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A day in the life

casual outfit post
cardigan: boohoo £20 | shirt: jack wills [old]
jeans: topshop [old] | necklace: primark [old]
shoes: toms | bag: fieldguided $20

Just a casual outfit today as I spent the day with Tom as he was getting tattooed in Southampton.  He's had the beginnings of a sleeve done; I'll show it on here once it's all cleaned up as it's absolutely amazing and he was a brave boy and managed to sit all day.

Now the nights are starting to draw in again (I write, looking out of the window at a pitch black street at 5pm) I have been starting to think of 'crafty' ventures that can be undertaken whilst sat under a blanket in front of the TV, along with ideas for handmade Christmas presents.  I started one of my first little sewing projects in a long time on Friday night and some of you may have seen my frustrations on Twitter -I was trying to sew my Mum a stuffed, patchwork house for her birthday but it ended up looking like something a visually impaired 3-year-old might have created and resulted in me downheartedly packing away the sewing machine and wondering why I'm just not as good at the things I turn my hand to as I want to be (and as others seem to be).  I have long yearned to be 'crafty' and have thrown myself into books and websites to try and learn but I've never quite made anything that looks neat or successfully been able to make even basic sewing projects without giving up and giving myself a hard time about how I don't have a talent.  It's come to the point where I feel I might need to pack all the books off to charity shops, sell my sewing machine and accept that I'm simply not very good at it.

I struggle with things that I really want to be good at but actually aren't and I can be really hard on myself when things don't work out.  When I think about it, truthfully, of all of the hobbies I have taken up in my life, all of the new ventures and enthusiasms that come and go, photography has always been a constant for me.  Photography is probably the only hobby or love of mine that I've really stuck at.  If I'm honest, it's because to enjoy photography all you need is a camera and the ability to press a shutter button.  Knowing the basics of photography (shutter speed, aperture, white balance etc) certainly helps, but it's very possible to take beautiful photos on automatic mode.  Granted I do know these things and I try and experiment with photography, but it definitely comes a lot more easily to me than trying to sew complicated stitches or thread a bobbin.  It comes more naturally to me than my forays into learning to play guitar, learning HTML, learning Latin or painting furniture.

Since my much loved digital camera, my Panasonic bridge camera (Panasonic really have some brilliant digital cameras) got wet and never recovered a couple of months ago I have been taking my SLR out with me more and trying to generally take more photographs and make the most of all of the photographic opportunities where we live.  Yesterday I had to take some photos at work for a display board so I thought I'd take a few other photos of my day to share with you.  I personally love getting glimpses of people's lives in this way so I thought if you were nosy like me you might like to see where how/where I spend some of my time.

My journey to work in the morning goes past a farm, and if you time it badly you get stuck waiting for the farmers to move his cows from the cowshed to the field across the road.  I found it hilarous when I first moved here (from the city smog of Southampton) that you could actually be late for work because there were cows in the road! I took this through a rainy windscreen so it's not a great picture but you get the idea.

cows in the road

Before I moved offices I worked in our organisation's headquarters which is a big open plan offices in the centre of Southampton.  I'm only on secondment to where I am now for 12 months but it's certainly taking some getting used to - this is the view just before I scan through the gates at work in the morning....

highcliffe beach

When I worked in our headquarters I'd often spend the whole day inside and eat my lunch at my desk.  Where I work now has lots of different buildings so I get lots of fresh air when I'm getting cups of tea or going to meetings.  The site borders a nature reserve so there's always lots of animals around and I love being around lots of trees (and carpets of leaves!)

autumn leaves

This is my office - as if I wasn't feeling autumnal enough I had to install Gem's new desktop background.  She is a talented lady and I love her photography.  Once I've made my first tea of the day this is where I'm settled in for the day.


Just to reward me further for lugging my SLR around with me yesterday there was also a beautiful sunset to capture.

sunset

Last night was an interesting one as fellow blogger and all round lovely person Hannah and I went to our local gym to try and do a kettle-bell class, sadly it was fully booked and we had to do spinning instead which I had never done before! Suffice to say my legs are a bit tender today!

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21 comments

  1. Eeeek spinning terrifies me, and I know that I just wouldn't have the stamina/leg muscles to withstand it! And I know exactly what you mean, as crafty as I wish it was I have to accept that 99% of my attempts just remind me of the cutting and sticking kids do with junk modelling at school x

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  2. You write your blog so well what about 'crafting' a novel?

    This sire challenges you to write one in November - http://www.nanowrimo.org/en

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  3. Such beautiful pictures! I love the look of your tartan shirt, too. XO

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  4. Cute outfitt and love the autumn pictures .

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  5. How I miss the English waterfront. Hope you're having a lovely Halloween!!

    xx, hm

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  6. Love the photograph of the cows crossing the road - what a great excuse for being late for work!

    Looking forward to seeing pics of Tom's sleeve. Me and the boyf always head to Southampton for tattoos too - he's had most of his done in Asgard which are very good. Sadly he can't have a sleeve done as he's a teacher so he's covered his legs in them instead!x

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  7. It makes me sad that you feel you want to pack up sewing, although I know what you mean about feeling frustrated. I've tried time and time again to master crochet and I can't get it, while all those around me seem to be crocheting queens. All I know about sewing is that it took me a LOT of practice before I was remotely capable of sewing even a straight line. I hope you stick with it, although I do concede that we can't be good at everything :)

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  8. I feel your frustration! Although in my case it largely has to do with graphic design/photography.. arghh.. xx

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  9. You always take such lovely pics. Love the cow one!

    x

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  10. Aww, don't give up with the crafts!! All it takes is practice, and I'm sure you will get there in the end. And just remember, you DO have a talent - these photographs are beautiful. A lot of people would love to be able to have that talent! Stick with the crafts, it's too much fun to give up. xx

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  11. Your photos are always lovely Rosie, you definitely have a talent for photography and everything else you do in my opinion! I feel exactly the same about crafts sometimes but I just do it for fun, so when it goes wrong I try just to laugh at myself and present it as a gift anyhow (: It's the thought that counts right? (: x

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  12. Your photos are amazing! :)
    I hope you don't give up on the crafty stuff :)
    x x x

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  13. You are so like me. I always want to try new things - 'Oh I can do that' 'I could make that' and when they don't work out I am seriously hard on myself. Lately it's baking - I refuse to believe I am no good at it :)

    I switched gyms recently as one of those cheap monthly gyms opened in the city. The one things I miss from my old gym is the spinning classes. Such a good work out!!!

    Lovely photos by the way miss! xx

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  14. I really enjoyed reading this post! You are very lucky (at least in my opinion!) to work at such a beautiful place. I know how you feel about the crafts thing, I'm the same (knitting be damned!!)! haha xx

    ferdies-place.blogspot.com

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  15. Really glad I came accross your blog. Brilliant read and lovely photos :)

    I've done a spinning class once... never again. Great work out but my tooshie and legs hurt for days after and I could barely drive!
    Are the jeans baxter ones?

    xo
    http://verrism.blogspot.co.uk



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  16. Lovely photos, the sunset was definitely worth it.
    Cute cardigan too (:

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  17. I love the colours in your outfit.
    Sometimes when I try and start new things I find I throw myself in at the deep end without first getting to know the basics and then when it gets difficult I give up, but I found if I start slowly at the beginning it usually turns out better :)
    The cows crossing the road in your photo reminds me of when we visit the New Forest and driving through the villages you see wild horses roaming all over the places, even a cheeky few nibbling at people's window boxes!
    Always enjoy your blog posts, have a great weekend!
    Kerry x

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  18. Eek! Spinning is tough! I thought it must be really easy as it it was only half an hour so I went along to see what the fuss was about - most hardcore half hour of my life!

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  19. Love this 'day in my life' idea! It really appeals to the nosey cow in me =D Love your photography. Can't wait to see the sleeve! x

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  20. Love these pictures Rosie, but don't give up on the sewing or crafting just yet.

    I find with sewing, that it's all about precision, and taking the extra time to get all the measurements right and/or making a mock up in some cheap fabric. Take your time, and don't try and complete a project all at once, it's definitely better to do a bit, go and read your book or clean the bath or make some biscuits, then come back and do some more. Stops the frustration.

    Oh... and definitely DON'T STOP THE AMAZING PICTURES!

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  21. It's obvious you are talented at 2 things!
    1. Photography
    2. Writing
    So don't fret. Hone those skills! We should do a film trade sometime!

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