings, these medical words are tricky fellas to spell you know.
  13. Lip balm – To stop my lips from cracking and falling off at -5 at a roadside of a vomiting teenager.
  14. Eye measuring thingy – Sorry don’t know the proper name, its also good for seeing small head wounds and key code pads.
  15. Eye drops – By 4am my eyeballs feel like they are going to drop out of my head, and my contacts are pieces of grit scrapping the membrane off my eyes.
  16. Eye spray – It wakes me up for a long 6 hour transfer.
  17. Nursey looking watch – This would help me count breaths and heart beats if only I could see the second hand…. refer to number 1
  18. My personalised stethoscope – This makes me feel doctorish, adds credibility that I might know what I am talking about, but it always helps if you have it turned to the right side, which on occasions I have had a slight panic thinking a person has no heart beat, even though they are sat up breathing and talking to me.

I hope you have found a slight bit of interest in what your local emergency person carries in those big green pockets. Keep safe x

WPC – Seasons 

Picture 027

I thought I would post a picture for each season,

As you see above Winter, this picture was taken on my old iPhone when in the rare occasion we actually got snow here, the last time being 2010. We went on a snow walk to the woods, very atmospheric!

IPad pictures 1701

Following the cold dark Winters is Spring, this picture represents Spring well here for me, because I live in the countryside the farmers plant the maze and then cover it with plastic which leaves an effect around us like we are surrounded in sparkly water.

IPad pictures 124

Then of cause my favourite time Summer, this is me doing exactly what I want to be doing all the time, say no more you get the picture!

IMG_1303

Then Autumn, or how some of you call it Fall, I love the colours at this time of year. The seasons just keep going round and round regardless, moving and changing. One thing you can be assured of. x

Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC – Life Imitates Art

IPad pictures 1954il_214x170.541303701_jgt6

Weekly Photo Challenge

This is a tad abstract but in this piece of art I see the face of my handsome dog!

Can you see it? x

Selfie Sunday

IMG_1724IMG_1729

I have had a week off on annual leave, (well except Wednesday I went in as a favour!) And I have been doing lots of dog walks in the wind and rain.

The first picture I went for the Arabian nights look trudging through the desert, except it was so cold on my delicate little face I needed to cover it. The second look is the Men in Black look, dressed in a alien rubber protection from acid slime suit.

Vibrant Nature

 

Weekly Photo Challenge

My Second entry to this weeks challenge, the beauty of nature. I am sure I have many more pictures if I delve deep enough into the photo archives, but here are a tiny few that I could grab quickly. Again I don’t think I can take credit for taking these pictures, my OH is the clever one with the lens, I just benefit from them as material for this blog. x

Optimistic Smile

IPad pictures 367

Weekly Photo Challenge

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push, a smile, a world of optimism and hope, a ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.

My smiling bear picture was taken on one of my visits to Dartmoor zoo in Devon, England.

WPC – Optimistic

20110828-084941.jpg

Weekly Photo Challenge

I am optimistic that one day soon I shall be again be supping a cold lager, looking over the sea, on a warm summers evening! x

WPC – Alphabet Mark Deux

IPad pictures 806IPad pictures 814IPad pictures 833IPad pictures 815

Weekly Photo Challenge

Again these pictures were taken on the same school trip, it was to enhance their creative writing, it is called the Ted Hughes trail. He is a local famous poet.

WPC Take 2 – Weight(less)

IPad pictures 003

After looking through other blogs on their response to ‘weight(less)’ I had a look through some of my old pictures and found these. I thought they fitted well. The dragonfly one above I would love to take credit for but my better half took that one, it is such a beautiful picture. I love the detail on the wings.

IPad pictures 036

This spider web was outside my classroom one morning, to be fair the web looks a bit laden down by the dew. I can never get the sparkle in the pictures that I see in real life, which is always disappointing.

IPad pictures 510

Again my better half took this one. Wouldn’t you just love to be flying high as free as a bird.

Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC – Weight(less)

IPad pictures 190

Weightless

In mind,

Free from worry,

Solitude,

Peace,

Wash away,

Time.

(this picture was taken of me at sunset in the Maldives)

Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge – Now

Weekly Photo Challenge

IMG_1460

Hello WordPress world!

Haven’t been here for a long time, have been learning a new career, I have gone from dancer, to teacher, now I am training to be a paramedic! (don’t get excited it is going to take a while) I know I must be mad starting all over again, but it is never to late while I have breath in my body!

This picture just sums up what my life is like at the moment, unpredictable, I have gone from the routine of schools to the world of shift work, I have worked all over christmas for the first time, which I must admit i quite enjoyed!

I took this picture at Sandygate rugby stadium were I had be sent to on my shift on boxing day to cover the players just incase any of them needed a trip to hospital! I have never been to a rugby match before, I had the privilege of coming through the tunnel with the players and sitting pitch side able to be in the centre of all the action, luckily my services were not required.

i just don’t know where my day is going at the moment, one minute I am fighting off a drunk, helping a child, picking up someone off the floor, holding someone in their last moments, stopping a foot from falling off, wiping body fluids off my shoes, then I end up at a sports event!

Take care! x

 

Brain Freeze

IMG_1537

I’m bored!

Don’t parents just hate that expression, I know I did when my kids were young…
Bored? I’ll give you bored, there’s cleaning to be done, washing, when was the last time you cleaned the fish out…
And so on..

But I find myself saying that to myself lately, I know why it is, I’ve left a stimulating job that I had to to be thinking on my feet all the time, which got to much after ten years, so I made a change, to a job that I need no brain at all, I can do it standing on my head.

What would I like to be doing? Good question!

What I would like, and what I’m good at is two different things!

I’m good at my job, I’m confident at it, been doing it a long time, I find it easy, it’s a worth while job, it helps people, it contributes to the community. But do I still want to do it?

I do have a new venture just waiting for me in the wings, I’ve got so far, I’m on the list, but I don’t know when it’s going to start, so I’m in this limbo of brain dead. And when I do start, is it going to be all I imagine it to be.

I would like to be, what feeds my sole is drawing, baking, writing, music, using my brain and hands, but I’m not good at those, well not enough to make money from them, there are plenty of others out there already doing that much better. I think you are a very lucky person to be able to make money doing something that you have a real passion for.

Not to be negative but when you read, you can do anything you set your mind to, you do wonder, really?

I want to be a concert pianist, but you do need to have some sort of talent for that, believe you me I’ve tried, and it just ain’t going to happen.

You can enjoy your job but is it really what you want to be doing?

I try and ask myself, what would you do if money and qualifications were no worry, would you still do what you are doing now?

I shall leave you with that thought, while I find a pretty picture to add to the ombience! X

WPC – Signs

DSC01351
DSC02176
DSC01773DSC01365

I have been very lucky and had travelled to many lovely places in the world. These pictures are a small selection of signs from my several trips to the states. We have taken our boys to all the big theme parks, well you only live once, your children are only young once, and you create lasting memories! x

Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC – Nighttime

IMG_0718.JPG

Here is my OHs star trail they took ages ago! This is definitely a nighttime picture!

Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge – Between

20140622-212333-77013385.jpg

Weekly Photo Challenge

I know I have posted this picture before, but I think it represents the word ‘between’ well.

This picture was taken on a school trip I took the year 6s on. And this is two boys having a moment together. I find this a poignant picture, because these are boys were best friends all the way through primary school, I had seen their relationship have it’s ups and downs. The sad thing is that these boys went to separate secondary school, so I’m not sure if they still have contact. X

Weekly Photo Challenge – Extra, Extra

image

Weekly Photo Challenge

Well this is unlike me, submitting a late entry to a challenge! The OCD in me pains me that I’m not posting this on the day it came out, but life just got in the way, how very dare it! With the weather here in good old England is actually being sunny and warm for a change, I have been doing outdoor activities, like climbing trees, balancing from tree top to tree top, zip wiring… And think I’m joking but no I was doing all of that on Sunday! I’m just sorry I have no photo evidence of it, but it wasn’t a pretty sight!

I think that this photo is ok for this weeks theme. This was taken one morning on one of my many dog walks, going into the field we go into every morning. This spiders web was telling us… Keep out, you can’t come in here! Unfortunately the sparkle is not as good in the photograph as it could be, but you get the idea! X

Weekly Photo Challenge – Room To Breath

In this week’s photo challenge, share your take on the idea of room — it could be an actual room in your house, a favorite gallery in your local museum, a cubicle at work. You could also take this challenge in a more abstract direction, and show us where you feel like you have room — or lack it.Weekly Photo Challenge

20140606-220829-79709472.jpg

This is more on the abstract side. This is a place where I feel I have ‘room’ to breath, even though looking at it from the outside in, it looks enclosed, over powering.

20140606-221248-79968744.jpg

But inside as you can see I am happy! X

Weekly Photo Challenge – Split Second Story

Weekly Photo Challenge

20140530-185001-67801147.jpg

As I don’t live in the hustle and bustle of a busy town or city, this picture is as hectic as it gets around here.

The split second story we have here is, if you look closely in the sky is a double rainbow. This picture was taken under the pressure of trying to keep a big dog under control from lunging at the cows, he doesn’t like cows, which is a bit of a shame considering we see them every day, I noticed there was a double rainbow so I quickly got my camera out to catch it, but it never comes out as good as it looks like in real life. But never mind! I always find them one of natures little miracles! X

Weekly Photo Challenge – Twist

20140523-190340-68620731.jpg

Weekly Photo Challenge

This picture was taken by OH when we were just playing around with their new camera at the time.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Work of Art

Image

Weekly Photo Challenge

20140516-181812.jpg

These pictures are drawings that I have done recently!

Weekly Photo Challenge – On The Move

Weekly Photo Challenge

20140509-173633.jpg

20140509-173721.jpg

Sorry it seems to be dog photos again, but hey, what a handsome chap, on the move, on our speed boat, with the wind through his hair!

Doesn’t get better than that! X

Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring

Weekly Photo Challenge

What spring means to me…

20140502-183124.jpg

Playing with my dog in the field…

20140502-183350.jpg

Beautiful views of skies from my house….

20140502-183732.jpg

And bluebells in the woods….

20140502-184001.jpg

Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

20140425-170731.jpg

Weekly Photo Challenge

Well if I get my arse into gear I could have an early entry! How exciting!

This was taken on a school trip to the Ted Hughes trail, he is a poet.

Feb Photo Challenge 26 – Bear

20140226-205623.jpg

I was really struggling with what to blog today. In looking through my photos I came across this picture of the big brown bear that lives at Dartmoor Zoo, Devon.

Now I chose a bear because I am feeling a bit like a grumpy bear, I’m tired, and very stiff. I’m not sure why, it’s just one of those day where you feel like frowning at everything and telling everyone to bugger off, which is hard to do in the job that I do!

On the bright side, in this picture I notice our grizzly bear has a little smile, so maybe if he can find his smile I might find mine somewhere! X

Feb Photo Challenge 25

20140225-181232.jpg

With the pictures I took yesterday, I thought I would have a play around with some editing, which I don’t normally do, mainly because I haven’t got the patience for that. I’m pleased though because they look ok, I think! X

20140225-182038.jpg

Feb Photo Challenge 24 – Black and White Woods

20140224-170610.jpg

20140224-170657.jpg

20140224-170626.jpg

20140224-170642.jpg

I saw on twitter this morning someone had posted a black and white picture, and I thought that would be a nice idea for my post today. So these are the pictures I took on my dog walk in the woods, next to my house. I think the black and white make it look quite atmospheric.

There does seem to be this wicked witch living in the woods, the ugly hag let me take a picture of her before she disappeared in a puff of smoke into the trees. If you listen carefully you can hear her cackles echoing across the valley!

Back to school for me tomorrow, it has been good having this extra day off, not that I’m organised at all, but it will happen, it always does. I have learnt to be more relaxed about teaching after nine years, as long as the children are happy and having fun that’s my priority and if all the other stuff happens along side it then all the better. My year six children are getting nearer to their SATS! So its teaching them to pass a test, which I do not agree with being the creative type. But that’s a whole different big subject.

Anyhoo…. See you tomorrow! X

Feb Photo Challenge 23 – Big Cats

20140223-195302.jpg

Just having a look through my pictures and I thought I would put together for you some of my favourite pictures of the big cats at Dartmoor Zoo, Devon, that OH took.

They are great aren’t they! X

Feb Photo Challenge 22 – Wood Burner

20140222-172854.jpg

I was wondering what to post today, so I thought I would warm you all up by sharing my wood burner with you!

It’s lovely having a wood burner, but when it is your only heat in the whole house, so no luxury of switching a button to warm up, come wind and rain you have to go out and chop wood. We are in constant forage mode, seeing what we can burn.

My dad always said to me wood heats you up five time, chop tree down, saw wood, load wood, unload wood, burn wood! And he is so right. There is something quite satisfying about having to work so hard to keep yourself warm, but some days when you get home late from work, the house is cold, it’s dark and raining, you would give anything to be able to just switch a switch. And don’t start me on the dust!! X